Program Fees— Safe and Sober Housing programs shall not bill rent to clients receiving State Substance Use funding for housing but may impose a “program fee” to cover the following expenses:
Basic Utilities—electricity, gas, water, sewer, trash, etc.
Internet services (if available to client)
Amenities Fund—Covers wear and tear on home living items such as furniture, bedding, curtains, washer & dryer, cookware, dishes, appliances, etc.
Cleaning supplies (if supplied by provider)
Program fees must be reasonable and shall not equal or exceed what is normally charged for rent;
Program fees shall be imposed equally on residents receiving State Substance Use funding for housing and non-state funded residents.
Safe and Sober Housing programs must assure that clients fully understand the purpose of an imposed program fee and what it includes.
Safe and Sober Housing programs shall disclose to the Department any program fees imposed and what is included in the fee.
Habitability—Safe and Sober Housing programs shall assure that housing meets local occupancy and safety requirements and will be required to submit a certified home inspection in addition to the required fire inspection documentation. At a minimum, Safe and Sober Housing programs must include the required amenities:
Structure and Materials Required—The structure must be structurally sound so as to not pose any threat to the health and safety of the occupants and so as to protect the residents from the elements.
common space large enough for house members to hold:
housing meeting or to provide alcohol and drug education groups
free recreational opportunities with others in recovery
laundry facilities for residents
Individual storage for each resident’s personal effects