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Local non-profit houses women after incarceration

A local nonprofit is opening its doors to women returning to Charlotte after incarceration.

On Thursday, Charlotte-based nonprofit Beauty After The Bars celebrated the grand opening of its first “SAFE home,” a transitional housing facility open to women looking for housing post-incarceration.

Beauty After The Bars is a part of the Sisterhood Alliance for Freedom and Equality (SAFE), a network of organizations that offer re-entry services and support to the formerly incarcerated. 

Why it Matters: Mecklenburg County receives around 1,200 residents returning from state incarcerations each year. 

People formerly incarcerated are at higher risk for a variety of health issues, homelessness and substance abuse.

Mecklenburg County reported people who were formerly incarcerated are ten times more likely to experience homelessness and that 30 to 40% experience chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. 

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