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Restorative Justice Housing Ontario

Safe, supportive and sustainable housing

Restorative Justice Housing Ontario (RJHO) provides safe, secure housing to individuals in transition after their recent release from prison. Our plan is to break the cycle of homelessness and incarceration, one person at a time.

With housing secured, community integration commences. Our residents have the stable foundation needed to begin rebuilding their lives, doing their own healing work, and seeking employment or volunteer positions.

We launched our first house for men leaving prison in February 2020. As of January 2024, RJHO operates five houses in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), with the capacity to provide affordable, supportive, and stable housing for up to 21 men and women leaving the correctional system.

 

Adult and child hands holding paper house, family home and homeless shelter concept

Our mission

The cycle of homelessness and incarceration must be broken. By working to create safe, supportive home environments for people leaving prison, RJHO works to reduce the number of people who return to prison. To do this, we're working hard to find more houses and to increase the support we provide to our residents. To learn about the challenges we face and our work to overcome them, read more about our mission.

How you can help

Do you know of an available house we can rent? Our ideal option includes at least four bedrooms and two to three bathrooms. Please send any leads to Joseph Lauren.

We welcome donations, as we do not receive any official government support. Learn more about how to donate.

Interested in volunteering? We'd love to have you. Join our community of volunteers today.


Read our latest news and stories

Letter to the Editor, The Globe and Mail

RJHO chair Jim Harbell's Letter to the Editor in response to the article “Nearly 20% of inmates homeless upon release from Ontario jails, data show” (November 27).

Annual Report: RJHO 2022

Our 2022 Annual Report provides a review of our activities – our successes, expenses, growth, and goals.

Restorative Justice Housing Ontario opens a new home for women

RJHO has leased a home in Toronto to be used as residence for women who are coming out of prison but have no place to live. This is the first home for women to be operated by RJHO.

Get to know Michelle Joseph

Michelle Joseph is RJHO’s new consultant for the Women’s Program. She is also the full-time CEO of Unison Health. Despite her busy schedule, she found time for an interview!


What is restorative justice?

Put simply, restorative justice is an approach to justice that focuses on repairing the harm that results from criminal actions. It holds offenders accountable for their actions and affirms that repairing the harm they have caused should be a collaborative process. Restorative justice also encourages offenders, victims and communities to work together to find solutions and take steps toward positive change.

But how can offenders engage in restorative justice if they don't have a stable place in the community to begin with? How can they repair any harm they've caused if all their focus is on affording, or even finding, a safe place to sleep?

This is why we created RJHO - to help ex-offenders find safe, supportive and sustainable housing so they can start making up for harm caused in the past and work toward positive relationships with their communities in the future.


Get involved

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.