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valentine65
04-04-2005, 09:35 PM
I went to visit my boyfriend yesterday and he was saying that there are a few grants and or loans offered to inmates when they get out to help them start a business.. etc. He asked me to look it up so I could see for myself what is offered but I have no idea where to look for this information. Has anyone heard of this or know where I can find the information?

mrsdragoness
04-04-2005, 09:38 PM
I have not heard of any grant money available, but my husband has told me of a rehab type program to help former inmates train for jobs. I'm waiting for him to get more information so I can look into it.

valentine65
04-04-2005, 09:48 PM
Maybe I will write him and ask him to send me the information. He seemed so sure of it... who knows? I was just glad to see him :) We just recently got back together after breaking up 19 yrs ago. Who knew prison would bring two people back together...

angeltob
04-04-2005, 10:10 PM
I havent heard of grant money available but there are programs available to build up skills and even placement in employment.
We just recently got back together after breaking up 19 yrs ago. Who knew prison would bring two people back together...Its not as uncommon as you think! Stick around and you will find others just like you out here!! WELCOME TO PTO!!!

jewellsprincess
04-04-2005, 10:32 PM
there was something that they had at the county jail that was called the ex felon packet it had a lot of info about grants and loans..................something about social security about how they give you so much a month for three months prior and after your release but when you called any of the places they no longer excisted that was about a year ago we loooked into it i am not sure if that is what he is talking about..............there is a new packet out with some sort of assistance and help with job training skills but we havent been able to get our hands on it as of yet he is no longer in prisonor jail so we dont know where to get it now.........he is home everyday but tuesdays from rehab working and will be home for good in 5 weeks..............there is some info at the rehab that he is going to bring home if its worth wild ill pass the info along...............he is at cpi in waterford more intense then a regular rehab alot of parolees from prison are being sent there before home ken says its alot like prison but more freedom but structured to help them enter society again i was really pissed about him needing to go there but now after 7 weeks im glad he is there it is actually a great form of help to him and its helping him rebuild himself....so maybe they do have some info on what you are looking for..............ill ask when i see him wednesday.............

cielopezzo
05-23-2005, 03:40 AM
i was also told about such a program that a released inmate could apply for a business grant up to $50,000. haven't had much luck finding any direct information did find the following seems it may be possible if obtained through a faith based and community initiative here's the link
http://www.dol.gov/cfbci/funding.htm#content
also check this
http://www.reentrypolicy.org/Funding-Opportunities.html
http://www.grants.gov/
this site covers the Social Security issues for inmates/released prisoners http://www.facs.gov.au/guide/ssguide/37440.htm

Tyrsis
05-25-2005, 04:08 PM
We just recently got back together after breaking up 19 yrs ago. Who knew prison would bring two people back together...
Welcome Valentine! I don't have any information for you regarding grants...but the other part of your post I can certainly comment on. I'm back with my high school sweetheart after 25 years! And yes...we've fallen in love again since he's been in prison.

Joeyboy
05-25-2005, 04:22 PM
Being the former inmate that I am, this all mostly jailhouse rumors. The old school inmates tell the first timers stuff like this all the time. He is eligible for emergency foodstamps, and that's about it. I have looked for these grants and loans "FOR INMATES" and there is none. I have checked into the social security too and you have to be more than 65 years old or blind to qualify.

valentine65
05-27-2005, 01:02 AM
When I went to visit my boyfriend, I asked him to mail me what he had concerning this. He did, and it was copied from the law library at RGC in Jackson. Since then, we have written letters of inquiry to several places on the list and only one came back.(national prison project) but I found that they have a new washington dc address so I forwarded the new address to my bf. Guess we'll just wait and see. Also, as far as social security, they do qualify as a disadvantaged minority for being an ex-convict but only have 72 hours to apply after being released.

GottheTshirt
05-27-2005, 01:35 AM
Please look at my other posts. I just answered this question not 45 minutes ago.

cjjack
05-27-2005, 01:47 AM
Not true. There is no benefit from the Social Security Administration for simply being an ex-felon or ex-inmate, no matter when you apply. In another thread, I copied this information directly from the Social Security Adminstrations website. Being an ex-inmate is not a disabilty. Please see the other thread for the info from the SSA.

Rumors are abundant when it comes to money, loans, etc. for ex-inmates. Trust me, as an ex-inmate, I found that you are on your own for the most part.

cjjack
05-27-2005, 01:49 AM
Here is what I got directly from the SSA website:

This was taken directly from the Social Security Administration Website:

The Social Security Administration does not provide any benefits just for ex-prisoners.Once you are released, you can get Supplemental Security Income (SSI)(see http://www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/11000.html (http://www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/11000.html)) payments if you are 65 or older, or are blind or have a disability have little or no income and resources.Social Security retirement, survivors, or disability (RSDI—Title II) (see http://www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/10024.html (http://www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/10024.html) benefits may be payable if you have worked and paid into Social Security enough years (this is determined by your age and the date you became disabled or turned age 62), and:You have a physical or mental condition so severe that it will make you unable to do any work for at least a year, orYou are legally blind, even with glasses, orYou are age 62 or older.If you meet the above requirements, Social Security benefits may also pay:Your child who is under age 18, or severely disabled before age 22, or your wife who is age 62 or older, or is caring for your child who is under age 16 or severely disabled before age 22.If you think you could qualify for benefits based on the above requirements, you should call Social Security’s toll-free telephone number, 1-800-772-1213. If you are severely disabled or over age 62 and you have dependents who could be paid based on your work covered by Social Security, you should call Social Security immediately.
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ablount1974
09-17-2005, 12:47 AM
Try looking on www.grantgate.com (http://www.grantgate.com). I found a few in different states. About 11 grants for prisoners and thier families! This also has application and such on it!

n8sot
09-18-2005, 01:25 AM
I agree with Joey, Big rumor!! that rumor floats all over prisons everywhere.. some people have made up info packets and pass them along, but all fake! Here in GR, mich, a place called project rehab will actually help with some money for tools and clothes for work for ex inmates. thats about it. FIA will give medical and food stamps for 3 months. thats about it.
Brian F.

AvengingAngel
09-18-2005, 06:39 PM
Re: post #6 above...
this link is included "this site covers the Social Security issues for inmates/released prisoners http://www.facs.gov.au/guide/ssguide/37440.htm (http://www.facs.gov.au/guide/ssguide/37440.htm) " but it is for citizens of Australia, not the U.S. (The .au part of the URL is the giveaway.)

Just thought I'd clarify, or perhaps prevent more misinformation being spread.

zhane
09-18-2005, 10:46 PM
A prisoner diagnosed with a disability can receive expedite claim consideration but other than that I have heard of a few programs available but have yet to see anything to verify that.

n8sot
09-19-2005, 05:46 PM
http://www.ssa.gov/sslogo49.gif http://www.ssa.gov/ustoplogo2.gif

What special programs are available for ex-prisoners?
http://ssa-custhelp.ssa.gov/rnt/rnw/img/trnsp.gif Answer The Social Security Administration does not provide any benefits just for ex-prisoners.Once you are released, you can get Supplemental Security Income (SSI)(see http://www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/11000.html (http://www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/11000.html)) payments if you are 65 or older, or are blind or have a disability have little or no income and resources.Social Security retirement, survivors, or disability (RSDI—Title II) (see http://www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/10024.html (http://www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/10024.html) benefits may be payable if you have worked and paid into Social Security enough years (this is determined by your age and the date you became disabled or turned age 62), and:You have a physical or mental condition so severe that it will make you unable to do any work for at least a year, orYou are legally blind, even with glasses, orYou are age 62 or older.If you meet the above requirements, Social Security benefits may also pay:Your child who is under age 18, or severely disabled before age 22, or your wife who is age 62 or older, or is caring for your child who is under age 16 or severely disabled before age 22.If you think you could qualify for benefits based on the above requirements, you should call Social Security’s toll-free telephone number, 1-800-772-1213. If you are severely disabled or over age 62 and you have dependents who could be paid based on your work covered by Social Security, you should call Social Security immediately.

zhane
09-19-2005, 08:52 PM
I came across a thread here in pto at some point that gave alot of information about grants and social securtity so is a such there a such thing as an inmate being able to apply for ssi and having their claim expedite where it would be available upon release?

dj1234
08-11-2006, 01:05 PM
I totally agree with Joeyboy (and not just because I like his icon). I've made phone calls and talked to people at the SSI office and researched it for myself and this is my conclusion: You can apply through vocational rehabilitation but you have to go through an evaluation, the funding is for people who are too mentally unstable to hold a typical job in the public and therefore need their own business and need to work for themselves. I think this is the what some people are doing in order to get grant money for their own businesses, they are saying 'prison drove me to be anti-social' and then they are applying for vocational rehabilitation grants.

Sorry, I think the truth is better then false hope. DJK

Being the former inmate that I am, this all mostly jailhouse rumors. The old school inmates tell the first timers stuff like this all the time. He is eligible for emergency foodstamps, and that's about it. I have looked for these grants and loans "FOR INMATES" and there is none. I have checked into the social security too and you have to be more than 65 years old or blind to qualify.

jdettmer3
08-13-2006, 07:34 AM
My man actually told me something about this recently. He said he has a friend who recently got out of prison, and the state gave him a loan for 75,000. He just started his own business.

dj1234
08-17-2006, 04:26 PM
That's wonderful, I hope that you will provide everyone with the name of the agency with in the state and the address so that others can get a 75,000 loan when they get out of prison.

mrsdragoness
08-17-2006, 06:42 PM
My man actually told me something about this recently. He said he has a friend who recently got out of prison, and the state gave him a loan for 75,000. He just started his own business.


I'd sure as heck would like to know myself! The state doesn't give out money like this so I tend to think its someone who may have had the finances thru family and friends to put up collateral... Heck my daughter can't even get a $10,000 grant/small business loan unless I put up my home as collateral!!!!

DENIMBLUE
08-17-2006, 09:20 PM
...I would like to know that too!

teeter74
08-19-2006, 07:15 PM
My guy is in Pugsley in the pre prelease program and he told me that they had to sit through a seminar type deal that talked about different help that is available to them when they get out. He said they can get a loan up to $2000, not sure who it's through, food stamps for 3 months and job placement.

jdettmer3
08-21-2006, 05:33 PM
Trust me, I know it sounds far fetched. I didnt ask for details but I will find out more when I talk to him again.

Odd Mushroom
06-12-2008, 11:40 PM
Good rumors dies hard. One of the best continues to prey on inmates looking for a fresh financial start. Perhaps you've heard it. One inmate recently reported that he was told of a clause in the Social Security Administration that classifies ex-cons as "disabled" upon release. As such they could receive monthly checks in excess of $300 plus money to purchase a car.
So let's get the story straight.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI), one program of the Social Security Administration, is for people who are disabled, have limited income, or who are 65 or older. Serving time in prison does not qualify anyone as "disabled". To be considered disabled, a person must have a physical or mental condition that prevents him/her form doing any substantial work. This condition must be expected to last for at least 12 months. Depression, anxiety, stress from prison, etc., are not considered enough reason to prevent a person from working. Even if you meet these conditions, P.L. 96-473 requires suspension of Social Security benefits to disabled inmates when they become confined to a correctional facility for conviction of a felony. Statute 10105.105 forbids payment of any benefits to any prisoner who becomes disabled while in prison or who sustains a disability during the commission of felony after October 19, 1980.
No matter how much you have paid into Social Security, no inmate can receive benefits. Social Security is a program that pays benefits after you retire, become disabled, or die. The benefits that you receive after you qualify (usually your 65th birthday) depend on how long you have worked and paid into the Social Security Program.
If you were receiving benefits before your incarceration, they were automatically cut off when you entered the prison system. By law, benefits cannot be reinstated until you have been out of prison for at lease a month. Upon release, you can receive up to $200 in emergency benefits. This is an advance against your first regular check. If your parole requires you to live in a half-way house (still considered confinement) you cannot receive benefits till you are released.
If you feel that you could get SSI, you can apply for it only 30 days before your release.
Remember this: 30 DAYS.
If you apply before the 30 days, the Social Security Administration will deny your claims because you are still an inmate. Remember, no Social Security benefits are payable to inmates during incarceration.
Is there any way an inmate can receive SSA benefits upon release? Yes. [W]e spoke with the Office of Public Information, the Office of Litigation, and the Press Office. However, the benefits are for only a narrow group of folks. Frank Battistelli, an official spokesperson, was quite candid. Released prisoners who meet all of the following criteria may receive Social Security benefits:
1. The inmate is disabled according to Social Security's definition of disability. Serving time in prison is not enough reason to claim that you have an emotional disability. By definition, disabled means that the inmate is unable to engage in "substantial gainful activity." This means that:
a. The inmate is unable to work because of a physical or mental disability which has lasted for longer than 12 months, or is expected to result in death.
b. His/her disability is expected to result in death.
c. He/she is incapable of doing his/her previous work or any other substantial gainful employment, that exists in the national company.
2. The sentencing court or a subsequent court specifically approves, for that individual, a rehabilitation program.
3. Social Security must have a reasonable explanation that the inmate will have gainful employment upon release. [Please note that just because a court approves the rehabilitation program does not mean that the SSA will do so. Your work experience, skills that are relevant to the national economy, and other factors are weighed by Social Security.]
4. The prisoner must be close enough to release that once he/she is released gainful employment can be obtained within a reasonable period of time. The definition of reasonable rests solely in the hands of the Social Security Administration. The following guidelines apply to all inmates:
If you are statutorily blind, contact Social Security. Different rules apply. If for some reason Social Security makes a mistake and does not stop your disability payments upon incarceration, you must repay the money when the error is discovered. If Social Security thinks that this was not an accident, but you knowingly made an attempt to defraud Social Security, your case will be referred to the Office Of Inspector General, who will decide whether your case should be prosecuted.

Annette050305
06-13-2008, 07:19 AM
There is a program for an education grant. It does not apply to drug cases. You can receive up to two years of college.:eek:
http://www.michigan.gov/documents/nwlb/NWLB-Brochure-08-w-poster-art_231369_7.pdf