Justice 4 Housing

Justice 4 Housing Workshops

Healing From the Trauma of Incarceration

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Incarceration is an inherently traumatic experience. The suffering behind the wall and the stigma and barriers upon reentry have a significant negative effect on mental health, but there are few resources available to heal.

This four-part workshop series, led by formerly incarcerated community leaders, is intended to support healing and growth for those reentering the community from incarceration. Attendees will learn how to understand the trauma they experienced and its effects in their lives, learn and practice coping skills to better respond to triggers, and process their experiences with therapeutic support. Each session will incorporate guided group discussions. Attendees will receive a workbook with exercises, prompts, and information to help with their healing journey.

Changing the Narrative

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Despite the Fair Housing Act’s protections for formerly incarcerated people seeking housing, having a CORI remains a major barrier in the housing search process.

This single-session workshop for formerly incarcerated and justice-involved individuals will provide tips and tricks on applying for housing and employment with a CORI. Attendees will learn tips and tricks for demonstrating to prospective landlords and employers that they are more than what the CORI says. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to learn public speaking skills from a professional coach so that they may better advocate for themselves.

Peer Leadership Training: Defending Oneself Against Systems of Power

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We all have the capacity to be leaders. Leadership is not about telling people what to do, but about empowering others to become their best selves. Peer leaders are integral community members who use their experiences as expertise to bring people together for systems change.

This four-week workshop series will support, train, and empower formerly incarcerated women who want to become leaders in their communities. The workshop series includes the content of Justice 4 Housing, Inc.’s other workshops, as well as exclusive trainings geared toward community and peer leadership.

Participants who complete the series will receive a $250 stipend and will become Certified Peer Leaders (CPLs). In addition to bringing their skills to their community, CPLs will be invited by Justice 4 Housing, Inc. and partner organizations to speak on panels, lead workshops, attend appeal hearings for HOD Network constituents, and more, and will receive stipends for their time.