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Thursday, June 17, 2021
Tyler Lowry, Franklin County Commissioners, 614/525-6630
Robin Ross, Franklin County Commissioners, 614/525-2392

Founded in 1967, Alvis House provides research-based, comprehensive reentry and family support programs, behavioral health and substance abuse treatment services, as well as recovery housing and services to people with developmental disabilities who are trying to live more independently in the community.  Among other initiatives, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners contracts with Alvis to provide reentry services for men and women who are returning to the community from incarceration.
With a $680,000 grant this week, the commissioners are investing in the Alvis Halfway House at 1755 Alum Creek Drive in order to allow Alvis to expand its facility to serve an additional 70 clients at a time.  The expansion will allow Alvis to serve up to 325 individuals at one time, including with behavioral health services, workforce development, case management, healthcare, and a gym. 
Alvis’ reentry programs cost only a quarter of what it costs to keep an offender in prison, and are more effective in the long run.  Three years after completing an Alvis residential reentry program, 79% of former offenders have not returned to the criminal justice system, compared to a national average of about 50%.  The work that Alvis House does helps its clients turn their lives around, strengthens families, and builds happier neighborhoods.
The funding for this grant comes from Franklin County’s allocation from the American Rescue Plan.  You can read the text of the commissioners’ resolution here and learn more about how the commissioners are using American Rescue Plan funding to help our community recover at