Transitional Housing

Program Description

Dawn Farm transitional housing provides a safe, structured, and supportive environment for people in early recovery.

House managers monitor each location to ensure that residents have what they need to be successful.  All house managers are in long-term recovery and are directly supervised by a social worker.

We ensure safety through our no-tolerance policies toward drug and alcohol use, violence, and threatening behavior.  Residents receive regular drug and alcohol testing. Each location has a Narcan supply kit located in a common area and house managers are trained in CPR/first aid/Narcan administration.

Residents develop a structured routine during their stay. They are required to maintain employment, attend recovery meetings, maintain a curfew, and attend a weekly house meeting with their housemates and house manager.  Generally, residents are expected to be engaged in outpatient treatment while in transitional housing.  

One of our primary goals is to assist residents in finding a place within the recovering community. We help residents make connections with others in recovery to ensure that each resident has a support system in place. We also offer vocational assistance through a twice-weekly employment group and through our relationships with a network of local recovery-friendly employers. Dawn Farm also offers specialty housing for parents with young children at our Strong Roots location. Our housing facilities are LGBTQ friendly. Transgender residents are assigned housing in accordance with their self-identified gender.

Continuum of Care

Transitional housing serves a vital role in the continuum of care—it provides the link between high-intensity treatment and the ultimate goal of a full return to the community.  After treatment, people in early recovery need a safe place to learn how to integrate their recovery with the other dimensions of their life. Transitional housing offers that supportive environment for residents to engage in employment/education, build strong relationships, and learn to have fun—all without drugs or alcohol.  This is why we permit residents to live in transitional housing for up to two years.  Our integration with other Dawn Farm programs means that our house managers communicate with other program staff to ensure that residents are attending any required outpatient/aftercare groups.

Length of Stay

6 months – 2 years




Dawn Farm Transitional Housing spans more than a dozen locations in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti in Washtenaw County, Michigan.
All locations are conveniently located on bus lines.

All applicants will be encouraged to be vaccinated for Covid-19 or boosted if their last dose was more than one  year ago.  On the application you will be prompted to add the date of your most recent Covid-19 vaccination.  

Next Steps

All applicants must attend an information session prior to admission into this program.  This session lasts 45 minutes and is held at 12pm every Tuesday.  You must arrive on time for this informational session.  Applicants can attend any one of the following ways:

  • Via teleconferencing by clicking here.  This can be done on computers or cell phones with a camera and microphone.

  • Via phone conferencing, by calling 302-503-4419

    and entering the PIN: 549 362 898#‬

Please print this document ahead of time if you can.  Please call 734-669-8265 and ask for the intake team if you have any questions about this.   

Meet the Transitional Housing Coordinator

Ross Zini, BSW, CADC

Transitional Housing Coordinator

Ross Zini is our Transitional Housing Program Coordinator. He has worked at Dawn Farm for over ten years, previously serving as a Recovery Support Specialist and as a Team Leader at the Spera Recovery Center. Ross is passionate about recovery and loves to watch people in early recovery regain a meaningful place in their families and communities. He enjoys working with house managers and residents in transitional housing because it’s often the time when the hard work our clients put into their recovery allows them to become who they truly are.

Ross graduated with honors from Eastern Michigan University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Social Work degree.  While working on his degree, he developed Recovery is Good Business—a collaborative effort between the recovering community and a network of local businesses who are committed to hiring and supporting people in recovery.

Ross lives locally with his wife, two daughters, and their beagle. When he isn’t working at Dawn Farm, he enjoys cooking vegan food, playing soccer, and spending time with friends and family.

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