MoneySteps ProjectMoneysteps

Financial education program for those who have experienced incarceration

Chapter 11: Overcoming barriers to reentry

Video Chapter Resources

  • How Do I Talk About My Convicition? U.S. Department of labor Ex-Offender Job Support
    • “Employers use background checks to confirm qualifications. It’s better to be honest up front and possibly lose some opportunities than to lose someone’s trust after you are hired.”
  • Child Care and Development Block Grant
    • The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) helps low-income families, families receiving public assistance and those families transitioning from public assistance in obtaining child care. The program, created in 1990, is authorized under the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-193). According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the current funding level for the Child Care and Development Block Grant provides assistance to only one out of 10 eligible children.
  • Legal Services Corporation (LSC)
  • Lifeline (Obama Phone)
    1. This is a program to provide discounted phone service, including cell phones, to low-income individuals.  The program is administered by the Federal Communications Commission.
  • Section 8 Housing – (PHA)
  • Who is eligible for Medicaid?
  • The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
    • The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a Federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income Americans, including elderly people, by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost. It provides food and administrative funds to States to supplement the diets of these groups.
  • Food Stamps (SNAP Food Benefits)
    • This is a food program for low-income individuals and families.  SNAP used to be called the food stamp program and stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.  It is run by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture).  Participants receive a debit card which is accepted in most grocery stories for the purchase of food.
  • Girl Scouts Beyond Bars
    • Girl Scouts of America related program designed to help daughters of incarcerated parents develop stronger relationships, build self-esteem, and expand life skills.
  • National Resource Center on Children and Family of the Incarcerated
    • Website/database providing information on programs across the country designed for children with an incarcerated parent.
  • Sesame Street Incarceration Toolkit
    • Sesame Street related program aimed to help younger children deal with having a parent in jail.
  • Work Source
    • Website designed to help people find employment.
  • ACLU
    • Organization created to help protect civil rights of people in America. May be able to help protect those who cannot afford to pay court fines and fees.
  • Oxford House
    • Organization providing democratically run, self-supporting sober living.
  • Goodwill Job Training & Education Center
    • Offers free GED programs and other relevant courses designed to improve job-seeking marketability.
  • Health Insurance Information
    • Federal Government sponsored website providing health insurance related information.