Accessing Housing for Returning Citizens Through the Re-Entry Innovation Partnership Pilot (GHSA 12th Annual Supportive Housing Conference)

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This workshop will outline the collaborative interagency partnership and pilot initiative to address the housing needs of justice involved individuals who are currently incarcerated and diagnosed with a behavioral health disability who do not have any viable housing options for their release. This partnership includes the Georgia Department of Corrections, the Georgia Department of Pardons and Parole, the Georgia Department of Community Supervision, and the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. The Re-Entry Innovation Partnership (REIP) is a pilot program using the Georgia Housing Voucher Program to pay the rental costs for approved housing locations. The pilot is in the infancy stages; however, the partnership is building a strong network across agencies to promote community reentry for those with behavioral health diagnoses and demonstrating promising opportunities for the future.