Planned Charlotte housing development for once incarcerated ‘a pathway’ for success

In the three years since being released from jail, Jasmine Ingram has struggled to find affordable and decent housing in Charlotte.

The residences she has landed through HUD emergency housing vouchers were worn-down apartment complexes that featured little security on the grounds. Other places were run by property managers who Ingram described as “slumlords.”

Ingram, who has a 3-year-old son and another child on the way, just wants a pleasant, safe environment to raise a family. But Ingram’s criminal record, including a 2019 felony robbery conviction, creates an obstacle for her.

It’s often a challenge for many former justice-involved individuals whose options are limited because of their criminal histories.

“The government tries to help, but you’re being placed in the same environments,” Ingram told The Charlotte Observer. “I’m a single mom living alone, and that’s dangerous.”

Help for people in Ingram’s circumstance is on the way thanks to the Charlotte nonprofit Freedom Fighting Missionaries that plans to support a housing development specifically for the formerly incarcerated.

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