bleak housing options for parolees and recovering addicts
No longer drinking, no more drugs.
After graduating from the alcohol recovery program two years ago, he went to a home.
In New York City, his $855 monthly disability check is not far away.
Despite his addiction, Stritt found himself homeless and killed himself at the end of 2012.
He was admitted to a psychiatric ward in a city hospital, and a social worker finally found him where she said it was safe and drug-taking --
Free: Home managed by a drug abuse treatment program called Narco Freedom.
As he walked into the door of the House, Stritt was shocked, a shabby former hotel on 116 Street, a beach near Rockaway, Queens, New York.
Cockroaches are everywhere on the floor.
The water pipe was broken and the bathroom was moldy.
He remembered saying to himself, \"Are you kidding ? \".
\"This is a recovery,\" Stritt entered the largely unregulated collective housing system that emerged in cities across the country, these families are often offered to poor people who have suffered from drug abuse, homelessness, or come back from prison.
In New York City, where the demand for affordable housing is particularly high, these houses have become part of the recovery and reintegration, which, although rarely discussed, are deeply rooted.
Unlike the government
Recognized halfway house, these families are not in-
But they often ask residents to receive outpatient treatment.
The facilities of New York City, known as the \"three-
Quarterly housing, \"sober housing\" and \"transitional housing\" bring millions of dollars of taxpayer money to landlords and operators each year, mainly through benefits, Medicaid and disability benefits.
However, the absence of a city or state agency to license or supervise these houses forms a system in which the rules of some housing associations claim to be in violation of tenant laws and patient rights.
Supporters of housing and Tenants estimate that there are more than 300 of these buildings in New York alone.
Most people are located in the city\'s poorest neighborhoods, and many are slapped in the face by violations of city regulations.
The road to recovery from Los Angeles to Long Island, New York, \"Home of sobriety\" has become part of the road to recovery. Well-
According to the doctor, running away from home can be a positive step for those who are trying to change their livesLeonard A.
Jason, Director, Community Research Center, DePaul University.
Jason said he visited many families that did not meet their stated goals, helped residents develop a sense of responsibility and gave them the skills and confidence to pursue productive sex life.
\"If it\'s really good --
Staying awake, that house could be a truly healthy place, \"said Jason, who recently released a policy statement designed to help develop research and best practices.
\"This is the right thing to do, but it is also easy to do very wrong things.
\"When it went wrong, the authorities questioned the industry as a whole.
The surge in the number of private sober families in Los Angeles, with residents likely paying $500 a month to buy a bed, prompted the city to propose a decree to close those families.
There are also many complaints and security issues in the Long Island and Boston suburbs.
In Massachusetts, there are also problems with the relationship between families and healthcare providers.
In 2007 and 2010, the attorney general of Massachusetts accused two medical laboratories of participating in the rebate program and accepting referrals from sober families with financial relationships in the laboratory.
After more than $20 million in reconciliation and compensation, the state has introduced legislation to stop this practice.
In New York City, people arrive at home from hospitals, social services, prisons, streets and word of mouth.
Advocates claim that some of the estimated 300 houses are just residential houses, stuffed with paved spaces for rent to the poor.
Others offer those who have little choice. to-
Refusal to weigh: a bed in return for the commitment to participate in treatment programs related to the house.
While the system serves women, most of the residents are men.
Some residents start their habits and continue their lives.
Their beds were soon full.
Six people interviewed by the crime report said they took part in treatment that was not needed in order to have a place to sleep.
\"If you don\'t have a problem with substance abuse, it\'s hard to find a home,\" said Debbie Bull, deputy director of the Harlem Community Justice Center Reintegration Initiative, working with people who come back from prison.
\"Apart from the housing system, there is no housing if you don\'t say you have a drug problem.
Stritt graduated from the addiction program in 2011 and kept it clean, but he knew that agreeing to return to treatment meant a bed.
\"I ended up at NACO liberty because I fell into a crack,\" Stritt said . \".
\"I don\'t need medication.
I need a home.
I don\'t want to be on the street.
In 2010, urban homeless advocates successfully requested the city to stop paying the homelessby-the-
A double-storey house with a history of building complaints.
Advocates also raised questions about projects related to sober families.
According to a spokesman for the national office of alcohol and drug abuse services, it is not illegal for certified drug abuse treatment providers to also operate uncertified housing (OASAS)
The drug program was proved.
But the agency is concerned about the relationship between the two.
In 2011 letter to the executive director of the CIS advisory services,
Closed drug abuse clinics, which also operate sober families, an OASAS administrator questioned whether the rules of these families constituted \"coercive and undue effects \".
\"Patients report that mandatory outpatient treatment is a requirement to enter a sober family home,\" wrote Charles Monson, deputy commissioner of the OASAS quality assurance and performance improvement division.
\"This practice violates the patient\'s rights regulations and should be stopped immediately,\" the letter said . \".
Soon thereafter, the CIS consultation was closed, but others seem to have used a similar pattern.
For example, a Rockaway building is part of a network of houses related to Narco Freedom, which is a non-
Founded at a profit of 1970, it is now one of the largest treatment programs in the city.
Property records and interviews with tenants and employees confirm that the organization operates at least 20 houses.
The crime report interviewed more than 20 residents, treatment advocates and employees of the Freedom House in Naco, as well as a review of hundreds of public records and institutional documents, shows how real estate developers can work with Narco Freedom to turn dilapidated buildings into a sober home network using a model similar to CIS Consulting. (
The Crime Report has repeatedly asked for interviews, but NACO Liberty has not responded to that. )
The rent is $215 per month, and it works like this: the landlord rents the building to an outpatient medication program that provides a bed for the client for their treatment.
Customers usually pay $215 a month rent through the welfare housing subsidy of the city\'s human resources authority (HRA).
In turn, treatment programs typically funded almost exclusively by the poor\'s public health care program, Medicaid, pay the landlord monthly rent, and in general, each tenant charges $215 per month, much higher than the landlord\'s income.
In New York, Medicaid usually pays about $70 per group meeting attended by beneficiaries, sometimes up to five times a week.
Residents say missed meetings must be made up over the weekend, and the sign posted by a NACO Freedom House visited by the crime report echoed that request.
People who miss too many sessions or run out of treatment funds will be \"discharged\" or deported.
John Jay College prisoner return Institute Chang \'an Jacobs has been working on these houses after New York City
For those who come back from prison and need a bed, housing has become critical, Jacobs said.
However, she questioned the additional conditions, including whether the construction management had the right to authorize a particular provider to receive medication.
\"Where do they get authority or have the ability to provide such oversight,\" she said . \" She refers to the clinical training required to prescribe drug abuse treatment.
\"Who authorizes or entrusts them\", and while agencies provide taxpayers\' funds to help house operations, no one seems to prove or supervise the growing number of sober homes in New York.
OASAS demonstrated drug treatment programs, but despite the agency\'s concerns about sober families associated with CIS counseling, Jannette Rondo, director of communications at OASAS, told the crime report that sober families were not there.
\"The scope of our legal authority is related to the services provided in the OASAS certified treatment program that do not include housing,\" she wrote in an email . \".
\"When these types of questions are raised, we will make suggestions to the appropriate state and local authorities.
Rondo declined to give the names of these authorities as the issues could still be the subject of ongoing investigations.
HRA pays for welfare housing on behalf of residents, but a spokesman said that HRA \"will not place people receiving cash assistance in apartments\" and will not certify or inspect the housing.
State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) officially owns five
This year, a $866,250 20 bed contract was signed with Narco Freedom to help parole offenders return to the community.
This gives the agency some power over the beds, but they are only a small part of the beds used by parole offenders.
DOCCS records show that as of May 2013, more than 425 parole offenders lived at the address identified in the crime report, namely, the free awake home of Naco, with dozens of addresses at times per address.
DOCCS said that while it referred parole offenders to treatment programs and had to approve any residence where parole offenders lived, it did not directly mention housing and did not certify or supervise housing.
\"We are not responsible for finding accommodation,\" said DOCCS spokesman Thomas Merley . \".
He could not explain why so many parole offenders would eventually appear at the Naco Freedom House.
The system has little attention to it, the community has little say when the house comes in, and if things go wrong, the residents within them have little recourse.
When James Gregory was released on parole from prison, he didn\'t have much money or his family took him in.
As a condition for the 2009 drug conviction, his parole officer authorized him to participate in a drug treatment program at Narco Freedom, which he was told could also provide him with a bed.
In August 2, 2010, he went to Naco Liberty University in Bronx.
There he was assigned to the \"Freedom House three\", a five
Story buildings near E152nd Street.
Attending the Narco free drug treatment conference is a provision of the house.
Like all parole offenders, Gregory has to get his parole officer to sign the residence.
DOCCS are familiar with the building.
On April 2012, DOCCS records showed that 89 parole offenders lived at the address.
Although DOCCS claims that it does not require parole offenders to live in a particular house, the \"Sober House\" has started to serve the parole procedure.
\"They are our other pair of eyes, just to make sure that the way someone re-enters the community is supposed to be,\" DOCCS spokesperson Mailey said . \".
When Gregory came to Freedom House III in April 2012, he recalled in an interview: \"Things are really bad . \".
He was a strong man, wearing a hat and a thick gold chain. of-
In fact, with regard to the bed bugs in the house, and in the winter of 2011, there were several times when there was no hot water or hot water, as confirmed by public records.
But he says his biggest concern is that his companions will be thrown out if they miss the group or run out of money for treatment.
\"They threw people out of the left and right,\" Gregory said . \".
He described some people whose items were stuffed into black plastic bags and then placed on the side of the road with their owners.
\"This happens when they illegally expel you: you go backwards,\" Gregory said . \".
\"You will be very depressed.
You start using.
You commit a crime when you start using it.
He said that there have been several attempts by residents to protest, telling the police that they have the right to live under the city housing law, which requires landlords to obtain court orders before they expel tenants.
\"But every time the police come, they will be on the side of Naco freedom,\" he said . \".
\"Their excuse is that this is a project.
It was Gregory\'s turn in the end.
He returned home in February 2, 2012 and learned that it was time to leave.
He brought NACO\'s freedom to court.
In a document filed by the court, Narco Freedom stated that it operated the families \"for temporary use by project participants during treatment \".
Counsel for Narco Freedom believes that because Narco Freedom holds a lease and is therefore a tenant, the person sleeping on the bunk is not a tenant, but a \"licensee \".
He submits that, when such treatment is completed, Naco is free to give them the right to leave without a formal expulsion.
The court disagreed and ruled that there was a landlord for NACO Liberty and Gregory.
Gregory returned to Freedom House.
For others living in this gray world, this case is a victory, his lawyer, Matthew Mayne ofMFY legal services, filed several lawsuits on behalf of sober family residents, including those who once lived in families managed by the CIS advisory services.
Mayne said he believed three.
He believes that the system often hurts people who claim to help.
\"The system is like a conveyor belt that grabs the most vulnerable people from our community,\" said Main . \".
\"There are no other places where people need to turn them into these dilapidated apartments and have them stay there for treatment programs only, as long as it is necessary to recover.
Then spit them out.
According to its website, the booming business freedom is \"one outpatient alcohol and substance abuse treatment program in the city \".
In 2012, records from OASAS showed that the organization\'s outpatient and methadone clinics served approximately 7,770 unique patients.
Narco Freedom is earning $46.
According to the most recent tax declaration, it was 7 million per cent in 2011.
About 90% of the organization\'s income usually comes from out-patient substance abuse treatment and Medicaid for its methadone program.
According to the document, CEO Alan Brand paid $386,000 that year.
Although the business is booming, the regular certification report obtained from OASAS through the Freedom of Information request points out the problem of the project.
A routine OASAS review conducted in the Narco Freedom project in the Bronx 250 square in March 2012 found that patients did not respond to treatment and did not meet the targets they set.
For example, of the 20 cases studied, 19 cases tested positive for illegal drugs twice in three months.
In order to solve the problem of continuing to use the drug, their treatment plan has not changed.
The reviewers also found that Narco Freedom submitted an inaccurate report to OASAS on access and emission dates.
Nevertheless, the project was re-certified.
Rondo, an OASAS spokesman, said the project was \"under continuous monitoring \".
\"The comments of a former resident of Narco Freedom\'s house in Rockaway are more blunt.
\"Their standards are very low,\" he said . \" He asked not to be named for fear of revenge.
\"As long as residents join the group, Narco Freedom doesn\'t care what they do.
The sober housing of \"guaranteed rent\" Narco Freedom also proves another person\'s successful model: The property record shows that Jay Deutchman has at least six buildings used as Narco Freedom house, the relationship dates back to 15 years.
He also owns at least one house that is now used by writers.
CIS consulting services that have closed down(
MFY Legal Services currently hold a lawsuit on behalf of the former tenant at home).
In last February, he had an office in a former sober home in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, while answering the phone with both hands and blowing cigarettes.
In the middle, he explained how the tenants in the city
Friendly laws provide that renting to an organization is better than renting a house or apartment to an individual and that an individual may not be able to keep up with the end of the lease agreement.
\"When you have a nofor-
\"The profit is good,\" Deutchman said . \".
\"It\'s not great when you have a tenant who doesn\'t care about anyone or anything.
He added that it was leased to Africa
Over the years, the profit was \"realized in my building.
After Deutchman closed his $2 in April 2010, he also told the relevant residents of Rockaway.
7 million to buy the roccaraway Park Hotel, two years later, Terrence Stritt found himself there.
\"We like people who have guaranteed rent, so we accept government subsidies,\" he told the local newspaper Inspur . \".
Although unhappy about the so-called \"halfway house\" nearby, the local district 100 community committee chairman Danny Rowe said the community had little recourse to private landlords.
Locals soon learned that Deutchman rented the hotel to Narco Freedom.
The situation improved after numerous complaints to Narco Freedom about residents wandering and disturbing passers-by in the house.
\"They do want to work with us,\" The Russians said . \".
But he said that cleaning up the garbage should not put so much responsibility on the residents of Rocca.
\"The responsibility should be borne by the person running the project,\" he said . \".
Ann Jacobs found a solution at the prisoner\'s return to the Institute and he struggled with the plight of these families.
\"They are terrible and need improvement, but it would be a disaster if they were just law enforcement responses and they were shut down on a large scale,\" she said . \".
Residents may eventually be delivered to the gates of shelters they are trying to avoid, which have been extended to meet the needs of nearly 50,000 homeless people per day.
\"The homeless system is not able to handle more people,\" Jacobs said . \".
Lawmakers in Suffolk County, New York, are working on a solution that they say will regulate the system without forcing thousands of residents to take to the streets.
The Suffolk healthy sober families Act calls on OASAS and the Suffolk County family oversight committee to monitor and certify all sober families.
If passed, the houses will be subject to regular building inspections.
Businesses that are not certified will be fined $10,000.
According to a press release in Mori, operators also need to \"show good moral qualities \".
Lee Zeldin, the sponsor of the bill
But, on last October, when Terrence Stritt arrived in the Queens area, there was no such oversight, and three days later, Hurricane Sandy hit there.
\"On October 29, the window blew in,\" Stritt recalled . \".
The house was darkened. Pipes burst.
People trek through the sewageladen water.
The residents were told that NACO freedom would evacuate them, but no one arrived, Mr. Stritt said.
Instead, on the first Tuesday after the storm, police cars appeared to drive the residents away.
For months, Stritt has moved to a temporary hotel room for displaced people through emergency shelters, unsure what he will do when the size of the Federal Emergency Management System is getting bigger and bigger.
On February, the good news came to Streat.
He was eligible for asylum as a victim of the hurricane.
In the Frederick Douglass building, a public residential area in Manhattan, Stritt found what he had been looking for after waking up. It is clean. It is quiet. For one-
The third item of his monthly disability check is his.
But he has a place to call home.
\"I have my own apartment,\" he said . \"
\"It\'s a one-bedroom apartment, but it\'s OK now.