FAQ Overview

Fairhaven House Homes

How long can I stay at Fairhaven House?

Normally 1.5 years. The average stay is usually 6 months to a year. We do allow some members to stay long term.

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Last update: 2017-12-29 15:16


What is the address of the homes?

We do not publicly provide specific addresses for our homes. Potential clients are given address after their initial interview.

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Last update: 2017-12-29 15:29


Does a person have to have an addiction to move into one of our houses?

No. But they must be in need of low income hosuing-not just trying to get 'cheap rent'. They are required to follow the same guidelines as all other members.

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Last update: 2017-12-29 15:36


Do you have a house for couples?

Yes.

House of Myrrh Home
This house is for married couples. It rarely is available. It is located in Skyway/Renton area. It is a Daylight basement unit with kitchen, dining room, two bedrooms, bath/utility room, plus small storage area. It is $1,350 a month which includes all utilities. There is Cable TV and Wifi, and parking on site. The Executive Director and spouse live upstairs.

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Last update: 2017-12-29 15:40


How do I get an application?

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What is membership dues?

We do not charge rent. You are not a tenant or a resident. You are a member of the Fairhaven House Discipleship program that offers housing to those who are members. So you are paying membership dues, not rent.

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Last update: 2017-12-29 16:18


How do I contact the Executive Director?

Richard Dover, 206-396-1995, program@fairhavenhouse.info

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Last update: 2017-12-29 16:24


Can I move in if I am on pysch meds?

Yes you can if you sign a release from your medication provider allowing us to be able to contact them at any point in time if it appears you are not taking your meds, need to adjust your meds, and to verify you are showing up for appointments.

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Last update: 2017-12-31 03:49


Fairhaven House Homes » Woman Homes

Do you have houses for women?

Yes.

Flight Path House
This house is our most recent house located in Seatac. We specifically leased it so that we could have a house for women. We currently have several openings in this house. It has two Double-Occupancy Rooms, and two Single rooms with one bathroom. It has a laundry room and on site parking. All rooms are furnished.

it is located a few blocks from Tukwila Light Rail station.

Double-Occupancy rooms are $500, Singles are $600. Price includes all utilities. There is Cable TV, WiFi, on-site computer, and phone service.

Tenants prepare their own meals.

The managers, a married couple, live in the daylight basement.

There are three chickens in a small chicken coop at this site.

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Last update: 2018-01-02 22:46


Fairhaven House Homes » Men Homes

Do you have homes for men?

Yes.

Valley Ridge Home
This home is located in Seatac. It is our largest home. It has two studios (rarely available), four single rooms, and three double-occupancy rooms. We have a very small spare room that we temporarily use when we are holding a bed for someone coming out of prison. Not including the studios it has one kitchen and two bathrooms. all rooms are fully furnished.

This home is located a few blocks from Safeway, Labor Works, on the Metro 156 route, and about a mile from Tukwila Light Rail and the Airport Light Rail stop.

There is plenty of on-site parking at this location and it has laundry facilities.

Double-Occupancy rooms are $500, Singles are $600, and Studios are $750. Price includes all utilities. There is Cable TV, WiFi, on-site computer, and phone service.

Tenants prepare their own meals.

Koinonia House
This house rarely has openings. it is located in Burien and the members of this house are normally involved in some type of ministry related to Seattle Open Door Church. It is located on SODC church property.

It has 3 single bedrooms.

Membership fees are based upon various factors.

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Last update: 2018-01-02 22:46


Housing/Program Cost

Want are your rental rates?

First off we should mention that we do not rent rooms. We are a discipleship program that provides housing as one of the benefits. You are not a resident or tenant. You are a member of Fairhaven House. Thus yoy pay membership fees, not rent.

Double-Occupancy Bed: $500 month
Single Occuoancy Bed: $600 month
Studio: $750 month,

Above prices includes all utilities including Cable TV, WiFi, in-house computer, phone, laundry facilities. You provide yoru own meals. House members cover the cost of cleaning supplies and toilet paper, normally $5-$10 a month.

There is a $200 Application Fee/Deposit also. $100 is refundable if leave on good terms.

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Last update: 2017-12-29 15:13


Is there an application fee or deposit?

Yes. There is an $200 Application Fee/Deposit. You do not pay any of the fees unless you move into the house.  $100 is refundable if you leave on proper terms.

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Last update: 2017-12-29 15:15


Why is the 'rent' so high?

First off a person is not paying rent. They are not a renter or a tenant. They are a member of the Fairhaven House discipleship program and are paying membership dues.

Thus Fairhaven House members are getting more than a place to sleep. They are getting a place to live and more importantly, they are being provided resources, structure, accountability, and counseling.

The membership dues help to cover the lease of the house, the utilities,  drug tests. repairs, and the cost for staff (Which is minimal-the managers get a small stipend. No one else receives an income.)

Unlike most sober houses we only place no more than 2 people to a room. Many sober houses charge $500 a month for four people in a room.  Many sober houses collect the food stamps of their clients. Many sober houses do not refund deposits.

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Last update: 2017-12-29 15:23


What sources of income do you accept?

We accept indviduals on SSI, SSDI, HEN, DOC  Vouchers, workman's comp, unemployment checks, and of course employed. (We do not take indviduals who work at bars, casinos, or strip clubs.)We will also accept individuals who have a relative or friend pay their membership dues. But we only allow this for one month. after that members must come up with their own source of income.

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Last update: 2017-12-29 15:47


Do you take HEN?

Yes we do.

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Do you take individuals with no source of income?

Very Rarely. If the person has ID for employment, is willing to go out on temp jobs immediately, and seems like a good fit for our program, we may take them without having any money. However, their membership dues start as soon as they move in.

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Last update: 2017-12-29 15:49


Do I have to pay the $200 Application Fee/Deposit before I move in?

Yes you do. Rarely do we have exceptions. Any exceptions must be approved by the Executive Director.

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Last update: 2017-12-29 15:50


What is HEN?

The Housing and Essential Needs (HEN) Referral program provides access to essential needs items and potential housing assistance for low-income adults who are unable to work for at least 90 days due to a physical or mental incapacity and are ineligible for Aged, Blind, or Disabled (ABD) cash assistance.

Fairhaven House is HEN approved.  If you qualify for HEN they will cover the cost of obtaining a bed with Fairhaven House. contact WA DSHS or Catholic Community Services. If in King County call 2-1-1.

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Last update: 2017-12-30 00:08


Move-in Costs

There is a $200 application fee/deposit required at time of move-in. (These fees are only required if a person moves in. If they do not move in they do not pay the fee.) At times we allow a short period of time for idnivdiuals to come up with these fees if they are on a very limited budget. $100 of the deposit is refundable if member leaves on good terms.

Membership dues/rent is pro-rated. We charge from the move-in date to the 1st.  The following are the rates:
Double Occupancy Room: $17 a day
Single Occupancy Room: $20 a day
Studio: $25 a day

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Last update: 2017-12-30 01:20


Fairhaven House Homes » Fairhaven House Home Locations

Homes in Burien

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Last update: 2017-12-29 07:12


Homes in Seatac, WA

Flight Path House for Women
This house is our most recent house located in Seatac. We specifically leased it so that we could have a house for women. We currently have several openings in this house. It has two Double-Occupancy Rooms, and two Single rooms with one bathroom. It has a laundry room and on site parking.

it is located a few blocks from Tukwila Light Rail station.

Double-Occupancy rooms are $500, Singles are $600. Price includes all utilities. There is Cable TV, WiFi, on-site computer, and phone service.

Tenants prepare their own meals.

The managers, a married couple, live in the daylight basement.

There are three chickens in a small chicken coop at this site.

Valley Ridge Home for Men
This home is located in Seatac. It is our largest home. It has two studios (rarely available), four single rooms, and three double-occupancy rooms. We have a very small spare room that we temporarily use when we are holding a bed for someone coming out of prison. Not including the studios it has one kitchen and two bathrooms.

This home is located a few blocks from Safeway, Labor Works, on the Metro 156 route, and about a mile from Tukwila Light Rail and the Airport Light Rail stop.

There is plenty of on-site parking at this location and it has laundry facilities.

Double-Occupancy rooms are $500, Singles are $600, and Studios are $750. Price includes all utilities. There is Cable TV, WiFi, on-site computer, and phone service.

Tenants prepare their own meals.

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Last update: 2017-12-29 15:28


Corrections-Prison/Work Release

Does Fairhaven House take WA State DOC vouchers?

Yes we do. Talk to your WA State Corrections Classification Counselor about vouchers. We should mention that we do require a $200 Application Fee/Deposit that is not covered by vouchers. We do work with inmates on this fee. Talk to the Fairhaven House Executive Director about this fee.

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Last update: 2017-12-29 15:06


Do you take inmates or people on work release?

Yes. However, at this time we do not take sex offenders.  Have your Community Corrections Counselor go to this page.

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Last update: 2017-12-29 15:42


Guidelines

What if I relapse?

You use, you lose. You do not get any of your membership dues refunded and you do not get your refundable deposit returned.

We od have a restoration program that allows those who relapse to come back into our program after 30 days. There are many stipulations to come back into the program.

If a person relapses and ALL house members vote to allow the person to stay, there are multitudes of stipulations for them to stay. Don't relapse.

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Do you allow pets or service animals.

Pets-no. Service animals-very rare. Our main reason for denials is because of allergy concerns.

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Last update: 2017-12-29 15:55


Do you allow service animals?

Rarely because of allergy concerns.

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Do you take individuals on pysch meds?

Yes, if they give us a doctor's release to talk to their medication provider. Those who become members of Fairhaven House and go off their meds without approval of their medication provider, will most likely lose their membership.

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Last update: 2017-12-29 15:57


Do you take people on methadone?

No!!!! At times we do take people on suboxone, however the goal must be to get off of it over a period of time.

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Last update: 2017-12-29 16:00


Do you take people on suboxone?

Yes at times we do take people on suboxone, however the goal must be to get off of it over a period of time. Do not take people on methadone.

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Last update: 2017-12-29 15:59


Do you take felons?

Yes, the only exception is indviduals who commit arson to harm someone, and almost always do not take sex offenders.

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Last update: 2017-12-29 16:02


Do you take sex offenders?

Almost always the answer is no. Any exceptions must go through the Executive Director.

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Last update: 2017-12-29 16:03


What are your rules?

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Do you allow smoking?

No, we do not allow smoking on or off premises. We test for nicotine. We also do not allow vapor. Those who do not smoke have over a 50% greater chance of staying sober. Besides smoking is an addiction.

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Do you do random alcohol or drug tests?

Yes. We also do tests whenever we are suspicious of behavior. You use, you lose.

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What time is curfew?

Depends upon house, normally 10pm or 11pm.

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Can I have guests overnight.

No. You can have visitors but only in common rooms unless they are your minor children.

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Can I be gone overnight?

After you have been at the hosue for 30 days you can be gone for 48 hours upon advance approval by manager.

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Are you non-profit?

Yes. Fairhaven House is an outreach of Seattle Open Door Church.

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Do I have to be a Christian to move in?

Fairhaven House is a faith-based Christian discipleship program. Those who move in must be open to Christianity, open to learning about being a Christian, and willing to apply the principles we teach regarding spirituality.  You are required to attend church services and Bible studies. Normally those who are not Christians are not happy in our homes.

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Last update: 2017-12-29 16:15


Are there mandatory meetings?

Yes. Sunday morning church serices, Wed night church service, in-house Bible study. ome exceptions for those who work other than Sunday morning. AA meetings are not required.

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Do you accept children?

Rarely. When we do it is only at Flight Path, our woman's house.

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Are there age restrictions?

We normally do not take individuals uner 21 or over 65.

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You use you lose.

If a member smokes, does drugs,  drinks alcohol, gambles, or does porntography their membership is terminated and they thus lose their housing. None of their memerbship dues are refunded and they lose their deposit also. They normally must move out immediately or within 24 hours.

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Last update: 2017-12-30 01:35


How do you test for alcohol?

We test for alcohol via a breathalyzer and/or a urine test. The urine test will verify alcohol in the body up to 3 days.

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Last update: 2017-12-31 03:43


How do you test for nicotine.

We do a urine test. Nicotine stays in the body from 3-10 days. If individuals come in as smokers we give them two weeks to be on patches and then test them two weeks later. Almost always those who come in as smokers and want to continue smoking for two weeks, never quit smoking.  That is why we only allow them to use patches and not smoke the first two weeks.

If a person truly does not want to quit smoking they should find anotehr place to live.

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Last update: 2017-12-31 03:47


Intake Procedures

Screening Process

We normally only accept individuals who have at least 30 days of sobriety. Anyone who is a marijuana smoker must test clean 28 days after the move into the house.

If a smoker must be willing to be nicotine free within two weeks. Can do patches until that time. Non-smokers have at least a 50% greater chance of staying sober.

Potential member must be a Christian, are open to the spiritual components of recovery. (They will be required to attend church  services and recovery oriented Bible Studies.)

The potential member must read all FH rules, policies, and guidelines, and agree with them. They can be found here.

The potential member must have a source of income before they move into the house. If we make an exception the member must be willing to go to day labor agencies everyday looking for work. Family members or friends can help cover move-in costs for only one month.

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Interview/Inspection

Most interviews are done over the phone.  If after the phone interview the potential member appears to be a good candidate for a house, an appointment is scheduled for the potential member to view the home. We ask the potential member to fill out an application and read all rules before coming to view the house. Application/rules can be found here.

During the home inspection the house manager will go over the house rules and answer any questions.

Many times individuals if approved, are able to move into the house after the inspection. Contingent upon them passing a background check and paying for move-in costs.

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Last update: 2017-12-30 01:12


Move-In Procedure

At the time of move-in a drug test will be performed. If it turns out the person tests positive on any drug they did not say they were positive on,  most likely they will not be accepted. Starting out lying is not recovery whatsoever.

Once a person is approved to be a member of Fairhaven House they are required to pay the $200 application fee/deposit ($100 is refundable if they leave on good terms) and the pro-rated membership dues ('rent'). We pro-rate the dues fromt he tiem they move in to the 1st.

 

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Last update: 2017-12-31 03:41