Sober-living homes becoming bigger issue for many South Jersey shore towns, especially in Ventnor and Atlantic City.
To be clear, these facilities do good work. They’re needed. But what about safety, neighborhood home values and local code violations?
Coalition of Absecon Island Communities issued press release. Some excerpts:
Collection of Absecon Island community groups:
- St. Leonard’s Association
- Chelsea Neighborhood Association
- North Beach Ventnor Residents Association
- Margate Homeowners Association
The Coalition of Absecon Island Communities fully supports responsible Sober Living Homes. They’re meeting with New Jersey officials to share suggestions for a regulated, credentialed and monitored, sober-living system.
Sober Living Homes can be a good neighbor. There’s a real need to help those with drug and alcohol addiction. They need the support of family and community to regain dignity, purpose in life, with a safe road to recovery.
Currently, there is no oversight nor community input regarding sober living homes. In our opinion, this needs to change so all can benefit.
We believe all service-based business in New Jersey needs to obtain a license. The same should apply to sober living homes. Mandatory licensing. A system to qualify and maintain that license should be in place.
Introducing too many sober living homes into a small (geographic) area, changes the character of a residential community.
We’re extremely concerned that if Sober Living Homes are clustered into a (particular) community, we will become a Sober Living Home District.
A Sober Living Home District would reduce not only quality of life issues, but home values as well.
We desire a good working relationship with the owners of sober living homes and the communities they’re located in.
Signed, The Coalition of Absecon Island Communities
Business of Real Estate and Sober Living Homes
There are approx 26 sober living homes through-out the Downbeach area. At least 3 are owned or managed by Jennifer Hansen of the Hansen Foundation. The Real Estate developer is looking to expand her holdings, complete with tax exempt status.
Hansen Foundation manages 3, side-by-side sober living homes on South Austin Ave in Ventnor.
According to the official Ole Hansen website, Jennifer Hansen is the Director of Real Estate Development.
OLE HANSEN Mission Statement:
To capitalize on a variety of land-based opportunities.