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housing available for felons being released and homeless

programs available for felons just released
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I’m not entirely sure what you’re asking, so I’ll try to be comprehensive.

 

If your question is practical, like “What services are available to me or someone I know who is a homeless ex-convict”, then there are a number of web pages with contact information for aid programs.

 

On the state level, the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) deals with services for the homeless.  They list online here all services by county. 

 

A non-profit website that links to Indiana prison re-entry programs for homeless people is available here (it includes both civil and faith-based service providers and volunteer groups, making it somewhat more comprehensive than the IHCDA list).  On the search page, choose ‘Indiana’ for the state, ‘ReEntry/ExOffender Outreach’ for category and ‘Homeless Programs’ for topic, then click search.  There are currently 83 programs that come up, and they list their services, requirements (i.e., ‘juvenile only’ or ‘no sex offenders’), and procedures, as well as contact information.

 

There is also a list of all Indiana homeless shelters online here.

 

On the federal level, the US. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) offers a number of services.  Their web page links to housing counselors, legal assistance, food programs, and more. 

 

If your question is more academic, like “What is the current state of and critical inquiry into services for homeless ex-cons”, then I would direct your attention to academic databases like Lexis-Nexis, PsycArticles, and Academic Search Premier.  In any of those databases, try a search like:

 

homeless* AND (prisoner* OR felon* OR offender*) AND (program* OR reentry OR re-entry)

 

Or try this sample search in Academic Search Premier.  Some of the articles that come up include Coming Home: Health Status and Homelessness Risk of Older Pre-release Prisoners”, “The Consolations of Going Back to Prison: What 'Revolving Door' Prisoners Think of Their Prospects”, and “Theorizing Community Reentry for Male Incarcerates and Confined Mothers: Lessons Learned from Housing the Homeless”.  Change the search words to get different results.

 

All of your Ivy Tech academic databases can be accessed from this page.  The IU East library subscribes to many more databases as well.  Unfortunately, they are only available to you on campus.  Come into the library, present your Ivy Tech ID card at the front desk, and check out a temporary username and password at the front desk.  IU East Databases that you will find useful include SocIndex, PsycInfo, and ProQuest Criminal Justice.  Similar searches in them will give you more articles.

 

If you need any help searching these resources, please let me know.

 

Cordially,

 

Matt Dilworth

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