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“The Homecoming Project is based on the housing-first model, which posits that reliable housing is the most important element in a person’s ability to improve their situation, said project director Bernadette Butler.”

“Because there is a statewide bottleneck for sufficient affordable housing and new supportive housing can take years to build, the Oakland-based Impact Justice is betting that, with a little financial incentive, everyday people can help provide direct reentry services. Both Homecoming hosts and participants must approve of a match. Host families receive $45 per day, or about $1,350 a month, and are trained in things like conflict resolution and trauma-informed care. The funding comes from a mix of private donations and state grants, Butler said.”

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