New Resource on Expanding Housing Options

Written by Scott J. Sheely on Monday - August 23, 2010.

New York: Successful prisoner reentry often hinges on individuals finding stable housing that can help them break the cycle of reincarceration. The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center released a new publication in May 2010 entitled, "Reentry Housing Options: The Policymakers' Guide", which provides practical steps that lawmakers and others can take to increase public safety through better access to affordable housing for individuals released to the community. For a downloadable copy, click here.

Reentry Housing Options is the result of a project supported by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice. The guide provides an overview of several commonly accessed housing options, including the benefits and limitations of six of these options: private-market rentals, public housing, affordable housing, halfway houses, supportive housing, and specialized reentry housing.  Stories from Salt Lake City, Chicago, and Wichita are documented.

About the Author

Scott J. Sheely

Scott J. Sheely

Scott J. Sheely served as Executive Director of the Lancaster County Workforce Investment Board from 2000 until early 2015. He has worked as a Human Resource Director of a large mental health agency, operations manager of a nursing home chain, associate pastor of a church, and owner of a wholesale jewelry business.

Under Sheely's leadership, the WIB created the first health care-based Industry Partnership in Pennsylvania. He serves on the steering committee of the Pennsylvania Center for Health Careers and recently served on the Workfroce Cabinet of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging.