How do you set up a halfway house?


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To start a halfway house, identify a location, register the business, establish guidelines and secure financing. Possible residents of halfway houses include at-risk teens, young mothers, local inmates, substance abusers and veterans.

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Identify a target audience, and research services needed. Contact the local social services department for better insight about community needs. Collect data about the people you plan to assist, including available services, where they receive them and their average age. Consider offering additional services besides housing such as medical care, counseling and job support.

Choose a location, and lease, purchase or construct a building depending on the services to be offered. Consider whether hospitals and health care clinics are available in the vicinity and whether the location has good access to public transportation. An ideal halfway house is also close to potential places of employment.

Register the business, and apply for licenses required to operate a halfway house in your state. Transitional houses that are registered as non-profits may eligible for tax exemptions, government surplus funds and grants, among other benefits.

Secure financing for the facility. Many halfway houses operating as non-profits receive funding through donations from faith-based groups, individuals and donations. Contact the local and state governments to find out about financial assistance you may be eligible for. Consider safety, funding and legal restrictions to determine the number of residents the facility can hold. Furnish the facility and purchase equipment and supplies depending on the type of services offered.

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