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How much does a halfway house cost?


Is a halfway house expensive?

Generally, no. Halfway houses are not more expensive than normal housing costs. And compared to staying in a residential treatment facility, a halfway house is not expensive at all. In fact, halfway houses are designed to be affordable, so recovering addicts will find it easier to live in them rather than out on their own.

Many halfway houses have an employment stipulation in their contracts. This means that residents are required to find and maintain employment as long as they are staying in the house. If you’re working, you’ll find it much easier to cover the cost of staying in a halfway house. Most halfway house residents find that it’s easier to pay for their accommodations if they live simply and budget their money.

Halfway houses: How much do they cost?

Typically, the monthly or weekly cost if a halfway house is usually equal to or slightly less than the monthly cost of other types of housing in the area. However, you may be expected to share a room with one or more roommates. Additionally, you may be expected to pay a security deposit, which is forfeited if you are founding using drugs and need to leave the facility. So what does your rent cover?

The cost of a halfway house usually includes rent plus utilities, but you may need to pay separate utilities in some cases, especially if your bills run over a standard maximum. The money that you pay a halfway house is used to help cover the cost of running it, including operational and staff costs. It is set up this way to help minimize the chances of relapse and make the transition back into society easier.

Are halfway houses tax deductible?

Generally, halfway houses are not tax deductible, since the money that you spend on transitional housing is considered to be housing and not a necessary medical expense. However, there may be some cases in which you may be able to deduct a portion of your halfway house costs.

If your stay in a halfway house is prescribed by your doctor, you may be able to deduct a portion of it, provided that the accommodations are not “lavish”. The cost of any treatment you receive from a medical professional while at the halfway house may be deductible, provided that they exceed 10% of your adjusted gross income.

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The best way to find out if a halfway house is tax deductible in your situation, you should sit down and speak with a certified public accountant or tax professional.

Is a halfway house covered by insurance?

No, not usually. But depending on your health insurance provider, the costs of a halfway house may be covered. The majority of health insurance plans only cover medical necessities. However, the costs of most treatments you receive during your stay will most likely be covered. To find out more about a halfway house covered by insurance, it’s best to contact your insurance provider directly. Representatives will be able to tell you whether or not a halfway house is covered in your plan, or not.

Will Medicare pay for a halfway house?

No, not usually. As with private health insurance companies, Medicare will not usually pay for your stay in a halfway house since this type of housing may not be considered to be a medical necessity. Mental health and substance abuse treatment that you receive while in the halfway house, though, may be partially covered by Medicare. More information about what’s covered by Medicare can be found on their website. You can also contact Medicare directly to speak to them about your individual situation. The Medicare office can be reached by telephone, at 1-800-MEDICARE.

Is a halfway house free?

The simple answer to that question is: No, free halfway houses are almost non-existent. The purpose of a halfway house is to help you with your transition back into a productive life without substance abuse. In order to do so, you must be able to become completely self-sufficient and responsible for your own life and actions.

You may be able to find very low cost, yet modest, halfway housing in your area, though. To start your search, you can contact your state’s federally funded substance abuse referral program. You can get this contact information from the rehab facility where you received treatment. This process can be somewhat frustrating, but don’t give up! The keys to finding a low cost halfway house are determination and persistence.

Sliding scale halfway houses

Some halfway houses operate with sliding scale fees, but they may be difficult to locate, depending on where you live. These types of facilities charge their residents just what they can afford to pay, which is usually based on income.

You may be able to locate a local sliding scale halfway house by contacting the National Drug Abuse Hotline at 1-800-662-HELP or your state’s federally funded substance abuse treatment agency. Your local substance abuse service administration can be obtained through your state’s Department of Health and Human Services. You can also contact your county’s government assistance office, which can help you or point you in the right direction.

Halfway house financial aid and assistance

Obtain a list of halfway houses in your area, either from your local substance abuse services administration or from your rehab facility. Contact each halfway house and ask about any financial aid or assistance that they offer. You may be surprised to learn that some of these facilities may offer reduced costs to new residents until they can find employment.

If you’re having trouble locating halfway houses in your area, you can contact your state’s substance abuse services office. A Directory of Single State Agencies for Substance Abuse Services can be found on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website. The representative for your state may be able to help you find halfway house financial aid and assistance.

Halfway house price questions

Still have questions about the cost of addiction treatment in halfway houses? Please leave your questions about halfway house living here. We’ll be happy to answer your questions personally and promptly.

Reference Sources: Internal Revenue Service: Medical and Dental Expenses (Including the Health Coverage Tax Credit)
SAMHSA: Treatment Locator
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Rehabs: Sober Living Homes and Housing Options
Treatment USA: How Do I Pay for a Halfway House in Pennsylvania?
SAMHSA: Directory of Single State Agencies (SSA) for Substance Abuse Services

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48 Responses to “How much does a halfway house cost?
Geoffrey Daniel
6:45 am January 3rd, 2015

I’m interested in starting up a 3 quarter house I NYC any information on that would be helpful. My associate has some houses and we think this is s positive goal

5:28 pm January 16th, 2015

Hello Geoffrey. Check in with OASAS as a starting point: http://www.oasas.ny.gov/housing/models.cfm

Gene Mann
4:38 am March 13th, 2015

I am interested in starting a halfway house in Oakland, Ca. I need to know what legal docs necessary to get started. I was told the federal government could assist with costs as well as, referrals. Please send me the information necessary. Many thanks!

5:31 pm March 20th, 2015

Hello Gene. You can start your research here: http://www.dhcs.ca.gov/provgovpart/Pages/FacilityLicensing.aspx

6:58 pm May 13th, 2015

So, aside from the cost to actually get into a halfway house what things does the halfway house provide that you must still pay for ?

4:42 pm May 27th, 2015

Hi Ahverie. They vary from one to another halfway house. The best way to know this is to call the ones you are interested in and ask for the additional expenses. But, they do not usually provide these kinds of information online.

9:20 pm July 31st, 2015

I am in need of a place to live. Right now I am sraying with a family member that uses pot every day. And I am clean and sober and have.been since the 7th of january. But o csnnot stay here any more as it cost me every dime thst I draw for rent and groceries and I cannot stay clean with these drugs alk the time. Could you please help me?

5:28 pm August 6th, 2015

Hello Deborah. It’s wonderful that you are motivated to find a way out of that environment and away from people who use. I believe the following link will help you find the best sober living houses in your area: http://soberliving.interventionamerica.org/ I wish you all the best!

1:11 am October 1st, 2015

Can half way house one prisioner is released to home can they charge for the next month rent? My brother is now living an hr away. They are telling he has to pay for the month of Oct?

1:13 am March 2nd, 2016

I was homeless and went into treatment for drug use.I was just released and have done 6 months of inpatient treatment. I want to stay clean, As of now have no place to live and no money. A friend is letting me stay for a few days. I’ve checked everywhere and there is no openings or I can’t afford what they are asking. Can you help me? Thank You

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
2:49 pm March 7th, 2016

Hi Christopher. I’m really glad that you have made this decision to stay sober. Have you tried finding some homeless shelters? Also you may call the helpline on our site.

10:48 pm March 26th, 2016

Please I have no job and I’m in opt at apt one long war new Haven I’m looking for. A half way house that could help me

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
10:57 am March 28th, 2016

Hi Doreen. You may call the helpline you see on the site and talk with a trusted treatment consultant who can help you find a treatment program that fits your needs. Also, you may search treatment facility on SAMHSA’s treatment locator:

12:23 am March 30th, 2016

would like more information on contacts to open a halfway house for newly released prisoners and drug addicts.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
3:42 pm March 31st, 2016
8:05 am March 30th, 2016

Would like more information on ex-offenders from NC, such as the number of ex- offenders in each county, age and sex; seeing what I would need to do to start up a halfway house. How to get funds from the state and government to sustain my halfway house?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
4:54 pm April 14th, 2016
7:45 pm March 30th, 2016

me and my partner are trying to start a halfway house/structured housing in ga. we applied for our nonprofit with the IRS and am waiting for approval. we would like to know the start up cost to open a halfway house. we plan on housing 30-50 ex offenders. do you have any information on the cost to start or can you refer to where we might get a grant from the government to help

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
3:24 pm March 31st, 2016
9:19 pm May 29th, 2016

I have an urgent situation, at least I think so. For the past four months I have been supporting a 26 year old heroin addict. He has close to four months clean and has been living in my home with my family. The house is not mine, it is my moms and it seems my mom , sister and uncle, all inhabitants of the house do not want him here. He has to leave on June 1st. He has no financial means at the moment and I am in dire need of a half way house that will accept him and allow him to stay there without paying immediately until such time that he becomes employed and able to pay. I know there is nothing I can do to keep him from using. He has come so far I feel like I am throwing him to the lions. Any suggestions?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
2:40 pm May 30th, 2016

Hi Joe. You’re doing an amazing job! Thumb up for supporting and helping your friend. Here’s some links that I found on the Internet:
Hope you’ll find a sober living house for your friend! Best.

5:02 am June 18th, 2016

Hi my name is John I am sixty years old. I am thinking of moving two Florida and opening a recovery house. See my son who I love very much has been going Thur recovery for several years in rehabilitation then out for a year or so and then he falls back into his addiction to heiron . There has two be something that helps people stay clean. I know you can work the 12 steps . My heart tells me maybe I can help people. I know the feeling of helplessness when you have a love one going Thur this forever. How would I get started in this field. Thank you if you have some feedback on this matter

4:07 am June 22nd, 2016

My son needs a halfway house which is eligible for parole from HDSP in Nevada. He has a gambling addiction. A spiritual home to transition back to society can you recommend a reputable residence men only no sex offenders and no violent offenders. Please help

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
11:21 am June 30th, 2016

Hi Elizabeth. Call the helpline you see on the website to speak with a trusted treatment consultant.

9:10 pm August 2nd, 2016

I’m living in a half way house now.im disabled. And i receive only $750.00 monthly i pay$450.00 i pay bills phone, medical and food. I feel stuck i was homeless before now i feel like I’m going back to that.i thought that some halfway house went by your monthly income. I have no family. The program says quarter way house but the site manager told me it’s a halfway house. I share a room with another person. It’s 12 people on the floor im on paying that and sharing a room. I believe that I can never save enough money to pay my own rent.we have no one here assisting us. Please help me with what i can do.

11:19 pm August 2nd, 2016

Is the manager of the halfway house tested just like the others? My brother managed a halfway house and one of the house men injured his knee, is the owner responsible?

5:59 pm August 22nd, 2016

Hi Linda. I guess this varies from facility to facility and will also depend on the regulations of the particular halfway house. Otherwise, it can be a legal issue.

9:47 pm August 12th, 2016

I am a federal inmate assigned to be in the halfway house for 7 1\2 months my charges are not drug related and I have been paying close to $500 a month to stay there and I have 2 more months to go the food is crap I am a veggitarian and they hardly ever have an alternative for me the beds are horrible the ceiling leaks the TVs are ancient nothing for recreation is there a cap of some sort as to what I’m suppose to pay liked so much a day or 25% of my gross income which ever is lesser?????

11:45 pm August 14th, 2016

If these programs are state and federal funded,why do the residents have to pay a fee to stay there. Especially if you’re placed there and not by a residents choice. Such as leaving a prison or such other facilities for not having a home plan?

4:51 pm August 24th, 2016

Hi Tammi. Sober living houses (SLHs) are alcohol and drug free living environments for individuals attempting to abstain from alcohol and drugs. They are not licensed or funded by state or local governments. Instead, residents carry out their own responsibility for financing rent and other costs.

However, there are some federal and government aid programs that apply for people living in sober living houses:

1. Depending on the state and the community you live in, Government aid programs for rental assistance and other supportive services are available for homeless addicts in recovery and for people with disabilities.
2. Residents of sober living houses are also eligible for food assistance programs (food stamps). SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits allow individuals to buy food at convenience stores, grocery stores, and even some farmers’ markets.
3. For some individuals living in sober houses, there is access to the federal health insurance program, Medicaid.

1:15 am August 21st, 2016

Hi I’m looking for a clean and stable place for my brother to live . I’m trying to get him help

2:05 pm August 24th, 2016

Hi Sylvia. I found this resources page online. It can help you search for Oxford sober living houses in the state where you live (and all across the USA): http://www.oxfordhouse.org/userfiles/file/house-directory.php

7:41 am October 13th, 2016

I currently have no income. I would like to get into a half way house. Is there anyway they could let me before I have money up front? Or are there any types of grants

6:58 am November 15th, 2016

I live in a halfway house and I have insurance that the owner required me to have and she has me do 3 U’s a week to send them to a lab and bills my insurance. I pay weekly rent of $150. Is she allowed to be billing my insurance and charging me rent at the same time?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
11:37 am December 9th, 2016

Hi Kelly. I suggest that you ask for a contract or other document to see the rules of the house. Did the owner give you a receipt?

12:15 am November 18th, 2016

I would like to start a transitional home in Las Vegas, Nevada…what are the steps and procedures to start this business?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
1:01 pm November 22nd, 2016
11:36 pm January 30th, 2017

If u dont have the money to pay your rent in a half way house will u be thrown out

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
5:10 pm February 3rd, 2017

Hi Janine. It depends from the policy of the house. I suggest that you talk with the manager.

6:22 am February 12th, 2017

Im trying to open a halfway. Or 3qt house in Galveston County. What is the difference. Also do u know the requirments with the State? Thank u.

7:50 am March 2nd, 2017

I need help.I want to use anymore.ive been out of prison since May 2014.Started to struggle in Nov.2014.I completed my supervision.Theres not to much heLP there because I need to be on probation or parole in order to get into a program. Please any information is help me to succeed

5:30 am August 22nd, 2017

Looking to start a halfway house in PA. Can you help direct me how to start? This is something I’m very passionate about. Thank you.

9:24 am December 26th, 2017

I’m already a SL owner operated in So Cal and looking to expand to Las Vegas, NV. Does anyone how to obtain a list of sober living homes and how much the current rate is?

11:19 pm January 4th, 2018

hello! I have a question does the halfway house have the right to hold mail if after being kicked out & owing rent?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
1:56 pm January 12th, 2018

Hi Angel. It all depends from the rules of the halfway house. I suggest that you look for the agreement that you have written.

5:53 pm January 17th, 2018

I’m looking to start a half way house in Atlanta and Augusta Georgia. Any information on how to get started will be greatly appreciated. Thanks

6:41 pm July 16th, 2018

I would like to open a sober living here in Dayton, Ohio, I need to know how we get paid

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