What Are Ways to Pay for Sober Housing?
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Are you looking into a sober living house (SLH)? What is appealing to you? How have you gone about choosing the one that you think is right for you? Well you probably haven’t finished choosing because financing the move has a you a little scared.
On one hand, if you are homeless, living in a house seems ideal, especially a drug- and alcohol-free one. But, how do you get money together to pay fees and rent? On the other, if you are already living somewhere and paying rent, can you afford to maintain both sets of payments? If you move out, can you afford to store your things and pay rent at the sober living house?
If cost is keeping you from pursuing residency at a sober living house, don’t let it. SLHs are more than a place to live. In fact, research has shown that occupants of SLHs show impressive improvement in their mental health. Issues like depression, anxiety, and personality disorders are all lessened. And, that isn’t the only benefit.
Plus, there are a variety of ways to finance your residency and these will need to be explored.
Most people find things via the internet these days, and it can be marvelously helpful. But, your research can’t directly answer your questions and you don’t have a background in sober living house. So, you really should save yourself some time and go directly to an expert.
Caring representatives are ready to give you answers, help you find resources, and recommend appropriate treatment which can lead to sober living. By calling 800-373-1667, you are streamlining the process and you are one step closer to living in a sober house and comfortably paying the rent.
What Is a SLH?
The concept of sober living houses dates back to the 1830s, when they were being established by religious organizations. Initially, it was temperance groups like Salvation Army and YMCA, but in 1935, AA joined in.
It wouldn’t be until the 1960s and 70s that the therapeutic community would get involved and set-up houses that were not religiously affiliated. These communities recognized “Destructive living environments can derail recovery for even highly motivated individuals.”
A SLH is essentially a drug- and alcohol- free residence for people attempting to abstain from substance use. It’s that simple.
What is offered ranges from communal to independent sleeping, bathroom, and food arrangements. Some facilities function like a dorm and others like a studio apartment. The differences are usually cost dependent.
Sober living houses are not affiliated with the government, so their maintenance is entirely funded by resident payments and fees, which must be promptly paid to continue staying at the home. For this reason, many fail to move into sober living housing.
Funding: Personal Assets
Because you are liable for the payments, many people are forced to rely on the funds they have on hand or those they can raise. Consider removing money from savings or selling belongings, stocks, and property.
As sober houses are simply residences and not structured inpatient care, you are free to hold down a job and your pay could easily cover the costs.
You may also need to borrow the money needed. Possible funding routes include family and friends. In fact, multiple people who care about you could all chip-in to cover the costs. Consider crowd-funding your stay.
You can also take out a personal hardship loan. Look into banking possibilities.
Funding: Government Money
No, the government won’t typically pay for your stay, but you can use government funds. For example, the federal government won’t outright pay your rent, but your SSI or SSD payments could cover the cost of residency.
Depending on the state you live in, you may also be eligible for sober house funding from the state. If you are homeless or low income and that nets you state funding, you can often cover your rent and fees with that money.
There are very low cost facilities that can be paid for using limited amounts of money.
If you are still concerned about funding, you should do more research, and the best place to research sober housing is by calling our treatment helpline. For immediate answers and recommendations, give us a call at 800-373-1667. Let us help.