Jennifer Hansen just added to her Ventnor Real Estate portfolio. WATCH VIDEO. It’s a property on Nashville Ave that’ll soon be converted into yet another ‘sober-living’ home.
Watch Video: Ventnor Commissioner Meeting from SEPT 10.
Ventnor currently has about 25 sober-living homes. Various owners. Some of these properties are side by side. 3 in a row. A growing number are on Ventnor beach blocks.
Ventnor Commissioner Lance Landgraf: Now, there are 24 or 25 sober-living homes in Ventnor. An over-abundance in our community. It’s not fair to taxpaying residents of Ventnor
Hansen Foundation founder, Jennifer Hansen, also owns & runs Enlightened Cafe in Ventnor.
Hansen buying spree fuels growth of sober-living Real Estate along South Jersey shore.
The Hansen family is well known for their ownership of the ‘Downbeach Express’ toll road into Margate.
Commissioner Landgraf strongly suggests that everyone call Senator Chris Brown and Assemblymen Mazzeo & Armato.
Landgraf: We need laws changed. These homes need to be limited like liquor licences. Based on population. Just like rooming houses. Having this many sober living facilities is ruining neighborhoods
In some neighborhoods, there are now 3 (sober living) houses in a row. This is not an acceptable form of development, says Landgraf. This is something that will set our community back. I’m not going to take it lying down. We’re being taken advantage of.
I think it’s unfair. She (Jennifer Hansen) is targeting Ventnor.Commissioner Landgraf
Landgraf alleges Hansen House is exploiting a loophole to get these facilities. They don’t comply with NJ State standard, under the Oxford House model.
DCA (NJ State) sued them. That case not yet settled.
Oxford House. Recovering addicts rent homes to live together. Each house is self-run, manages its own finances and has its own bank account. No random testing for alcohol or drug use. No curfews. Recovering individual can stay for as long as they don’t drink alcohol or use drugs, and pays equal share of house expenses. Average stay is about a year. Many residents stay 3 or more years. 78% of Oxford House residents have served jail time.
VIDEO: Hansen in Atlantic City
According to Hansen Foundation website: Jennifer Hansen is a recovering addict. Years ago, she lived on the streets with a $300 per day heroin habit.
After several attempts at rehabilitation, Hansen participated in 12-step recovery before returning to New Jersey. In 2001, she formed Hansen Foundation.
Since then, Hansen opened over 180 beds for those seeking recovery.