The Connecticut Association for Human Services (CAHS) Returning Citizens Program engages individuals who are six months to a year from being released and/or are currently in reentry programs. Using the CAHS Connecticut Money School curriculum, the program will focus on preventing soon-to-released individuals from struggling with money or other financial issues. Bills and debts DO accumulate during incarceration. Struggle with financial barriers for the re-entry community increases recidivism rates are, for example, people who have been incarcerated have a 69% drop in credit scores, resulting in both pre and post-incarceration debts, which impact access to housing, employment, and financial products, and increases the likelihood of recidivism by 15–20%.
The goal of the program is to help returning citizens:
Additionally, through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program:
Tax refunds can go towards paying down financial obligations, transferred to commissary accounts to use towards the purchase of items needed, which will, in turn, be less of a financial burden on their families.
When returning citizens are a year to 6 months from being released, they can participate in CAHS financial capability programming, apply for a Bank On certified checking account, and the monies from their refunds can be deposited into their new, affordable account.
For more information, please contact Takima Robinson, Director of Asset Building Programs, at 860-951-2212 x229.