Judge strikes down law regulating sober homes

A federal judge Thursday struck down a Suffolk County law that placed regulations on safe haven houses for recovering addicts and alcoholics.

The local law regulates how many people can live in a so-called sober home and where the havens can be set up. According to attorney Robert Briglio, those regulations are in violation of the Federal Fair Housing Act.

Supporters say they hope more communities will be able to establish sober homes. However, some civic leaders argue that without the county law, there is a risk that slumlords will try to profit off the houses.

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