In thousands of neighborhoods across the United States, there are group homes/community residential homes quietly and inconspicuously blending in with the community. These homes are often established in typical residential neighborhoods and often contain the typical features of a household. However, instead of traditional families, they are comprised of a group of unrelated individuals who receive support services while residing at the house.
Many different kinds of residents can live in group homes. They may fall into the following categories:
physically disabled individuals
mentally disabled individuals
individuals in drug rehabilitation programs
individuals in alcohol rehabilitation programs
children in foster care
individuals with chronic disabilities
juvenile offenders/troubled teens
City’s authority to regulate Group/community homes
The City’s authority to regulate the siting and occupancy of group and community residential homes is limited by Florida Statute 419, Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Fair Housing Act.
For further information on these homes please contact your state representatives or visit the websites below for the Department of Justice, Florida Statute 419, and Fair Housing Act.