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.
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.
Permanent housing solutions. Allowing individuals to become home owners instead of renters. We are moving families out of homelessness as well as preventing it.
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 believe that writing across walls breaks them down.
Financial Literacy workshops. When individuals return home from incarceration, credit is also a barrier to obtaining housing. We offer credit building, financial coaching, homebuyer homebuyer reediness.