Sober home owner must apply for reasonable accommodation

January 04, 2016
Stephen Sheldon, the new owner of an historic Hawthorn Street home, will have to prove the future residents of his building are entitled to an accommodation and that they are reasonable under the Americans With Disabilities and Fair Housing Acts.
     Sheldon, who has proposed turning 49 Hawthorn St. in the city's West End into a sober house for 8 to 12 men in later stages of recovery, said he plans to file an application for a reasonable accommodation with the city this week when he returns from vacation abroad. Under federal law, applicants have to prove they are entitled to a reasonable accommodation and explain why the request is reasonable, said John Markey, Jr., a city solicitor.
     "We want to make sure that if there is an exemption, it is for someone who is entitled to what they are requesting," said Markey.