Scottsdale sober living home upsets neighbors

Posted at 7:08 PM, Apr 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-15 02:00:43-04

At the end of a Scottsdale cul-de-sac, a group of people are living in a sober living home recovering from an addiction.

"These are like 12 girls at night, sleeping in this house. I don't know what they can do," said Laura Foster, who lives next door and is not happy about her new neighbors. 

She and others in the cul-de-sac say that kind of home does not belong there.

"No, but I want the girls to be taken care of, but not in a double cul-de-sac with children," Foster said. 

The City of Scottsdale does not regulate sober living homes, citing the Fair Housing Act that protects those with disabilities, including those recovering from alcoholism, according to Kelly Corsette, spokesman for the City of Scottsdale. 

"What would prevent another home from doing the same thing and another one and another one and they turn our entire neighborhood into a drug rehab facility?" said Dick Foster, Laura's husband. 

ABC15 reached out to the owner of the program, who declined an interview and declined to give his name. But he said he feels the neighbors are discriminating against and harassing those in the program. 

Several Valley cities have already passed ordinances to regulate these kind of homes in a way that doesn't conflict with the law.

"If Mesa, Gilbert, and all these other cities are doing it, I think Scottsdale needs to be aware of the problem," Laura Foster said. 

Neighbors who spoke to ABC15 said those living at the home had been pretty quiet, but said they were concerned about the problems that could occur and the city's lack of ability to regulate such facilities.

The state Senate just passed HB 2107, a bill that would allow cities to regulate sober living homes in a number of ways. The bill now goes back to the House for final approval.