State Rep. and mayoral hopeful Marty Walsh says the address where a woman was found dead yesterday was a place for recovering drug addicts to live without any supervision. A resident of 752 E. 4 St., Martin Jimenez, faces arraignment today for her death.
Walsh vowed to clean them up if elected:
Unregulated sober homes are a problem in Boston, where the housing stock in some neighborhoods – big, rambling structures that once housed large families – are attractive to companies looking to maximize profits by advertising sober homes despite the fact that these homes are poorly run, with no programmatic basis, and no oversight. Some of them exploit families by offering recovery hope to people, while in reality, they offer no path to recovery.
As Mayor, I would clamp down on unregulated sober houses, with their misleading promises and inherent problems, so they don't continue to make their way into the news by operating as breeding grounds for trouble. We owe it to the neighborhoods and to the good programs to work on legislation that will address these issues.
Walsh serves on the board of directors of the Gavin Foundation, which runs residential substance-abuse programs in Dorchester and South Boston - including one on E. 4th Street two blocks from the building where the woman was found dead.
"They are closely monitored, supervised and regulated, as they should be," he said.