Support for Prisoners After Leaving Jail

9 April 2019, 13:04

homeless man

A Rehousing Project - has been awarded £314,000 from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to support prisoners across Kent as they leave jail.

According to statistics 50 per cent of prisoners in the county don't have any accommodation when they are released.

The Rapid Rehousing Pathway Project says this means almost half of all rough sleepers in Kent are people who have an offending history.

The funding for the 2019/20 financial year, will be used to employ more staff to work with prisoners during their time in custody, developing individual support plans and ensuring that they are not released as street homeless.

The scheme will be open to people over the age of 18 who have had a custodial sentence or been on remand in a Kent prison for less than 12 months, with an initial focus on those who were homeless when they went to prison or who were previously rough sleeping.