Financial Support for Victims of Crime: A Quick Guide for Corrections and Community Supervision Offi

August 7, 2018, National Reentry Resource Center This brief from the National Reentry Resource Center outlines the role that corrections, probation, and parole officers can play in informing victims of the supports to which they are entitled and how they can pursue restitution, compensation, or other means of financial support. In the case of restitution—where victims are repaid directly by the person who committed the crime against them—repayment establishes a sense of accountability for the person who committed the crime by creating a concrete link between the offense and the harm caused to the victim. The CSG Justice Center prepared this document for the National Reentry Resource Center w

Strengthening Correctional Culture: Eight Ways Corrections Leaders Can Support Their Staff to Reduce

July 19, 2018, National Reentry Resource Center This brief from the National Reentry Resource Center provides guidance for correctional agency leaders to strengthen recidivism-reduction initiatives through organizational culture change. Historically, corrections staff have had a straightforward mandate: to protect the safety and security of people who are incarcerated. But today, reducing recidivism is a core focus for corrections leaders, and as a result, corrections staff are also expected to help prepare people to return to their communities after incarceration. The brief highlights eight ways corrections leaders can set their staff up for success in implementing approaches that have been

Family Connections in Correctional Facilities TTA Opportunity Webinar

The National Reentry Resource Center Hosted by the Urban Institute and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and National Institute of Corrections Register here for the webinar on August 28th from 1-2:00pm! The Urban Institute has collaborated with the National Institute of Corrections, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Community Works, and subject-matter experts to develop actionable, low-cost, high-impact model practices and activities that can reduce the barriers to contact and communication between incarcerated parents and their children. This informational webinar will discuss this project, Model Practices for Parents in Jail and Prison: Reducing Barriers to Family C

Great Turn Out for Uplift Solutions and Temple's Job Training Open House

August 20, 2018, Cherri Gregg - KWY NewsRadio "Anywhere from 300 to 500 ex-offenders listened intently during Temple's open house for a six-week job training program specifically for ex-offenders, which provides them with a rare opportunity for a second chance. Staff from the Workforce Solutions program — which is in partnership with Uplift Solutions, Inc. — were seeking 50 people to fill out their next cohort. All who graduate are guaranteed a job at a partnering Brown's Super Store or Fresh Grocer." Read the full article here!

Launch of Strategic Plan and of the Philadelphia Intergovernmental Council on Homelessness

The Office of Homeless Services has been working hard to get to this, and it’s almost the day we've all been looking towards - the release of Philadelphia's next Strategic Plan to Prevent and Permanently End Experiences of Homelessness in our city! Please join OHS for the release of their 5-year plan and to welcome the the new Philadelphia Intergovernmental Council on Homelessness (ICH). Launch of the Plan and of the Philadelphia Intergovernmental Council on Homelessness Wednesday, September 12th, 3:00-4:00pm Mayor's Reception Room in City Hall (Room 202) Register to let us know you’ll be there! More than 400 community stakeholders participated in the year-long planning process, which identi

Farm Bill Amendment Would Ban SNAP for Formerly Incarcerated

August 23, 2018, Darrel Thompson via CLASP As the U.S. House and Senate reconcile two very different farm bills, formerly incarcerated people are at risk of losing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food assistance. Representative George Holding (R-NC) filed a troubling amendment that was adopted in the House farm bill. It would impose a lifetime ban on SNAP for returning citizens convicted of certain violent felonies. The ban would apply regardless of when the crime was committed, sentence completion, and compliance with terms of release. The amendment would also impact the families of the formerly incarcerated. Despite being banned from SNAP, their income would still count to

Register Voters with the Vote For Homes Coalition!

The voter registration deadline for the November Election is October 9th! Join Vote For Homes in their ongoing nonpartisan effort to register and mobilize voters by learning about how to support the voting rights of people who are low-income, homeless, living with disabilities, or formerly incarcerated. For more about the coalition, visit They will be holding voter registration trainings this fall for the November General Election. Trainings will be held at Project HOME at 1515 Fairmount Ave. The training dates are: Thursday, August 23 - 3pm-5pm Thursday, September 6 - 3pm-5pm Thursday, September 13 - 3pm-5pm Monday, September 17 - 10am-12pm Register here by filling out t

Reentry Starts Here: A Guide for Youth in Long-Term Juvenile Corrections and Treatment Programs

April 15,2018, via National Reentry Resource Center This publication from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is a user-friendly guide designed to help youth in juvenile corrections and treatment programs prepare for reentry and success in their communities. The guide outlines how youth transitioning from corrections to the community can seek assistance from a parent or guardian, mentor, friend, teacher, and other key people. In addition, the publication includes steps that youth can take to address reentry challenges. Visit the National Reentry Resource Center's Website for more info!

Philadelphia Unemployment Project has Commuter Options for Work!

Cars or vans are available to get city residents out to suburban jobs out of SEPTA's reach! The COMMUTER OPTIONS program is operated by the Philadelphia Unemployment Project. Through the use of car pools PUPCO provides affordable transportation to jobs in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Initiated with only one minivan in March 2006, PUPCO has now expanded and hundreds of workers have used our services to date. Read more information about the imitative here.

A New Law Will Expand Clearing of Criminal Records in Pennsylvania

With the passage of the Clean Slate Bill, many Philadelphians are working to clean up their criminal records. As the effective date for the petition version of the law approaches at the beginning of next year, Community Legal Services will be doing a great deal of public outreach. Check out CLS' pamplet here to see how the law works!

Philabundance Community Kitchen September Open Houses

Philabundance Community Kitchen (PCK), an adult vocational training program for low-income adults, seeks prospective students for its next class, starting October 1st. This 14-week program provides nearly 500 hours of culinary arts training and also offers exposure to guest chefs, catering opportunities, off-site internships and job placement services. In addition, retention services are offered for two full years to ensure that students maximize their training and maintain positive work ethics. Prospective students must attend an open house, at which they will have the opportunity to hear what PCK has to offer to individuals looking for a second chance in life or a career in the culinary in

Call for Exhibitors: Beyond the Walls: Reentry Summit and Prison Health Care

August 20, 2018, PHENND Are you a nonprofit seeking to engage with a large audience? Prison Health Care & Reentry Summit. Photo © Holly E Clark. Beyond the Walls: Reentry Summit and Prison Health Care brings together the communities that are affected by mass incarceration, including currently and formerly incarcerated persons, their family and loved ones, service providers, health care providers, prison staff, parole and probation officers, legal service providers, faith based organizations, community members, activists and advocates. Through innovative workshops, presentations and panels, Beyond the Walls provides a large forum in which to explore community-led responses to the crisis in th

Reinstatement of General Assistance for PA Residents in Need

August 25, 2018, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia On June 18, 2018, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, in a unanimous decision, found that Act 80 of 2012 was enacted in a manner that violated the Pennsylvania Constitution. Act 80 did many things, including eliminating the General Assistance (GA) cash assistance program. General Assistance provides a small monthly grant--approximately $200--to qualified individuals. Certain low-income Pennsylvanians can now apply for General Assistance again. This page has helpful information on who is eligible for General Assistance and how to apply. It also includes some information on the lawsuit. Click here to read more!

PA Developmental Disabilities Council now accepting “Letters of Intent” for Community Grants

The PA Developmental Disabilities Council is now accepting “Letters of Intent” for Community Grants, our small grants program. Community grants are intended to bring together people, with and without disabilities, in a local community initiative to influence social change and improve the lives of everyone in the community. You can learn more about this grant opportunity and submitting a Letter of Intent, at the following website:

Criminal Record Expungement Clinic

Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity Are you ready to clear your criminal record but don't know how? Come to this intake clinic that will determine your eligibility for an expungement. Learn your rights about criminal records and sit down for a one-on-one consultation! The clinic will be offered on September 15th, October 20th, and November 17, 2018. Doors open at 11:45am. You MUST bring a valid ID for the consultation. Sponsored by Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity and People's Emergency Center. Read more about this free public event here. For more information, call 267-777-5477!

Union Benevolent Association Funding Opportunities

Union Benevolent Association Beginning with the Fall 2018 Grant Cycle, which will open on August 31st with applications due September 30th, the Union Benevolent Association will target its grants to organizations that meet basic needs to alleviate the burden of poverty for vulnerable residents of Philadelphia. Basic needs are defined as food, shelter, clothing and other necessities including but not limited to assistance in obtaining identification documents such as birth certificates and State Photo ID; provision of post office boxes for those who lack an address; hygiene products and other toiletries; utilities such as heat; essential human services. The maximum grant will increase from $5

How to find low-cost bank accounts in Philly

August 6, 2018 - by Christian Hetrick, Roughly 4 percent of area households are "unbanked," meaning they don't have checking or savings accounts, according to a 2015 survey by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.An additional 19 percent in Greater Philadelphia are considered "underbanked" because they have bank accounts but still use alternative financial services like check cashers. These bankless consumers not only incur high transaction costs to cash checks and pay bills through third parties, but they also miss out on future opportunities for traditional loans by not establishing a financial history, experts and advocates say. Read the full article here STEVE TEARE

Submit Event Proposals for Adult Education Month

August 13, 2018, PHENND September is Philadelphia Adult Education Month! On September 8, 2018 the world will highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. The Office of Adult Education (OAE) is taking this one step further to recognize the importance of lifelong learning with a month of concentrated events, activities and classes! Those interested must complete the Adult Education Month Submission Form below to submit an event and/or resource related to adult learning for consideration. Guidelines and ideas can be found in the form’s instruction. http://bit. ly/2LZGNPW

Call for Speakers: TEDxPhiladelphia: Unintended Consequences

August 13, 2018, PHENND The TEDxPhiladelphia conference is back on Wednesday, May 15, 2019! Unintended Consequences is the 2019 conference theme. The moment that we recognize the impact of an unintended consequence, the story, formerly hidden, unfolds before us. Ideas that arise from unintended consequences are deeply personal. An unintended consequence forces us to reassess our assumptions and challenge our narratives. Speaker nominations for the 2019 conference will be accepted through Sunday, September 30, 2018 at midnight. Use this form to suggest a speaker or nominate yourself. Remember,

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