Missoulians who have experienced incarceration are invited to join Welcome Back! in July to discuss our upcoming housing initiative. There is a serious shortage of affordable housing in Missoula, but for people returning from prison there are additional barriers that will not be addressed by simply adding more public housing or vouchers. We must confront the policies of property management companies, the stigma of homeowners associations, and the frustratingly slow movement of city and state bureaucracy. One person might see this as an impossible challenge, but together we might just be able to make a real difference. This July, with your help, we will decide what we will do to overcome these barriers as a community.
Welcome Back! is a local organization of people affected by incarceration. We work alongside various congregations and community groups in town to develop long term community projects and policy recommendations. We also provide peer mentoring and work to develop new leaders and activists informed by their experiences. Incarceration can leave people to face significant barriers without an adequate social support network. Welcome Back! empowers people by connecting their individual problems to broader issues, and then working to identify and address the roots causes of such issues. We support the success of people returning from incarceration because their success makes Missoula a better place.
Dinner will be provided.