by Hannah McCartney
Anywhere but here.
That's the common response when city residents are asked where group
homes for men and women experiencing homelessness and/or recovering from
drug or alcohol addiction should be operated.
While most citizens seem to agree that the group recovery facilities
like halfway homes and supportive housing are generally a good thing,
there's one point everyone seems to disagree on: where to put them.
Most recently, a 100-unit supportive housing development
that would house chronically homeless and disabled, low-income
individuals became the subject of much ire
when residents near the proposed site in Avondale complained the facility would
threaten the safety and revival efforts in an area already oversaturated
with low-income housing.
Now, a Ludlow, Ky., branch of a local entity operating
transitional housing facilities for recovering addicts across the
Greater Cincinnati area is facing scrutiny from the Ludlow Historic
Society, a small advocacy group that works to promote and preserve the
neighborhood's historic buildings.
In an email to society members obtained by CityBeat, Ludlow Historic Society President Ruth Bamberger wrote:While we believe that ex-addicts need housing, the
city has serious concerns with its ability under current law to control
or limit housing to this population. The Ludlow Historic Society is
likewise concerned because we are striving to maintain and improve our
housing stock in Ludlow, and especially make the city a desirable place
for young people to own their homes and raise their families.
Bamberger specifically cited concerns about the program’s
legitimacy, its proximity to schools and its affect on the Ludlow
New Foundations Transitional Living
(NFTL), a for-profit, private transitional housing operator founded in
2010, runs seven sober houses across the Greater Cincinnati area 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. The program supports
itself completely from rental fees paid by patients in the program;
residents are charged $322 per month for housing, amenities and some
therapeutic and rehabilitation services.
Transitional living facilities for drug and alcohol
rehabilitation generally provide low-cost housing to people recovering
from addiction interested in getting their lives back on track, while
"halfway houses" usually cater to people recently released from
incarceration that need more rehabilitation to assimilate back into
Jason Lee Overbey, director for New Foundations
Transitional Living, thinks that 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.
“The people that live in our facilities dress nice, they
smell nice, they’re educated,” he says. “A lot of our residents are
professionals themselves. They pay taxes, shop, go to church, give back
to the community in Ludlow. Who should we be more worried about, them or
someone anonymous in the neighborhood who could be violent or actively
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
The Historical Society held a private meeting on Tuesday,
Oct. 8 in Ludlow's City Council chambers 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 actually designated as "historic." There’s not much information on the
community ripple effects of transitional housing, although one 2010 study found residents were achieving
significant improvement or total abstinence, ultimately concluding:The
promising outcomes for SLH residents suggest that sober living houses
might play more substantive roles for persons: 1) completing residential
treatment, 2) attending outpatient treatment, 3) seeking non-treatment
alternatives for recovery, and 4) entering the community after criminal
The Ludlow Historic Society could not be reached for comment.
Ludlow’s unpretentious new barbecue utopia
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 22, 2010
If hickory smoke were a sacrament, The Classy Pig would be a chapel. It's a little small to be an actual church, but at Classy Pig, there’s true devotion to barbecue. This unpretentious new dining spot in a classic storefront in beautiful downtown Ludlow, Ky. has got a whole lotta smokin' goin' on.