2.E.14. Individual needs

NARR Standard 3.0: 2.E.14. The residence is comfortable, inviting, and meets residents’ needs

The role of this standard is to provide a guide for assessment of the physical residence. Many shared living arrangements can provide a safe, substance-free environment without fostering that key element of recovery residences—a home-like environment. A welcoming, comfortable home can foster a sense of safety and belonging and cultivate a sense of community. This standard reflects the Social Model (physical environment) and Wittman’s consideration that the design allows for personal space and sociability — NARR Standard 3.0 Compendium

The standard is upheld by the following rules:

  • 2.E.14.a.  Verification that the residence is in good repair, clean, and well maintained
  • 2.E.14.b.  Verification that furnishings are typical of those in single

    family homes or apartments as opposed to institutional settings.

  • 2.E.14.c.  Verification that entrances and exits are home‐like vs.

    institutional or clinical.

  • 2.E.14.d.  Verification of 50+ sq. ft per bed per sleeping room.
  • 2.E.14.e.  Verification that there is a minimum of one sink, toilet and shower per six residents.
  • 2.E.14.f.  Verification that each resident has personal item storage.
  • 2.E.14.g.  Verification that each resident has food storage space.
  • 2.E.14.h.  Verification that laundry services are accessible to all residents.
  • 2.E.14.i.  Verification that all appliances are in safe, working condition.


2.E.14.a. Clean and maintained
2.E.14.b. Home-like furnishings
2.E.14.c. Entrances and exits
2.E.14.d. 50+ sq. ft. per bed
2.E.14.e. Sink-toilet-shower
2.E.14.f. Personal storage
2.E.14.g. Food Storage
2.E.14.h. Laundry
2.E.14.i. Appliances

Course Syllabus

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