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Deep Concerns about ‘Three-Quarter’ Housing
Lawsuits Target Three-Quarter Operators
Three-Quarter Houses Mix Problems with Positives
Three-quarters houses give people who are homeless, leaving prison or seeking substance-abuse treatment a place to stay, and government agencies indirectly fund them. But critics say the houses are unregulated, often overcrowded and sometimes abusive to the vulnerable people they serve.
Informal homes for people with substance abuse problems or re-entering society after a stint in prison often violate the building code and tenants' rights. But tenants prefer them to the street.
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A New York State agency audit detailed links between a substance-abuse treatment service and a provider of "sober homes."
In 2010, the Department of Homeless Services moved to adopt guidelines that bar referrals of shelter residents to housing that violates city codes.