(Cincinnati) -- Supporters of recovering addicts trying to rebuild their lives are held a rally Monday morning, outside City Hall. Owner of New Foundations Transitional Living Ross Shively said the city is violating the civil rights of people considered to have a disability by throwing them out of their home. He said if the city continues with shutting down his rental properties, his lawyer will file a lawsuit in federal court.
Shively said his lawyer claims the city zoning code is in violation of federal housing laws.
Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley announced last week six addict recovery homes in the city were in violation of city zoning laws and the city is forcing renters out of their homes and closing them down. Cranley said the city was collaborating with addiction recovery centers and homes to provide homes for the residents, Shively said the residents aren't in need of being in a recovery program because all residents had already graduated from one.
Shively said his renters are already sober and clean but want to live with other addicts as a means of support while trying to get their life back on track.