Housing and Homeless Assistance Key to Successful Re-Entry
Judiciary Committee leaders in the House and Senate are renewing the effort to re-authorize the Second Chance Act.
Originally signed by President Bush in 2008, this law funds programs that help ex-offenders who are re-entering the community from prison. In mid-November, bills to improve the current program were introduced in both chambers with bi-partisan support (S.1690/HR 3465).
Language throughout the bill reinforces housing and homeless assistance as important elements of re-entry programming. The demonstration projects that could be funded are expected to target vulnerable re-entering populations such as people with behavioral health conditions and those experiencing homelessness.
The proposed re-authorization would make more nonprofit organizations eligible for grants, along with units of state and local government. Currently, efforts are focusing on adding co-sponsors to the bill.
Please join Monarch Housing in signing on in support of the Second Chance Reauthorization Act of 2013, contact Reginald Darby.