RHI is committed to the long term fight for against incarceration, and against the targeting of youth of color by the NYPD and other policing entities.
For our incarcerated, or formerly incarcerated brothers and sisters, seeking additional support services, please see this list below composed by our Public Safety Program.
Independent Legal Counsel
- Brooklyn Defenders | (718) 254-0700
- Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A | (718) 487-2300
- Brooklyn Legal Services/LSNYC | (917) 661-4500
- CAMBA Legal Services | (718) 287-0010
- CoRe (Communities Resist) | (646) 974-8761
- Mobilization for Justice | (212) 417-3700
- NYLAG (New York Legal Assistance Group) | (929) 356-9582
- RiseBoro Community Partnership | (929) 282-4126, ext. 1046
- TakeRoot Justice | (212) 810-6744
- The Legal Aid Society | (718) 722-3100
- Urban Justice Center – Safety Net Project | (646) 602-5600
- Addabbo Family Health Center | (718) 945-7150
- Callen-Lorde Community Health Care – Health services for LGBTQ individuals such as primary care, women’s health, dental, mental health and substance use treatment. For an appointment call (212) 271-7200
- Red Hook CARES (Counseling and Restorative Services) – Contact Dori Scallet, Associate Director of CARES via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (646) 573-4665
- The Coming Home Program – Serves people with a history of incarceration. Primary care, mental health, STI screening, dental, OB/GYN, and HIV & AIDS care. Contact via email: ComingHome@mountsinai.org
- Washington Heights Corner Project – Syringe access, condom distribution, drop-in center, overdose prevention, HIV and hepatitis C screening, mental health services and care coordination. Accepts walk-ins. Call: (212) 923-7600
Housing and Re-entry Support
- Boom! Health Harm Reduction Center – Syringe access, support/counseling advocacy/activism, case management, HIV Primary Care, housing placement assistance, peer training, HIV testing, support & education Groups, LGBTQ programming, outreach to sex workers. Meals, showers, clothing, laundry, and a safe space. Accepts Medicaid, Medicare, private insurance, and patients with no insurance coverage. Accepts walk-ins. Call: (718) 295-2666
- Hour Children – Hour Children is a leading provider of services to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women in New York State. Focused on women and their children, we support families during a mother’s incarceration and help families get back on their feet upon release. Call: (718) 433-4724
- John Jay College Initiative – College Initiative’s three pillars—academic counseling, peer mentoring, and community support—help students grow as learners and as leaders: Academic Counseling, Peer Mentoring, and Community Support. If you are interested in joining the College Initiative community, click here to complete the expression of interest form. If you are interested in College Initiative but do not currently have a high school diploma or HSE/GED, click here to learn more about the Institute’s HSE Connect.
- The Fortune Society – The Fortune Society’s mission is to support successful reentry from incarceration and promote alternatives to incarceration, thus strengthening the fabric of our communities. Call: (212) 691-7554 or contact via email at email@example.com
- Project Renewal – Housing, outreach, healthcare, substance use treatment, mental health, and employment services for adults over the age of 18. Shelter-based dentistry and primary care. Accepts Medicaid, Medicare, private insurance, and patients with no insurance coverage. Call: (212) 620-0340
- Second Chance Re-entry: FIIRE Program – Provides opportunities for individuals with incarceration experiences to build self-esteem, combat stigma, and reduce recidivism through civil participation and leadership mentoring. You can apply here
- The Door – A Center For Alternatives – Education and employment service, legal services, arts, daily meals, sexual health and birth control, primary care, dental, OB/GYN, sports and recreational activities for those aged 12-24. Call for an appointment at (212) 453-0222 or contact via email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Women’s Prison Association – Empower women who face injustice and incarceration. They offer support, shelters for women experiencing homelessness, HIV testing and education, emergency assistance, legal services and more. call (646) 292-7740 or contact via email at infowpaonline.org
- Cora Dance – Creates exceptional dance experiences while addressing barriers that restrict individuals from accessing the art form. Cora programs foster diverse people finding common ground, allowing all involved — artists, students, audiences and community members — to authentically connect through art.
- Red Hook Art Project – RHAP’s mission is rooted in the conviction that creative self-expression is a transformative experience that enriches individuals and communities. Call (347) 889-4089
- Red Hook Redemption Church – Food Pantry – 27 Huntington Street, every Thursday from 10am-12pm. Contact via email at Edwin@redemptionredhook.com
- The Peoples Store – Run by the organizing collective, For Our Liberation. Occurs Tuesdays until 6pm at 398 Van Brunt. Only for Red Hook NYCHA Residents. Get involved with For Our Liberation, fill out the contact form.
Resource Guides and Fact Sheets
- Health Care Coverage Options for Incarcerated people – This webpage on healthcare.gov explains all of the available health care coverage options for incarcerated or recently released individuals.
- Incarcerated and Recently Released Customers Guide – This guide explains eligibility of incarcerated or recently released adults for health care coverage in the Marketplace, Medicaid, and Medicare.
- What You Need to Know about COVID-19 If You Are Incarcerated/Detained – CDC COVID-19 fact sheet for individuals in prisons, jails or detention facilities
- A Guide to Finding Housing After Incarceration – Finding a home after being released from prison is paramount, and maintaining that housing is equally important. Lack of proper housing contributes to the statistic that around two-thirds of returning citizens are arrested within just three years of reentry.
- Public Housing for People with Criminal Histories – Fact sheet from the Vera Institute of Justice with policies and community examples of how PHAs can expand access to housing for people with criminal records.
- An Affordable Home on Re-entry – This guide from the National Housing Law Project provides information regarding eligibility and the application process for federal assisted housing for individuals who have been incarcerated and how to advocate for changes.