TOUCH – Teaching Opportunity Unity by Connecting Hearts CHOICES: Horrible Living Conditions, Homelessness, or prison
Once released and returning home, what type of housing should returnees expect? Surely housing is a critical component in the ex-offender re-entry process. After serving a sentence, returnee’s expectations regarding housing should at minimum meet livable conditions. However, this is often not the case. Returnees seeking housing sometimes face shocking circumstances such as unsuitable living conditions, if housing is available at all. Those returnees released without supervision sometimes are left to navigate housing on their own.
There are housing programs available in the areas which basically operate as rooming houses. Some are good. Most are horrible. More often than not, the residence is located in run-down and crime infested neighborhoods. Basically each house has a supervisor that monitors the occupants and enforces the rules of the house. Typically, the rent is anywhere from $350 to $400 per month (for basically a room), paid by either the returnee or the state. This is a large amount for a shared residence. Tenants share refrigerators, and sometimes because of over crowding, even a room.