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If you've never heard the word indigent it is the common term used to define somebody without money. It's not a term unique to prisons, but it's certainly a common occurance in them. Even if an inmate is not indigent in prison the majority of inmates are. Outside of the prison envirornment, indigent people are often considered the homeless.
Indigient cases, those with no money, are not exempt from our servies. In fact they are our primary target..
Unfortunately, we can't offer a room in our houses without money. Our landlords do not operate as non profit. H.O.S.T. does not receive any funding and we haven't yet kicked off our marketing campaign. However, H.O.S.T. is willing to take on any case. We are much more than just housing.
If somebody indigent is currently incarcarated, they too are going through the same process when they approach release time as any other inmate with money currently incarcarated is. The problem is that indigent inmates face two problems. Not only do they possibly not know where an eligible residence might be just like an inmate with money has to learn as well, but an indigent inmate then faces the challenge of even if they learn of a place, they have no way to pay for the case. If they can't find an eligible residence they are released as homeless, as though homeless makes society any safer than if they simply were allowed at a non complient residence. Unfortnuately they're not allowed based on the law.
Some inmates may have possible benefits such as social security or veteran's benefits when they are released. Perhaps they have something in savings they couldn't access during their incarcaration. H.O.S.T. will take any of these situations on, but these are not the truely indigent ones. Indigent cases are those that not only have no money now, they have no money in their immidiate future. That's why we they need our help, and H.O.S.T. is willing to provide it.
If an indigent person is not incarcarated they are possibly already homeless. You don't have to be coming out of prison to need help. Indigent people are not unique to sex offenders, but indigent sex offenders face even more challenges. Everybody's heard of shelters, but in general shelters turn away sex offenders based on policy or perhaps their location is too close to a school, park, or day care. Perhaps the shelter is actually accomodating children themself. It makes perfect sense that a shelter's primary target can't be dedicated to sex offenders, but what's an indigent sex offender to do?
The only way for indigent offenders to have a chance is to give them a chance. That chance can't require money because they don't have it. Many groups are unsympathetic for sex offenders, indigent or not. The thing is, if you fear what a few sex offenders might do regarding reoffending, that's more than understandable, But giving them a second chance doesn't increase the odds of an offender re-offending, it reduces it. These offenders are either already released, soon to be released, or never had prison to serve in the first place. Helping indigent sex offenders isn't adding to the number that already exist in the community, it's helping sex offenders already in our communities. Offenders with a plan are less likely to reoffend, then homeless offenders with no hope.
While we can't place indigent offenders into our homes just quite yet we are working on that program. In the meantime we will assist in finding the shelter that will accomodate sex offenders. We will waive the administrative fee so that if we do manage to find them a shelter we can then begin transition with them as well. We can work with them from their shelter, just as much as we work with all our clients from our houses. It is the goal for H.O.S.T. to start offering at least some indigent offenders free housing, not a shelter but real housing at no charge to them. Unfourtuanately, that goal is going to take some time to acheive. That's why we ask for support and our marketing campaigns will begin later this year.
Once an indigent offender is released and at least in a safe shelter, H.O.S.T. can then begin the transition part with them as well.
Do not less a status of indigency stop you from contacting us. We are here to help!
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