The estimated number of people released from incarceration into the GTA each year.
The portion of people who have no stable place to stay when they leave prison.
The portion of provincial (and 44% of federal) inmates who reoffend in their first year after release.
Housing, jobs and positive social connections are critical to successfully re-entering society. Unfortunately people often leave prison with little money, no job and no family support. Many of them end up in overcrowded shelters or on the street.
The GTA's affordable housing crisis makes this situation worse. Vacancy rates are about 1%, so it’s hard for former prisoners to find a safe home. Even if they can afford rent, many are turned away. Ex-prisoners are one of the only groups that landlords can openly and legally discriminate against when it comes to housing.
Studies show that ex-prisoners who have stable and secure housing after release are far less likely to re-offend. As a result, housing benefits not only ex-prisoners hoping to reintegrate, but also our society as a whole.
These numbers clearly lay out an unsustainable situation. Helping a person successfully return to the community has many positive impacts on society, but doing nothing will continue to have a negative impact.
Restorative Justice Housing Ontario (RJHO) can help reduce recidivism rates and support positive reintegration by providing a safe and supportive environment where former prisoners can focus on re-entering society.
You can read more about the issues in our frequently asked questions, or learn about how we can help.
Let's have a conversation about how you or your group can help find safe, supportive and sustainable housing for an ex-prisoner in need.