St. Andrews Halfway House, at the corner of South Broadway and South Broadway Park, has closed.
Libby Mattingly, chairman of the board, who said she has worked with the house's governing non-profit organization since 1974, said the house was experiencing a decline in residents and difficulty getting state funds on time to keep up with its bills. The house had room for 32 former inmates, who could stay there for 60 days while they sought employment and housing.
Most of the former inmates had been imprisoned on alcohol- and drug-related charges, Mattingly said. The initial seed money for the house was provided by the national Episcopal Church.
"These were people that were trying to get out of the neighborhoods from which they came that were conducive to their crimes," Mattingly said.