Safe, affordable housing represents an enormous need for men and women re-entering the community after a period of incarceration. According to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC), 26,211 inmates were released in CY 2009, and only 13,073 were released to supervision. At any given time, the other 13,138 who were released to their committing counties could enter the shelter system without adequate reentry support.

Men and women who are just released from jail or prison often have nowhere to go but back to tough neighborhoods marked by high rates of poverty, unemployment and poor housing conditions—factors which can lead to criminal involvement. Many incarcerated individuals have severed ties with their families for a variety of reasons, and are faced with nowhere to go. They end up in the city’s homeless emergency shelters.

Current federal and local regulations largely prohibit people with felony convictions from living in public housing and private landlords often run background checks to screen out people with criminal records. We have developed a unique mix of housing services in response to the immense challenges facing formerly incarcerated individuals who are homeless.

Since 2006, The EXIT Program has provided temporary housing and supportive services statewide to homeless, justice-involved individuals transitioning from prison or jail. The program is licensed and contracted by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction and undergoes routine program audits. Since our inception, we have successfully transitioned more than 1,000 formerly incarcerated individuals. The participants referred to the program are on Community Control and have an assigned Probation or Parole Officer. Sex offender placements are subject to community notification, which is generated by the local sheriff’s office.

If you or someone you know is in need of our services, feel free to contact us at info@theexitprogram.com to determine how we may be of assistance.