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How Do These Rooms Work?
Room specifics are a bit difficult to describe when you first contact us, because H.O.S.T. simply does not know what the requirements of the offender are when we are first contacted. That first step is covered by the administrative services and may take some time before we are prepared to make a room offer. H.O.S.T. will look into the specifics as soon as we are contacted. After the specific restrictions are known, we must still factor in not only availability but also financial ability. H.O.S.T. is prepared to turn all these individual matters into one simple solution. That process is covered by the administrate service, which is fully detailed in its own section. The administrative services are a required service in order to determine a room and it will result in more specific answers to your questions. In the meantime here are some general guidelines how the rooms work.
H.O.S.T. works with various landlords and each are subject to their own policy. So some of the questions such as will the house have cable TV or will the house have a dryer can’t be answered until H.O.S.T. determines which locations are eligible our client. H.O.S.T. refers to these landlords as partners. Not all of them have the same policies, but H.O.S.T. will provide those specifics once an eligible and available room has been determined. Only then can a monthly rental amount be discussed. Once that has been determined, H.O.S.T. will then provide all the specific details and you will have this information before any rental amounts are expected to be paid.
In general private rooms usually start at $500 per month. Sometimes they are a bit less, sometimes a bit more. That’s an average price, not a guarantee. Shared rooms are less, and usually average $400 per roommate with the understanding that it will accommodate two persons. Rooms include basic furniture such as a bed and dresser. Rooms do not always include amenties that might be expected such as linens, towels, etc. H.O.S.T. offers plans that do provide them, and the specifics will be provided to you.
Some landlords operate differently than others. H.O.S.T. cannot quote landlord policies until the landlord has been determined. However, this can work to your benefit. Suppose there are two vacancies, in separate houses run and operated by two separate landlords. That allows more than one option to be presented to you, so it is in the landlord’s best interest to offer the best rate and conditions because H.O.S.T. will take the better deal, and pass those savings off to our clients.
Once our clients are physically in their new residence, H.O.S.T. now shows them the respect they deserve. To us they are clients, not inmates or offenders.
These are privately owned homes, run and operated by various landlords. Some offer cable at some locations, some don’t. Some offer a dryer, others don’t. H.O.S.T. will look at the best options and give you honest and accurate information ahead of time, not surprise you with things you never expected until it is too late. Most rooms are private, but some are set up as shared rooms. There will be others in the house as well, but H.O.S.T. will always tell you the total number of others in the house. H.O.S.T. will not offer a room that cannot safely and comfortably accommodate the total persons in the house, and you will know this information ahead of time.
Many times the issue of living with other offenders is a concern at first. H.O.S.T. finds this to be an advantage. While the ideal would probably be private homes without other offenders as roommates, the incoming client is in no different position then these other roommates were when they moved in. Since many, if not all, of the roommates are on probation, there is little reason to fear that a roommate might do something to jeopardize the incoming client’s probation, because they would be also jeopardizing their own probation.
H.O.S.T. does not tolerate any client’s refusal to obey all laws and remain in complete compliance with the terms of their probation. While H.O.S.T. does not manage the houses directly, we absolutely get to know the individual tenant’s in each of these house. Every landlord that H.O.S.T. partners with abides by these regulations.
You may think that you are paying more by going through a third party such as H.O.S.T. In actually, the opposite is true. H.O.S.T. offers you the exact same rate that the landlord’s charge. H.O.S.T found the landlord the client they needed to fill the empty vacancy and they are thrilled to fill the spot so it works to their advantage to work with H.O.S.T. just as much as it works to the advantage of the client due to all the transitional services we offer that they may not. Some of these landlords do offer some of these transitional services, but none of them charge less and H.O.S.T provides more services, guaranteed. While the monthly rental amounts do not cover any of the transitional services, other landlords do charge extra for transitional services and H.O.S.T can guarantee the best rate, while offering much more. H.O.S.T. lets the landlords run their houses; we concentrate on the important issues of transition. It does little good to place a tenant in a home, if you don’t offer them a plan to achieve success after finding their new home.
Some of the landlords charge deposits, others don’t. H.O.S.T. will explain all the specifics once it’s been determined which location meets our client’s eligibility for the residency restrictions. If H.O.S.T finds more than once vacancy all options will be presented to our client. No, working through H.O.S.T. does not add to the cost. In fact, it can reduce it. We are like brokers for sex offender housing.
Neither H.O.S.T., nor the landlords that we partner with are affiliated with law enforcement. There will be a probation officer assigned as well to all clients on probation. Some of the landlords have house managers who represent the landlord. The houses are visited frequently by landlords, representatives of H.O.S.T. and formal probation officers but all of us work together to resolve our own separate issues.
H.O.S.T. currently partners with landlords that together run and operate over 25 separate residencies. We are constantly expanding and looking for more partners to fill sex offender housing needs. Even with this many houses, rooms still fill up quickly so contact us to reserve your room now. The earlier the room is reserved, the earlier you can rest assured that the complicated matter of placing our client in an eligible residence is behind you so we can move onto the important issues of transition.