SOBER HOME SERVICES
ATR addresses a critical recovery support – HOUSING.
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While traditional ATR services provide wraparound support to ATR participants, people experiencing housing instability need an additional layer of support to address both their housing and recovery needs. Our goal is to connect participants to safe, drug-free housing to stabilize them in their recovery and help them increase their capacity to support themselves once they complete the program.
ATR participants enrolled in ATR Sober Home Services receive:
- Housing Coordination – search and placement
- Up to 5 months of rental assistance
- Recovery Coaching
- Employment support
- Long term housing planning
If eligible for ATR Sober Home Services, ATR participants work with an ATR Housing Coordinator who connects them to a Massachusetts Alliance for Sober Housing (MASH) Certified sober home that meets their specific needs. ATR will provide up to 5 months of rent payments while participants focus on their recovery. ATR participants are connected with a peer Recovery Coach as well as job training opportunities, empowering them to find a job and begin a new life from a stable foundation.
ATR participants must be referred by one of our authorized referrers.
In a 2022 evaluation of ATR Sober Home Services,
it was found that enrollment in these services led to significant improvements when compared to participation in ATR alone.
Of the ATR participants who were enrolled in ATR Sober Home Services…
Any ATR participant seeking to enroll in Sober Home Service must fit the following criteria:
- Current, active ATR participant
- In need of housing – anyone already living in a sober home is not eligible
- In need of employment
To further qualify for ATR Sober Home Services, an ATR participant must be:
- Enrolled (or soon-to-be enrolled) in a job training program through ATR Career Services
- AND committed to finding a job after completing the training program
- Receiving SSI/SSDI income
Recognizing that the monthly amount obtained through SSI/SSDI is often insufficient to pay rent and keep a household running, it is optimal for participants to find a part-time job to increase their income.
Prior to being considered for enrollment in the sober home service, ATR referral partners refer everyone on SSI/SSDI to a Benefits Counselor who works with them individually to understand their benefits and how much they can earn through employment without losing any of their benefits.
If a participant is not willing to meet with a Benefits Counselor, s/he will not be enrolled in Sober Home Services.
Before making a referral, an individual should be stabilized in their recovery and with any new medications. The individual should be at a point in their recovery process where they are beginning to think about long-term goals and stable enough to live in a more independent living situation.
Once enrolled, ATR expects every individual to find employment within 30 days of graduation from a job training program. The Sober Home Recovery Coach will monitor their job search activity and if a participant is not demonstrating progress towards finding a job, they may lose their Sober Home funding from ATR.
How to refer an individual for Sober Home Services
To refer an ATR participant for sober home assistance and placement, authorized portals should complete this referral form and upload any required documentation. Our referral form is password protected, and only Authorized Referral Portals have access to make a referral.
After a referral is received, our Housing Coordinator will reach out to the individual to schedule an intake appointment.