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Six Requirements to Open a Halfway House in a Residential Community

A halfway house often called a sober living house, is a residential community where those that have gone through medical detox or completed a treatment program go as the next step in their recovery. They are often not ready to live on their own. A halfway house offers residents the support they need to regain their self-esteem, retain their sobriety, and get the support they need as they begin their new life without drugs and alcohol.


Who Should Consider a Halfway House?

Most of those living in a halfway house have completed a traditional treatment program and are not ready to go back to their old environment. Those that live in a facility have already learned the skills needed to remain sober. They need an environment that promotes sober living and positive reinforcement.


A halfway house offers the individual more freedom with fewer rules than a jail while providing the structure that many need. 


Most halfway houses have rules that residents must abide by while they are living there. 

Some of the guidelines include:


Staying sober from drugs and alcohol

Agree to random drug testing

Do chores while staying in the house

No aggressive behavior

Respecting the home and property of others

Commit to a curfew

Attend either 12-step or other approved meetings

Work towards getting a job


Looking at a Halfway House as a Business Opportunity:

Because of the need for transitional living homes, many are looking into starting a halfway house as a business opportunity. Many of those that consider opening a facility, do so as a non-profit organization. To do this, the owner must file for non-profit status from both the state and IRS. As a non-profit, the income is not eligible to be taxed, but the owner will also not see the profits.

There are benefits to this, but those that operate the halfway house as an income-generating business, will not file for non-profit status as they are looking towards the financial rewards that the facility can bring. Others choose the non-profit route, because of the variety of grants and other benefits that they receive to benefit residents.


Opening a Halfway House in a Residential Neighborhood: