Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia Fudge sent a letter on June 23 to public housing authorities (PHAs), Continuums of Care, multifamily owners, and HUD grantees with a clear message: People who are reentering society after exiting the criminal justice system, and are at risk of homelessness, are eligible for the 70,000 emergency housing vouchers funded by the American Rescue Plan.
Research also shows that people who lack stable housing following incarceration face a higher likelihood of rearrest and reincarceration. On the other hand, a stable home can serve as the foundation upon which returning citizens can rebuild their lives, obtain employment, improve their health, and achieve recovery.