Partnering to Help Returning Citizens

Re-Entry Program

To address Georgia's citizen re-entry challenges, DCA has developed a Re-Entry Partnership Housing (RPH) program with the Georgia Department of Community Supervision (DCS) to provide short-term housing assistance for individuals released and under the supervision of DCS, or who remain in prison simply because they do not have a valid residence plan. This program provides supportive transitional housing to a segment of the population that no one else is serving, addressing homelessness issues while at the same time achieving a reduction in recidivism and the associated costs. 

Returning citizens who are transitioning back into the community are at greater risk of homelessness given their need to establish an economic base and their challenges in securing housing resources within the community. This housing assistance program pairs people exiting incarceration, who might otherwise face homelessness, with landlords who voluntarily participate in the program. The Re-Entry Partnership program involves a unique collaboration by different agencies to help these returning citizens successfully integrate back into mainstream society. Funding for this program is made available via DCS' State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP), and DCA's State Housing Trust Fund for the homeless (HTF) administers the program.

By pooling efforts, the goal is to help individuals more effectively transition back into a successful and stable living situation, and enhance their ability to remain crime free. A Community Supervision Officer monitors each program participant for compliance with conditions of parole or probation, and works with the housing provider and other stakeholders to support the participant’s successful re-entry to the community. If you have any questions about this program, or are interested in participating as a landlord, please contact rph@dca.ga.gov.