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Leveraging available living spaces to support people re-entering communities

People leaving prisons and returning home to their communities need immediate, stable housing.

But the reality formerly incarcerated people face is housing that is increasingly scarce and unsafe. The Homecoming Project offers safe and stable housing for people whose options would otherwise be homeless shelters, outside tent encampments, or precarious, temporary, transitional housing.

In the pilot phase of the Homecoming Project, we will house people paroling to Alameda County who have served at least a 10-year prison sentence and are ready for semi-independent community living. We will determine the impact of subsidized, stable housing on re-entering people’s abilities to:

    • Identify, secure, and maintain employment
    • Reunify with family members
    • Enroll in educational programs
    • Secure long-term housing
    • Reduce the likelihood of recidivism and instances of homelessness

Community hosts will receive a daily subsidy in exchange for housing a person returning home. Similar to the Airbnb model, the Homecoming Project leverages the private market by paying community hosts to rent out extra living spaces by funding returning participants’ rent for a maximum period of six months. Participants, hosts, and entire communities benefit through monetary, social, and human capital returning back home.