Public Housing Authorities and Prisoner Reentry


Council of State Governments

Fact Sheets | August 11, 2006

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This fact sheet examines how public housing authorities can play a role in ensuring that people released from prison or jail become stably housed. It provides information on the following three major points:

  • A growing number of people are released each year from state prison and local jails; this phenomenon, prisoner re-entry, has a significant impact on housing programs administered by PHAs, including public housing, the Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8), and other programs.
  • Ensuring that people released from prison and jail find appropriate places to live is critical to public safety and healthy families and communities.
  • PHAs can play a role in stopping this destructive cycle by considering potential tenants individually and partnering with public safety and service agencies to ensure that tenants get the help they need to stay in housing.