It’s no secret that justice-involved persons—individuals who have been incarcerated—face challenges when they come home. Housing is an issue. Mental health issues, substance abuse, lack of education, and no access to gainful employment are just the tip of the iceberg for members of our community who are returning home.
Each case is unique, and we take pride in providing focused support that is tailored to our client’s needs.
Our goal is to put our clients into a position where they will no longer need to be our clients.
Having a place to live, but no job to pay rent means the place won’t be yours for very long. Similarly, before having a stable home, mental health issues and substance abuse behaviors require attention.
The HATAS Prison Reentry program has been an unqualified success for more than 250 community members within the Capital Region and beyond.
Take the story of Janelle.
After being granted parole, Janelle came to HATAS looking for assistance in securing housing, and was enrolled in our Prison Reentry Program.
This program provided a stable living situation for Janelle, allowing her to move into her own apartment while securing employment at a local grocery store. As part of the program, HATAS was able to provide Janelle with everyday life essentials such as basic housewares, furnishings, and transportation through CDTA bus passes.
The path out of homelessness is not an easy one. Janelle, and many members of our community just like her, faced numerous challenges and hardships throughout her year-long journey.
When she thought of giving up, HATAS was there to provide support and helped her persevere.
She successfully completed our STEHP program and is now daring to imagine a future in a larger apartment, returning to college to complete her education and, most importantly, being reunited with her children.
Janelle is just one of the hundreds of people who come to HATAS in need of help.
Her story is still unfolding as a success, but the stories of all of the people who come through our doors are as numerous and diverse as our community itself. These people are friends, neighbors, and citizens who need our help in overcoming what is often a desperate situation.
The path to breaking the cycle of homelessness is a journey.
We believe that no one should have to take this journey alone. With the support of community members just like you, we have been able to duplicate Janelle’s success story for so many of the Capital Region’s residents who are in need.