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April 4, 2018 Ms. Cindi Herrera, Interim Executive Director Housing Authority of Champaign County 205 W Park Ave Champaign, IL 61820 Ms. Herrera, ‘The Reentry Council of Champaign County is a collaborative body comprised of community stakeholders including reentry service providers, citizens, law enforcement, jail administration, parole, and county officials. We write in support of the Champaign ‘County Housing Authority's (HACC) application for technical assistance, through the ‘Opening Doors to Public Housing initiative, offered by the Vera Institute with support from the Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance. We are grateful for your commitment to reentry programming as evidenced by your organization's participation on the Reentry Council and the HACC’s plans to implement a pilot reentry housing program serving approximately five clients who meet reentry program criteria; persons released from a sentence of incarceration with behavioral health needs who are working with a case manager from the local behavioral health provider. We look forward to working closely with you to ensure the pilot is successful and serves as 2 model for future reentry initiatives. We understand the goals of the HACC, in applying to take part in the Opening Doors initiative, are to: 1. Safely increase access to housing for people with conviction histories; 2. Improve the safety of public housing and surrounding communities through the use of reentry housing strategies; and 3. Promote collaboration between public housing authorities, law enforcement agencies, and other criminal justice stakeholders to effectively reduce crime and improve reentry outcomes for people leaving prisons and jails. ‘The Reentry Council looks forward to collaborating with the HACC in this effort to improve our community response to the needs of persons who are returning to our community following incarceré Sincerely, ‘Champaign County Reentry Program