We’re thrilled to announce that Impact Justice’s Homecoming Project has been selected for a 2021 Ivory Prize for Housing Affordability.
Presented by Ivory Innovations, this national award recognizes the most ambitious, feasible, and scalable solutions to housing affordability. The Homecoming Project took home the top prize in the Public Policy and Regulatory Reform category. Public policy and regulation can represent significant barriers to housing affordability, but there is a growing groundswell of action to make positive systemic impacts on affordability.
The award will allow for more people returning from prison in Alameda and Contra Costa counties in California to have a safe and stable place to call home immediately upon release from long term prison sentences. The Homecoming Project was chosen among 160 applicants from 37 states.
Thousands of formerly incarcerated people are not only priced out of affordable housing but are also intentionally left out of many housing options and provided with little assistance. The Homecoming Project supports successful reentry back into communities by placing people leaving prison into homes with welcoming hosts. These hosts, along with our Homecoming Project team and wider community members, support participants to reintegrate to life on the outside quickly: from obtaining government IDs to successfully finding jobs and reuniting with family members.
We congratulate all the other winners and look forward to making deep impacts together.
For more information about the Ivory Prize and Ivory Innovations, and the other winners, visit www.ivory-innovations.org.
For more information about the Homecoming Project or to sign up to become a host, visit www.impactjustice.org/homecoming-project.