MAIC Awarded $897,260 DOJ Grant to Secure Employment for Returning Neighbors.
"Stable employment is critical to a successful transition into the community, but reentering individuals often encounter significant barriers in finding employment upon release from prisons and jails, including low levels of education, limited vocational (or marketable) skills and limited work experience.
Reentry programs have demonstrated the overwhelming need for employment opportunities for people released from prison and jail, and the need to facilitate the creation of job opportunities for this population."
CSG Justice Center.(https://csgjusticecenter.org/reentry/issue-areas/employment/
The Academy for Career Development is an education, training and employment program for adults with histories of incarceration who have personal goals for avoiding recidivism and becoming economically self-sufficient citizens.
14 neighbors obtained permanent employment
3 interns graduated Ransom ReProgram
2 returned to jail
Make a financial donation to the Office of the Chaplaincy or give your time. Donate books and magazines for the library.
Donate white t-shirts, socks, bras, boxer shorts and/ or soap (large), toothpaste (AIM/Pepsodent), shampoo (VO5 or clear bottles).
You can provide personal hygiene items by placing the above box in your church or community center. The items help supplement needed hygiene items for our incarcerated brothers and sisters.
5733 Hygiene and Covid-19 kits were provided last year.
Call 251-574-5469 for more information and to request a box.
Homelessness and incarceration are related in several ways. Research has demonstrated that a significant percentage of individuals were homeless at the time of their arrest. Nearly 50% of the U.S. homeless population has been incarcerated, and a significant percentage of returning citizens are homeless or insecure in housing. Because public housing is unavailable to most individuals with a record, even as a guest of family members, returning citizens must seek private accommodations. Leasing companies as well as some private landlords often refuse to rent to those with records.
Stable housing is essential to obtaining a job, health care, and building positive relationships. The inability to find adequate housing often leads our neighbors back to prison.
Knowing these barriers, TNC hired a housing manager who went out and advocated for our neighbor clients, and now, our housing program is one our most successful reentry programs.
Since 2017, TNC through MAIC became the applicant agency for funding housing resources for individuals with criminal records, including Emergency Solutions Grants ADECA ESG Rapid Rehousing and Homeless Prevention grants and the Continuum of Care grant for transitional and rapid rehousing of those who are homeless. These housing assistance programs are renewable annually and have been renewed for 2021.
The Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Rapid Rehousing and Homeless Prevention grants are for returning neighbors who are homeless, able to sign their own lease and can afford to move into a home with some assistance to get started. Those eligible will receive assistance with arrears and up to 3-months for rent and utilities. Assistance also includes case management to secure adequate income for housing stability. The Continuum of Care (CoC) is a housing grant that provides Rapid Rehousing and Transitional Housing for returning neighbors who are literally homeless and need transitional housing. With this housing program, the lease is in the agency’s name and we can assist individuals for up to twelve months while a case plan is implemented for securing permanent housing when the individuals are employed. The CoC Rapid Rehousing program assist individuals who are homeless and able to sign their own lease. MAIC can pay a portion of their rent for up to a year.
Last year, 24 families were placed in stable housing so they could become self-sufficient and self-sustaining. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the process of housing a client is taking longer but we are diligently working to secure housing for our homeless returning neighbors.