Owning & Operating recovery housing involves areas including Recovery, Housing & Business. Recovery Housing has specific federal, state and local laws that you must follow.
There are Federal, State and Local Fair Housing Laws to protect individuals from housing discrimination. Understanding Fair Housing should be one of the first topics you learn about when opening a recovery residence. Protections apply when someone is trying to open a recovery residence in a community, as well as when you are operating a recovery residence. There are many local organizations that provide free training and online resources.
Ohio’s Landlord/Tenant Laws do apply to recovery housing. Where this tends to be the most misunderstood is during the time someone is asked to leave due to not complying with the rules. It is important to understand their rights as a tenant and your responsibilities as a housing provider.
Every city will have their own requirements that landlords will need to follow. Common requirements include rental registration, occupancy permits, safety such as smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors & lead paint disclosures. It is always best to contact the city to be sure you are in compliance.
In addition to meeting the federal, state and local laws, it is recommended that recovery housing providers meet minimum quality standards. The national organization NARR has developed recommended standards.
It is important to have a good business plan. There are organizations that offer free workshops and information for individuals who are interested in opening a business.
The minimum insurance recommended is general liability, however that may not always be enough. Be sure to share with the agent that you are operating recovery housing.
*The information provided is not intended to replace or substitute any professional, financial, medical or legal advice. The online listings of providers and services is for general information purposes only. To be listed the Service must be located in the Northeast Ohio and be a provider of recovery, treatment or support services. Ask us for more information. NEORRN does not endorse or recommend providers nor engage in verification of quality of services. Providers do not pay to be listed on the NEORRN website. All providers and services listed follow their own eligibility criteria and being listed on the NEORRN website does not guarantee that an individual will be accepted into their programs. NEORRN does not own or operate recovery housing.