ROCK ISLAND, ILLINOIS (May 10, 2023) — The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world. HIV prevalence among incarcerated individuals is more than three times higher than among the general population. The majority of the people in America's jails and prisons will eventually be released, and they face a myriad of challenges once they do so, including serious risk of housing instability and homelessness.
To provide support to community-based organizations working with individuals released from incarceration, including Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) grantees and project sponsors, HUD TA has developed a suite of resources called Homecoming: Life After Incarceration.
Homecoming is a multimedia project that is designed to highlight the challenges and struggles people experience as they try to re-enter society and showcases examples of organizations and people who are leading the way in supporting the reentry population. It also lifts up the often-marginalized voices of the population themselves. Homecoming has a secondary focus on the connection between HIV and incarceration and highlights the challenges and opportunities that exist in addressing the housing and health needs of people with HIV exiting jails and prisons. Homecoming consists of documentary style video episodes and a toolkit which includes a book with chapters that dive deeply into key topics and related resources.