You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending
Without a safe and stable place to live where ex-offenders can focus on improving themselves and securing their future, all of their energy is focused on the immediate need to survive the streets.Being homeless makes it hard to move forward or to find the social support from others necessary to be successful.
Although education, employment, and treatment for drug and mental health issues all play a role in successful reintegration, these factors have little hope in the absence of stable housing. Yet, few leaving prison have the three months’ rent typically required to get an apartment. Even if they did, landlords are given wide latitude in denying leases to people with a criminal record in many states.