Homelessness and Prisoner Re-Entry
Council of State Governments and National Alliance to End Homelessness
Fact Sheets | August 11, 2006
This fact sheet examines the relationship between prison and jail reentry and homelessness. In particular, it examines the following points:
- An unprecedented number of people are coming out of
prison and jail.
- Many people released from prison or jail are at risk for
homelessness, which can increase the likelihood that
they will commit new crimes and return to prison.
- State and local budgets cannot sustain spending
on shelter and emergency costs to serve increasing
numbers of people who are homeless; long-term housing
solutions can decrease the costs associated with people
who would otherwise become homeless, such as people
released from prison and jail.
- Organizations have developed different housing
interventions to prevent homelessness and promote
independence and self-sufficiency among re-entering
offenders in several states.