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Neighborhood disputing group home

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Posted: Jul 15, 2011 6:05 PM by Rob Krieger
Updated: Jul 15, 2011 6:53 PM
Source: WBRZ

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BATON ROUGE- A neighborhood association is at odds with a Baton Rouge group home they claim is breaking the law.

According to the Unified Development Code in Baton Rouge, a single family dwelling cannot have more than two unrelated people living in a home or more than four if the owner lives at the house. But the home in question has up to nine women living in it at one time, many with children.

"Anytime we have someone report that there are more people than the law allows, we report it to the city, we have the city attorney take action, we've done this before," said Anne Underwood, president of the Westminster Pine Park Civic Association.

Lawyers for the group home say they should be exempt because the women, many recovering addicts and former alcoholics, are classified as disabled and should therefore qualify under the Fair Housing Act for an exemption to the zoning laws.

Now the matter is before a judge in Federal Court.

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