- What is the mission of the Office of Reentry?
The Cuyahoga County Office of Reentry’s mission is to remove the stigma and social burdens that challenge returning citizens by launching and sustaining a reentry movement. Our office will do this by funding and supporting organizations that provide comprehensive services, and supporting and monitoring opportunities needed for a successful reintegration.
- Where is the Office of Reentry located?
Cuyahoga County Office of Reentry
c/o Old Brooklyn
4261 Fulton Parkway
Cleveland, OH 44144
- Who is considered a client for reentry services?
The Cuyahoga County Office of Reentry does not provide direct services to the community, instead the Office funds agencies, programs and entities working with individuals in jail, prison, or on community control, probation, or parole. These entities generally serve currently incarcerated individuals, individuals under community control sanctions, juveniles, people who were formerly incarcerated and others with a range of judicial backgrounds, including arrests. A client is primarily someone returning to the community after a period of incarceration and is experiencing significant barriers to reintegration, including employment, education, housing or other support services like behavioral health and substance abuse treatment.
- What programs and services are available in Cuyahoga County?
The Cuyahoga County Office of Reentry has partnered with Securus Foundation, an organization committed to modernizing the reentry process, to digitize the Going Home to Stay guide. The guide was previously published by United Way 2-1-1 but now it is the Exodus Planner (https://exodusplanner.com). The planner is a web-based platform that provides users with the ability to manage mutual client cases and individual life plans. It also has digital, up-to-date and relevant resource, program, and event sharing tools.
- How can I obtain legal assistance?
The Second Chance Reentry Legal Clinic, which was created through Second Chance Act funding, was launched in early 2020. The clinic provides free legal advice to returning citizens who struggle with civil issues stemming from their criminal convictions. Individuals who need assistance with sealing a criminal record, resolving housing issues, like eviction, appealing federal and state tax collection, driver license suspensions, identity theft and more, please contact the clinic at firstname.lastname@example.org or (216) 368-2766.
- What is North Star Neighborhood Reentry Resource Center?
How can I get in touch with them? North Star Neighborhood Reentry Resource Center, or North Star, helps individuals who have been involved in the criminal justice system navigate through barriers to becoming law abiding, contributing members of their families and communities. Their services include employment readiness workshops, computer training, GED classes, alcohol and substance abuse classes and support, life skills training, a community clothes closet, benefits assistance, child support modification, vouchers for state IDs and birth certificates and more. A full range of their services are located here.
1855 E. 55th St.
Cleveland, OH 44103
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- Are there advantages to employers for hiring returning citizens?
YES! You may be eligible for a federal tax credit for each returning citizen that you hire. In addition, free bonding is available that would protect you against any claims of negligent hiring. For more information, please visit https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/work-opportunity-tax-credit.