Housing and Helping
The Diverse Housing program offers housing to Ex-Felons and Sex Offenders on and off of Probation in Orlando and Orange County
Every daythere 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 restrictionsthat vary from area to area (see Housing) eliminate most 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 an address will be denied due to there is a home day care, school, or park nearby. Then you must go on to another address and the process starts over. If your loved one is being from a prison or jail, please begin your search at least 1-2 months prior to their release date. Diverse Housing offers 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.
Our roomsare private and 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 Rooms normally have a half or full bath attached to the Room. The housing manager will make regular stops at the houses to ensure overall cleanliness, check on the tenants, and perform routine maintenance. Even though rentals are month-to-month, the majority of tenants stay long term. Pricing varies by room and 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.
Here is a helpful checklist of questions to ask the prospective landlords:
Do you have a processing fee?
Is there a washer and dryer in the House?
How many people are living in the House?
How many people are sharing a bathroom?
Ask to visit the House and Room.
Inspect the cleanliness of the House and Room
Check the condition of the furnishings
Do you see any signs of drug or other criminal activity.
pest problems, or outstanding maintenance items?