In 2014, ARC conducted a survey of its members to determine their greatest need for successful reentry. While staff anticipated that employment opportunities would be identified as the top reentry need, members, instead, identified housing as their number one need – more critical to their success than employment, education, trauma therapy, or mentorship opportunities. In response, ARC launched its Housing and Education Initiative.
ARC HOUSING AND EDUCATION INITIATIVE
Recognizing that most system-involved young people have never had a sufficiently guided educational experience, ARC partnered with California's Community College system to develop its housing model. ARC's program provides housing, transitional services, and educational support to ARC members next to the Los Angeles Mission College campus in Sylmar, CA.