Fighting Gravity: Transitional Housing Program
Many former inmates are coming home to nothing and no where to go. Ostracized by the public and family they are for the most part helpless and homeless. The object is to help ex-offenders get jobs, education and tools to keep them from relapsing into criminal behavior, helping them mature enough to change old habits.
The first day of release through the first year is a pivotal time, terms of parole tend to be violated and or new offences are how many ex-offenders face re-incarceration. Fighting Gravity will coordinate the transition from life behind bars to civilian life through a network of state and local, social services organizations & prison ministries linked together to provided the needed tools to avoid failure and create a fresh start for ex-offenders.
Working with prison officials, correction departments, parole offices, and other official sources to screen information and specific data on people scheduled to be released will help determine the greater housing need and will be a valuable tool in planning the focus of the transitional housing program.
It is important to understand the current situation in the community and develop a coordinated strategy for collaborating with programs currently operating there. The strategic process of planning and developing collaborative relationships will be a coordinated approach to initiate contacts and full discussions early in the process to leverage local resources. Avoiding Competition for funds and other limited resources.
Fighting Gravity will create and develop a transitional housing program which positions ex-offenders for success in conventional society. Providing individual & family counseling, oversight & mentoring for ex-offenders, educational and mental health programs will greatly benefit the necessary transition from prison into society.
Terms of transitional housing will help in locating ex-offenders for appointments, employment, housing, job training, etc. and gives city officials a better idea of ex-convicts progress and living conditions.
The Fighting Gravity transitional housing program is designed to provide a stable environment to support, assist and to help offenders getting out of prison avoid old habits and re-incarceration.
Fighting Gravity will design and manage the project, designing the facility that best accommodates the various social growth programs and living conditions. Fighting Gravity will produce construction documents for development of new construction and or renovations to existing buildings. Fighting Gravity will develop a functional plan for supportive housing.
Architectural Design engineering and construction management will be provided and coordinated for the completion of the project. Architectural features of the supportive housing include; Computer stations with multiple integrated workstations, Study Areas, interview areas, information center, bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen and dining area and clerical stations.
Securing funding remains the biggest hurdle; foundation grants, local & government support and in-kind donations from community organizations and local private foundation and neighborhood churches support will fund the structured innovative housing programs.
Ideas Worth Testing:
Rehabilitating abandoned housing. ■ Expanding existing local housing programs. ■ Participating in consolidated planning strategies for affordable housing and homelessness