House Rules for Members

(INSTRUCTIONS to KHOC staff: Print out and read these house rules out-loud to the new member, and answer any questions. Then have the new member sign on the bottom. This document is regularly updated, and the website version is the latest version. Rules last revised 9/3/2020)

  1. PARTIAL SELF-GOVERNING and SELF-MANAGING: It is a goal that the house members will be somewhat self-governing and self-managing, taking part in making their own house rules, or propose changes to these initially approved house rules, if desired. It is in the best interest of the members to have rules to create a peaceful and restful home environment. The decision making process should be consensus among the residents. If the house members come to a consensus for new rules or changes in the rules, they should then propose them to the KHOC Program Manager for approval, and it/they may be added to the House Rule list.
  2. HOUSE MEETINGS: To encourage self-governing and self-managing, all participants agree to meet together at least weekly for at least 20 minutes to discuss any disagreements or misunderstands regarding the operation/function of the house, to help with open communication and conflict resolution. If a person cannot attend a scheduled meeting for any reason, they must contact the House Manger in advance. Good, open, respectful communication among residents is a key to having a successful community living environment. Listening carefully to each other before speaking is also another key to success. Failure to attend the weekly meeting may result in dismissal from the program.
  3. PROGRAM AGREEMENT POLICY RULES: Each participant signed the Partnership Agreement which gives many rules and regulations. Those items will not be repeated here. Refer to your copy of the Program Agreement you signed.
  4. ALCOHOL: KHOC operates two types of homes: sober houses with all alcoholic drinks prohibited, and lower barrier homes that allow moderate (not heavy or binge) drinking.  This home /is/is not/ (circle one) a sober home. (Cross out the rule below that does not apply).
    • RULES FOR SOBER HOMES: No alcoholic drinks allowed anywhere on the property (inside or outside of the house). No intoxication whatsoever allowed at any time anywhere in the house or on the property). A blood alcohol concentration above 0.00% (zero) is not tolerated on the property. Any drinking while living in the house will be grounds for immediate dismissal from the program. If suspected of having been drinking, refusal to take a breathalyzer test to verify sobriety is grounds for dismissal. [If a room is available in a “Lower Barrier Home”, the participant might be able to transfer to another house].
    • RULES FOR LOWER BARRIER HOMES: No alcoholic drinks of any kind or any strength shall be stored in any common areas of the house (including kitchen, refrigerators, freezers, etc.). If used, any such items must be stored in the participants individual room out of sight. Being intoxicated in a common area of the house is not permitted. (Being intoxicated is defined as having a blood alcohol level [BAL] above 0.08%. If suspected of being intoxicated in a common area, refusal to take a breathalyzer test to verify BAL is grounds for dismissal.) Binge drinking or heavy drinking also may result in dismissal form the program. Some people are recovering from alcoholism in their past and we do not want to provide any temptation. KHOC discourages the use of alcohol. A participant may transfer from a “Lower Barrier Home” into a “Sober Home” if he/she has 60 days of continuous sobriety and a room is available in a Sober Home.
  5. WEAPONS: No guns, knives over 3.5″ long, or other weapons are permitted on the property (other than kitchen knives which are used only in the kitchen).
  6. QUIET TIME: From 10pm to 6am is quiet time. Listening to TV, radio or music during these times should be done with headphones to respect the quiet sleeping time of others.
  7. GUESTS: Since this is a shared home, participants should be respectful of other residents and limit the amount of time they have guests at the house, especially if they are using the common areas of the home. But guests should not use shared bedrooms for visiting with guests, for the privacy of the room’s other occupant (if any). As specified in the program agreement, no overnight guests are permitted without the express written permission of the KHOC Program Director. Furthermore, guests’ actions, behavior, and language must be in accord with the overall goal of the house (restful, safe, healthy, and encouraging environment). Any behavior or activity of guests or residents that undermine the program will not be tolerated. Visitor’s hours are: Daily: 9 AM to 10:00 PM. Residents are responsible and will be held liable for actions and conduct of their guests.
  8. HOUSE CHORES WORK SCHEDULE: It is expected that the house residents will create their own chart showing the days of week and what chores will be done by whom on what days. If the residents have difficulty organizing themselves to prepare this, then the KHOC House Manager may be called on to assist them in this effort. The house residents are responsible for the purchase of their cleaning supplies.
  9. VAPING: Along with smoking, there is also no Vaping allowed inside the house by anyone, participants or their guests.
  10. STEALING: Stealing is an offence that may result in immediate dismissal from the program, with 48 hours to leave the premises. Since this is a community house, residents must feel safe and therefore stealing from one another cannot be tolerated.
  11. CONDUCTNon-violence policy: It is the policy to treat everyone with dignity and respect. In accordance with that policy, violence or abusive behavior toward any other person is strictly prohibited.  Violence includes verbal, emotional, physical, sexual or mental abuse. Violations of this policy may result in immediate termination from the program. Under this policy, violence includes, but is not limited to the following:
    • Verbal abuse –  name calling, yelling, slandering, profanity, racial slurs (including homophobic statements), etc.
    • Emotional abuse – shunning, put-downs etc.
    • Physical abuse –  hitting, pushing, punching, slapping etc.
    • Threatening another person in any way is grounds for immediate dismissal from the program.
    • Sexual abuse – any and all forms of unwanted and inappropriate touching, comments, inappropriate behavior or sexual contact.
  12. HOUSE SECURITY & KEYS: When no one is in the house, the exterior doors of the house are to be locked. It is the responsibility of the last person leaving the house to lock the door. If unsure if someone is in the house, then lock the doors. Please take your house key with you whenever leaving so you are not locked out of the house. [If you lock yourself out of your room or house and need KHOC staff to bring a key to let you in, there will be a $20 fine.] Each resident you will have a key to their room (for private rooms) and to the house. Keys may never be duplicated or given out to anyone for any reason. If you lock yourself out of your room or house and need KHOC staff to bring a key to let you in, there will be a $20 fine. Newer homes of digital locks. Door codes should not be given out to anyone.
    • Cars must be kept in running order and with proper registration.
    • Homes in city limits of Bremerton – on street parking permits from the city may be possible. Talk with house manager for more information.
    • Parking Restrictions specific for this house: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  14. FURNITURE IN COMMON AREAS: Before any furniture is added to any of the common areas of the house, the person providing the furniture must obtain permission from the Program Director or the House Manager, giving the exact number and size of the furniture that will be placed in what areas. Anyone who places their personal furniture in the common areas must allow all residents to use that furniture. If they cannot agree to that provision, they must store their furniture at another location at their own expense.  Individuals allowing their furniture to be used in the common areas inside or outside the house understand that Kitsap Homes of Compassion is not liable for any damage or wear and tear on that furniture while being used in the common areas, and they assume all risk for allowing others to use it. All participants are to treat all furniture and appliances in all common areas with care and respect, regardless of where it came from. Storing any appliances or items outside the house but on the property requires written permission from the Program Director before placing items on the property.
  15. NO SLEEPING IN COMMON AREAS: Participants are to sleep in their bedrooms at night, not on the couches or other common areas. Any exception to this rule must have permission in writing from the Program Director. 
  16. CANDLES: No burning of candles or anything else with an open flame is permitted inside the home. This would be a fire danger in a shared home situation.
  17. CONFIDENTIALITY AND RESPECT for the privacy of every resident is critical at the homes.  You are asked to observe strict confidentiality when talking with people outside of the home.  Names or specific information regarding residents should not be given to a non-resident, except in case of emergency. Contact 911 for emergencies. Any resident found to be in violation of giving out information about another resident may face termination from the program.
  18. PEST/BED BUG PROTOCOL: All new residents must follow protocol to keep pest or bed bugs from coming into our clean homes. All bedding and clothing should be put in plastic bags until it can be run through the dryer on high setting for 30 minutes to kill any pests/bed bugs/eggs/ with the heat. Any used mattresses and box springs should be treated with 90%+ Rubbing Alcohol. Any used couches brought into the house should be inspected and treated. Ants: Residents should not store open food in their room that would attract ants and cockroaches. If ants or other pest appear, it is the residents responsibility to buy ant bait to kill the ants, and remove anything that is attracting them.
  19. FINES: Violation of house rules or program agreement may result in either a warning, a one-time fine of $50 (fifty) or less, or expulsion from the program; depending on the severity of the violation.  Fines are to be paid to “Kitsap Homes of Compassion.” If payment is not available at time of violation, it will be invoiced onto the next month’s program fee invoice.  
  20. POLICE: Calling the police for non-emergencies (i.e. disagreement between residents) could be grounds for dismissal from the program. KHOC’s landlord can cancel the house lease for misuse of emergency services.
  21. GOING UNINVITED INTO SOMEONE’S BEDROOM: Going in another person’s bedroom without their permission is grounds for dismissal from the program.
  22. ROOM CLEANLINESS: Residents are to keep their room clean from rubbish and in a sanitary condition. Also – garbage, and open food that would attract rodents, insects or create bad odors must be properly disposed of in the outside trash receptacles. 
  23. PERSONAL HYGIENE: Residents are to take regular showers or baths to be healthy and prevent bad odors from skin fungus or other things that would be a nuisance to others in the house, and unhealthy to the resident. Clothes are to be cleaned to be free from excessive odor and fungus. 
  24. MOLD PREVENTION: Residents are to use proper ventilation in the bathrooms (turn on exhaust fan for 30 min after bath/shower), and notify house manager of any water leaks or presence of mold or mildew.
  25. REMINDER REGARDING DISMISSAL: Living in this house is part of an “Affordable Home Program” for persons in danger of homelessness which utilized a shared house, and shared bedrooms, with various program elements. This is not a rental house or leased house or a boarding house. This agreement is not a lease or rental agreement, but rather a Program Agreement (and is exempt from WA State landlord laws under the living arrangement exemptions as defined in the legal statute RCW 59.18.040(1)), and is governed exclusively by the provisions in the program agreement. For the safety, health, and welfare of the other participants, failure to comply with the terms and conditions of the agreement will result in a written warning, and may be followed by removal from the program and house. If the dismissed participant does not voluntarily leave the premises, he/she may be removed by the Police Department or County Sheriff for trespassing without eviction proceedings that are normally used in a rental/lease/tenant situation.


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