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satx18 11-22-2013 08:59 PM

Halfway house bed availability
 
I probably don't know enough details to even be asking this, but I've been asked to try to find out the bed availability at half-way houses. I've never seen anything related to this in any of my research, but I've never looked specifically for this. Is this information even available? If so, does anyone know where I would begin to find this? Basically how does this process work?

Thanks for any help you can offer.

Spencer Cahoon 11-25-2013 07:45 PM

There is no reason you would find information about this online, since the halfway houses don't need to advertise. Bed availability depends on the day. Open bed come up when current residents:

(1) Complete the program (if there is one)
(2) Find independent housing that gets approved by the PO
(3) Violate the rules of the HWH
or
(4) Violate parole and get returned to jail/prison

Since anyone of those things can happen at just about any time, bed availability is constantly changing. Some of the halfway houses will tell you what their bed availability is if you call and ask. I have certainly done so in the case of revocation hearings where I was recommending that the person be sent to a supportive environment with programs instead of being reincarcerated.

If you are checking for a loved one, make sure to wait until close to the time period you are looking for. That will give you the most relevant information.

satx18 11-25-2013 08:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Spencer Cahoon (Post 7255901)
There is no reason you would find information about this online, since the halfway houses don't need to advertise. Bed availability depends on the day. Open bed come up when current residents:

(1) Complete the program (if there is one)
(2) Find independent housing that gets approved by the PO
(3) Violate the rules of the HWH
or
(4) Violate parole and get returned to jail/prison

Since anyone of those things can happen at just about any time, bed availability is constantly changing. Some of the halfway houses will tell you what their bed availability is if you call and ask. I have certainly done so in the case of revocation hearings where I was recommending that the person be sent to a supportive environment with programs instead of being reincarcerated.

If you are checking for a loved one, make sure to wait until close to the time period you are looking for. That will give you the most relevant information.

Thank you for this information--it all makes sense. I'm really checking for a friend of a friend--the know I do a lot of online research (they don't) and asked me to check on it for them.

I really doubted there was a way to check on availability, but promised I'd see what I could find out. Is a halfway house assignment imposed as a condition of parole, or a choice the offender makes if they don't have any other good choices? When parole is granted, would the parole dept make these arrangements for the soon to be parolee? Since it varies by the day, I'm not sure how anyone would ever make the arrangements, as it's my understanding housing arrangements have to be approved before parole is granted. I've had no experience with halfway houses or parole, so my information may be way off.

Thanks again for your help.

Spencer Cahoon 11-25-2013 11:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by satx18 (Post 7255924)
Is a halfway house assignment imposed as a condition of parole, or a choice the offender makes if they don't have any other good choices?

It can be either way. In some cases, the HWH is part of the conditions (usually if they have a program that the PO wants the person to complete). If there is not another realistic housing option, it is not unusual to start a parolee in a HWH.

Quote:

Originally Posted by satx18 (Post 7255924)
When parole is granted, would the parole dept make these arrangements for the soon to be parolee? Since it varies by the day, I'm not sure how anyone would ever make the arrangements, as it's my understanding housing arrangements have to be approved before parole is granted.

Generally, the parole dept makes the arrangements. Since many of the halfway houses work specifically for the TDCJ, POs have the ability to reserve a bed for a parolee. Consequently, the PO can call for availability and have them hold a bed (assuming one is free). It may vary from HWH to HWH, but POs generally have the ability to hold a bed or set up an intake interview in my experience. Good luck to your friend.


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