Resources for Ex-Prisoners

This is intended to be a directory of resources for people who have been released from prison. This directory will change as resources are added and changed over time.

Social Security Administration
gives unemployed people $600.00/month (single) or $900.00 (married), and gives ex-prisoners $930.00 once, and only if you go to their office within 48 hours of getting out of prison. But you must take and show them your prison release papers & last two 2 months prison time sheets to get $930.00 check (SSA does not have a specific program for ex-prisoners. It’s just a rumor.)
Address:
3100 Smith, Houston, Texas 7706
phone:
tel:+1 8007721213
web:
http://www.ssa.gov/ssi or http://www.ssa.gov

Emergency foodstamps
$150.00 at office visit and $110.00 per month per person:
phone:
tel:+118005824636
tel:+118002215689
web:
http://www.govbenefits.gov
http://www.foodstamps-step1.usda.gov
http://www.fns.usda.gov/fsp

utility bills (air, heat, water, electicity) 20-40% discount + 5% extra senior citizens discount.
phone: tel:+18005825706
web:
http://www.acf.gov/programs/liheap
http://www.aps.com
http://www.liheap.ncat.org/sp.html
http://www.hud.gov
http://www.ncsha.org/section.cfm/4/39/187

 

Health Insurance for Children under age 16: So your job can’t charge you for your kid’s insurance
phone:
tel:+1800KIDSNOW (tel:18004326558)
tel:+18007471222
web:
http://www.insurekidsnow.gov
http://www.coveringkids.com
http://www.huskyhealth.com

Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
address:
451 7th Street SW Washington, D.C. 20410
phone:
tel:+12027081112
web:
http://www.hud.gov/renting/phprog.cfm

Mental health services
web:
http://www.freementalhealth.com

Free or discount medicine(s)/prescription(s)
phone:
tel:+18007886417
tel:+18884772669
web:
http://www.rxhope.com
http://www.needymeds.org
http://www.pparx.org
http://www.atdn.org/access/pa2.html
http://www.rxassist.org/docs/medicare-and-paps.cfm

Volunteers of America
web:
http://www.voa.org
http://www.seniorcorps.org (pays $200 cash / month to volunteers)

Free Dentists at:
web:
http://www.adea.org
http://www.nfdh.org

Free Accredited Colleges courses at:

  • web:
    http://www.khanacademy.org
    http://www.youtube.com/education (750+ Free Online Courses from the Best Colleges)
    http://www.einztein.com

Jobs that pay before you start work:
web:
http://www.careerbuilders.com
http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/fsa/index.html (gives up to $4,000 grant money to pay student to pay cost of living/bills)
http://www.nsep.gov/initiatives (gives up to $20,000 to $30,000 grant money for student to fellowship at schools in “U.S.A.” & abroad)

U.S.A. Small Business Administration
loans ex-prisoners $150,000 up to $1,000,000 for up to 10 years to repay total to open a business in the US.
Address:
4300 Amon Carter Blvd. Suite #114, Fort Worh, TX 77074
– phone:
tel:+18176845500
tel:+18173551933
tel:+17137736500
web:
http://www.sba.gov