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A second chance: New housing for formerly incarcerated men coming to Lincoln Park

Published: Oct. 29, 2021 at 9:20 AM CDT
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DULUTH, MN. (CBS 3 Duluth) - Family Rise Together aims to strengthen the bond between parents and kids.

ChaQuana McEntyre, president of the Duluth nonprofit, is taking on the new project.

“Besides providing housing, we want to provide stability,” she said. “In partnership with St. Louis County, we became a long-term housing provider in our community to serve BIPOC fathers and men.”

The nonprofit is renting a house in Lincoln Park for men who were previously incarcerated.

The five-bedroom, four-bathroom house will give a safe space for up to five men at a time.

“For those men who are reunifying and need a safe place to do those supervised visits or visits with their children, this home will be the very first home where men will be able to bring their kids and have a safe space for them,” McEntyre said.

Family Rise Together will get resident referrals from the county.

They will also provide referrals for mental health programming if the men want it.

“We’ll have a part-time case manager working with these five guys to figure out what’s your next step, what do you want to do, and how can we come alongside you so that you can stabilize so that homelessness is not a part of your trajectory of lifestyle again? If they choose that,” McEntyre said.

In addition to stable housing, the men can also receive career advice.

“If they are interested in starting a business, we offer a culturally-specific curriculum where we will come alongside them to help start their business, help them get their business figured out,” she said.

McEntyre hopes this safe place will bring change to the community, one life at a time.

“If I can be very honest with you, my overall goal is to create more opportunities for other leaders to come alongside us to create and change the trajectory of the BIPOC community in Duluth and our surrounding communities,” McEntyre said.

The house still needs to be decorated and inspected before people can move in.

McEntyre hopes that will happen by the end of November.

She is looking for people to donate household items.

In addition to items for the house, they are accepting donations for clothing for the men and coats for children.

Click here for more information on how to donate.

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