Halfway homes stay in Baton Rouge
BATON ROUGE - A judge ruled that Oxford Homes, which house men and women with disabilities as well as recovering alcoholics and drug addicts, can stay in Baton Rouge.
A year ago Westminster neighborhood board members attempted to prevent recovering alcoholics and drug addicts from living in group homes leased in single-family neighborhoods.
"If you have one home breaking a one family zoning, we're afraid it's going to be open season for all sorts of problems," said Crime Prevention Board Member Donna Shelton.
U.S. District Judge James J. Brady issued a preliminary injunction, preventing city officials from enforcing a housing code that would evict people staying, and paying rent, in Oxford Homes. Yesterday, Brady made that injunction permanent.
Amanda Ferguson, a mother of five, lives next door to the Westminster halfway house. She said she's never had a problem with her neighbors.
"We all go through hard seasons in our lives, and it's important that people have a good support system," said Ferguson.
There are 19 Oxford Homes in Baton Rouge, and 1,500 nationwide.
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