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Ex-offender halfway houses
Halfway houses are community residential programs providing supervision and treatment services for offenders released from state prisons, referred by Courts of Common Pleas or sanctioned because of a violation of conditions of supervision. Halfway houses provide services such as drug and alcohol treatment, electronic monitoring, job placement, educational programs, and specialized programs for sex offenders and mentally ill offenders. Some facilities may not accept violent offenders, sex offenders or those convicted of arson. Some halfway houses offer the Transitional Control program which is available to inmates who are reviewed and determined eligible by the Ohio Parole Board. Upon the sentencing judge’s approval, appropriate inmates may be placed on Transitional Control and transferred to a halfway house to complete up to the last 180 days of their prison term. Employed offenders doing well in the program may be stepped down on electronic monitoring in an appropriate home placement. The emphasis of the Transitional Control program is to provide offenders with resources for employment, education, vocational training and treatment so that they may transition to their home community more successfully. Halfway houses must meet standards set by the American Correctional Association (ACA) and licensing requirements of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

The following is a list of ex-offender halfway houses in Cuyahoga County:
     
Community Assessment and Treatment Services
216-441-0200
8415 Broadway Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44105
  Oriana House
330-535-8116
1829 E 55th St.
Cleveland, OH 44103
     
The Salvation Army Harbor Light Ex-Offender Program
216-781-3773
1710 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115
   
     
     
Substance Abuse Halfway Houses
Halfway houses for substance abuse are places that provide room and board, structured alcohol or other drug addiction treatment services, individual counseling and living skills instruction for people with alcohol and other drug addictions. It is seen as a form of treatment, rather than housing, but it is one option if you have a substance abuse issue. Some halfway houses will only accept people who have been through their other treatment programs, or those who have a referral. There may also be other eligibility restrictions. If you committed certain types of crimes, you may not qualify, or there may be a waiting period. You may or may not be able to be released directly to a halfway house from prison.
     
Community Assessment and Treatment Services
216-441-0200
8415 Broadway Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44105
  Hitchcock Center for Women
216-421-0662
1227 Ansel Rd.
Cleveland, OH 44108
     
Oriana House
330-535-8116
1829 E 55th St.
Cleveland, OH 44103
  Orca House
216-231-3772
1905 E 89th St.
Cleveland, OH 44106
     
Stella Maris
216-781-0550
1320 Washington Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44113
  Salvation Army - Harbor Light
216-781-3773
1710 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115
     
YMCA - Y-Haven I
216-431-2018
6001 Woodland Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44104
 
     
     
Transitional Housing
Transitional housing programs are generally for people who are homeless. These facilities provide a temporary place to live and supportive services for people who are trying to live on their own, but who do not currently have the money to do so. People coming from prison are not considered homeless right away. Generally, people pay 30 percent of their income for rent and utilities or they may pay a low fee (lower than most rental units). In most cases, you may begin transitional shelter programs with zero income. However, most programs will provide case management and/ or employment services to help you start gaining an income through a job or government benefits (such as Social Security). The length of stay varies greatly but could be up to two years. People with mental illness are generally accepted if they are stable and able to take their own medication. There may be some restrictions on the ages of children allowed and/or restrictions on alcohol and drugs. If you committed certain types of crimes, you may not qualify, or there may be a long waiting period. This is not considered emergency housing. There are many places offering transitional housing throughout Cuyahoga County – intake for almost all of them is through Coordinated Intake (see the following section for more information on Coordinated Intake).