Robert is coming home after three years away at a state prison. While away, he worked on his GED, but has few job skills and no prospects for a job, and he's not sure his family will welcome him back to their home. He's got substance abuse issues to work on, and his asthma has gotten worse. Right now, he is at high risk for committing another crime or parole violation, and ending up back in prison. Robert could be any of the more than 2,500 people coming home to our neighborhoods each year.

Coming Home to Stay is a network of community service agencies working together with a dedicated team of transition advocates and peer mentors to help those formerly incarcerated to build a new life. By assisting to connect with employment, housing, health services, substance abuse treatment, fixing financial and legal issues and reconnecting with family and the community.

Developed in and by the community, Coming Home to Stay is a partnership between provider agencies, public safety agencies, foundations, and formerly incarcerated men and women and their families. The planning group looked at what was working well, and what was not, and why folks failed to stay home despite the best efforts of community-based agencies. Using an "It Takes a Village" model, the program's opportunity for success stems from the coordination of services to meet individual needs.

Coming Home to Stay is funded through the generous support of: Alliance Healthcare Foundation, The California Endowment, Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Parker Foundation, Price Charities, and the San Diego County Bar Foundation.