|Posted on September 27, 2017 at 4:10 PM|
Reentry Partnership Housing Program:
A Collaboration of State Agencies to Provide Housing for Returning Citizens
The State of Georgia is experiencing an expensive and continuing problem finding appropriate housing options for certain offenders experiencing homelessness as well as finding housing for participants in accountability courts. The Council of Accountability Court Judges (CACJ) has partnered with the Department of Community Supervision (DCS), the Department of Community Affairs (DCA), and the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) to support the Reentry Partnership Housing (RPH) program in an effort to enable certain offenders' participation in accountability courts when housing is an issue.
An eligible person is an active participant in the following accountability courts:
• Felony drug
• Mental health
• Family Treatment Court
Active participants might currently live in an emergency shelter, transitional housing for homeless persons, or a hotel or motel with the stay being paid for by an organization; lives in a car, park, abandoned building, encampment, dilapidated building, on the sidewalk, or similar location; is facing loss of housing within two weeks, has no subsequent residence identified, and lacks the resources or support networks needed to obtain other permanent housing; is in jail, a hospital, or a detox program, but would otherwise have been homeless.
Court staff will identify the participant’s need for housing through the local court program eligibility screening process; during program orientation; or at any other relevant time period during program participation.
First, each participant must complete with court staff a Reentry Partnership Housing Financial Assessment. Participants are considered to be eligible for housing assistance if presumed to have a significant financial hardship. The RPH Assessment is in accordance with O.C.G.A § 42-8-102(e)(3).
A participant has a significant financial hardship if he or she:
• Has a developmental disability;
• Is totally and permanently disabled;
• Is indigent;
• Has been released from confinement with the preceding 12 months and was incarcerated for more than 30 days before his or her release.
• Has income that falls under the Department of Health and Human Services 2017 Poverty Guidelines
Accountability Court participants eligible for placement in the program will exclude:
• offenders with registrable sex offenses
• offenders with a primary mental health diagnosis that is at a level IV or higher according to GA Dept. of Corrections criteria.
Once the court program has determined an offender is eligible for program participation. Monthly assistance will be determined by the offender’s tier placement. The current participant monthly assistance scale determinations are:
• Up to six (6) months for each Offender who is a participant of a Felony Drug Court or Family Treatment Drug Court.
• Up to six (6) months for each Offender who is a participant of a Mental Health Court.
• Up to six (6) months for each Offender who is a participant of a Veterans Treatment Court.
• Up to six (6) months for each Offender who is a participant of a Veterans Court and due to the Offender’s mental health diagnosis, is placed in a personal care home or nursing home, or other appropriate facility.
If you are interested in participation or have additional questions about the Reentry Partnership Housing Program: Contact the Council of Accountability Court Judges (CACJ) at http/www.gaaccountabilitycourts.org/contact-us for assistance.
Do you know of a facility that is interested in becoming an RPH Housing Provider? Visit the Department of Community Supervision (DCS) at https/dcs.georgia.gov/housing-https/dcs.georgia.gov/housing-programs for additional information.
If the facility is ready to submit their RPH Provider Letter of Intent? Please submit all RPH Provider Letters of Intent to the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) at [email protected]