A rental ad for “Amazing Sober Living in Hollywood and Echo Park” seems like a reasonable deal for a recovering drug addict or alcoholic: $100 a week. Then you read the Craigstlist ad further and discover that $100 buys you a bed in a room that you share with two other people.
Sober living homes like these have triggered neighborhood complaints and prompted Councilman Ed Reyes to call for greater city regulation of these residential rehab centers. But the economics of group homes, $1,200 a month from just one bedroom, might make it worth dealing with neighborhood nags. Says the woman who came across the ad:
“Hmmmm, maybe we should start offering our extra bedrooms for rent.”