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Building Preservation Group Scrutinizes Transitional House

By Hannah McCartney · October 16th, 2013 · City Desk

A Ludlow, Ky., branch of a local entity operating transitional housing facilities for recovering addicts across the Greater Cincinnati area is facing criticism from the Ludlow Historic Society, a small advocacy group that works to promote and preserve the neighborhood’s historic buildings. 

New Foundations Transitional Living (NFTL), a for-profit, private transitional housing operator founded in 2010, runs seven sober houses for men and women who have successfully completed a detox or rehab program and have been discharged from the court system. NFTL also works with treatment centers and probation officers to monitor residents entering the program. 

In an email to society members, Ludlow Historic Society President Ruth Bamberger cited concerns about the Ludlow facility’s legitimacy, its proximity to schools and its affect on the Ludlow housing market.

The Ludlow, Ky., location, Elm Men’s House, currently houses 13 patients who have either willingly checked themselves into the program and were accepted following a comprehensive application process or ordered to live in one of the facilities by a court, although those mandated comprise less than half of NFTL’s residents.  

Jason Lee Overbey, director for NFTL, thinks Bamberger’s contempt is berthed from misinformation and stereotyping. “New Foundations is not low-income housing,” he says. “We are not a shelter. We are an organization providing residents a safe place to reside — with structure, observation and assignments — to begin and maintain their journey in recovery.” 

Overbey says that all applicants go through an extensive screening prior to being accepted. NFTL doesn’t accept sex offenders, arsonists or anyone with an open felony or misdemeanor warrant, and prospective residents also have to commit to stay drug- or alcohol-free and maintain employment.

“A lot of our residents are professionals themselves,” Overbey says. “They pay taxes, shop, go to church, give back to the community in Ludlow.”

The Historical Society held a private meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 8 with City Administrator Brian Richmond. Overbey says the Historical Society has not responded to New Foundations’ meeting requests. 

Neither of the two buildings encompassing the Ludlow facility are designated as “historic.” 

The Ludlow Historic Society could not be reached for comment.



12.02.2013 at 05:55 Reply

In response to the Oct. 16-22 City Beat article "Building Preservation Group Scrutinizes Transitional House".  The Ludlow Historic Society has no position for or against transitional houses for recovering addicts, nor are we in contempt of such houses, as the director of New Foundations for Transitional Living alleges.  Our meeting with the City Administrator was open, as it was published to all members and non-member supporters numbering about 150 people.  It was called to get informationabout state and local zoning codes and give home owners in the area an opportunity to raise questions and concerns, irrespective of any organization that runs recovery homes.  the neighborhood block in question is within a National register of Historic Places District and is within 800 feet of the Ludlow Schools.... We recognize the reponsibility of communities to integrate recovering addicts back into society.  At the same time, home owners and families have legitimate concerns atht should be addressed.

Ruth Bamberger, Pres. Ludlow Historic Society