You managed to save enough money to buy a home in the community
of your dreams. You sweated and saved and you are proud to have
accomplished the opportunity to provide a beautiful environment
for you and your family to live in. You achieved the American
Not so fast. Whether it’s political correctness,
stupidity or something else….. your dream has just been stolen
from you because there is a “Sober Home” moving in next door.
What is a “sober home? It’s like a half way house where
recovering alcoholics or drug addicts go to basically get
reacquainted with the community.
You are reading this correctly.
Florida uses the term “Community Residential Home.”
Here is the Florida Statute: “Community residential home” means
a dwelling unit licensed to serve residents who are clients of
the Department of Elderly Affairs, the Agency for Persons with
Disabilities, the Department of Juvenile Justice, or the
Department of Children and Families or licensed by the Agency
for Health Care Administration which provides a living
environment for 7 to 14 unrelated residents who operate as the
functional equivalent of a family, including such supervision
and care by supportive staff as may be necessary to meet the
physical, emotional, and social needs of the residents.
Despite the fact that your governing documents prohibit homes
from being used as businesses and despite the fact that your
governing documents mandate that the home be used by families,
there is now legislation that throws your docs in the garbage
and allows these sober homes or community residential homes to
open next door to you, your children and your family. Let’s see
how this is working out.
Last month, in Jupiter, a 12-step recovery center
was operating in an in an HOA in a three-story townhouse. Two
persons who were staying at the recovery center were stabbed.
One guy is a recovering heroin addict. The other guy is
recovering from alcohol addiction. Both men were paying $250 a
week in the four-bedroom, three-bathroom townhouse. The
operator of the Christian Recovery Center said he signed a lease
to open in the HOA because “I wanted my people to rub elbows
with good people.”
The website Craigslist posts the address as the Christian
Recovery Center. The ad in part reads: “Learn how to live life
on life’s terms without the use of drugs or alcohol and pay less
than living in a crack Motel.” Sounds like Shangri-La right?
Except for the fact that one owner who lives there is quoted as
saying: “There were people out on the deck late at night, as
many as six at a time. They were smoking and drinking and
I’ll take the risk here of being politically incorrect. How the
hell did this happen? Somebody actually thought it was a good
idea to mix recovering addicts in with our kids. And by the
way…..if the half way house opens next door to you, good luck
trying to find a buyer.