Residents in a sober living house are held to a higher standard after they complete a rehabilitation program. They have the guarantee of a substance-free environment, support from other residents to find employment and go to support group meetings, and increasing freedom and responsibilities that help them build a new routine for themselves after overcoming addiction.
Sober living home residents are usually encouraged to find employment. In some cases, they will eventually be required to do so because they are responsible for their own bills and finances.
There are some grant programs that offer a little financial help for a month or two. This enables people graduating from rehabilitation to have some startup money to get into a home, pay their bills, and feel less stressed about finding a job.