The Maryland Opportunities through Vouchers Experiment

MOVE is a housing program designed to provide formerly incarcerated individuals a fresh start in life. We provide participants an opportunity to move away from their old neighborhoods.

The Maryland Opportunities through Vouchers Experiment

The Maryland Opportunities through Vouchers Experiment (MOVE) is a demonstration program aimed at providing free housing and case management services to individuals released from prison in Maryland.

The program was developed by David Kirk, a sociologist at Oxford University in the UK, in recognition of the fact that a lack of affordable housing is a major barrier to successful reintegration for formerly incarcerated individuals. Moreover, because of a lack of housing opportunities, many former prisoners seeking a fresh start in life are unable to do so. The MOVE program seeks to facilitate successful reintegration and to lessen the risk of recidivism by using housing subsidies to provide an opportunity for newly released prisoners to move away from their old neighborhoods.

Background

While there is research evidence to support the contention that residential change can lower the risk of recidivism, it remains to be seen whether these findings can translate to a real-world policy solution. This recognition motivated the development of the MOVE program.

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Participants

Are you interested in participating in the program? You can learn more about how to get involved through our frequently asked questions section, where we discuss eligibility criteria, our recruitment process, as well as general program requirements.

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