Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $1,000,000)
The purpose of this funding is to continue supporting projects that promote reentry efforts toward public safety measures, crime reduction, and improving the criminal justice system.
For years, Dallas County has strived to design housing and support wrap-around service programs such as case management, mental health, and substance abuse treatment to help homeless underserved and marginalized criminally justice-involved clients reentry society and become productive citizens in their communities.
This project’s name is The Housing Services for Homeless Criminal Justice-Involved Clients (HSH-CJC) and will be a complement and expansion to the Dallas Frequent Users System Enhancement (FUSE) project, which is one of the many partnership efforts established by Dallas County helping homeless criminally involved clients become self-sufficient and be placed into affordable permanent or permanent supportive housing within a 12-month timeframe.
The objective of the HSH-CJC project is that Dallas County will partner with local boarding homes to send eight (8) homeless recently jail-released Dallas County inmates or Dallas County criminal justice-involved clients who either do not meet requirements for the FUSE program, need higher levels of care from community treatment partners, or are shelter resistant and would benefit from being housed in a smaller setting with the necessary support wrap-around services into immediate housing, support wrap around services, and connection to permanent housing within a one-year duration of the grant throughout the grant term.
There are at least 15 Opportunity Zones[i] in Dallas County, in line with specific priority area “applications that offer enhancements to public safety in Qualified Opportunity Zones” (City of Dallas, 2019). Improvements in reentry services including housing, mental health and substance through this proposed project would generate significant public safety benefits in many of these zones and be beneficial to these underserved populations with transitioning back into their communities.
Funding will be used to hire staff, provide subgrantee awards to partnering local boarding home(s), and programmatic items to help Dallas County homeless criminally justice involved clients gain self-sufficiency and be placed into affordable permanent housing with wrap-around reentry services.
[i]Opportunity Zones Prospectus 2019 https://www.dallasecodev.org/546/Opportunity-Zones