Reentry Housing Alliance (RHA) is one of the co-conspirators identified by the Racial Justice Engagement Group, and Unitarian Universalist Community of Charlotte (UUCC) volunteers have been actively engaged with them since last summer in a variety of ways.
We are excited to see RHA grow and expand its ability to support formerly incarcerated people in the following ways:
- With the help of UUCC volunteers making hundreds of phone calls, RHA has developed a database of apartments and landlords likely to rent to people with criminal records. This allows RHA to help people find housing more efficiently without wasting money on application fees to places that would not rent to them.
- RHA has established a partnership with the Community Relations Committee and the city’s Housing & Neighborhood Services Department to assist with expanding the City’s outreach and public education on housing rights, with a focus on rights for people with records.
- RHA has begun the process to become a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. UUCC volunteers are now supporting RHA with accounting services, communications, and volunteer management.
- RHA recently received a Jumpstart grant from the City of Charlotte and will be creating 2 new educational webinars: one to help people access support for buying a home and another to help landlords understand benefits and support available for renting to people with records.
RHA is very appreciative of the strong support it continues to receive from our UU community and we anticipate more opportunities coming soon for ways more people can get involved.