January 22, 2018

$450K, 3-year grant to fund re-entry center in Hartford

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving said Monday it is providing a three-year, $450,000 grant to Community Partners in Action (CPA) to spearhead a welcome center for citizens exiting prison and reentering the Capital City's neighborhoods and workforce.

The city of Hartford is partnering with the CPA, along with several other organizations. Last March, the Foundation awarded a $50,000 planning grant to CPA to develop a roadmap for establishing a reentry center.

In 2016, more than 2,000 individuals were released from prison, a halfway house or parole supervision, with over half returning to Hartford, according to state Department of Correction (DOC) data. The absence of adequate stabilizing resources in Hartford for these returning citizens immediately upon release jeopardizes their successful reintegration, DOC said.

The Reentry Welcome Center will serve about 150 citizens each year for three years. These individuals will be able to access support and services offered by a variety of community organizations from basic needs to services like substance abuse treatment, job training and education. Working with its partners, the center will also track outcomes, said Maureen Price-Boreland, executive director of Community Partners in Action.

Establishment of the center is "not just about offering individuals a second chance – it's about making our community safer and stronger," said Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin.

A location for the center has not been finalized, the mayor said.

Other partners are the Connecticut Department of Correction, the Court Support Services division of the Connecticut judicial branch, the Criminal Justice Policy and Planning division of the Connecticut Office of Policy and Management, the Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy at Central Connecticut State University and Capitol Workforce Partners.

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