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(L-R) Travis Williams, Jennifer Jones, Marcus Kelly and Michael Berry all received keys to a new apartment in Highland Park.

(L-R) Travis Williams, Jennifer Jones, Marcus Kelly and Michael Berry all received keys to a new apartment in Highland Park.

$200,000 grant makes it possible

DETROIT — Six homeless ex-offenders welcomed the new year with their first set of keys to a new apartment thanks to a program through the Detroit Recovery Project. The Tenant Based Recovery Rental Support Housing program, made possible by a $200,000 grant through Wayne County, will target 30 former prisoners living in the  county over a two-year period. All have been homeless or diagnosed with substance  abuse, mental health or co-occurring disorders. The six homeless ex-offenders received the keys to their new apartment at a press conference Jan. 10 held at the DRP Eastside offices, located at 1121 E. McNichols.

Michael Berry explains the DRP helped him secure a new apartment and a job as well. PHOTOS COURTESY JOSEPH HOWSE

Michael Berry explains the DRP helped him secure a new apartment and a job as well. PHOTOS COURTESY JOSEPH HOWSE

Speakers included Andre Johnson, DRP President and CEO; DeAndre Windom, Highland Park Mayor; Alisha Bell, Wayne County Commissioner and Robert Ficano, Wayne County Executive.

Over the next two years, the 30 individuals who will be helped by DRP through the program receive rental assistance, along with supportive services like employment, family interventions, case management, financial planning, relapse prevention support and adult education services. The Wayne County grant helps DRP provide services for up to 18 months for the participants.

Andre Johnson, President and CEO of Detroit Recovery Project.

Andre Johnson, President and CEO of Detroit Recovery Project.

“It is critical that we give ex-offenders a chance to become productive, self-sufficient members of society,” said Andre Johnson, president of Detroit Recovery Project.  “This program will play an important role in reducing crime and enhancing public safety and is designed to increase the success rate of ex-offenders transitioning back into the community by providing a “wrap-around,” seamless system of services for the program  participants

— Staff report

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