DETROIT (WWJ) – A new grant is allowing some homeless to get off the street and into a new apartment.

For at least 105 days, 52-year-old Jennifer Jones has been drug and alcohol free reports WWJ’s Pat Sweeting.

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Jones is among the first four homeless ex-offenders to earn a new apartment as part of her recovery.

She says she was surprised, grateful and excited to know she had been selected:

“When I got out of jail, I got caught up being in the wrong place at the wrong time, and I got tired of being tired and ran and asked for some help,” said Jones.

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L)Travis Williams,  Andre Johnson of the  DRP,  Jennifer Jones, Marcus Kelly and Michael Berry all received keys to a new apartment in Highland Park. (Credit/Joseph Howse)

L)Travis Williams, Andre Johnson of the DRP, Jennifer Jones, Marcus Kelly and Michael Berry all received keys to a new apartment in Highland Park. (Credit/Joseph Howse)

Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano sees the program as helping these individuals break a cycle that could land them back
in trouble.

“If you come out of an institution – either jail or prison – it’s twice as hard really to try to find a job and so this is a way to try to merge them into the community and give them a quality of life,” said Ficano. “It comes down to – if you give them an opportunity with dignity and respect and they feel that it’s there … they’re going to put a lot more effort into trying to make their way into the community.”

A $200,000 grant through Wayne County is funding the rental apartments of  the Detroit Recovery Project program (Tennant Based Recovery Rental Support Housing) that will initially place 30 ex-offenders into new housing.

All had been homeless but are working to put their lives back together.

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The Detroit Recovery Project encourages those seeking recovery, to achieve and maintain long-term recovery, and live productive, drug-free lifestyles.