THE ONCE FALLEN HOUSING GUIDE
A Guide by Derek W. Logue
Last Update May 2, 2010-- Last update June 24, 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. 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). It is possible some registry offices have leads; thus, if you have a decent rapport with the registry office, it
does not hurt to ask.
TIP #2: USING THE REGISTRY TO YOUR ADVANTAGE
Ironically, a decent 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, especially private registry sites like
Family Watchdog or RaidsOnline. It is possible to match addresses with online ads, like from Craigslist, with info from the
registries to find potential housing leads. For once, the registry actually has a useful purpose.
Here is another example of how this strategy works. Lets say you want to live in New York City for whatever reason,
(presumably because they make the kind of picante sauce that angers Texans), but you don't know whether there is
available housing in the area. You could glean some useful information from a handy map posted on the website
RentApplication.com that shows the locations of every sex offender residence in town [see the link "This Map Shows You
Every Sex Offender in NYC" for the actual map]. If you look at this map, you'll discover more registered folks live in
Tremont than Astoria, or that the Northeast section of Brooklyn has more registrants than the area west of Brooklyn.
Now, those dots work for 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
residency restrictions. They are out there, its just a long, difficult process. In my previous experience, it took over 130
calls before I found a place that would accept registered citizens.
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.
California RSOL released a spreadsheet on the registration, community notification, and residency laws in all 50 states.
CLICK HERE to access it. Still, remember that some locations, such as in Florida, that allow restrictions beyond those
the state codes.
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 quality of service. For more info and on rules and restrictions, find the contact info on each site]
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.
IMPORTANT: Many programs may only accept residents from within the state.
HOUSING OPTIONS & ASSISTANCE BY STATE:
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
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.
ONE TOUCH MINISTRY
1717 Dallas Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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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