HUD AND JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AWARD $1.75 MILLION TO HELP JUSTICE-INVOLVED YOUTH FIND JOBS AND HOUSING

Juvenile Reentry Assistance Program will reduce barriers to housing, jobs and education

WASHINGTON – (RealEstateRama) — In an effort to help young people involved in the justice system find jobs and housing, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) today announced $1.75 million for Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) and nonprofit legal service organizations to address the challenges justice-involved individuals face when trying to find work and a place to call home. The grantees are listed below.

Under the Juvenile Reentry Assistance Program (JRAP), funded through DOJ’s Second Chance Act funds, HUD and DOJ are teaming up to help young Americans who’ve paid their debt to society rehabilitate and reintegrate back into their communities. JRAP funding was awarded to Public Housing Agencies who have a partnership with a nonprofit legal service organization with experience providing legal services to juveniles.Read local summaries of the grants.

HUD Secretary Julián Castro and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced the funding during a news conference with local leaders in Philadelphia today.

“Reconnecting young people who’ve paid their debt to society to decent jobs and housing allows them to turn the page and become active, productive members of their communities,” said Secretary Castro. “These grants offer a helping hand to those who deserve a second chance so they have a real opportunity to reach their full potential.”

“The future of our nation depends upon the future of our young people – including young people who have become involved with our justice system,” said Attorney General Lynch. “By helping justice-involved youth find decent jobs and stable housing after they return home, these critical grants provide a foundation for a fresh start and offer a path towards productivity and purpose. In the months ahead, the Department of Justice will continue helping justice-involved youth enrich their lives and improve our country.”

Having a juvenile or a criminal record can severely limit a person’s ability to seek higher education, find good employment or secure affordable housing. Today, there are nearly 55,000 individuals under age 21 in juvenile justice facilities, and approximately 185,000 young adults aged 18 to 24 in state and federal prisons. These collateral consequences create unnecessary barriers to economic opportunity and productivity. President Obama and members of his Cabinet, via the Federal Interagency Reentry Council, continue to take impactful steps to ensure those exiting the justice system become productive, law-abiding citizens. Today’s announcement is consistent with HUD’s recently released guidance on the application of Fair Housing Act standards to the use of criminal records by providers of housing and real estate-related transactions, and the recent guidance for public housing authorities and owners of federally assisted housing on excluding the use of arrest records in housing decisions.

To help alleviate collateral consequences associated with a juvenile or criminal record, JRAP assists young people up to age 24 residing in public housing, or who would be residing in public housing but for their record, by:

  • Expunging, sealing, and/or correcting juvenile or adult records; as permitted by state law;
  • Assisting targeted youth in mitigating/preventing collateral consequences such as reinstating revoked or suspended drivers’ licenses;
  • Counseling regarding legal rights and obligations in searching for employment;
  • Providing guidance for readmission to school; and
  • Creating or modifying child support orders and other family law services, and more.

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2016 Juvenile Re-entry Assistance Program Grants
State Recipient City Amount Partner *Matched Amount
CA Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles Los Angeles $100,000 Public Counsel $1,390,650
CT Housing Authority of the City of Hartford Hartford $100,000 Center for Children’s Advocacy, Inc. $25,000
IL Chicago Housing Authority Chicago $100,000 Bluhm Legal Clinic, Northwestern University School of Law $55,216
IL Housing  Authority of Cook County Chicago $100,000 LAF $25,000
IN The City of East Chicago Housing Authority East Chicago $100,000 Indiana Legal Services,Inc. $172,000
LA Housing Authority of the City of Shreveport Shreveport $100,000 Legal Services of North Louisiana, Inc. $109,811
LA Housing Authority of New Orleans New Orleans $100,000 Southeast Louisiana Legal Services $240,463
MA Boston Housing Authority Boston $100,000 Greater Boston Legal Services Inc. $32,549
MO St. Louis Housing Authority St. Louis $100,000 St. Louis School of  Law Legal Clinic $99,202
NJ Housing Authority of the City of Camden Camden $53,464 Rutgers Law School Reentry Clinic $35,825
NY Syracuse Housing Authority Syracuse $100,000 Center for Community Alternatives $58,744
NY New York City Housing Authority New York $100,000 Youth Represent, Inc.       $88,412
NY Albany Housing Authority Albany $100,000 Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York $81,000
OH Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Cleveland $100,000 Legal Aid Society of Cleveland $123,200
OH Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority Akron $100,000 University of Akron School of Law $174,115
PA Philadelphia Housing Authority Philadelphia $100,000 Community Legal Services of Philadelphia $25,000
RI The Housing Authority of the City of Providence Providence $100,000 Rhode Island Legal Services, Inc. $27,161
WI Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee Milwaukee $100,000 Legal Action of Wisconsin $25,000
TOTAL: $1,753,464

*In order to be considered for funding, all applicants were required to have in place at the time of grant application a firmly committed match contribution equivalent to at least 25% of the total grant amount requested.

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