Recently Released Prisoners Could Be Eligible For 'Family Re-Entry Pilot Program'

NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — More than 400,000 people live in New York City public housing. Now, some of them might be recently released prisoners.

New York is one of the first cities to allow ex-cons to move into public housing to aid in their transition back to society.

Most residents at the Fulton Houses in Manhattan opposed the idea, but some told 1010 WINS reporter Gary Baumgarten that the move could be a big step for cons trying to get their lives back together.

“Depending on what they did, if it gives them a second chance then let them get that second chance,” Janelle said.

Others weren’t so sure.

“It’s scary just to send the kids down by themselves, it’s not really a safe building already,” Gil said.

Under the plan known as the Family Re-Entry Pilot Program, eligible candidates must be at least 16-years-old, be recently released from a correctional facility, agree to live with family members , and participate in intensive case management service for 6 to 12 months, the New York City Housing Authority said in a press release.

Participants also have to agree to not be involved in criminal activity to remain eligible for the program which is expected to begin in December.

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