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									Prisoner Re-Entry Programs

Maine's reentry housing program, Rental Assistance Plus Care,
provides rental assistance coupons and support services to ex-offenders for
up to 2 years.

Target Population:
The initiative will target 225 youthful offenders (ages 16-25), who are being
released to four different counties in the State.

 Program Description:
Through Maine's reentry initiative, a housing coordinator will be placed in
each of the three regions in Maine to assist ex-offenders in locating and
retaining housing. The housing program, RAC (Rental Assistance Coupon) +
Care, provides a rental assistance coupon and support services to low priority
groups for Section 8, including people leaving correctional institutions, youth
who have aged out of care or are homeless, single victims of domestic
violence, and families who do not have priority.

Maine's State Housing Authority is implementing RAC + Care in Bangor. Ex-
offenders will be given a market rate coupon for housing and a "family and
systems team" will connect coupon recipients to stabilization services in the
community. Recipients will be reviewed every six months and can participate
in RAC + Care for up to two years.

Minors will be provided with transitional housing, with support from Maine's
State Housing Authority and other grants. Housing services will be linked to
existing educational programs targeting youthful offenders. If a young person
chooses to pursue post-secondary education, they are eligible for housing
assistance while living on college campuses.

Funding:
Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative, Maine State Housing
Authority, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

For More Information, Contact:
Becky Hayes Boober
Department of Corrections, Reentry Office
(207) 287-1011


PROTECT-Oklahoma County," the Partnership for Reintegration of
Offenders
Through Employment and Community Treatment in Oklahoma County,
represents a coalition of state and community agencies whose main goal is to
reduce recidivism of high-risk young offenders returning to Oklahoma County
from the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. PROTECT will provide an
aggressive reentry program for each offender, initially providing short-term
housing, and developing long-term housing conducive to success in young
offenders.

Target Population:
High-risk offenders aged 18-35 will be targeted in the initiative, including sex
offenders who are less "high-risk" to re-offend but are considered violent. It
is anticipated that there will be 300 high-risk offenders served over three
years, with an estimate of 50-100 offenders requiring housing assistance.

Program Description:
Housing issues will first be determined when the transition worker, offender,
and case correctional manager meet. If the offender does not have proper
prospects for housing, a housing application will begin.
The Oklahoma City Housing Authority will reserve a unit of housing at a
"complex-rent" building. Six to nine months before the offender's release,
transition workers will begin negotiations with the Housing Authority, helping
to settle paperwork, advocate for the offender, and resolve other issues. The
OKC Housing Authority will work with the offender and the reentry team to
work through legislation regarding funding public housing for a felon on a
case-by-case basis. The OKC Housing Authority estimates that 90% of ex-
offenders are eligible for an exemption.
Housing assistance will come in the form of independent living in scattered
site apartments. Rent will be charged based upon the offender's income,
either upon release or after securing a job. Even if the serious and violent
offenders are not employed, they will still qualify for this housing. The grant
will also help pay utilities and rent until the offender is able to independently
cover the costs. Since family reunification is emphasized, this housing will be
available for offenders and their families.

Funding:
 The Oklahoma Department of Corrections will receive $1,000,608 from the
Department of Justice through the Serious and Violent Offender Reentry
Initiative.

For more information, contact:
Bill McCollum
Oklahoma Dept. of Corrections
(918) 581-2002
For more details regarding housing, contact:
Ed Martin
Oklahoma Weed and Seed
(405) 297-3393

								
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