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From the Forum – Does anyone know much about the legality or permissibility of group homes in residential areas?

by Prince Of Petworth April 15, 2015 at 2:10 pm 31 Comments

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Does anyone know much about the legality or permissibility of group homes in residential areas?

“Concerned resident here. Does anyone know much about the legality or permissibility of group homes in residential areas?

I live on Varnum and we have three, count them, three group homes on our street between 3rd and 4th.

The one that we live next door to is operated by Life Stride. Their residents, or consumers as they call them, are mentally ill or substance-addicted persons. The home allows five consumers at a time and their reasons for admission are one, the other, or both respectively.

A couple of the residents are actually fairly nice and do not cause many problems.

However, we have had issues with a couple. Particularly, one that has both mental health issues as well as substance-addiction issues. He harasses residents, seems very unstable, and is fond of coming out as soon as curfew is over, screaming at the top of his lungs that he has a bomb, that people must die, and that we should call 911.

We have called 911 but they always escort him back to the group home. Even when we called them because he was drinking two pints of vodka, in the open, and yelling at children as they walked to their bus stop. They still escorted him back to the home. When did open containers stop being an offense in DC?

Contacting the group home operator and informing them of these issues has not been fruitful.

Any advice? Recommendations? Personal experiences?”

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