Reentry Services

Roots helps formerly incarcerated individuals of our community get reacclimated into society with navigation services that assist them in finding employment, housing, and much more.

Reentry-specific workforce training & navigation


Clients can receive navigation services through a variety of programs across our many sites.

Eric Cato, Technician, Emancipators and Clean360, Roots Community Health Center

“Growing up here in Oakland, I took a lot from the community. Even though I did my prison time and paid my dues to society, that’s paying the system, not society. Now I feel I’m paying my dues to society by giving back with Roots. I appreciate Roots. I’m here with them, as long as they’ll have me.”

Eric Cato
Technician, Emancipators and Clean360,
Roots Community Health Center

Healthy Measures Warm Handoff Initiative


The Healthy Measures Warm Handoff Initiative helps formerly incarcerated individuals achieve successful, healthy reintegration into society. Healthy Measures Warm Handoff participants receive support and coaching from Roots Health Navigators who have also been impacted by incarceration. 

Health Navigators empower participants through:

  • Individualized plans for achieving “whole health”
  • Benefits enrollment
  • Health education and navigation
  • Assistance with removing barriers to employment, housing and other critical needs

Safe Landing at Santa Rita Jail


The Safe Landing Pilot Program launched in Summer 2020 in the parking lot of Santa Rita Jail to provide transitional services to individuals as they are leaving the county jail. In 2021, the Safe Landing Shuttle service was added to provide safe transport for individuals to Dublin BART and Oakland from the jail.

Services include:

  • Supplies distribution
  • Benefits enrollment
  • Coordinated Entry Housing Assessments
  • Linkage to physical and behavioral healthcare, care management and housing.