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Alaway Avenue Non-Congregate Sheltering Project

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Tlingit & Haida is pleased to partner with the community in announcing the development of a new reentry program for men returning from incarceration. Tlingit & Haida’s Reentry & Recovery department was recently awarded $748,584 from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) to develop and support non-congregate sheltering programs which will provide sober, supportive housing, workforce development, cultural programming and other support services for returning citizens.

In developing this state-of-the-art program, Tlingit & Haida will address the existing limitations of reentry programs without supportive non-congregate sheltering while mitigating the effects of COVID-19 by keeping returning citizens experiencing homelessness out of congregate housing (shelter). Studies show that people released from prison are less likely to reoffend and less likely to go back to prison, if they have stable, secure, supportive housing. Tlingit & Haida’s Alaway Avenue non-congregate sheltering project will provide a healthy foundation built on culturally responsive services for residents. The supportive environment will allow returning citizens to increase self-sufficiency, foster healthy relationships, and create a cohort of peer support to reduce recidivism and increase public safety.

We are all concerned with increasing public safety in Juneau, Alaska and strongly believe that Juneau will be safer in having the Alaway Avenue non-congregate sheltering program. If an individual getting out of prison cannot find safe, stable, and sober non-congregate sheltering, they are more likely to violate conditions of release or commit new crimes. With a safe, stable, structured, sober non-congregate sheltering environment they are more likely to stay out of prison and become an engaged and productive member of society. As one report put it, “Primary  crime  prevention  may  focus  on  minimizing  risk  factors,  for example,  poverty  and  unemployment,  or  promoting  protective  factors,  for  example,  job  training  and after-school programs; but the goal in each is to prevent crime from happening.”  

This project is part of a statewide and nationwide effort to more effectively assist persons getting out of prison, an urgent goal endeavored by government agencies, tribes, non-profit corporations, churches, and individual volunteers. We hope you will support and join us in this effort.

For more information, please contact Reentry & Recovery:

Toll Free: 1.800.344.1432 ext. 7365 | Direct: 907.463.7365 | Fax: 888.520.6722

Email: reentry&recovery@ccthita-nsn.gov