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Regulation Sought For Unlicensed Sober Living & Group Homes

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On Tuesday, the City Council’s Planning & Land Use Management Committee (PLUM) will hold a public hearing downtown to address the Community Care Facility Ordinance, a proposed measure aimed at establishing rules for sober-living homes, boarding houses and other "nuisance group homes that have proliferated in residential neighborhoods in the San Fernando Valley," notes the Daily News.

This "common-sense legislation" is not seeking to change current zoning laws, rather to regulate group homes and protect neighborhoods from unlicensed and illegal operations in violation of the zoning codes that exist without oversight, accountability and security.

Notes Greig Smith, 12th District on the Los Angeles City Council, and Mitchell Englander, chief of staff for the 12th District, in the Daily News:

"[P]eople out to make a quick buck have exploited loopholes in the law, taken advantage of the weak housing market, and bought up single-family homes in residential neighborhoods at rock-bottom prices. They then crammed 15, 20, 30 even 50 people into homes with four or five bedrooms, with multiple bunkbeds in every single room and shared bathrooms. These nuisance group homes have no supervision, social services, drug or alcohol treatment programs, security or rehabilitation or even adequate parking. The countless horror stories from terrified and intimidated neighbors are bone chilling: three homes on a single block, 50 people living in one single-family home, loud parties, trash, fights, public intoxication, intimidation and frequent police and ambulance visits. This destroys the quality of life in the neighborhood."

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Community Care Facility Ordinance Hearing
Tuesday, March 29, 2001 | 2:30 pm
@ City Hall
200 North Spring St., Hearing Room 350
Open to the public