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Councilman DiCiccio Fights Back Against Unregistered “Drug Houses”Councilman DiCiccio Fights Back Against Unregistered “Drug Houses”<div class="ExternalClass2F5CE49AA5D041DBB2DB0A8F87659074"><p style="text-align:center;">​<em>Citizens take control and bypass inaction of Phoenix officials</em></p><p>Last week, in a meeting that lasted more than two hours, community leaders from throughout the City expressed their concerns about the ongoing proliferation of unregistered drug houses and other small group homes that supposedly exist to serve recovering addicts. </p><p>"You can't call what these rogue businesses are doing 'compassion' when evidence presented by several community leaders clearly shows otherwise," said Councilman DiCiccio. "When senior citizens are being crammed into unsafe and overcrowded homes, when veterans are being forced to sleep outside under tarps, and when recovering addicts aren't receiving even the most basic support and treatment – that's not compassion, it's profiteering."</p><p>During today's City Council meeting, at the urging of Councilman DiCiccio, many of those same neighborhood leaders will be in attendance to present the Council with a seldom used Citizen Petition requiring a vote of the council within 15 days to, first, begin enforcing the spacing requirements for these operations that the City administratively stopped enforcing in 2015. Second, calling on the City of Phoenix to hire a nationally recognized expert in law related to these facilities to begin pursuing other legal options to limit their spread, provide basic regulation to protect the occupants of these facilities, and ensure that they do not continue to create safety and security risks for our neighborhoods. </p><p>Councilman DiCiccio is also calling for significantly increased regulation. "Right now, someone who is a registered sex offender – legally required to report where they are living – can avoid that requirement simply by claiming a drug addiction and moving into one of these facilities. That puts neighbors, and children, at risk. We need to know who owns these businesses. We need to know who is staying there. We need to know those people are receiving adequate care and treatment. We need to treat these operations like any other business, because that's exactly what they are."</p><p>While some people seem to want to maintain the status quo in hopes this issue will go away, Councilman DiCiccio believes we must have swift and decisive action to address these problems as soon as possible:</p><p>First, to ensure that every single one of these businesses be required to adhere to licensing requirements ensuring safety and security of their residents and neighbors.</p><p>Second, these are commercial enterprises and belong in commercially located properties. </p><p>Third, it is critical that we bring in state and federal officials to help solve this problem. This is not a city or state or federal issue unto its own, it is a problem that requires all levels of involvement. </p><p>"Phoenix has the opportunity to take the lead stopping drug houses invading our neighborhoods. We must take immediate action and work with state and federal officials to protect our citizens. I welcome and endorse the petition submitted today by citizens frustrated with a slow process," said Councilman DiCiccio. </p><p>"My office is actively pursuing every avenue to address these issues, and we urge the Mayor and other members of the Council to join us in this effort," concluded DiCiccio.</p></div>5/10/2017 10:00:00 PMStephanie Bracken602.534.1209