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Three-Quarter Homes
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Deep Concerns about ‘Three-Quarter’ Housing

Three-quarter homes give people who are homeless, leaving prison or seeking substance-abuse treatment a place to stay. But critics say the houses are unregulated and sometimes unsafe.

Lawsuits Target Three-Quarter Operators

At some dormitories for homeless people, lawyers allege, landlords forced tenants to attend particular drug programs and failed to provide safe housing. But operators say they were trying to do good—or at least following the law.

Three-Quarter Houses Mix Problems with Positives

The unregulated rooming houses often feature crowded, unsafe conditions. But even some critics point out that they play an important role in keeping people off the street.


Three-quarters houses give people who are homeless, leaving prison or seeking substance-abuse treatment a place to stay, and government agencies indirectly fund them. But critics say the houses are unregulated, often overcrowded and sometimes abusive to the vulnerable people they serve.

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Report: Three-Quarters Houses Are Troubled but Valued - Jarrett Murphy

Informal homes for people with substance abuse problems or re-entering society after a stint in prison often violate the building code and tenants' rights. But tenants prefer them to the street.

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Audit of a Drug Treatment Service

A New York State agency audit detailed links between a substance-abuse treatment service and a provider of "sober homes."

NYC's New Policy on Three-Quarter Houses

In 2010, the Department of Homeless Services moved to adopt guidelines that bar referrals of shelter residents to housing that violates city codes.

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