Questions about recovery houses

DEAR EDITOR:

I read the article in the April 15 Tribune Chronicle about recovery houses protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

My daughter has MS — that is a disability / handicap — and she works a 40-hour-per-week job.

An alcoholic and drug addict are neither of the above. Sick, yes. That requires hospitalization, not placement in homes and neighborhoods across the country.

Who is paying for these houses? Who pays for their utilities and their food? Do they pay taxes? Who pays their property taxes and the new windows, furniture, bedding and refurbishing of these houses?

Most important, who pays for their cigarettes? Because they sit outside and smoke all day long. Down the road, we as a society will pay for lung cancer treatment.

They all have cars; they come and go as they please. And again, they are less than 1,000 feet from a grade school.

These houses are not city, state nor federally regulated, and there is no person there to supervise 24/7; yet five, six, seven people reside in each house. Once again, these are single-family homes in a neighborhood where tax-paying citizens live. As for the house on North Bentley in Niles, the owner told the neighbors he was going to live in one half and rent the other half — that was a lie. They never put these drug houses in neighborhoods where homes are worth six figures or more.

So we, the citizens, are being treated as the bad guys for not helping people who chose this lifestyle. They become the victims just because someone decided to call it a disease.

I wrote to city council in Niles and have had no response, again. I add their names to the list of people who do not care about buying these houses at a low price, putting a few bucks into them and then turning them into so-called drug rehab houses.

RUTH LILLEY

Niles

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