The Rhode Island Foundation has awarded ONE Neighborhood Builders and The Center for Health and Justice Transformation $100,000 to develop new models for affordable apartments that include supportive services for people who have been incarcerated.
The grants were among seven awarded, totalling $1.375 million, aimed at improving behavioral health statewide.
“The target populations are recently incarcerated people ages 55 plus who have chronic medical conditions resulting in disability. We will propose housing types and subsidies, while CHJT will recommend a supportive service model,” said Jennifer Hawkins, ONE|NB’s president and executive director.
This work will build on the efforts of CHJT’s Lifespan Transitions Clinic, which provides primary care and supportive services to individuals who were recently incarcerated and have multiple chronic health issues.
“We’ve learned many lessons over the years from our Transitions Clinic, and housing remains an indelible factor in long term successful health and social outcomes. We are thankful for our partnership with ONE Neighborhood Builders and the support from the Rhode Island Foundation,” said Mavis Nimoh, CHJT’s executive director.
The seven nonprofit organizations that received funding will work in collaboration with community partners to tackle the behavioral health challenges of underserved populations in Central Falls, Cranston, West Warwick, Woonsocket, Newport County and South County. All seven proposals align with the Foundation’s long-term plan for health that has been endorsed by the Governor’s office and legislative leaders.