Housing Needs and Solutions for Justice - Involved Women

Enterprise and The Fortune Society hosted a panel discussion to discuss the specific service and housing needs of women touched by the justice system. The webinar panelists shed light on this population's unique needs and struggles in identifying affordable housing.

In recent years, women's incarceration has grown at twice the pace of men's incarceration, with a disproportionate concentration in local jails.  Despite this increase, few resources have been directed to meet the needs of justice-involved women. The disinvestment is especially troubling when 80% of women in prisons are mothers and often the primary caretakers of their children—dynamics which make children and communities particularly susceptible to the domino effect of burdens placed on justice-involved women.

The need for encompassing services and adequate housing for justice-impacted women is even more critical in the wake of COVID-19, which has led to NYC reducing the jail population to flatten the curve. 

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