A House for Women Leaving Prison Sits Empty
When Shirelle Howard left prison in 2016, she had $112 in her pocket — her life savings.
After buying her train ticket from Taconic Correctional Facility to Manhattan ($12.75); a MetroCard ($5); and two slices of pizza and a soda for her first meal of freedom in 16 years ($2.99), she had $91.26 to start over.
For a year, she struggled. And then she got a lifeline: a room at “Hope House,” a new transitional home in the Castle Hill neighborhood of the Bronx for women just leaving prison.
At least, she thought she did…