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SOBER HOME SERVICES

ATR addresses another critical recovery support for
ATR participants – HOUSING.

ATR’s sober home services provide wrap-around support to ATR participants experiencing housing instability by addressing both their housing and recovery needs, while increasing their capacity to support themselves once the ATR rental subsidies end. Referred by a community provider, an eligible ATR participant will work with an ATR Housing Coordinator to find a sober home that meets their needs. ATR will pay the sober home rent and will assign a peer recovery coach to work alongside the participant for the duration of their stay in the sober home.  ATR only funds participants to live in sober homes that are certified by the Massachusetts Alliance for Sober Housing (MASH), which is the primary agency for accountability of all certified sober homes in Massachusetts.

The ATR sober home service has two main goals for ATR participants:

  • Stabilize individual by providing stable housing
  • Increase their capacity to support themselves by working with the participant on their employment and housing plans

WHERE IS SERVICE AVAILABLE ?

Sober Home services are only available to ATR participants within the five areas that ATR operates:

  • Boston
  • Springfield/Holyoke
  • Worcester
  • New Bedford
  • Lowell

WHAT DO ATR PARTICIPANTS RECEIVE?

  • Placement into a MASH Certified Sober Home by an ATR Housing Coordinator
  • Up to 5 months of rent paid (by check) to a MASH Certified Sober Home. The checks will be paid weekly.
  • Support from a Peer Recovery Coach every week
  • Long term housing and employment supports

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

As said above, we have two parallel goals with this service option. One goal is to help people who are unstably housed get into more stable housing. The other, equally important goal is to empower them to develop financial independence and self-sufficiency so that when their time in ATR ends, they will be able to pay the rent on their own. 

Eligibility for the ATR Sober Home service includes: 

  • Individual must be a current active ATR participant
  • Referral must come from an authorized referral portal
  • Individuals who are already living in sober homes are not eligible for this service.  There must be a housing need at time of referral.

Individual must be either:

  • Enrolled (or soon-to-be enrolled) in ATR’s job training program and receiving work-study benefit checks from ATR 

Participant must be willing to find employment upon completion of the training program.  Job search will be closely monitored and if not progressing, individual will be terminated from the Sober Home service.

  • Receiving SSI/SSDI income (must submit verification)

Recognizing that the monthly amount obtained through SSI/SSDI is often insufficient to pay rent and keep a household running, it is optimal for the individual to find a part-time job to increase their income.  ATR will refer everyone on SSI/SSDI to a Benefits Counselor who will work with them individually to understand their benefits and how much they can earn through employment without losing any of their benefits.  The ultimate goal is that, even though receiving public benefits, they should find employment to augment their income.  If the individual is not willing to meet with a Benefits Counselor, s/he will not be enrolled in the Sober Home service.  

Some Considerations

Referral

  • If a participant is in (or interested in) one of ATR’s job training programs (CBI), you should wait to make your referral to the Sober Home service either when they are actively enrolled in the CBI program or within one month of their graduation from CBI.
      • ATR expects every individual to find employment within 30 days of graduation from CBI.
      • The Sober Home recovery coach will monitor their job search activity and if not demonstrating progress towards finding a job, they may lose their Sober Home funding from ATR.
      • You can find out everyone’s CBI enrollment information from the emails we send out to the “ATR go to” person at your organization.

Housing

  • Our service is not an emergency housing service and we are unable to accept those who need immediate emergency housing. Please allow time for our Coordinators to schedule an intake (can take up to 2 weeks), be able to find the appropriate sober home (based upon bed availability) and coordinate move in. If coming from a residential treatment program this referral needs to be incorporated into the discharge planning process.
  •  Our ATR Housing Coordinators do the search to find a suitable sober home for each participant.  If the participant has a sober home they are interested in, we will try to accommodate but cannot guarantee that placement.
  • Visit the Contact Us page to see who to contact in your city for information on Housing Coordinators or Sober Home Recovery Coaches.
Please note, participants who are already living in sober homes are not eligible for this service.  There must be a housing need at time of referral.  

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.