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Smart Reentry: Housing Demonstration Program


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Notice of Funding Opportunity (
Solicitation Overview


Application Deadline: Jul 18, 2024


Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)


Provides grant funding and technical assistance for demonstration projects that develop, implement, and test affordable, safe, and secure housing options for individuals reentering the community after incarceration. Supports proposals for evidence-based or innovative reentry housing models; reentry housing models that add program elements or expand eligibility; or projects that remove barriers to housing for individuals in reentry. Promotes access to wraparound services, such as case management, substance use disorder (SUD) and/or mental health treatment, and other policies and practices that support successful reentry.

The goal of the program is to improve reentry and reduce recidivism by helping jurisdictions assess reentry systems, identify strengths and gaps, and build capacity to expand housing options and increase access to reentry housing for adults released from prison or jail. Program objectives include:

  • Provide safe and affordable housing for individuals involved in the criminal justice system
  • Provide an adequate supply of stable short-term and/or permanent housing services for justice- and/or formerly justice-involved individuals that are appropriate and meet the needs of program participants
  • Reduce barriers and promote access to secure, safe, and stable housing opportunities for individuals involved and/or formerly involved in the criminal justice system
  • Provide wrap around services, such as SUD treatment, mental health treatment, intensive case management, money management, and other supports, to program participants to ensure continuity of care

Demonstration projects are required to provide services that begin prior to release from incarceration and continue into participants' return to the community and must include needs assessment and the identification of suitable participants prior to an individual's release from incarceration.

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: $1,000,000 per year
Project period: 3 years
Estimated number of awards: 7
Estimated total program funding: $7,000,000

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants include:

  • States and territories
  • City, township, or county governments
  • Other units of local government, such as towns, boroughs, parishes, villages, or general purpose political subdivisions of a state
  • Federally recognized Native American tribal governments
  • Public housing authorities and Native American housing authorities

Priority consideration is given to proposals that advance equity and remove barriers to accessing services and opportunities for communities that have been historically underserved, marginalized, adversely affected by inequality, and disproportionately impacted by crime, violence, and victimization.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Capacity Building • New Program • Operating Costs and Staffing

Application Process

Application instructions, requirements, and other information about the online application process can be found in the funding announcement.

Applications must be submitted electronically through a 2-step process:

  • Step 1: Applicants will submit an SF-424 and an SF-LLL in by the July 18, 2024 deadline.
  • Step 2: Applicants will submit the full application, including attachments, in the JustGrants grants management system by the July 25, 2024 deadline.

Applicant webinar recording


For questions on submitting in

For questions on submitting in JustGrants:

For programmatic and technical questions:
Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Response Center
TTY at 301-240-6310

Topics This Program Addresses

Community Planning and Coalition Building • Community Supervision • Housing and Homelessness • Justice System • Mental Health • Social Services • Substance Use Disorder • Treatment