How to Open a Halfway House

If you are looking to get rich by opening a house, you should probably forget it.

You should only open a halfway house if you are passionate about the cause. And, if you are passionate, it can be done with little or no money. There are various grants and loans available to get a house started. Learn from experience and check with someone who already has a house to see how to open one.

Call around to respected treatment centers to get the names of houses they recommend and contact those houses. Ask around at meetings of AA or NA to see which houses people have heard good things about. Then get in touch with them.

People who are passionate about what they do and what they have accomplished are eager to help. If they have a good base in sobriety or being clean, they will be delighted to share with you how to help others. You, in turn, can pass your knowledge on to someone else. This is the essence of how all 12-step programs work. It’s one alcoholic or drug addict helping another.

There is no reason that a house cannot be located in a good neighborhood. It is unlawful to discriminate against residents of halfway houses or those who operate them. The Supreme Court has ruled that recovering alcoholics and drug addicts are a protected class under the handicapped provisions of the Federal Fair Housing Act Amendments of 1988.

Since most residents likely won’t have a car, it’s important that the house be near public transportation.