ReUnite is a unique pan-London project providing support to help reunite women released from prison with their children.


Who we help

ReUnite works with mothers leaving prison who would otherwise be homeless. The project strives to address the difficult catch-22 of mothers being made homeless when imprisoned, then struggling to regain care and custody of their children upon release because they don't have adequate family housing. 

ReUnite's vital programme of holistic support to women leaving prison and their children empowers them to secure appropriate accommodation and begin rebuilding their lives together. 


How we help

  • Supported Accommodation - We provide accommodation for mothers exiting the criminal justice system with space for group work and therapeutic services. Experienced support workers provide advocacy, practical and emotional support for issues including employment, debt, practical living skills and community involvement
  • Support for children and young people - Our dedicated Children and Young People's Support Workers directly support children of our service users, helping them re-establish healthy bonds with their mothers and overcome the trauma they may have experienced. They also advocate and liaise with social services and family courts where appropriate, regarding issues of contact and custody
  • Floating Support Service - We provide support and advocacy services to help women in the community secure accommodation through a range of housing providers.



Facts & Stats

  • Half of female prisoners are left homeless after their release from prison. (Source: IMB study, 2018)
  • Each year around 17,700 children are separated from their mother by imprisonment (Source: Home Office)
  • 66% of women in prison are mothers with dependent children (Source: Ministry of Justice)
  • Housing for Women was a pioneer of the original ReUnite initiative. In partnership with Commonweal, we were the first organisation in the UK to deliver services specifically for women leaving prison, to help them access housing and regain care of their children


Contact us

For more information or to refer for ReUnite please call us on 020 7501 6120 or email 


Sarah's* story

The short film below documents one woman’s journey through our past ReUnite service delivered in partnership with Commonweal.

The video was originally commissioned by Commonweal, as part of their 10 year anniversary to highlight the partnership work they do.

* Real names not used

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