In an effort to help many of the 630,000 prison inmates who are released each year, a bipartisan group in Congress will introduce legislation today aimed at building 100,000 units of single room occupancy housing. The measure would provide a tax credit to be used by private developers. Former Representative and Housing Secretary Jack Kemp will speak at a program unveiling the bill.
Under the proposal by Representatives Danny K. Davis (D-Ill.) and Mark Souder (R-Ind.), the new housing would provide a structured living environmentment with education, skills training, and other assistance for up to two years.
The bill’s supporters say that California prison officials estimate that 10 percent of the state's parolees are homeless They note that “few prisoners receive supportive services or assistance upon release beyond a bus ticket and spending money for the first day or two…One third of all corrections departments provide no funds at all to prisoners upon release.”