About the Program

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The Problem

About 725,000 individuals are released from prisons and millions more cycle through jails each year, a volume of formerly incarcerated people reentering society never before seen.[1] A complex set of factors makes these individuals vulnerable to relapse to criminal activity, resulting in high rates of recidivism. Nationwide, two thirds of those released from prisons and jails are rearrested for a new offense within three years and 54% are re-incarcerated.[2]

Due to these challenges of reentry and collateral consequences, people who have been incarcerated face massive barriers to success. They face a much higher risk of homelessness – which further increases the chances that they will recidivate. Homelessness makes it difficult to stay safe and healthy, clean and sober, apply for jobs and simply maintain hope.[3] In Los Angeles, the percentage of parolees who are homeless is as high as 30 to 50 percent.[4]

Ensuring that people released from prison and jail find appropriate places to live is critical to public safety and healthy families and communities. Supportive housing reduces recidivism, makes neighborhoods safer, promotes family reunification, and is more humane and cost-effective than re-incarceration.[5] It has been documented to drastically reduce criminal justice involvement, reducing jail incarceration rates up to 30 percent and prison incarceration rates up to 57 percent.[6]

Our Pilot Program

Due to these realities, ANOWL is partnering with the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) on a pilot program to identify and place formerly incarcerated people with family members living in HACLA’s Section 8 housing.  After placement, ANWOL will then connect both the individual and family with intensive case management and support services. We will work together to create individual plans for each person and their families, and to help in whatever way we can to ensure the success of the reunification and reentry, and to help end homelessness that often results after release.

Regrettably, this is just a pilot program, meaning at this time, due to funding, we are only able to accept a very limited number of clients. If you think you might be interested, please see below for some more information. If you think you might be successful in this program, please fill out an initial intake form, and someone from ANWOL will contact you about possible next steps. Please do not hesitate to call if you have any questions or concerns, we are here to support in your transition back to a successful community life. Even if we are not able to accept you into this program, we will be sure to refer you to people that can help.

  • Have you recently been released from prison or jail? Within one year?
  • Are you ready to work to break a cycle of imprisonment, and be a contributing member of your family and community?
  • Do you think reuniting and living with your family is your best chance for success? Does your family?
  • Do you have a family that is currently living in HACLA’s Section 8 housing and that has space for you to stay?
  • Do you feel you would benefit from support services such as accessing benefits, family counseling and educational and/or employment opportunities? 

If you answered “yes” to all these questions, you might be a good candidate for the Reentry Family Reunification Pilot Program!

Unfortunately, there are some restrictions from the local and federal housing authorities that we have no control over. Though we think all people deserve a chance at reentry and success, due to legal restrictions, you cannot be part of the program at this time if:

  • You are a lifetime registered sex offender
  • You have been convicted of manufacturing methamphetamines in public housing or Section 8 housing.
  • You have been convicted of a domestic violence felony.
  • You have been evicted from public housing or Section 8 housing for a drug related activity in the last three years from the date of application.**
    • **If you have successfully completed a supervised drug rehabilitation program; or the circumstances leading to the conviction no longer exist, you might still be eligible!
  • Your family is currently staying in public housing. Only families in the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA)’s Section 8 housing are eligible.

If you are interested in being a part of this pilot program, and reuniting with your family who is living in Section 8 housing, please:

  • Please click here  and complete an initial intake form; OR
  • Call 323-563-3575 to speak to a representative from ANWOL about your eligibility

Please do not hesitate to call or email if you have any additional questions.


[1] www.ojp.usdoj.gov/newsroom/pressrelease/2009/bjs/100001.htm.

[2] Langan, P. & Levin, D. Recidivism of Prisoners Released in 1994. Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report. United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics (2002).

 [3]Rodriguez, N. & Brown, B., Preventing Homelessness Among People Leaving Prison. Vera Institute of Justice Publication (2003).

 [4]California Department of Corrections, Prevention Parolee Failure Program: An Evaluation. California Department of Corrections (1997).

 [5]Black, K. & Cho, R., New Beginnings: The Need for Supportive Housing for Previously Incarcerated People. Common Ground Community and Corporation for Supportive Housing Publication (2004).

 [6]Dennis P. Culhane et al., Public Service Reductions Associated with Placement of Homeless Persons with Severe Mental Illness in Supportive Housing. Housing Policy Debate, 13:1. Fannie Mae Foundation (2002).