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Safer Return - Aurora

Award Information

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Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $350,000)

The Congressionally Recommended Awards Program, authorized by the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2010 (Pub. L. 111-117), helps improve the functioning of the criminal justice system, prevent or combat juvenile delinquency, and/or assist victims of crime (other than compensation). Funds should be used for the projects recommended by Congress, in the amounts specified in the joint explanatory statement incorporated by reference into Pub. L. 111-117, and generally consistent with one or more of the following statutory purposes: improving the functioning of the criminal justice system, preventing or combating juvenile delinquency, or assisting victims of crime (other than compensation). Each of these purposes is framed using language drawn, respectively, from the former Byrne discretionary statute, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, the Victims of Crime Act, and the Violence Against Women Act. This project is authorized and funded through a line item in the FY 2010 Congressional Budget and by the joint explanatory statement that is incorporated by reference into the FY2010 Department of Justice Appropriations Act.

The Safer Foundation will use funding to implement the Safer Return model in Aurora, Illinois. This model was launched in March 2008 in Chicago's East Garfield Park neighborhood to increase public safety and promote the successful reintegration of individuals returning from prison, based on the sharing of responsibility among formal and informal networks. Implementation will include hiring of staff and office set up, conducting a community-wide needs assessment that will engage community partners, establishing welcome home panels, and providing direct support services to 100 individuals returning to the Aurora zip code of 60505. Direct services will include welcome home services, family inclusive case management services, and employment services. Participants will also have access to transit cards, substance abuse screenings, and interview clothing.


Date Created: September 6, 2010