FORMERLY INCARCERATED & RECIDIVISM
(The tendency of a convicted criminal to reoffend).

Folks who have been incarcerated are almost 10 times more likely to be homeless than the general population. Among federal prisoners, there is 64% recidivism in people convicted of violent offenses and 40% in non-violent offenders within 5 years. State prisons’ 5 year recidivism rate is 76%.

COST to taxpayers – a whopping $13 billion over 5 years.

The causes include, but not limited to:

  • Lack of family support and failure of prison system to achieve rehabilitation of individuals to put them on the path of successful reentry.
  • Unemployment and poverty after release due to difficulty finding a job due to “criminal background”. E.g. Our founder, an experienced physician, was  even declined basic jobs after his release -including Postmates (to deliver meals from restaurants to customers)
  • Negative attitudes of the community. Many apartment complexes decline to take residents once who have a felony record of any sort.

VETERANS

  • Lack of family/ social support networks
  • January 2019 estimate of population of homeless veterans was about 37,085.
  • About a third of adult homeless population are veterans.
  • $10,000 per vet per year is the approximate cost to provide housing and services for every current homeless vet in the USA.
  • REASONS include – lack of Affordable Housing, mental illness (including PTSD), substance abuse and health problems.