If you have friends or family in the area, staying with them may be a convenient temporary option for housing immediately upon release. But there are pros and cons to this arrangement. It is important to have the social support that family and friends can offer. They may provide temporary stability and know of good resources needed for your successful reentry. But remember, if you are under supervision after release, your probation office will need to approve your housing and may conduct home visits. And if you plan to stay with someone who is renting, make sure your stay does not violate the guest policy in their lease agreement. If you plan to stay with a friend or family member, just plan ahead to make sure you and your housing host understand all the consequences.