Second Chance Act Reauthorization Introduced

Housing and Homeless Assistance
Key to Successful Re-Entry

Second Chance Act Reauthorization IntroducedJudiciary 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.

Click here for HR 3465.

Click here to learn how you can help add co-sponsors.

To read the national sign-on letter, click here.