This episode of Reentry Radio is part two of a special three-part series about housing access and support for people with criminal justice system involvement.
On October 27, 2016, the Prisoner Reentry Institute (PRI) held a special event in partnership with The Fortune Society, The Supportive Housing Network of New York, and the Corporation for Supportive Housing. This day-long event, Excluded: A Dialogue on Safe, Supportive, and Affordable Housing for People with Justice System Involvement, gathered together a group of speakers and panelists from a variety of fields. Our recommendations were released in our report, A Place to Call Home, and this special podcast series.
This episode features the panel “Drilling Down: the Barriers to Housing Faced by People with Justice System Involvement,” moderated by Richard Cho, Director of Behavioral Health at the Council of State Governments Justice Center, featuring:
Sideya Sherman, Executive Vice President for Community Engagement and Partnerships at the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)
Liz Gaynes, President and CEO of the Osborne Association
Linda Glassman, Deputy Commissioner at the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA)
Michael Bosket, Deputy Commissioner for Customized Assistance Services at HRA
Matthew Main, Staff Attorney at Mobilization for Justice
The panelists discussed barriers to housing at an individual level, barriers at a programmatic and provider level, and barriers at a policy level.
This episode also features a series of short presentations and discussions surrounding housing models that are proven to work for people with criminal justice histories, led by Erin Burns-Maine, Senior Program Manager at the Corporation for Supportive Housing. Featuring:
Rita Zimmer, Founder and Executive Director of Housing+Solutions
Max Lindemen, Senior Director of Housing at The Fortune Society
Yolanda Johnson Peterkin, Chief of Housing Community Activities at the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)