Neighbors complain about halfway house - WNEM TV 5

Neighbors complain about halfway house

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BAY CITY, MI (WNEM) -

Another transitional home popped up in a Mid-Michigan community, taking neighbors by surprise.

Some local residents want to know why they weren't informed of the house for recovering addicts, but the owner of the house said he's not required to notify the public.

"I got a daughter and decided to turn my life around," said Joseph Adkins, 28.

He has a story he wants to share with his community.

"I was addicted to narcotics and it really took me down a bad way," he said.

Adkins is one of five men who benefit from a support group through New Life Recovery, a housing program supporting a transition to sober living.

"I started for my daughter, but in the end it became about me because you can't help somebody until you help yourself," Adkins said.

He credits the man who founded the group and the men he lives with for aiding in his recovery.

Some residents in the neighborhood are upset they weren't notified of the transitional housing. But the owner of that home said the law doesn't require him to provide any notification.

The property owner said the residents have been there since November.

TV5 contacted state Rep. Charles Brunner who, in the past, has been critical about the notification of neighbors of halfway homes. He said he would like to investigate. Meanwhile, residents said there's nothing for the community to be concerned about.

"We're part of this community and I think this is a good thing," Adkins said.

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