Housing for Women Leaving Prison
The two most important and immediate factors to promote successful reentry are employment and housing. Without both, the chances of a successful reintegration are significantly reduced. A person’s criminal history will prevent her from finding employment while limited housing options will create a significant barrier to being able to survive outside the prison walls.
Finding housing in today’s tight market is hard enough for the average person or family, but finding shelter when one has a criminal history makes it virtually impossible to secure a rental placement. One also has to consider the fact that many offenders have poor rental history before incarceration.
With this understanding we offer not only a safe and sober living environment, but a place that is affordable. Our rent is $650/month and includes all utilities, internet, and trash services. Cable service is arranged by residents and at their own expense.
Currently, we have one 3-bedroom housing unit. Applicants must sign a lease with our partner agency and abide by all TRI policies, procedures, and programming as well as our housing partner’s lease terms.
Housing is key to success.
In one study, returning citizen respondents reported sleeping in the following places upon release:
respondents lived in
on the street
domestic violence shelter
Approximately 100 to 170 women are released to the Longmont and immediate surrounding areas per year with no transitional housing facilities available in Boulder County to help them to succeed.
There are proven links between homelessness, offending, and re-offending. Finding safe, stable and affordable housing is one of the major challenges faced by prisoners upon release. Unstable housing or homelessness along with alcohol or other drug issues significantly increase the risk of reoffending. Specifically for women, the challenge is even greater, because they experience higher levels of homelessness, debt, depression, isolation, and social exclusion than men.
We are diligently working with landlords, property management companies, Realtors, faith communities and individuals to secure housing to meet this urgent need.