Webinar: Overcoming Community Resistance to Reentry Housing

This National Reentry Resource Center webinar, held January 17, 2012 explored the findings from “In Our Backyard: Overcoming Community Resistance to Reentry Housing: A NIMBY Toolkit,” a resource developed by the Fortune Society and John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and the International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution at Columbia University. The webinar highlighted the experiences of the Fortune Society as it established the Fortune Academy (aka The Castle), a supportive residence for over 60 men and women released from incarceration to homelessness in West Harlem. The webinar also discussed the efforts of staff at St. Leonard’s Ministries—a residential, case management, and education program for men and women that has been located on the Near West Side of Chicago for close to 60 years—to reach out to the community on behalf of returning individuals. Presenters will offer strategies for organizations facing community opposition to the establishment of services for populations that are considered “threatening.”

To download a PDF of the PowerPoint presentation used during this event, click here.