Government Aid for People Living in Halfway Housing

Government Aid for People Living in Halfway Housing

Halfway houses are also called recovery houses. They allow recovering addicts to begin reintegrating with society while receiving support and monitoring. Recovering addicts who live in halfway houses are at a reduced risk of relapse compared to recovering addicts who go directly from a treatment program back into society. The average stay at a halfway house ranges from one to six months, and behavioral health insurance typically covers all or a portion of the cost of the stay. People living in halfway housing generally must be able to support themselves, pay their rent, and purchase their own food. They are usually required to work or must be actively seeking work. All residents must attend a minimum number of 12-step meetings each week, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, or Narcotics Anonymous. Rent ranges from $250 to $1,450 per month, with the average ranging from about $450 to $750 per month. No security deposit is required, no first and last months’ rent are required, and no credit checks are performed. Utilities are included in the cost of rent and most homes allow residents to pay their rent on a weekly basis.

There is not a lot of government aid for people living in halfway housing. Residents of halfway houses are technically considered to be homeless and as such are eligible for much of the same programs as homeless populations.

Government Aid for People Living in Halfway Housing: Rental Assistance

Depending on the state and even the community within which people living in halfway housing reside, there are programs for rental assistance and other supportive services to homeless substance abusers and individuals with disabilities. These services are provided to their family members as well.

Government Aid for People Living in Halfway Housing: Food Assistance

People living in halfway housing are eligible for food stamp programs. Nowadays called SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), it is a federal nutrition program that helps you stretch your food budget and buy healthy food. SNAP benefits can be used to purchase food at grocery stores, convenience stores, and some farmers’ markets and co-op food programs.

 

Government Aid for People Living in Halfway Housing: Health Insurance

For some people living in halfway houses, there is access to the federal health insurance program, Medicaid. Many people are getting back on their own two feet and so they are likely income eligible for Medicaid.

 

Although there is not much in the way of government aid for people living in halfway housing, the programs that are available make a big difference in the lives of recovering alcoholics and addicts because they lessen the financial burden of putting their lives back together. With help to pay for groceries and free healthcare, the alcoholic/addict is more likely to be able to afford their rent at the halfway house. Many of those in recovery have never even had to support themselves and so it is a learning experience in how to be a productive member of society. The halfway house supports alcoholics and addicts in their recovery program by establishing structure and providing a safe living environment. It is up to the people living in halfway housing to learn how to provide for themselves financially. And the government programs listed above can help them to do so.

If you need help with your addiction please call us at 800-507-7389.

Where can I find a job once I leave rehab?

Where can I find a job once I leave rehab?

 

Where can I find a job once I leave rehab?

Getting a job once you leave rehab can be stressful. I take a meeting into a treatment center once a week and at least one person shares about it every time. Once we get clean and sober, we want to get back to being productive as soon as possible. It’s also a matter of financial insecurity: e.g  “How will I pay the rent at my sober house without a job?” The good news is, there are resources available for you to find a job once you leave rehab.

Where can I find a job once I leave rehab? Sober House

Some of the best suggestions on where to find a job once you leave rehab can come from your sober house manager or your roommates. Remember, these places make a business out of housing people right out of rehab, so they can be a great source of knowledge when it comes to places you can apply. They know the places that residents in the past have worked. They know where residents have gotten jobs recently. They also may know which places don’t require a lot of experience or that are okay with hiring people in recovery. This can be very valuable information.

Where can I find a job once I leave rehab? 12 Step Community

If your sober house can’t give you leads on where to find a job once you leave rehab, 12-step fellowships can also be a great source of information. Many people involved in the fellowship are also involved in the outside community, and they may be able to tell you where to find a job once you leave rehab. Some of them may even be able to offer you a job, if they own  or manage a business in the area. Raise your hand at a meeting and share that you are looking for a job.

Where can I find a job once I leave rehab? Online

In some ways, finding a job once you leave rehab is the same as finding a job at any other time. The internet can always be a source of job leads. There are websites like monster.com and careerbuilder.com that are dedicated exclusively to hooking up employers and prospective employees. In general, these are free services that will allow you to search for jobs and post your resume. Another online resource that can help you find a job once you leave rehab is online classified ads like craigslist.org.

Where can I find a job once I leave rehab? Other Resources

In many communities, there are additional resources that can help you find a job once you leave rehab. Often, there are places that will help you build your resume, teach you how to act in the interview, and give suggestions on where to apply. Check your local government website or do a web search for nonprofit organizations in the area that will help you find a job once you leave rehab.

If you need help with your addiction please call us at 800-507-7389.