Grants Available for Ex Felons

By Mike Broemmel
Grants for ex felons.

Grants available for ex-felons provide financial assistance in a number of different areas. The objective of this type of financial aid is to provide individuals returning to the community after serving prison time with access to programs and basic resources needed to follow a law-abiding course. A primary source of information for these types of grants is a parole officer or the local office of the state department of labor. Additionally, ex-felon advocacy groups like Felons of America are useful.

History

Prior to the 1960s, a very limited number of resources were available to individuals convicted of felonies who were transitioning back into society after incarceration. Over the past 40-plus years, more emphasis has been placed on such assistance. There are grants of different types available for ex-felons. Through this funding, ex-felons are able to return to the community on more stable footing.

Function

One of the most significant hardships faced by ex-felons is a lack of money. Even if an ex-felon is well-intentioned and desires to be a productive member of society, he very well may lack the money necessary to undertake a course of education or job training, obtain treatment, or embark on other endeavors that contribute to a better life experience. Thanks to certain types of grants, ex-felons are able to access necessary programming as part of their overall plan for reintegration back into society after serving time for a crime.

Housing

No one is capable of even rudimentary achievements in life in the absence of appropriate housing. A good number of ex-felons end up residing in homeless shelters because they do not have either the money or the immediate job prospects that would enable them to obtain and maintain housing. There are government and private-sector grant options through which ex-felons can obtain housing.

Education and Job Training

Some people end up involved in criminal activity because they lack a decent education or appropriate job training---and as a result, gainful employment. Through education and job training grants, ex-felons are better positioned to obtain gainful employment sooner rather than later. Indeed, in addition to grants for housing, education and job training grants were among the first support programs available to ex-felons.

Treatment

Addiction to and abuse of mind-altering substances is a common problem among people convicted of crimes. Maintaining sobriety is crucial to many ex-felons' being able to lead productive, law-abiding lives. In some cases, substance abuse issues are so profound that an ex-felon needs ongoing treatment, including long term after-care. Through grant programs, an ex-felon can enter into and remain part of an appropriate treatment or recovery program, including after-care.

About the Author

Mike Broemmel began writing in 1982. He is an author/lecturer with two novels on the market internationally, "The Shadow Cast" and "The Miller Moth." Broemmel served on the staff of the White House Office of Media Relations. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and political science from Benedictine College and a Juris Doctorate from Washburn University. He also attended Brunel University, London.

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