Friday, April 22, 2016

Sober Homes—Very important meeting on May 2nd. Congresswoman Frankel has this important news:

[Please Note: The meeting mentioned below is not open to the public. This meeting is for elected and other government officials involved in solving the sober home problem. Not long after this meeting on May 2nd pay attention to news about public meetings that will surely follow in many communities, including Lake Worth. Stay tuned.]

"This week I met with Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Julian Castro to discuss our concerns about the proliferation of sober homes in South Florida. Secretary Castro conveyed that his staff is preparing for the May 2nd stakeholder meeting in Delray Beach with Assistant Secretary Gustavo Velasquez, HUD's top Fair Housing advisor.
     This meeting will be an excellent opportunity to share your sober home stories [emphasis added] and highlight the need for guidance on sober home regulation. In that regard, I encourage city participants to ask questions based upon ordinances that you would like to enact."

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     "I am hopeful that our May 2 meeting will provide the agencies with more insight into the sober home issues affecting our cities and that the update can give some direction on how local governments can maintain the character of neighborhoods and safeguard the rights of recovering addicts.
     Addressing the sober home issue remains a top priority for my office and I look forward to your continued input and engagement as we move forward with this process. 
     If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact my District Director, Felicia Goldstein ( or Legislative Assistant, Grant Dubler ( on my staff.

Lois Frankel
Member of Congress"