Most halfway houses provide a more structured living environment
and other services such as help in job searching and training in
certain living skills. Onsite counseling, and substance abuse treatment
is often provided by halfway houses.
If there is not staff at the
halfway house to help with a specific problem there is also a network
of professionals including medical and mental health professionals that
a person can be referred to.
Most halfway houses are used in conjunction with the legal system.
Offenders are often placed in halfway houses because it is felt that
with a little help the offender can again become a contributing member
of the community. The length of stay in a halfway house can vary
because each person is evaluated on their readiness to return to the
community, and their behavior while in the halfway house.
Most often while living in a halfway house it is expected that the
person be either actively looking for a job, or working. Most people
are expected to pay for at least part of their stay in the halfway
house. This is done to give those staying at the halfway house a sense
of responsibility and accountability for their own improvement.
For most people it is important to remember what a halfway house is.
The term halfway house originally came about because it described a
resting place or shelter during a journey. This is still the ultimate
goal of halfway houses. A halfway house is an in between stop, a place
where people can get support and the help they need to be able to
continue on with their life in a community.