The Recovery Housing Program provides assistance for security/damage/"sober" deposits, move-in fees, or any other initial/upfront financial barriers that might otherwise prevent an individual in recovery from securing post-treatment housing. Recovery housing fosters a recovery environment, structured routine and a dedicated community with a common goal of improving one’s physical, mental, spiritual & social wellbeing.
Much like a security or damage deposit, a "Sober Deposit" is collected by a landlord before a tenant moves into a living space. The term "sober deposit" is also outdated, but you may still hear it being used in the recovery community. Most of the time these are a one-time fee that is paid upon move-in, and typically are refundable at the end of the tenant's contract or program agreement.
While developing a post-treatment recovery plan, its no doubt that housing will be at the top of your "To-Do" List. So, it’s important to understand the difference between a recovery residence and a halfway house, so you can decide which one might be right for you.
Recovery residences are often affiliated with addiction treatment centers, while others, are managed by a trusted sober living peer, often called a "House Manager". The House Manager's sole focus is to provide a safe living environment for people who are in this early stage of recovery.
By contrast, a halfway house is typically run by a government agency, and can sometimes be more crowded and "dorm-like". Recovery residences will typically have more daily structure, weekly commitments or requirements (i.e. chores, employment/volunteering, recovery meeting attendance), and have the feel of a private residence, typically affording residents more privacy and comfort.