We are now accepting applications for our reentry house! Page St House is located in Johnson County at 719 Page Street, Iowa City. The house will open in late summer 2023, once minor remodeling is complete. Applications can be submitted to the Inside Out Reentry Community office at 500 N. Clinton St., Iowa City, IA.
The sober, transitional residence will house six low-income men for up to two years after their return to the community following incarceration. Inside Out will provide on-site case management, mentors, and other supportive services for the residents, who will pay less than market value rent as they get established in the community.
Unfortunately, federal funding prohibits us from housing people with a lifetime sexual offender registration requirement. Those with a 2000ft residency restriction are also ineligible. However, everyone is eligible for and very welcome to participate in all other Inside Out programs. Please ask how we can assist you.
People returning from incarceration are nearly ten times more likely to face homelessness than the general public. High rents and high occupancy make finding affordable, decent housing particularly difficult in Johnson County. And even more difficult for returning citizens since it is legal to exclude people from housing based on past criminal convictions. Hopefully, the Page Street house will be the first of several Inside Out housing initiatives in the coming years.
Inside Out provides comprehensive support to returning citizens. In FY21, Inside Out served 168 returning citizens with 273 visits to our Resource Center and over 3,000 case management contacts. More than 86 people attended weekly support group meetings. Inside Out also had almost 2,000 contacts with 149 incarcerated individuals planning to return to our area. Our members come to us by word of mouth, in large part due to our non-judgmental approach, as well as through referrals from the Department of Corrections and family members.
Major sponsors of the Reentry House include: