if you are looking to start a halfway house, this is a great time to do it. The best news of all, with demand this strong, you can make a reasonable living from a halfway house as well.
But here’s the problem.
People wanting to start their own halfway houses have so many barriers to overcome. First, there are many rules and regulations when starting a halfway house. It can all be so confusing. Do you register with the state or with your local government? Do you have to become certified? Is your home inspected? And, if so, who does this? It all seems so complicated and overwhelming.
Besides the legal issues, you know that you must take good care of your residents. You just don’t plunk them down in front of the TV. This leads to so many more questions … Such as: What chores are suitable and how should you divide these up? What should you feed your residents? What skills training are best for your home? What do you do when you have an “incident” with a resident? How do you get referrals and how do you get paid? … and so on. Like the legal issues, thinking about “day-to-day” issues can seem overwhelming, too.
The next barrier is the “hyped-up” income claims that you see out there. I’ve seen articles and books on the Internet saying that you’ll make a small fortune owning a halfway house. While it’s true that you can make a decent living from owning and running a halfway house, it’s unlikely that you’ll become a millionaire from it. So, if you see websites and advertisements claiming that you’ll get rich quick from owning a halfway house… Just don’t believe it.
One more thing. There is just not much information available on how to start a halfway house. What’s available is expensive and incomplete. Even the expensive books and start up packets don’t give you clear-cut procedures, they don’t give you good advice and they don’t tell you everything about running a halfway house.
Because of all of these barriers, so many people dreaming of helping others through owning a halfway house just give up. They just don’t start because it all seems so hard and they can’t get any good information.
This doesn’t have to happen to you. When you want your own halfway house, you can start with confidence and without anything stopping you.