Green Reentry is an initiative that converts foreclosed and vandalized properties in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood into vibrant, environmentally sound (“green”) transition housing for formerly incarcerated individuals reentering society. IMAN uses the renovations of these homes to provide on-the-job training for these individuals.
In May 2010, IMAN partnered with the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the Zakat Foundation on the first Green Reentry Leadership Home. This home now serves as the base for transitional housing and services for formerly incarcerated men seeking to successfully reenter the community. Through the program, IMAN provides mentoring, leadership development, job readiness/placement, and community support.
In 2012, IMAN closed on a second property and converted it into a second Green Transitional Home/Center. This property is a two-story building located in IMAN’s Community Safe Zone area, and previously had been a major problem in the neighborhood. In April 2014, IMAN celebrated the completion of this Green Reentry home with key community stakeholders. The multi-family home was renovated by formerly incarcerated men, and is currently being rented to two formerly incarcerated men and their families.
Watch video below about the Green Reentry Project