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The First 72+ is here to welcome you home.

We envision a world where prior incarceration is not a barrier to secure housing, employment, and community acceptance.

Through the leadership and wisdom of formerly incarcerated people themselves, The First 72+ transforms the re-entry experience into one that builds on the strengths and abilities of people returning home from prison and ensures that they, their families, and their communities are given the greatest opportunity to grow and thrive.

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Our Impact

clients served
clients have received housing or housing assistance
distributed to formerly incarcerated people through low interest loans.
clients connected to Formerly Incarcerated Transitions Health Clinic.
in emergency financial assistance.

How We Help

Our Programs

Transitional Housing

Residents live rent-free while receiving access to wrap around services designed to help them achieve independence.

Technology Life Skills

By referral, and coming soon to the new Ben Smith Welcome Home Center.

Case Management

Our team of Case Managers and Reentry Coaches assist clients with achieving self-sufficiency, informed by their own experiences as formerly incarcerated people.

Reentry Legal Services

We connect clients to free Reentry Legal Clinics through our partners at the Justice and Accountability Center and Southeast Louisiana Legal Services.

Economic Empowerment

We provide low-interest loans and financial literacy education through our partnership with the Fountain Fund.

Wrongful Conviction Project

We assist those recently released from wrongful conviction in New Orleans and communities that lack local reentry support services.

Join us and let’s make a better world, today

"These people are here to help people, to help people to adapt back to society and help people get on their feet. And they don’t stop until they make sure you have everything you need."

Joseph Hamilton

Success Stories

We're proud to share what clients are saying about our work with them. Read how The First 72+ is transforming the lives of formerly incarcerated individuals.

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New projects

Ben Smith Welcome Home Center

The 3,200 square foot house will be home to 8 men transitioning out of prison and serve as a space for culinary courses and technological literacy programs.