What We Do

Re-entrance of formerly incarcerated individuals poses a major challenge for U.S. civil society, though it also offers a unique opportunity for Homecomers to rebuild communities and eliminate the pipeline that funnels citizens from the school grounds to the jailhouses.

The National Homecomers Academy was founded in 2011 by the Phelps Stokes Fund to enlist formerly incarcerated persons who are returning to communities as essential partners and co-workers in creating healthy families, generating strong peer-led support groups, mobilizing neighborhoods, and revitalizing communities.  We are currently re-founding ourselves as an independent organization (a process that will be concluded by January 1, 2014) and have added to our original mission the goal of increasing community capacity.  We firmly believe that the greater the level of resident participation in neighborhood and civic affairs, the greater the liklihood of building safe and thriving communities for all.

NHA's goals include:

  • To empower the majority of Homecomers to be successful, since they do not want to return to prison.
  • To inspire Homecomers to want, need and have the capacity to play a central role in shaping and paving the path towards a better life.
  • To lead systemic change at multiple levels – grassroots, institutional, policy-making and all points between – and the change must include the removal of systemic barriers to reentry.
  • To treat so-called "at-risk" youth as "at-promise" and help them navigate through the challenges of every day life.
  • To assist in the building of sustainable community associations and projects.