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Boarding Homes. Prepared By the Mental Health Unit of the Houston Police Department. Following are Not considered Boarding Home. Transitional Housing- TDCJ Half Way House – Penal Institution Connection Sobering House Adult Day Care Assisted Living Facility Rehab Facility

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Boarding homes

Boarding Homes

Prepared By the Mental Health Unit of the Houston Police Department


Following are not considered boarding home

Following are Not considered Boarding Home

  • Transitional Housing- TDCJ

  • Half Way House – Penal Institution Connection

  • Sobering House

  • Adult Day Care

  • Assisted Living Facility

  • Rehab Facility

  • Independent Living


Boarding home unlicensed

Boarding Home- Unlicensed

  • Establishment that furnishes in one or more buildings, lodging to three or more persons with disabilities or elderly persons who are unrelated to the owner of the establishment by blood or marriage; and….

  • Provides – community meals, light housework, meal preparation, transportation, grocery shopping, money management, laundry services orassistance with self-administration of medication but does not provide personal care services to the persons.


Boarding homes in houston

Boarding Homes in Houston

  • Usually found in residential areas

  • Private residences which have been found to have 3- 20+ residents

  • Not regulated, no oversight or inspections

  • Code Violations as well as Heath Violations

  • No staffing requirements

    • Education

    • Criminal background

  • Owners often not present at location

  • Transient – when they become “visible” to authorities they move

  • Numerous calls for Emergency Services- HPD/HFD

  • Not licensed by State of Texas


State enforcement department of ageing and disability services

State EnforcementDepartment of Ageing and Disability Services

  • State Issues Licenses for:

    • Adult Day Care

    • ICF/MR

    • Nursing Homes

    • Assisted Living

  • The State’s focus is on operations and health conditions, and State licensed facilities provide “Personal Care Services”, :

    • Administration of medications to residents

    • Assistance for daily living such as:

      • Eating

      • Bathing

      • Dressing

  • The State performs inspection:

    • After receiving an initial application

    • Annually for State Licensed Facilities

    • In response to reported complaints/ incidents received by state

    • When notices of violations are issued by the state and follow-up investigation is required


  • House bill 216

    HOUSE Bill 216

    • Allows county or municipality to regulate Boarding Homes.

      • El Paso Ordinance

      • Dallas Ordinance

    • Requires Health and Human Services Commission to develop recommended Model Standards

      • Standard 1 Construction and Remodeling

      • Standard 2 Sanitary and Related Conditions

      • Standard 3 Reporting and Investigation of Injuries, Incidents and unusual accidents

      • Standard 4 Assistance with Self Administration of Medication

      • Standard 5 Requirement for In-service Training of staff

      • Standard 6 Assessment and Monitoring


    Current city enforcement

    Current City Enforcement

    • Occupancy Inspection, (PWE) for homes with 16 or more persons- Congregate living

    • Kitchen Inspection, (Health Dept.) if more than 10 people

    • Fire Inspection for facilities with state license of congregate living

    • Currently code enforcement for residential property occurs at time of construction or remodel


    3 district boarding home

    “3 District” Boarding home

    • Existed in neighborhood approximately 8 years

    • Houses 16 to 22 residents in two buildings

    • Multi-use property ( Dental Lab/ Home Repair)

    • Calls For Service 2010 - 73 (Before Inspection)

    • Numerous calls from neighbors away from location

    • Calls For Service 2011 - 35 (After Inspection- New Management)


    Web focus cfs history 2010

    Web Focus CFS History 2010

    • 73 Calls For Service

    • From: 2010/01/01 to: 2010/12/31

    • Street #:

    • Street Name

    • 2010/02/03 17:342INF - InformationNorth03B10WELFARE CHECK/CIT

    • 2010/02/27 18:112INF - InformationNorth03B10SUICIDE/ NO WEAPON/JUST OC

    • 2010/03/08 15:282ORI - Report MadeNorth03B10SUICIDE/ NO WEAPON/JUST OC

    • 2010/03/21 20:552INF - InformationNorth03B10ANIMAL/ VICIOUS451K

    • 2010/04/20 17:102INF - InformationNorth03B10SUICIDE/ NO WEAPON/JUST OC

    • 2010/05/23 01:053INF - InformationNorth03B10WELFARE CHECK/ CIT

    • 2010/06/03 11:471ORI - Report MadeNorth03B10DISTURBANCE/CIT

    • 2010/06/04 19:362INF - InformationNorth03B10WELFARE CHECK/ CIT

    • 2010/06/04 20:122INF - InformationNorth03B10DISTURBANCE/HFD PSYCH PROB/CIT

    • 2010/06/23 22:523INF - InformationNorth03B10DISTURBANCE/HFD PSYCH PROB/CIT

    • 2010/06/30 20:322INF - InformationNorth03B10SUICIDE/ NO WEAPON/JUST OC

    • 2010/07/15 06:581INF - InformationNorth03B10 DIST /WEAPONS/CIT


    Incident reports

    Incident Reports

    • Incident 1- consumer went to hospital was not picked up, found wandering streets , T.C Jester and 610 – 2 AM by patrol unit

    • Incident 2- consumer wandering neighborhood ringing door bells, lost

    • Incident 3 -consumer in crisis 10 PM, 11;30 PM left location, Missing Person report made by guardian, next morning drowned in bayou behind location


    On inspection

    On Inspection

    • Property did not have Occupancy Permit for Congregate Living

      • Health Department Inspection needed kitchen

      • Fire Department Inspection needed

      • Electrical Violations- repairs needed

      • Plumbing Violations- repairs needed

      • Issues with heating and air conditioning to clients rooms

      • Inadequate fire escape second floor

      • Smoke Detectors sleeping area

      • Staffing inadequate no training


    Ordinance proposal

    Ordinance Proposal

    Proposed ordinance would establish the following:

    • Registration/Application

    • Criminal Background Check on Employees

    • Inspection/Compliance

    • Reporting and Records Keeping

    • Investigation/Enforcement


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