Diverse Housing

DIVERSE HOUSING

Housing and Helping
Ex-Offenders Transition

The Diverse Housing program offers housing to Ex-Felons and Sex Offenders on and off of Probation in Orlando and Orange County

Every day there is an increasing number of people with backgrounds who cannot find desirable housing. We do our best to restore livelihood by offering suitable housing options. Whether you are a sex offender or ex felon we will do our best to satisfy your housing needs. Diverse Housing has been helping individuals and families of ex offenders since June of 2017.

Living restrictions that vary from area to area (see below) eliminate the majority of locations that a sex offender can reside. Finding an address that satisfies requirements for supervision and FDLE is a process and commonly takes days to weeks for a “yes” or “no.” Frequently addresses will be denied because there is a home day care, school, or park nearby. Then you have to go on to another address and the process starts over. If your loved one is being released from a prison or jail, please begin your search at least 1-2 months prior to their release date. Diverse Housing does offer rooms that obey the rules of Probation and FDLE. Address verification takes place on our end before we accept deposits.

Having an approved address prior to release is a critical step in all re-entry plans. Prisons need even more time to investigate and approve addresses so please take that into consideration. We will also communicate the release plan with classification at the correctional facility if necessary.

Bedrooms are private rooms intended for single occupancy. Furnishings are available at no extra cost. All houses have a washer and dryer on-site, shared kitchen, dining area, and bathroom. Some houses have Digital Cable and High Speed Internet access included. Master bedrooms normally have a half or full bath attached to the bedroom. Housing manager will make regular stops at the houses to ensure overall cleanliness, check on tenants, and for routine maintenance. Even though all rentals are a month-to-month, the majority of tenants stay long term. Pricing varies by room/house and usually averages around $600 per month. There are no additional admin or intake fees. Diverse Housing does its best to offer better housing conditions for ex-felons.

Sex Offender Living Restrictions in Orange County

Florida State Laws 775.215:

A Sex Offender can not live within 1000 Feet of the following:
  • School (Does not include adult schools)
  • Child Care Facility
  • Park or Playground

County Ordinance Same as State:

A Sex Offender can not live within 1000 Feet of the following:

  • School (Does not include adult schools)
  • Child Care Facility
  • Park or Playground

City of Orlando Ordinance 43-94:

A Sex Offender can not live within 1500 Feet of the following:
  • School (Does not include adult schools)
  • Child Care Facility
  • Park or Playground

City of Winter Park Ordinance 62-194:

A Sex Offender can not live within 2500 Feet of the following:
  • School (Does not include adult schools)
  • Child Care Facility
  • Park or Playground

City of Apopka Ordinance 42-58:

A Sex Offender can not live within 2500 Feet of the following:
  • School (Does not include adult schools)
  • Child Care Facility
  • Park or Playground

City of Maitland Ordinance 10-62:

A Sex Offender can not live within 2500 Feet of the following:
  • School (Does not include adult schools)
  • Library
  • Church
  • Child Care Facility
  • Park, Playground, Minipark or Recreational Open Space

City of Ocoee Ordinance 136-3:

A Sex Offender can not live within 2500 Feet of the following:
  • School (Does not include adult schools)
  • School Bus Stop
  • Place of Worship
  • Child Care Facility
  • Park or Playground

City of Windermere Ordinance 18-93:

A Sex Offender can not live within 3000 Feet of the following:
  • School (Does not include adult schools)
  • School Bus Stops
  • Church
  • Child Care Facility
  • Park or Playground

City of Winter Garden Ordinance 50-194:

A Sex Offender can not live within 2500 Feet of the following:
  • School (Does not include adult schools)
  • School Bus Stop
  • Child Care Facility
  • Park or Playground

Cities & Towns Restrictions are the same as the State laws:

Christmas, Clarcona, Gotha, Killarney, Oakland, Plymouth, Tangerine, Zellwood

checklist

Here is a helpful checklist of questions to ask prospective landlords:

Do you have a processing fee?
Is there a washer and dryer?
How many people are living in the house?
How many people are sharing a bathroom?
Ask to visit the house or room…and
Inspect the cleanliness of the house
Check the condition of the furnishings
Do you see any signs of drug activity, pest problems, or even outstanding maintenance items?