The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Department of Justice (DOJ), have recently awarded $300,000 to Public Housing Authorities and legal service providers in Syracuse, Albany, and New York City through the Juvenile Reentry Assistance Program (JRAP), funded by DOJ’s Second Chance Act funds.
HUD and the DOJ have awarded the grant to Public Housing Authorities, and partnering nonprofit legal service organizations, in order to help young Americans who are reintegrating back into their communities try to find work and homes, SHA officials stated.
“Providing support and re-entry assistance to juveniles, so that they can break the vicious cycle of recidivism, reclaim their lives, and become contributing members of our society is a smart investment that will pay significant social and fiscal dividends,” Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner stated. “We thank HUD, the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and all our partners in the federal government who worked to realize this important funding for our city, and our youth.”
The Syracuse Housing Authority will receive a $100,000 of the funds, and SHA will match the grant with $58,744 of its own money.
According to HUD officials, having a juvenile or a criminal record can severely limit a person’s ability to seek higher education, find good employment, and secure affordable housing.
And, today, there are nearly 55,000 individuals under age 21 in juvenile justice facilities, and approximately 185,000 young adults aged 18 to 24 in state and federal prisons.
“Connecting young people who’ve paid their debt to society to decent jobs and housing allows them to turn the page, and become active, productive members of their communities,” HUD Secretary Julián Castro stated. “These grants offer a helping hand to those who deserve a second chance, so they have a real opportunity to reach their full potential.”
The JRAP currently assists young people up to age 24 residing in public housing, or who would be residing in public housing but for their criminal records.
Visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QHHb4vLWjU to view the full video of SHA’s announcement, and visit https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/departments-justice-and-housing-and-urban-development-award-175-million-help-justice-involved for additional information regarding the grants.