Example Of What
Can Look Like
(What is Possible)
Breaking The Cycle
Families In Crisis:
Effects Of Incarceration
Housing & Family
There are 650,000 ex- felons released into our communities each year. Ex- felons do not qualify for housing assistance nor can they live with anyone that is receiving government assistance.
The ultimate goal under the housing initiave is to provide easy access to housing for individuals within our target market as well as low income individuals that need housing assistance as well as access to affordable house alternatives.
There is a tremendous shortage of family oriented housing developments that promote the reunification of the family unit. Additional in house services such as marriage counseling, parenting and Post Tramatic Stress cause from incarceration, separation, fostercare and a host of other family and community based issue will be addressed.
Without employment, adequate housing and a comprehensive support system, 60% of those released commit new crimes in our neighborhoods within 6 months to 3 years.
Tremendous barriers to housing for this population greatly contributes to crime, chronic unemployment, foster care placement for their children and increased substance abuse.
Family in Jeopardy
Lack of housing creates an increase in crime, poses a threat to public safety and threatens quality of life. Lack of housing adds to the homeless population and traps individuals in cycles of deep poverty.
This puts the family in jeopardy, children suffer which increases the need for state subsidies such as food stamps and creates more homelessness and poverty.
The United States spends $258 million dollars a day on foster care. $70 million a day of that goes directly to care for children of incarcerated parents.
Dying In Prison: Still Affects The Family Unit
BEING SET FREE FROM INCARCERATION AND ADDICTION
PTS Development Center
Through strong community support and innovative ideas, Primary Group, Inc. and the Breaking Barriers Network are partnering with communities and other organizations across this country to create "Pathways-To-Success Development Centers".
Instead of "pleading out" to prison time, this program works with local agencies for legal alternatives to incarceration. (i.e. fines, enrollment in drug treatment program, etc).
Studies show that when low-level, non-violent formerly incarcerated individuals receive the proper support, chances for a successful re-integration back into society are very high.
After 12 months of successful counseling, mentoring, training and employment qualified clients can move into apartment style quarters with their families while still participating in the program.
After 2-3 years of successful housing and employment, home ownership is now possible.
Families can be reunited, new taxpayers are contributing, recidivism rates decrease and self- supportive citizens can be created.