Addressing the Service Gap: permanent, supportive housing and services for men
Community Re-Entry Services is a Minnesota non-profit limited liability corporation founded by 180 Degrees. We work to build the social, emotional and economic well-being of men who are formerly incarcerated.
This need emerged from the fifty years of men living at 180 Degrees' Clifton Place residence and struggling to secure permanent housing in the Twin Cities.
Barriers have included lack of affordable housing, not enough landlords renting to people with criminal records, and institutional racism. Too often Clifton Place graduates have exited to rentals with landlords who take advantage of them, or to living arrangements disconnected from social services.
Following a successful pilot program, 180 Degrees launched CRS and invested $1.7 million to purchase housing to address this gap. Today, Clifton Place graduates, all with jobs, are eligible to rent fully furnished, affordable space through CRS properties.
CRS ensures client success and community safety so that clients can achieve economic stability and contribute positively to their communities.
Carlos Tells His Story: Community Re-Entry Services Offers a Stepping Stone
One of the first residents to be accepted into the CRS new permanent housing program is Carlos, who moved into a safe, affordable, and fully-furnished one-bedroom apartment. There's a shared kitchen and laundry areas with 4 other residents who also successfully completed the 90-day Clifton Place halfway house.
Carlos shares his story in an interview.
Read the interview with Carlos here.