||As part of the interagency agreement between HUD and DOJ, DOJ made Second Chance Act (SCA) funds available for the Demonstration and designated HUD with responsibility for issuing a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) and providing oversight for the Demonstration, in partnership with DOJ. Congress passed the SCA (Public Law 110-199) with bipartisan support in 2008. The goal of the act is increasing reentry programming and improving recidivism outcomes for individuals released from state prisons and local jails. SCA grants support efforts related to education and employment assistance, substance use and mental health disorder treatment, housing, family programming, mentoring, victim support, and other reentry efforts. Grants must be collaborative across criminal justice and social service systems and collect data to measure performance. Because evidence shows a subset of the reentry
population experiences homelessness and that PSH is a cross-sector solution that results in both housing stability and reductions in recidivism, it is a good fit for achieving the goals of the SCA.
In June 2016, through a competitive process, HUD-DOJ awarded $8.7 million in funding to the seven grantees, who are listed in Exhibit 1 below. In each site, the grantee organization is the intermediary organization that is primarily responsible for overseeing the PFS process, including responsibility for assessing the feasibility of PFS, overseeing the process to structure a transaction, and then overseeing the implementation of the PSH project.
Since different sites had different degrees of experience with both PFS and with PSH, sites were funded for different phases of PFS, as shown in the exhibit. The grantees also had varying degrees of experience collaborating across sectors, using data, serving a reentry population, implementing supportive housing, and evaluating outcomes.