STOP Oxford House in East Avalon Hills
We, the concerned residents of East Avalon Hills, demand the city of Indianapolis to change the policies, zoning laws and regulations to remove the ability for Transitional Living Quarters from taking over our family communities. Sign PetitionSign Petition
One of the properties in question is advertised to house 11 men located at 7130 Eastwick Ln, Indianapolis, IN 45256,
The transitional living quarters that Oxford offers, provide virtually no supervision, social services, treatment programs, security, rehabilitation, or drug test/screening. They are largely unlicensed businesses that open in a residential neighborhood of single-family homes, without registering, licensing, or other regulatory oversight of their operations or occupants. These transitional living quarters present a significant and legitimate safety concern for our neighborhood. However, due to The Fair Housing Act and Americans with Disabilities Act, it protects individuals from discrimination and provides them the ability to live in a single-family zoned residence. Giving them a comfortable safe living space whilst taking away ours.
The residents of East Avalon Hills believe that a second Oxford House does NOT belong in our neighborhood, and that it infringes upon the safety and well-being of our residents.
Causes for concern include, but are not limited to:
• Oxford House, Inc., has no hard and fast rules as to the length of sobriety required of applicants who want to charter a new house and it is unclear what, if any, background checks are conducted to either (1) confirm status as a person in recovery or (2) screen for certain types of criminal history. Further, beyond prohibiting consumption of drugs or alcohol, there are no rules governing for resident behavior. Oxford House’s own statistics reveal that 78% of Oxford House residents have served jail time and on average, residents have already been through prior treatment three times, and National Institute on Drug Abuse statistics indicate that 40-60% of individuals with substance use disorder suffer relapse and that "relapse is a normal part of recovery, for some drugs, it can be very dangerous—even deadly."
•The property owners and/or Oxford House do not provide any assurances that individuals with certain types of criminal history, including those with documented histories of violence, Serious Violent Felons, active probationers, or parolees will not inhabit the home.
•The manner in which these houses are owned, rented, and operated makes it difficult to hold anyone person or entity accountable for resulting problems. For example, we understand the home will be operated as “Oxford House Kingsly” – a fictitious group that has no legal standing or accountability.
•The home at issue, like all homes in the East Avalon Hills neighborhood, was not built or intended to house 11 adults on a full-time basis. There is not adequate space to park vehicles for a majority of their residents. Regularly parking a number of vehicles on the street will reduce visibility for both pedestrian and vehicle traffic. The home is situated on a corner lot and will cause significantly reduced visibility for those turning to/from the Eastwick Circle cul-de-sac. In addition, Eastwick Lane is a key route through the neighborhood frequented by walkers, runners, bikers, strollers, and dog-walkers but which does not have sidewalk infrastructure. The increased traffic caused by 11 adults’ comings and goings to the home coupled with the reduction of visibility and road space caused by additional vehicles parked on the street poses significant risk to the safety of pedestrians used to enjoying the open space of the neighborhood.
•We believe the operators deliberately concealed the true nature of their intentions for the property from the 93-year old selling homeowner, real estate agents, and neighboring residents. The operator avoided repeated invitations from EAH neighbors to engage in discussion and sought to avoid engagement by accelerating the closing date on the property. The operator’s actions have not demonstrated a desire to be good neighbors.
•CUMNS Kids, an established and esteemed daycare and pre-school program, is located less than 1000ft from the transitional living quarters property.
We as a neighborhood need to come together to protect our community