House Representative

Giddings, Helen

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 09/15/2016

City Wide Community Development Corporation Kicking Off Historic Reentry Program Championed by Rep. Giddings

Austin- During last legislative session, State Representative Helen Giddings worked with her colleagues on the House Appropriations Committee to secure a $1 million reentry pilot program for the City of Dallas, providing an historic investment in reintegrating former inmates in their communities. On Monday, September 19, one of the program's partnering organizations is holding a kickoff event to bring the program to the Dallas community.

WHAT: Reentry Mass Prescreening Kickoff Event

WHERE: El Centro College (Bill J. Priest)- 1402 S. Corinth Street, Dallas, TX 75215

WHEN: September 19, 2016; Registration: 9:00 AM- 10:00 AM. Orientation: 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM

WHO: For additional information, please call City Wide Community Development Corporation at (214) 371-1930.

"With City Wide's kickoff on Monday, we are one step closer to providing a true second-chance for hundreds of Dallas inmates," Rep. Giddings said. "Now that the agreement has been finalized, the hard work of working with inmates and community members begins."

Through an intensive process of collaboration between the City of Dallas and local non-profits, faith based groups, and private sector entities, City Wide was one of two organizations tapped with the responsibility of carrying out the program's mission.

The pilot program will allocate $464,440 to City Wide Community Development Corporation and $535,560 to the Texas Offender Reentry Initiative (T.O.R.I.), who will work in tandem to implement the state's objective in connecting inmates with relevant job preparation and opportunities.

"More than 70,000 people are released each year from Texas prisons, with about 15 percent returning to Dallas County," Rep. Giddings said. "Everyone in our county benefits when these persons are successfully reintegrated into the community as productive, tax paying citizens. Investing in true rehabilitation is a service to our entire community."

Representative Helen Giddings proudly serves the cities of House District 109: Dallas, DeSoto, Cedar Hill, Glenn Heights, Hutchins, Lancaster, Wilmer, as well as part of Duncanville.