THE ONCE FALLEN HOUSING GUIDE
A Guide by Derek W. Logue
Last Update May 2, 2010-- Last update Feb. 15, 2014

INTRODUCTION

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. 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.

THE GOOD NEWS

The good news is that there are ways to find housing. Below are a few general tips on finding housing.

TIP #1: FINDING LEADS

The most important tip is using any local leads to obtain housing in your area. Many of the larger churches may offer
leads not generally offered by HUD or other government agency. HUD is a waste of time, and there is
actually a law in
place that gives HUD the authority to reject tenants with lifetime registration requirements. During registration, talking to
other registrants there may give you a lead. I have found that rural areas and low-income areas within metropolitan
areas are more likely to have property owners willing to rent to registered persons. (Of course, this likely means
property owners are less likely to properly maintain their properties and in the case of urban areas, this means
higher-crime areas).

TIP #2: USING THE REGISTRY TO YOUR ADVANTAGE

Ironically, a good way to find available housing in your area might be to get on the registry and see where the
registrants in your area are living. Many registry sites also have mapping software. For once, the registry actually
has a
useful purpose.

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
residency restrictions. They are out there, its just a long, difficult process.

TIP #4: BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY

It is aggravating, but be sure you check with the sheriff's office before you move in, because sometimes cities,
townships, or counties have residency laws that differ from the laws imposed by the state. Also, be honest with your
landlord. Those two things will save you a
lot of headache later on. Better to be rejected for honesty than arrested for
dishonesty. Also, be sure you have enough for rent and deposit. Generally a deposit is equal to a month's rent.
Chances are, you may even have to pay an application fee. Be ready for this, and work on your credit rating if you have
no credit or bad credit.

TIP #5: C-Y-A (Cover Your @$$)

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.. 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. Also, 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. 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. 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...." [assist goes to eAdvocate. I had forgotten to add this to my initial article]

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.

POST RELEASE HOUSING

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.

ADDENDUM 5/12/10: WARNING CONCERNING COPY MACHINES AND PRIVACY

Another assist from eAdvocate, something you may want to keep in mind since many Realtors and renters use copying
machines. Copying machines could be storing
your personal information, which could be accessed by Law Enforcement,
or worse, by identity thieves and data miners.

See the story here: http://
sexoffenderresearch.blogspot.com/2010/05/are-police-and-other-registering.html

Post-Release Housing Options -- Transitional Housing or Shelters open to Registrants
[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 service. For more info and on rules and restrictions, find the contact info on each site]

HOUSING BY STATE:

COLORADO

HOMEWARD PIKES PEAK
518 North Nevada Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Chief Executive Officer: Bob Holmes bobholmes@homewardpikespeak.org
Phone: 719.955.0731
http://
www.homewardpikespeak.org/

PENN-MOR APTS.
1272 PENNSYLAVANIA ST.
DENVER, CO 80203
Contact: Dusty Rhodes
Office: 720.327.4591
Home: 720.287.0969
Rent: $470/mo. for small rooms, $540/mo. for large rooms. + $100 security deposit.
More Details: all utilities paid, stove/oven and refrigerator, no AC, no furniture, except a bed
some rooms are cable ready, if not then tenant pays for any install. Phone, cable, and internet are at tenant expense as
well.

FLORIDA

MIRACLE VILLAGE
Jerry Youmans, Intake Coordinator
Matthew 25 Ministries
120 Pelican Lake Drive
Pahokee, FL 33476
(561) 924-5556
www.matthew25ministries.org
Additional Info: Miracle Village 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.  

LAKE SHORE VILLAGE
Sex Offender Housing of Orlando
4127 North Orange Blossom Trail,
Orlando FL 32804
407-616-7757
SOHOFLA@gmail.com
http://
sohofla.weebly.com/

HOUSING FOR OFFENDERS
Randy Young
Phone # 407-925-4471
Email: hfouro@aol.com
http://housingforsexoffenders.com/

FLORIDA JUSTICE TRANSITIONS
2500 54TH AVENUE NORTH SUITE 100-B
SAINT PETERSBURG, FL  33714
727-289-7020   OFFICE
727-954-7090   FAX
JAMES BRODERICK, PRESIDENT
info@fjt2008.org
www.floridajusticetransitions.com

OFFENDER HOUSING LLC
Freddy Rodriguez, Re-Entry Specialist
P.O. Box 547758
Orlando, Florida 32854
407.541.9766  cell
407.704.4126  office
866.253.8611  fax
FREDDY@OFFENDERHOUSING.ORG
http://
www.offenderhousing.org/

IDAHO

Bethel Ministries
PO Box 44106
Boise, Idaho 83711-0106
Rob Lee, Executive Director
roblee@bethelministries.net
208-475-1284 phone
208-377-1498 fax
http://
www.bethelministries.net/

LOUISIANA

ONE TOUCH MINISTRY
1717 Dallas Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Email Address: otm1111@yahoo.com
Office Phone Number: (225) 359-9911
Office Fax Number: (225) 359-9982
http://
www.1touchministry.com/

MINNESOTA

DOROTHY DAY HOUSE
714 8th Street South
Moorhead, Minnesota 56560
Phone: (218) 233-5763
Fax: (218) 227-0327
http://
www.fmddh.org

MONTANA

MISSOULA 3:16
Office: 10450 Mullan Road
Missoula, MT 59808
Mail: P.O. Box 16833
Missoula, MT 59808
E-Mail: missoula316@aol.com
http://
www.missoula316.org/

NEW MEXICO
TITUS HOUSE MINISTRIES
P.O Box 2376
Tijeras, New Mexico 87059
Phone: (505) 286-8807
madalleyreport@aol.com
http://
titushouseministries.org/

NORTH DAKOTA

GLADYS RAY SHELTER
Jan Eliassen, Director
1519 1st Ave S
Fargo, ND 58103
Email: jeliassen@cityoffargo.com
Phone: 701-364-0116
Fax: 701-232-1983
http://
www.ci.fargo.nd.us/CityInfo/Departments/PlanningandDevelopment/Homelessness/GladysRayShelter/

DOROTHY DAY HOUSE - WEST
2111 East Main Avenue, #16
West Fargo, North Dakota 58078
Phone: (701) 478-1979
http://
www.fmddh.org

OHIO

THE EXIT PROGRAM
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 233
Brice OH, 43109
Administrative Office: 897 Oakwood Ave.
Columbus, OH 43206
Phone: 614-253-8969
Fax: 614-824-1143
Email: info@theexitprogram.com
http://
www.theexitprogram.com/

OKLAHOMA

HAND UP MINISTRY
2130 SE 59th ST
Oklahoma City, OK. 73129
(405) 236-3349
http://
www.huminc.org/

OREGON

UNION GOSPEL MISSION OF SALEM
PO Box 431
Salem, OR 97308-0431
Telephone: 503-967-6388
http://
www.ugmsalem.org/

PENNSYLVANIA

NEW PERSON MINISTRIES
PO Box 223
Reading, PA 19607
610-777-2222
info@newperson.org
http://
cr-so.org/

TEXAS

New Name Ministries, Inc.
PO Box 11694
Ft. Worth, TX  76110
PHYSICAL ADDRESS:  
1813 South Jennings Ave,
Fort Worth, Texas 76110
Phone: (817) 920-5886   
Fax:  (888) 415-1439    Email:  
staff.nnm@gmail.com
http://
newnameministries.org/

WASHINGTON STATE

The Mack House
Holy Ghost Revival Ministries
P.O. Box 3688
Arlington, WA 98223
http://holyghostrevivalministries.org/
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