Returning Home Ohio is a cost effective combination of safe, affordable housing with a range of supportive services to help individuals live stable, independent, and healthy lives in the community.
Having a place to call home is important for all of us including persons being released from the prison system. In an effort to provide more support and services for persons exiting the prison system, the Returning Home Ohio (RHO) program was created. RHO, a permanent supportive housing program, works with individuals being released from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction institutions who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Individuals referred to RHO also have to have a diagnosed severe and persistent mental illness (i.e. schizophrenia) or be diagnosed with HIV.
RHO is a collaborative program with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction and the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) created to prevent homelessness and reduce recidivism. Linkages and partnerships with local resources and community organizations provide additional options for services and continued rental subsidy which are essential to the program.
Referrals can be accepted for an offender up to 120 days following release from prison. Referrals are also accepted from community providers such as homeless shelters, Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) teams and halfway houses.