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FAMILY

Children

Sesame Street – Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration
Sesame Street give tips and advice on how to talk about incarceration with children and ways to help.

Children of Promise (New York)
CPNYC provides services to over 200 children of prisoners and their families each year through its after school, summer camp, mentoring and mental health programs.

Youth.gov
An online source that helps youth with a variety of topics from bullying, finances, employment, gang involvement prevention, homelessness, children of incarcerated parents and more.

Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers

“The Impact of Parental Incarceration” (2016)
Podcast Interview: The Casey Foundation’s Lisa Hamilton enlists expert Tanya Krupat to talk about the tragic toll of parental incarceration on kids, families and communities. Their discussion explores the stigmas, struggles and supports currently shaping this issue and tells how incarceration destabilizes not just families — but entire communities.

A SHARED SENTENCE: the devastating toll of parental incarceration on kids, families and communities. (2016)
A Shared Sentence offers commonsense proposals to address the increased poverty and stress that children of incarcerated parents experience.

Children’s Contact with Incarcerated Parents
This report from the Institute for Research on Poverty highlights research that shows the link between parental incarceration and trauma symptoms can be mediated through quality parental visitation experiences.

RELEASE AND RE-ENTRY RESOURCES

Getting Out and Staying Out: A Guide to San Francisco Resources for People Leaving Jails and Prisons
An all encompassing guide with numerous resources available in the San Francisco area.

Root and Rebound (Oakland, CA)
Programs and services that equip people in reentry and the family and loved ones, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations who support them, with the resources and tools they need to achieve successful reintegration.

Ex-Prisoner Reentry Strategies Study, 2011-2015
U.S. Department of Health and Human Service Office of Planning Research and Evaluation

Exodus – New York
Provides Transitional services to formerly incarcerated men and women in order to help them reintegrate into their communities, thereby achieving social and economic well-being and breaking the cycle of recidivism.

The Osborne Association – New York
The Osborne Association offers opportunities for individuals who have been in conflict with the law to transform their lives through innovative, effective, and replicable programs that serve the community by reducing crime and its human and economic costs. We offer opportunities for reform and rehabilitation through public education, advocacy, and alternatives to incarceration that respect the dignity of people and honor their capacity to change.

JOBS AND TRAINING

Adults

Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow – New York
The mission of Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow is to help disadvantaged youth and adults recognize their own self-worth, and advance towards self-sufficiency and financial security through job training, academic reinforcement, improved life skills, job placement, and support services.

Refoundry – New York
Refoundry trains formerly incarcerated people to refurbish and repurpose discarded materials into one-of-a-kind home furnishings. The program culminates with incubation and ongoing support to help participants develop their own successful businesses.

Homeboy Industries – Los Angeles
Homeboy Industries provides hope, training, and support to formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women allowing them to redirect their lives and become contributing members of our community.

Villalobas – New Orleans
Home of the hit show “Pitbulls and Parolees” on Animal Planet, Villalobos is known for the pitbull rescue foundation and hiring of people with criminal histories.

Teens/Young Adults

Opportunities for Better Tomorrow – Young Adult Internship Program – New York
For ages 17-24, This 14-week program includes three weeks of job training classes followed by an 11-week paid internship.

HOUSING

Center for Urban Community Services – New York
CUCS excels at providing integrated programs that link housing, health and social services for New York’s most vulnerable families and individuals. Our programs help people to exit homelessness, rise from poverty, regain health and wellness, and rebuild their lives.

Jericho Project – New York
Offers housing and a variety of programs to assist in battling homelessness. Programs include a veterans initiative, family programs, workforce opportunities, supportive housing and young adult services

Supportive Housing Network of New York
Provides affordable housing and support to families.

Nazareth Housing – New York
Nazareth Housing is committed to the promotion of housing stability and economic independence among low income families and individuals of New York City, through the provision of:
○ Homelessness prevention services
○ Emergency Family shelter
○ Supportive housing
○ Urgent needs assistance

Mount Hope Housing – New York – Bronx
The Mount Hope Housing Company is a 501 (c) (3) community development organization providing affordable housing, youth services, employment, job training, real estate development, and asset building programs to residents of the Mount Hope community in the Bronx.

Fifth Avenue Committee – New York
FAC develops and manages affordable housing and community facilities, creates economic opportunities and ensures access to economic stability, organizes residents and workers, offers student-centered adult education, and combats displacement caused by gentrification.

Fortune Society – New York
The Fortune Society’s vision is to create a world where all who are incarcerated or formerly incarcerated can become positive, contributing members of society. Programs provided include assistance with housing, employment, education, family services, mental health and health services, substance abuse treatment and preparation for release.

MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT

DrugRehab.com
A substance abuse guide for parents.

DrugAbuse.com
DrugAbuse.com is a nationally recognized drug abuse treatment referral center.

Treatment 4 Addiction
Treatment 4 Addiction provides free consultation and referral services for individuals pursuing a life of sobriety. Users who are looking for a drug rehab center can navigate through their extensive treatment center directory based on location or specialty. Search through hundreds of research articles, personal testimonials and blogs written by those in the world of recovery. T4A also has an archive of informative videos produced by medical and professional individuals involved in the field of recovery and mental health. Research the biographies of a range of addiction specialists throughout the United States.

The Bridge – New York
The Bridge offers a comprehensive range of evidence-based rehabilitative services, including mental health and substance abuse treatment, housing, vocational training and job placement, healthcare, education and creative arts therapies.

Addiction Center
Addiction Center is an online resource that provides the most up-to-date information on addiction as well as reviews of top treatment centers across the country. Addiction Center is not a treatment center, but their network of centers across the country aims to provide outlets for people seeking help. Addiction Center guides people struggling with SUDs and their families toward the care they need.

Housing Works – New York
Housing Works offers comprehensive services such as Outpatient Substance Abuse Program, Mobile Clinic, Substance Abuse Treatment, Dental Care, Primary Care, Behavioral Health Clinic and Health Home Care Management.

Exponents – New York
A nonprofit organization located in the heart of New York City compassionately dedicated to serving those impacted by HIV/AIDS, substance use, incarceration and behavioral health challenges. We deliver these services through a client-centered, strength-based approach which greatly improves health outcomes and promotes overall wellness in our communities.

LEGAL

Open Hands Legal Services – New York
Open Hands bring free legal services directly to community members at host non-profit organizations throughout the city.

Protecting one’s credit while in the criminal justice system
This tip sheet can help currently and recently incarcerated consumers protect their credit files and help eliminate unnecessary barriers to a successful transition to jobs or housing after these individuals serve their sentence.

MISC. RESOURCES

La Cocina Kitchen Incubator – San Francisco
The mission of La Cocina is to cultivate low income food entrepreneurs as they formalize and grow their businesses by providing affordable commercial kitchen space, industry-specific technical assistance and access to market opportunities.

“Collateral Costs: Incarceration’s Effect on Economic Mobility,” (2010)
Article from The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Million Dollar Blocks
Article from Columbia University, Million Dollar Blocks is the first of a series of projects to be undertaken by SIDL, as part of a two year research and development project on Graphical Innovation in Justice Mapping.

GoodHire Introduces True Me Checks To Rehumanize Hiring, Reduce Inequality
Blog discussing the new True Me checks which allows people to allow job seekers to see background checks with specific comments regarding criminal history.

Contra Costa California Reentry Guide 2015
An invaluable guide which lists numerous facilities and associations that can assist with reentry in the Contra Costa area.