The Annie E. Casey Foundation Grant to Support LAC’s National H.I.R.E. Network

Grant will Support Efforts to Reunite People with Criminal Records and Their Families in Safe and Stable Housing

The Legal Action Center’s National Helping Individuals Reenter through Employment Network (National H.I.R.E. Network) has received a $40,000 grant from The Annie E. Casey Foundation to make it easier for people with criminal records to live with their families in safe and stable housing. Specifically, The Annie E. Casey Foundation grant will support the National H.I.R.E. Network to:

  1. Analyze barriers to public and private housing for adults and youth with criminal records and their impact on the ability of families to live together,
  2. Identify innovative models that are helping people with criminal records find safe and stable places to live in public and private housing,
  3. Publish a report with research findings and recommendations to increase access to housing for people with criminal records and enable them to live with their families in safe and stable housing.

Roberta Meyers, Director of the National H.I.R.E. Network, expressed her gratitude for The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s support:

“The Annie E. Casey Foundation grant will allow H.I.R.E. to take a fresh look at current housing barriers for people with criminal records and how they impact families and reentry. We are excited to advance the national conversation on how society can transform the way it addresses public safety by giving people with criminal records real opportunities to succeed and lead normal lives.”

For over forty years, Legal Action Center has advocated for criminal justice policies that prepare people for successful reentry. Since 2001, LAC’s National H.I.R.E. Network has fought to increase opportunities for justice-involved people to move beyond their criminal record. In 2014, the National H.I.R.E. Network released the National Blueprint for Reentry, 2nd Edition: Recommendations to Promote the Successful Reentry of Individuals with Criminal Records through Housing.

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