THE ONCE FALLEN HOUSING GUIDE
A Guide by Derek W. Logue
Last Update May 2, 2010-- Last update Dec. 6, 2016
The two most common questions that are asked of me are how to find housing and how to find employment. This page
will cover finding general tips on how to find sex offender housing as well as provide info on specific programs that assist
in housing or halfway houses. This page does not address the legalities of residency and housing issues; those issues
are covered in other parts of the Once Fallen website.
THE BAD NEWS
The bad news is housing options are very limited especially in areas with strict residency restriction laws (CLICK HERE
for a 50 state list of registration & residency/ proximity restrictions). Even in areas not enforcing residency restrictions,
few people are willing to rent to those on the registries, as noted in my own study on obtaining housing in 2006. At least
30 states have some form of residency, proximity, and even work restriction law in place, and they are starting to
increase with popularity after years without new restrictions. Also note that those required to register for life are barred
from obtaining Section 8 Housing (in addition to state laws that may exclude non-lifetime registrants from public housing).
THE GOOD NEWS
The good news is that there are ways to find housing. I just won't lie to you and pretend it is a cakewalk Below are a few
general tips on finding housing.
TIP #1: FINDING HOUSING LEADS
In the years since I began seeking housing lists, agencies that interact with registered citizens have increased
awareness of the special challenges of finding housing for registered citizens and are starting to make note of programs
for registrants. Here are a few places you might be able to find local housing leads:
TIP #2: USING THE REGISTRY TO YOUR ADVANTAGE
It seems ironic to suggest visiting a public registry website, but websites that have mapping software like Family
Watchdog may assist you by showing where registered citizens live in a community. (I'm not going to post a direct link
since I'm not promoting them but I'm sure you can find one online without my help.) At any rate, a map may help you
TIP #3: DON'T GET DISCOURAGED
Finding a place to live is like finding a needle in a haystack, so expect a lot of rejection, especially in places with
residence restrictions. They are out there, its just a long, difficult process. In my previous experience, it took 33 over 130
calls before I found a place that would accept registered citizens in 2007 but only 33 calls in 2014. Whether that is the
result of me having better methods of house hunting or the result of changing attitudes regarding renting to registrants
remains to be seen. If you can't handle the rejection yourself, pay someone you know a few bucks to call them. You
have to grow thick skin because some folks won't be cordial while rejecting you.
TIP #4: HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY
I can't stress honesty enough. It is better to be up-front about asking if prospective landlords rent to registered citizens
than to lie to get in only to be ousted later. You will be added at that point to a list that will be added to a list that carries
an equally bad stigma-- the Eviction registry.
If you do contact someone and you have the opportunity to "sell yourself" in the way you would while job hunting, be
prepared to do so. As a whole, registered citizens are more likely to keep to themselves, pay rent on time, and complain
less than other tenants. Landlords these days may also do credit checks and eviction checks. You may be expected to
pay an application fee. Be prepared to deal with that and if there is a fee involved, get confirmation that you would be
given serious consideration.
TIP #5: BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY
It is aggravating, but be sure you check with the local registration office before you even start looking for a home,
because sometimes cities, townships, or counties have residency laws that differ from the laws imposed by the state. A
five minute call may save you a lot more headache during your house hunt later.
TIP #6: C-Y-A ("Cover Your Ass")
If you find a place, consider yourself lucky or blessed. However, it is important to remember wherever you find yourself,
remember there can be complications even after you've settled in. It should be a no-brainer, but be sure to register with
the Sheriff's office ASAP; don't delay, as many areas have short registration periods.
Let's be honest here-- chances are if a renter will rent to you, he's likely less concerned about his property or the quality
of his tenants. If your search is in an urban area, you are more likely to find residence with higher crime and lower
standard of living. Thus, I suggest getting Renter's Insurance; most Insurance companies offer Renter's Insurance for
around $15 a month, and it will cover you in case of theft, fire, or other problems. However, even if you are staying in the
Bates Motel, be sure to take good care of your property. Building a good rapport with the landlord will help you as you
often need good references for a new lease.
Because of the constantly changing nature of residence restriction laws, I suggest keeping about three month's rent in a
savings account. Even if you are on disability, keep about $1200 or so in your account at all times (Rules of Social
Security Disability/ SSI allows you to keep up to $1500 in savings without penalty. This applies to those on SSI, the rules
to those drawing from the lifetime earnings fall under different rules. You can contact Social Security for specific rules on
property and savings issues). I'd also suggest you improve your credit rating. There are many ways to do that, but
having a good credit score helps should you need to move in the future.
Keep in mind also that there is always the chance that the feds will swing by for compliance checks; under the
controversial Adam Walsh Act, the US Marshals have been given jurisdiction in compliance checks (I question the
constitutionality of that provision). Remember just because you are on a registry does not mean they can come in and
check your residence without a warrant. That being said, "No police agency or even the US Marshals can come into any
residence without a warrant, if a person is off of supervision. The only time they can is, if it is an emergency (fire, or
other such emergency) or they hear someone being hurt." See my article on POLICE/ COMPLIANCE CHECKS for more
TIP #6: MOVING TO ANOTHER STATE
Moving to another state is a greater hassle than moving across town. Because cities, counties, and states have differing
laws, the best way to find out what laws are applicable in your area is to contact the Sheriff's office in the county you
want to move to. You may have to fill out a "notice of intent to move/ reside" form. Another major problem is states
register offenders differently. You may live in a state that gives you a "Tier 1/ Low Risk" designation with 10 year
registration in one state, while another state gives lifetime registration or may reclassify you a Tier 3/ High Risk" because
of the circumstances of your crime. Once you are raised in Tier levels, it is hard to go back down. Also, some states do
not simply restrict where you live, but restrict who you live with, which is especially important if you are planning on
moving to a residence where a minor resides. This applies to any registrant, not always ones with child victims.
It should be noted that if you move from one state to another and you are set to be removed from the registry in state A,
state B may not honor the end of your home state's registration period. I received a call, for example, from a man whose
registration period expired in Ohio but moved to Florida and was forced to register in Florida. See the 50 state guide link
at the top of the page to get a general idea of what each state requires. Remember that some locations, such as
Florida, that allow restrictions beyond those the state codes.
Post-Release Housing Options -- Transitional Housing or Shelters open to Registrants
Post-release housing is difficult to find. I've found a few, listed below. I'll post more as I find it, but even after years of
doing this, the housing listed below are the only leads I have. The contact info can be found below. Listing them here
does not imply any mutual endorsement, and each program has differing standards regarding admission, fees, and
regulations, so contact them directly for more information.
Because of the constantly changing nature of programs and services, it is hard to keep my database up to date, so any
leads on more housing GREATLY NEEDED! If any of these leads are no longer valid, please contact me immediately so
we can remain current for others in need. Simply being listed here is no guarantee of accuracy or quality of service. For
more info and on rules and restrictions, find the contact info on each site. I'm willing to list any leads, be it a program or
just an apartment complex or even just a spare room.
PLEASE NOTE: The resources listed here vary in form & function. Many programs are "transitional" or "halfway" houses,
some may be temporary shelters, and some may simply be housing referral services that cater to Registered Citizens.
Please also note that just because I don't have a state listed, a housing option does not exist in your state. If your state
has a state-specific group listed on my LINKS PAGE you can try contacting them as well.
IMPORTANT: Many programs may only accept residents from within the state. Please keep that in mind, as many
programs are flooded with inquiries.
HOUSING OPTIONS & ASSISTANCE BY STATE:
Ironically, the state with the worst record on human rights for those on the registry has the most listed resources for
registrants. Florida Action Committee maintains a resource page that may contain housing leads in addition to
what I have below:
P.O. Box 540164
Orlando, FL 32854
Helping Offenders Successfully Transition
MATTHEW 25 MINISTRIES CITY OF REFUGE
Jerry Youmans, Intake Coordinator
Matthew 25 Ministries
120 Pelican Lake Drive
Pahokee, FL 33476
Additional Info: Matthew 25 Ministries City of Refuge is a rental community in Pahokee, FL that provides housing for men
and women transitioning back into society and who cannot find other housing because of state and local residency
restrictions. We are not a halfway or transitional housing program. In fact, we do not run a program at all, although
there are some classes offered through Jacob's Destiny Church, our non-denominational congregation here in our
community. For our residents who are required to attend state-mandated counseling, Dr. Ben Taylor of B & K
Counseling Services comes to our community every week to conduct group sessions at the resident's expense. Our rent
starts at $500 per month and there is a one-time administrative fee of $300 due before the resident's arrival.
THE VILLAGES OF ORLANDO:
Lake Shore Village, 4127 North Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando FL 32804
Overland Village, 3303 Overland Road Apopka, FL 32703
Hillcrest Village, 6105 Beggs Road Orlando, FL 32810
THE VILLAGES OF ORLANDO
HOUSING FOR OFFENDERS
Phone # 407-925-4471
FLORIDA JUSTICE TRANSITIONS
1221 1/2 10th St N
St Petersburg, Fl 33705
JAMES BRODERICK, PRESIDENT
Palace Mobile Home Park
R2 Properties Co. Ltd, Inc.
2500 54th Avenue N. Ste 100-B
St Petersburg, Florida 33714
Conditions: We charge a $200.00 non-refundable application fee! The rent is $350.00 per month plus Electricity. You
will also need $30.25 for DMV to get your ID. We have strict criteria for acceptance. We are a non-violent and drug
free community. Probation may require persons to have additional months paid up front prior to acceptance with us.
We must have the first two months plus last month for a total of three months rent plus the application fee paid, that
comes to a total of $1,250.00, prior to us accepting you into the program. This will be a lease for ( 6) six months and a
day. Trailers are "shared living" (private bedroom, shared kitchen/bathroom)
OFFENDER HOUSING LLC
Freddy Rodriguez, Re-Entry Specialist
P.O. Box 547758
Orlando, Florida 32854
Project SOAR Recovery Residences LLC
1231-1235 NE 15th Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
JSJ Florida Investments
11451 Char Ann Drive
Fort Myers, Fl. 33908
(239) 823-0377 or (239) 826-3330
Lakeland Palms (Won't accept anyone on probation)
2965 New Tampa Hwy.
Lakeland, Fl 33815
Master’s Touch Ministries of Pensacola
6312 Mockingbird Lane
Pensacola, FL 32503
850-982-1655 (Melanie Canaan)
City Walk Urban Mission
1351 Thomasville Road
Tallahassee, FL 32303
Southeast New Start Transition Housing
9171 Parker Ave
Jacksonville, Fl. 32218
Georgia maintains a database on transitional housing called THOR (Transitional Housing for Offender Reentry), and if a
program takes registrants, it is noted in the entry.
CLICK HERE to visit Georgia's THOR
Pleae note that as of August 2016, the housing listed on THOR can't accept those subject to the recent residency
restriction laws. That could change in the future.
PO Box 44106
Boise, Idaho 83711-0106
Rob Lee, Executive Director
NOTE: Can only accept residents of Idaho/ those released from Idaho institutions.
The state DoC website has resource lists by district. CLICK HERE to access the resource page.
ONE TOUCH MINISTRY
1717 Dallas Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Email Address: email@example.com
Office Phone Number: (225) 359-9911
Office Fax Number: (225) 359-9982
REFORMED AND REDEEMED MINISTRIES
Rev. Rodney D. Palmer
Frostburg, MD 21532
Description: We run a Christian based ministry in Maryland for sex offenders and others in and out of prison. We deal
with housing, jobs, counseling, and just about anything else that may be encountered by persons who have been
accused, charged, or convicted of a sex crime.
PO Box 1653
Saginaw, MI 48605
Additional Info: Owns several houses in MI, good neighbors, good condition properties. Room rentals generally run
$300-$400/Mo., all utilities included. House rental start at $450/ Mo. Occasionally has work in exchange for rental
opportunities (mainly carpentry, advertising, or answering calls). No smoking or pets for most properties. Quiet tenants
only. Please write first for availability. It is best to respond by sending a phone number and the best time to call.
DOROTHY DAY HOUSE
714 8th Street South
Moorhead, Minnesota 56560
Phone: (218) 233-5763
Fax: (218) 227-0327
Office: 10450 Mullan Road
Missoula, MT 59808
Mail: P.O. Box 16833
Missoula, MT 59808
TITUS HOUSE MINISTRIES
P.O Box 2376
Tijeras, New Mexico 87059
Phone: (505) 286-8807
GLADYS RAY SHELTER
Jan Eliassen, Director
1519 1st Ave S
Fargo, ND 58103
DOROTHY DAY HOUSE - WEST
2111 East Main Avenue, #16
West Fargo, North Dakota 58078
Phone: (701) 478-1979
GEM CITY HOUSING, LLC
Housing Unit address:
1501 Riverside Dr.,
Dayton OH 45405
Details: 14 unit building, 1 and 2 bedrooms, newly remodeled, free WiFi & hot water, Exclusive to registered citizens;
VOA may be able to help provide financial assistance to those who qualify. Baseboard heating, gas stoves, $30 flat fee
for city water/ trash/ sewer.
THE EXIT PROGRAM
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 233
Brice OH, 43109
Administrative Office: 897 Oakwood Ave.
Columbus, OH 43206
HAND UP MINISTRY
2130 SE 59th ST
Oklahoma City, OK. 73129
UNION GOSPEL MISSION OF SALEM
PO Box 431
Salem, OR 97308-0431
NEW PERSON MINISTRIES
PO Box 223
Reading, PA 19607
A housing list can be found at the Tennessee DoC website. CLICK HERE.
Large comfortable home in a private, safe, and serene area
Close to Public Transportation
In house 12 step meetings
Please call 512-818-3450
New Name Ministries, Inc.
PO Box 11694
Ft. Worth, TX 76110
1813 South Jennings Ave,
Fort Worth, Texas 76110
Phone: (817) 920-5886
Fax: (888) 415-1439 Email:
Texas CURE has more halfway houses listed. Not all take registered citizens, but it is a long list.
CLICK HERE to access the Texas CURE page.
The Mack House
Holy Ghost Revival Ministries
P.O. Box 3688
Arlington, WA 98223
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