MAYOR BRONIN ANNOUNCES $50K GRANT ALLOWING FOR PLANNING OF REENTRY SYSTEM FOR RETURNING CITIZENS
HARTFORD, CONN (March 28, 2017) – Today, Mayor Bronin announced that Community Partners in Action has received a $50,000 Innovation Planning Grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving in order to create a roadmap for the establishment of a Reentry Center in Hartford. The City of Hartford was named a partner in the grant.
“When members of our community return from prison, they often face enormous obstacles – and too often, those obstacles prove insurmountable. It’s in everyone’s interest to give Returning Citizens the resources and support they need to reintegrate successfully, so they can get on a path to employment and stable housing. I’m grateful to the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving for supporting this effort to help Returning Citizens live productive lives, and I look forward to working closely with Community Partners in Action,” said Mayor Bronin.
The Reentry Center will coordinate with governmental agencies, community groups, faith-based agencies, and existing reentry efforts to maximize the chance for a successful reentry by every Returning Citizen. The Center will do this by: (a) designing a process for day of release for willing participants, including the creation of a centralized drop off facility in Hartford (b) providing connections to housing, relevant health services, employment opportunities, transportation, and basic needs like food and clothing. The Center will also serve as an information hub, collecting data on what factors lead to successful and unsuccessful reentries, to inform public policy decisions.
Community Partners in Action’s Executive Director, Maureen Price-Boreland expressed gratitude for the grant, saying, “As an organization that has been providing necessary reentry services to Hartford’s Returning Citizens for over 140 years, Community Partners in Action is pleased and feels privileged to have this opportunity to lead this much needed effort in partnership with the City of Hartford.”