The Vera Institute of Justice (Vera) is soliciting applications from PHAs that would like to plan and implement reentry programs or change their policies toward people with conviction histories. Applications are due February 28, 2020.
The goals of the initiative are the following (quoted from Vera):
- increase housing access for people with conviction histories and increase public safety in communities that people return to on release from jails and prisons;
- improve the safety of public housing and surrounding communities through the use of reentry housing strategies; and
- promote collaboration among public housing authorities, law enforcement agencies, and other criminal justice stakeholders to effectively reduce crime and improve reentry outcomes for people leaving prisons and jails.
Vera encourages PHAs of all sizes–including those with Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) programs–to apply. Applicants must submit a letter of intent, an application narrative, and letters of support. While PHAs will first be informed, Vera will make a public announcement in April.
Additional information can be found here.