Recovering addicts are threatened with eviction from Frankford.
The Civic Association's acting secretary, Elizabeth McCollum-Nazario, says the problem is that the current system requires too little community input and encourages poorly managed recovery homes to take up residence. She says many of the recovering addicts aren't from Frankford, and they draw drug dealers who are looking for new customers to the neighborhood.
McCollum-Nazario--who was born and raised in Frankford--says she's not singling out recovery homes. In fact, she claims that the Civic Association doesn't want to see an overabundance of any one kind of facility. "What if another church wanted to open on Frankford Avenue?" she asks. "Well, churches are good, but we have too many. That isn't good for the corridor either."
"The neighbors on our block want us there instead of a vacant house [being there]. We shovel and take out trash for some of the elderly people," Jackson says. "We want to be part of the community. We're an asset, not a liability."
Christopher Wink is a freelance writer from Frankford.