Each year, nearly 650,000 people are released from U.S. prisons, and over seven million are released from jails. People exiting prisoner or jails are at increased risk for homelessness. More than 10 percent of those coming in and out of prisons and jail are homeless in the months before their incarceration. Shelter use, both before incarceration and after release, is associated with an increased risk of return to prison. Discharge planning from correctional facilities can prevent homelessness among former prisoners. Many former prisoners need help accessing affordable housing and services to help them reenter their community.