Wayne County to contribute additional $100,000 to extend Tenant Based Rental Recovery Support Housing Program
Investment will help Detroit Recovery Project continue their work to reduce recidivism in Wayne County
Detroit, MI- Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans presented the Detroit Recovery Project (DRP) President/CEO Andre Johnson with a $100,000 check to extend the life of the successful Tenant Based Rental Recovery Support Housing Program (TBRRSH). Last year, Wayne County contributed $250,000 to the help get the TBRRSH’s program off the ground. In its pilot year, the program provided rental assistance and support services to 28 ex-offenders who exited the Wayne County Jail system in the last 24 months.
“We believe that by helping our clients rebuild each part of themselves, they can become whole again. If the laws of attraction hold true, then a whole and healed person can attract a whole and healed situation — restored family. This housing project allows us the opportunity to continue this mission in helping Detroiters who were once on the streets become drug-free and productive citizens,” CEO of Detroit Recovery Project, Andre Johnson.
The TBRSSH program takes a holistic approach to rehabilitating participants that have been diagnosed with substance abuse disorder, mental health disorder, homelessness and or co-occurring disorder. The TBRRSH holistic approach includes delivery of services including but not limited to: random drug tests and screens, weekly AA/NA attendance, rental assistance, family interventions, financial planning and literacy, mental health services, post incarceration services and adult education.
As a result of these services, of the program’s initial 28 participants, only four discontinued the program, with three of those being re-incarcerated. The program’s successes included:
- 14 participants resolving family issues
- 8 seeking educational or vocational training
- 7 finding employment
- 25 remaining crime free
- 24 remaining substance free
- 8 moving on to independent living facilities
“Recidivism is a major problem in the ex-offender community. Historically, 4 in 10 adult offenders return to prison within three years of release,” said Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans. “The outcomes that the TBRRSH program experienced with this difficult population are remarkable. My sincere thanks go out to Andre and his staff at the Detroit Recovery Project,” he added.
Prior to being placed in an apartment, ex-offenders are assigned a case manager and are held accountable for personal goals including but not limited to maintaining sobriety, family reunification and job development.
The Detroit Recovery Project is a multi-service agency providing a wide spectrum of support services to the city’s recovery community. To learn more about the DRP, visit their website at http://www.recovery4detroit.com.
To learn more about Wayne County’s community development projects, visit the Wayne County Community Development website at www.waynecounty.com/communitydevelopment.