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.
High numbers of people coming out of prison with little money, poor job prospects and family support puts a lot of pressure on communities that are not equipped to absorb them. Many of these people end up in overcrowded shelters or on the street.
The affordable housing crisis in the GTA makes this situation worse. With rental vacancy rates at about 1%, it’s even harder for former prisoners to find a safe home. Even if they can afford first and last month’s rent, many are turned away due to their criminal records.
Rates of re-offense fall significantly when former prisoners have stable housing, a community of support and steady employment. RJHO will provide the first two of these as well as help finding a job.
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 our plan to help.
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