Formerly incarcerated, advocates and community allies with aligned spirit and goals. We operate from a people led process to organize for the abolishment of discriminatory federal, state and local housing policies. We address the root causes of recidivism in correlation to homelessness; delivering holistic and community-based solutions.
End housing discrimination and homelessness of Justice Involved individuals and creating a more comprehensive and humane system that will, reduce recidivism, and end incarceration of women and girls.
A world where justice-involved individuals have homes, equity and access to resources, funded and supported by the community and stakeholders. Additionally, the end of incarceration of Women and girls.
Meet the Founder
Leslie Credle, a Boston-based anti-prison organizer, as well as a graduate of Northeastern University and Information Technology Administrator for NeighborWorks America. 2020 Cohort of Columbia University, Women Transcending Collective Leadership Institute.
In addition to serving Justice 4 Housing as its Executive Director, in 2019 she was appointed to the Senator James Eldridge Solitary Confinement Advisory Board. Leslie is a member of the National Council's #FreeHer National Advisory Committee and one of the founding organizations of the People Not Prisons Coalition.
Leslie was released from Federal Prison in 2018. Her lived experience led her to champion a new Massachusetts bill leading Senator Creem & Representative Chyna Tyler’s, S.1559 & H1900 bills, known as the "Keeping Families Connected" campaign. Since release she has been on a mission to dismantle the carceral system and end incarceration for women and girls. Sadly, while incarcerated, Leslie endured the loss of her beloved daughter, Brianna aka “Breezy” to gun violence. Turning her pain into purpose & utilizing her lived experience, Leslie has become a fierce prison abolitionist and social justice advocate.
You can find Leslie advocating for formerly incarcerated individuals and those with a criminal record to obtain sustainable equitable housing. Leslie is someone to pay attention to. She is destined to be a leader in the movement to end incarceration of women and girls.
I am formerly incarcerated, from serving a 9 year prison sentence. I am now a client of Justice 4 Housing. Since becoming a client I have had a new level of support to combat the many illegal practices one like myself faces when it comes to finding adequate, suitable and affordable housing. Prior to becoming a client I had been searching for housing for about a year in which my criminal record was a constant barrier once meeting with landlords and real estate agents. I had reached out to several housing assistance services and organizations. none of which ever assisted me with anything that i couldn't do myself. or I didn't fit the " Criteria" to receive their services. It is important to know that my motivation to be housed is not only for my own shelter, safety and peace of mind. I also have a 10 year old son currently in foster care, whom I am in pursuit of reunifying with and i cannot do so without Adequate housing. It wasn't until I started receiving services from Justice 4 Housing, that I have finally seen results and strides towards my goal. Leslie Credle has personally handled my case herself every step of the way ensuring that I find stability in not only me but my child as well. Her passion and Relentless round the clock efforts has led to opportunities that would have never been granted, had she not highlighted the negligence of the people that are funded to aid individuals with circumstances such as mines. all while being completely underfunded herself. All in all, as a convicted felon starting from scratch struggling to obtain stability for me and my growing family as I continue to establish myself as a citizen returning back into society, proving to be rehabilitated. I wouldn't have gotten this far had it not been for Justice 4Housing. the only people who seem to care about the forgotten population. and I am truly grateful to have gained such an ally/ Advocate/ Supporter and voice for the unheard.