Only six sober-living homes in Phoenix? Even with licensing, homes operate unregulated; Evan Bolick, Rose Law Group litigation and land use attorney who often handles neighborhood concerns relating to sober living homes, comments.

The Meadows addiction treatment center in Wickenburg is shown on Oct. 13, 2017. /Photo: Getty Images


By Jessica Boehm | Arizona Republic

After two years of meetings with the community, the recovery industry, and politicians, Phoenix last year became the first city in the Valley to license sober-living homes.

But more than six months later, only six sober-living homes and nine home managers are licensed. While some residents allege many owners are ignoring the licensing requirement, the city says few residents are actually reporting possible violators.

There is no state registry of sober-living homes, so the city relies on residents to submit complaints if they believe there’s an unlicensed home operating in their neighborhood.

“The city needs to give time for residents to learn of their options when they discover a sober living home in their neighborhood. I agree that cities should be more pro-active and host community meetings to apprise neighbors of the new licensing requirements and how they can file a complaint.”

~ Evan Bolick


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