An area non-profit, Magnificence After The Bars, offering housing and different sources to girls re-entering the Charlotte neighborhood opened in April.
An area nonprofit is opening its doorways to girls returning to Charlotte after incarceration.
On Thursday, Charlotte-based nonprofit Magnificence After The Bars celebrated the grand opening of its first “SAFE dwelling,” a transitional housing facility open to girls in search of housing post-incarceration.
Magnificence After The Bars is part of the Sisterhood Alliance for Freedom and Equality (SAFE), a community of organizations that supply re-entry companies and help to the previously incarcerated.
Why it Issues: Mecklenburg County receives round 1,200 residents getting back from state incarcerations every year.
Folks previously incarcerated are at increased danger for a wide range of well being points, homelessness and substance abuse.
Mecklenburg County reported individuals who had been previously incarcerated are ten instances extra prone to expertise homelessness and that 30 to 40% expertise persistent illnesses comparable to diabetes and hypertension.
In keeping with Mecklenburg County, as much as 20% of individuals concerned within the legal system undergo from psychological sickness and 50% undergo from substance use dysfunction.
The brand new facility can present housing for 10 to 12 girls and can start accepting girls subsequent week.
Tiawana Brown, the founding father of Magnificence After The Bars, says every lady on the facility may have a person dwelling plan for the way lengthy she’s going to keep and what sources she wants. Ladies can keep on the SAFE dwelling for as much as two years.
“They want sources galore,” Brown stated.
Brown says girls on the facility will obtain a extensive organize of help, from studying to make use of an iPhone to securing transportation and discovering employment.
“A lady coming dwelling from incarceration just about doesn’t have something,”
Brown stated. “We’re going to satisfy them proper the place they’re at.”
“We’re not going to contribute to the homeless inhabitants,” Brown stated. “We’re going to ensure they’ve someplace to remain and they’re able to stay after they depart.”
Ladies will be referred to the SAFE home by relations and case staff or may even refer themselves by visiting their web site.
Whereas youngsters can’t keep at dwelling, households are welcome to go to.
This system is funded completely by A New Manner of Life, a nationally acclaimed reentry program run by different formally incarcerated girls.