Finding housing can be a difficult task for a person with a felony. Having a sexual offense on your record can make this even more difficult, especially if you live in a state that requires you to not live within a certain distance of places like schools and parks. Below we have listed several tips and resources that may help you in finding a housing, even if you have a felony for a sexual offense on your record. Remember to check the state’s laws for the state you live in regarding to where you can and cannot reside before moving somewhere.
We do not guarantee any of this information will help you find a place to live, we are just listing things we have found helpful or government and/or non-profit organizations have recommended.
The following list contains both non profit and for profit organizations that help those required to register find housing.
List of Places to Contact by State
- Colorado RSOL – Colorado Advocate 4 Change mission is to support those that are required to register and their families. They also provide assistance with housing and job placement.
- New Castle County Transitional Housing (PDF) – CHANGE Transitional Housing offers Transition housing (Single men coming out of prison who are in recovery pay rent and share expenses in group for 6 months to a year). Transitional housing provides temporary housing and support services over an extended period of time. Located in Wilmington, Delaware.
- Palace Mobile Home Park – Specialized Housing for Sex Offenders in St. Petersburg, Florida
- H4SO, Inc. – H4SO, Inc. is a privately owned property management company that specializes in providing housing for sex offenders. All residences are pre-approved with the Florida Department of Corrections for those on parole and probation. CRD locations are also available on a limited basis.
- Helping Offenders Successfully Transition – H.O.S.T. Transition Services provides sex offender housing, sex offender transition consulting and sex offender resources for offenders recently released or soon to be released.
- Sex Offender Housing of Florida – Sex Offender Housing of Florida is home to men who have served their time and simply want to move on with their life. We house ex-offenders who are doing their best to stay clean and green.
- Matthew 25 Ministries, Inc – Provides a compassionate recovery community for ex-offenders who are willing to take responsibility for themselves and learn to make viable choices while striving for success.
- Housing for Sex Offenders – We find housing for sex offenders throughout Florida. We find apartments, houses and other homes, to rent, or buy near your desired area. We also have shared homes.
- Florida Justice Transitions – Florida Justice Transitions is an organization established to assist Ex-offenders with productive and responsible re-entry into society. The program offers; Housing, Counseling, Mentoring, Agency Assistance and compliance assistance.
- Offender Housing LLC – Offender Housing LLC is an Orlando-based cooperative which mediates resources for offender’s who are wholly committed to successfully reintegrating into local communities throughout Florida. Through collaborative partnership agreements, the company is able to provide housing, vocational training, medical care and other services to meet client specific goals in an effort to promote and reinforce rehabilitative objectives.
- Helping Offenders Successfully Transition – H.O.S.T. provides consulting with transition issues including sex offender housing and many other services. We are aware that not everybody has money, and yes we do assist indigent people. We can determine your sex offender housing needs whether it’s for someone currently incarcerated due to be released soon or whether they’ve already been released. We offer sex offender housing whether the offender is serving probation or not. We have sex offender housing that not only meet the restriction requirements but that also fit your financial budget. Located near Orlando.
If the state you live in is not listed above, you may find the following information helpful. These were first posted on Prison Talk’s Forum (http://www.prisontalk.com).
“For the past couple of weeks I have been searching for an apartment for him to move to so he would have an official address to give the CDC when he is released. I have a few tips for any of you who may be in a similar situation searching for housing.
I searched the Megan’s Law database for specific areas I was interested in looking in. In CA. we have colored dots on a map and it will allow you to search by zip code. Also, once you have that map on screen you can double click and it will give the actual address as well as nearby schools.
I also pulled the registered persons up paying particular attention to where there were concentrations of numbers. I figured this would be safer for him with less chance of vigilantism. No these are not all ghettos or bad areas. In fact many are in redeveloping areas that are on a desirable upswing or professional areas containing medical offices etc. with residential properties in the area as well. I then searched the internet for places like rent.com, for rentals in the area. Most have email addresses and phone numbers. I emailed or phoned them and asked them to fax or email me a copy of the application. Once received I would carefully read all questions to look specifically for the “Have you ever been convicted of a felony?””What was the crime”?, etc…. I made a not interested file for those properties whose application had that question and proceeded to go look at the properties that did not ask that question. I also then drove around the area to choose which ones to apply to.”
I would also recommend writing/emailing your state representatives and let them know about the difficult situation you facing finding housing. The only way the laws will be changed so people can get the help they need is if people speak up.