A group is forming at my neighbor’s beautiful three-bedroom apartment in Hollywood, California.
I enter cautiously… because even though I’ve lived two-doors down for the past two years, we’ve never met.
As the place fills in with others, it dawns on me: This neighborhood-watch meeting is not your normal get together.
That’s because a few blocks away an unlicensed sober-living facility just opened.
The owner now living next door to this new facility is here tonight. He’s not the first to talk. First, we listen to a member of our city council explain the current housing laws.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects many from prejudice when buying a home. It’s a good law, and it was crafted with the best of intentions.
Unfortunately, some unlicensed sober living facilities use those best intentions as a loophole to create unsupervised, self-governed and overfilled halfway homes.
You might imagine the value of that neighbor’s home taking an immediate nosedive. And he had just put in a pool… “sweat equity,” he said.