When there is no room in care facilities, convicted sex offenders often end up in unregulated retirement homes


When all options are exhausted, many sex offenders are made to seek places such as Hospitality House, where frequently the money they receive through additional Social Security payments covers the cost of their stay.

In return, Farkas gives them a bed, three meals a day, and someone to keep them on track in terms of recording their whereabouts with the state.

“It’s easy for people to say, ‘We don’t want these people around.’ They should just go away, ”he said. “But the point is, they’ve paid their debt to society. Many of them are old and cannot live on their own. They are still human souls and deserve to have a warm bed. If they weren’t there, maybe they would sleep under a bridge.

“I won’t justify or judge what they did, but some of them had problems looking at things on the internet. Others committed crimes 30 or more years ago, have had their day and now want to stay clean and lead normal lives. They went to jail and will do everything they can not to go back.

While Hospitality House residents are free to come and go, the property provides 24-hour staff surveillance.

McKeesport officials have said there have been no building codes or significant crime issues at the facility, but neighbors give it mixed reviews.

Satin Wallace knows that the brick building in front of her house is home to several convicted sex offenders. But that’s just one of the local challenges.

“We have vacant house after vacant house here and all kinds of drug and prostitution related activity is going on all the time,” Wallace said.

A walk around the surrounding blocks reveals many abandoned houses littered with rubbish, furniture and other debris and no doors or windows to keep people out.

Her only interaction with a Hospitality House resident ended quickly.

“I was out in the backyard with my daughter and a guy over there was knocking on my fence to ask what we were doing,” she said. “I just turned around enough to show him the gun on my hip and he left.”

McKeesport Police Chief Adam Alfer said nearly all of the calls his officers answer at Hospitality House involved minor incidents between residents.

“Like any other facility, we may receive a call for disturbance or that there has been a theft inside,” Alfer said. “The owners work with us to eliminate problems when they arise, so I really have no problem with them.”


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