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. Some offenders are eligible for release but cannot be released because they do not have an appropriate housing option so they remain incarcerated at great expense to the State or local jurisdiction. 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. The assistance will be for up to six (6) months, as determined by the participants’ tier level and scheduled assessment to justify continued need.
A person who is an active participant in the following accountability courts (felony drug, mental health, veterans, family) and who 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.
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. Persons possessing severe mental health diagnoses at a level IV or higher would be experiencing symptoms that seriously impair adaptive functioning and would require a supportive living environment where intensive case management is present.