A halfway house is a residential facility designed to help people transition into independent living. Its name indicates its status as “halfway” between an institution such as jail or a psychiatric hospital and complete independent living in a home or apartment.
What is a Halfway House?
Halfway houses were originally developed as transitional living facilities for people struggling with addiction. Often, people living in halfway houses were ex-convicts who were required to live in the home as part of their parole or probation, or who opted to live in the halfway house because they had nowhere else to go. However, the definition of halfway house has been greatly expanded in recent years, and there are now halfway houses for people struggling with a variety of issues, including:
Halfway Houses and Mental Health
People tend to feel better when they can get support from people who have faced the same issues they have. Consequently, halfway houses can be valuable tools in helping people struggling with addiction, mental health diagnoses, and other psychological issues. Well-run halfway houses can help people transition to independent living and learn important life skills.
Many communities have attempted to remove halfway houses due to fears that the people residing in them are dangerous, and some facilities struggle to retain funding and meet zoning requirements.
Last updated: 02-5-2013