03/14/2012Provided by Citysearch -
Hati House is a sober living facility in Bloomington near the Mall of America. It's an apartment building that houses up to 26 recovering addicts and alcoholics. Although I have experienced worse conditions in terms of halfway houses, Hati House is certainly lacking in many areas. The biggest problem is the food. I literally had serious GI problmes the entire time I was there, as did many other people. I even ended up in the hospital a couple of times. The simple fact is, the food is prepared in such a way that it's subject to bacteria, which causes GI problems. To make matters worse, the cook (who has been there for a quarter century) is terrible. Not only does the food taste awful, it makes you physically ill. Don't dare complain about the food, you will likely be living on the street if you do. The cook has a lot of pull there and is not a real nice guy so you don't want to get on his bad side.
Hati House is overcrowded, with 26 men living in a facility that would not normally hold more than 12-15 people, if you like your privacy, you're not going to be happy living here. It's extremely hot during the summer as the owner will not turn on the air conditioning until the outdoor temp is over 90 degrees. So even on hot summer nights, the air is turned off, making it very miserable for the unfortunates who reside there in the summer months. Obviously things are much more tolerable in the winter, it can be cold in certain rooms but they will usually turn up the heat if you complain enough.
There are some positive aspects of Hati House, if you are looking for a sober environment and not concerned about being physically comfortable, you'd probably be happy with Hati. They do give UAs on a regular basis and there are no second chances, if you fail you are out. It's definitely not a wet house and the guy who runs the place (Steve) is an intelligent person and can be very helpful as long as you don't get on his bad side. Other staff members can be very tough to deal with.
The bottom line is, it's a good option if you are getting out of treatment, have no money and don't have anywhere else to go. It's generally funded through the county which gives 1,558 a month per person, a lot of money! It's not a comfortable place and in my opinion, the owner could spend a little cash to make it more tolerable but it does offer a sober environment for people who are serious about staying sober. It's also right on the bus line so if you don't have a vehicle, it's relatively easy to get around.