Research has shown that formerly incarcerated people are ten times more likely to experience homelessness than people who haven’t. Laws preventing people with criminal records from accessing Section 8 and public housing are fueling Massachusetts’s homelessness crisis.
Hands On Defense (HOD)
Hands on Defense (HOD) is a community-based program to help justice-involved individuals who are denied housing opportunities due to a criminal record secure stable housing. As well as Justice involved and domestic violence housing agency evictions.
We are developing permanent housing solutions that allow people to become home owners not renters and moving families out of homelessness and poverty as well as prevent 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.
PARTICIPATORY DEFENSE (PD)
We support our partner organization, Families For Justice As Healing, using a community organizing model for people facing, 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 live in a residence funded by a public assistance housing agency and a target of police, we can assist you or your family member with a MBF referal