Justice 4 Housing

Programs

Research has shown that formerly incarcerated people are ten times more likely to experience homelessness than the general public. Policies prevent justice-involved individuals from accessing private and public housing are fueling Massachusetts’s homelessness crisis.

Our innovative programming is designed to break-down systemic barriers that destabilize minority communities.   

Our Solutions

The housing shortage is a result of harmful laws passed at all levels of government. YIMBY Action policy platform is a set of changes to those laws. Our inclusive housing policies will help shrink the racial wealth gap, reduce displacement, reduce carbon emissions, and give more people access to jobs and high quality schools.

​Hands On Defense (HOD)

Hands on Defense (HOD) is a community-based program We support justice-involved individuals who are denied housing, stemming from a CORI background check. As well evictions due to domestic violence.

We are formerly incarcerated, community allies and advocates with aligned spirit and goals. We operate from a people led process to organize and advocate to assure those involved in with the justice system secure and maintain affordable permanent housing. We help with eviction court hearings, Public Housing Agency denials & appeals and gathering mitigating evidence.

Our HOD program includes weekly community meetings, where the community comes together and strategizes the best outcome for the individual(s) facing loss of housing. As well as advocate for those with criminal background who have been discriminated against due to a criminal record. email info@justice4housing.org for weekly zoom link.

STABLIZATION EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE (SEA)

Emergency housing resources for justice-involved individuals and the those reentering communities after incarceration.

Creating a first-of-its-kind down-payment assistance program; where the only people eligible have a criminal record!

  • First last & security downpayment assistance

  • Back rent assistance

  • $1,000 emergency assistance  (has to relate to moving)

Having a criminals record is like wearing a scarlet letter. 

Why are those justice-involved not a protected class?

Sometimes all a family needs is a little help to obtain stable housing

60% of men and women returning home after incarceration are homeless

Affordable Stable Housing (ASH)

Permanent housing solutions. Allowing individuals to become home owners instead of renters.  We are moving families out of homelessness as well as preventing it.

This is a proposal to build 4 brand new homes for formerly incarcerated women and their children. This is what different looks like! Community taking care of community.  

Justice For Housing, Inc. aka “Justice 4 Housing”, proposes four single family homeownership townhouse units. All affordable units sold to justice-involved, domestic violence involved or protective housing households with income of 70% AMI (1 units), 80% AMI (2 units) and 100% AMI ( 1 unit). There is one parking space per unit, all parking and associated access is direct from Walter Street and located on-stie.  

SPEAKER, EDUCATION, AWARENESS & MENTORSHIP (SEAM)

We are educating our community, through outreach, workshops, public speaking and events. 

We have integrated mentorship into our programs. Capacity building and building new leaders is essential to continue the movement of formerly incarcerated, directly affected community activist. 

Our Peer Leaders learn to support new members. We have each one teach one model. Peer Leaders are chosen to speak at Universities, panels, action events, give legislative testimony and community outreach to educate the public about the criminalization of housing and the impact it has on our community. Educating the public on how homelessness has become a public health crisis that has impacted communities of color who are overrepresented in the criminal justice system.

PEN PAL

We support our partner, Black & Pink’s pen-pal program. B & P connects freeworld people to incarcerated members who are LGBTQI+ or living with HIV to create revolutionary relationships.

Our pen-pal program aims to pair incarcerated and free-world people to create a supportive outlet for incarcerated members and an educational and transformative experience for non-incarcerated pen-pals. We recommend checking out our pen-pal webinar (it links to the transcript and slides).

We have more than 60 inside members waiting for a pen-pal. You can learn more about all of them by visiting our available pen-pals list. Some identifying information has been removed to protect our members, and we’re working with our members to build them all profiles and pledge to them that we will find all 140+ members a pen-pal.

PARTICIPATORY DEFENSE (PD)

We support our partner organization, Families For Justice As Healing, using a community organizing model for people facing, criminal charges, their families, and communities; to impact the outcome of cases and transform the landscape of power in the court system. 

Families for Justice as Healing is led by incarcerated women, formerly incarcerated women, and women with incarcerated loved ones. Our mission is to end the incarceration of women and girls. 

Families for Justice as Healing is unapologetically focused on women and girls, and we are abolitionists. We are proud members of The National Council for Incarcerated Women and Girls. We are closely connected with our sister organization, Sisters Unchained. We are a part of the National Participatory Defense Network.

Families for Justice as Healing leads advocacy to decarcerate women and girls in Massachusetts. We organize in the most incarcerated communities in the Commonwealth to transform the way we respond to harm and develop alternatives to police, courts, and incarceration.

MASS BAIL FUND

We support the Mass Bail Fund. If you or your family is arrested, we will assist you with a MBF referral

he Massachusetts Bail Fund pays bail in Massachusetts so that low-income people can stay free while they work towards resolving their case, allowing individuals, families, and communities to stay productive, together, and stable. The Massachusetts Bail Fund is committed to the harm reduction of freeing individuals serving pre-trial sentences, and to abolishing pre-trial detention and supervision in the long-term. 

CORI SEALING

We offer CORI sealing services and workshops w/ the Greater Boston Legal Servic

Greater Boston Legal Services assists individuals with CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) who are shut out of the economy, rejected for housing, and denied other opportunities because of their criminal records. Learn more about the work that Greater Boston Legal Services does to assists people with sealing records and CORI problems.

​Hands On Defense (HOD)

Hands on Defense (HOD) is a community-based program We support justice-involved individuals who are denied housing, stemming from a CORI background check. As well evictions due to domestic violence.

STABLIZATION EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE (SEA)

Emergency housing resources for justice-involved individuals and the those reentering communities after incarceration.

Affordable Stable Housing (ASH)

Permanent housing solutions. Allowing individuals to become home owners instead of renters.  We are moving families out of homelessness as well as preventing it.

Speaker, Education, Awareness & Mentorship (SEAM)

We are educating our community, through outreach, workshops, public speaking and events. 

Pen Pal

We support our partner, Black & Pink’s pen-pal program. B & P connects freeworld people to incarcerated members who are LGBTQI+ or living with HIV to create revolutionary relationships. When you get to know someone behind bars, the inhumanity and violence of prisons is not theoretical. We 

PARTICIPATORY DEFENSE (PD)

We support our partner organization, Families For Justice As Healing, using a community organizing model for people facing, criminal charges, their families, and communities; to impact the outcome of cases and transform the landscape of power in the court system. We are fighting to free our people!

mass bail fund

We support the Mass Bail Fund. If you or your family is arrested, we will assist you with a MBF referral

Cori Sealing

We offer CORI sealing services and workshops w/ the Greater Boston Legal Servic