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Reentry After a Period of Incarceration

For financial help, various government programs are available based on factors like your income, work history, disability status, and whether you have dependents. Here are some of them:

  • Social Security: If you can’t work due to health issues or have a low income, you can get benefits from Social Security. Contact them at 800-772-1213 or visit a local office for details.
  • Welfare (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families – TANF): Also known as welfare, TANF provides financial aid to families with children in need. Eligibility rules differ by state, and some federal restrictions apply. Check with your local social services department to learn about your state’s rules.

Food Assistance: If you’re struggling to afford food, there are programs to help:

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): Often called food stamps, SNAP assists low-income individuals in buying food. Contact your local social services department or your state’s SNAP hotline for more info.
  • Food Banks/Pantries: Food pantries can provide groceries if you can’t afford them. You can find one near you on websites like Feeding America or Homeless Shelter Directory.

When reentering society after being incarcerated, it’s important to seek support for success and well-being. This includes addressing mental health issues, getting an education, finding a job, and accessing veteran services if you’re a veteran.

  • Mental Health Support: AIGAS can help you access mental health services, treatment, and support. Also offers support groups and education programs for people with mental illness and their families.
  • Substance Use: Many individuals with mental illness also struggle with substance use. Getting help for drug and alcohol problems is essential for your well-being. Ask your parole officer about available treatment programs.

Getting an Education:
Education is crucial for finding employment and thriving in your community. Most states offer programs to help you finish high school or get your GED.

Program details vary by state, so contact your state’s department of education for information.

  • Finding a Job: Finding employment is key to rebuilding your life. Look into career centers and job training programs in your area through CareerOneStop or by calling 877-US2-JOBS. When filling out job applications, be honest about your criminal record, as some states prohibit employers from asking about specific criminal records.
  • Service Members and Veteran Support: Military veterans, including National Guard members, may qualify for extra assistance from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA provides support for compensation, healthcare, education, housing, and more. Special resources are available for veterans reentering society after incarceration. You can find a state resource guide for veterans in reentry.

If you have more questions about benefits, healthcare, or other concerns, consider reaching out to the relevant agencies or departments for assistance.