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Dorchester neighborhood gets a sober house for recovering drug addicts canceled

WBUR reports on how and why Meetinghouse Hill wasn't having it.

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sober homes are a joke and scam.

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Not sure meetinghouse in the right here, but the fact sober house operators seem to be acting like real estate speculators is concerning. Can't help but wonder if this model is in the interest of recovering addicts. Claiming disability to avoid installing fire alarms, for example, just reeks of bad faith.

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A map which shows distribution of these kinds of homes across the 617 area code?

For all the grief Quincy earns in the comment threads here about Long Island, I'd bet heavy money that they have plenty of these homes unlike our leafier suburban neighbors.

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I love how city hall goes to bat for Dorchester but can't lift a finger for Roxbury. Those dorchester officials are all for services until it's near their homes!

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They aren’t all in Roxbury, there are at least 4 in Dorchester. The residents of the neighborhood are trying to stop this, not “Dorchester officials”.

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There are 2 near me. They are all over (non rich neighborhoods).

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or Seaport would be a great location.

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Put the sober houses in the mayors/city councilors neighborhoods. Can’t wait for election time!

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I know some people want all addicts to just DIE to make them feel superior and immune, but that isn't the best thing for society. People need help to transition to sober independent living. It is best for them to be near public transit, but these places should be just about everywhere, since addicts come from al walks of life.

PS: FTR, There are two of these houses within a 1/4 mile of my house. There are few problems other than occasional sidewalk blocking with cars not fully in the driveway.

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Eustis Street, Roxbury, between Hamden and Magazine Street...that's ALL you'll see. No owners, no permanent residents. All Sober/Recovery houses..ON THE WHOLE STREET!!!!! Why not Newton? Why not Belmont? Why not Wellesley? Why not Milton? Why not Beacon Hill????? Why not....The list of "why nots" is endless.
BUT why not? In any of the aforementioned locales, WHY NOT allow entire streets to house "those in need.."???WHY NOT???

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Do a Eminent Domain on the Wynn Casino (AKA ENCORE). Use the hotel part for housing. Keep the profits from the Casino. Do on-site job training for casino work. The profits would more than pay the costs. Reserve a portion of the massive profits for previously sexually abused former employees.

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