The front page of the Houston Chronicle 7/23/13 reported that the Houston City Council is considering legislation to regulate Group Homes, most of whom are filled with seniors. Based on the article, it appears that the goal is to add some regulation, mostly for fire and safety, while adding an annual inspection. HPD Executive Assistant Chief Tim Oettmeier said he has not seen the latest draft of the ordinance, but said, "I'm not sure that having a singular inspection is all that unreasonable. The intent is not to put people out of business here. The good homes are trying to help people out," he said. "It's the unscrupulous ones that cause problems for everybody, including the customers that are in there."
Care Locators supports this initiative, and applauds the Houston City Council for moving in this direction, and the Houston Chronicle for reporting on it. The Assisted Living communities are regulated and Group Home should also be held accountable for the safety and security of their residents. Additional oversight and an annual inspection are welcome additions if implemented and carried out in a thoughtful and proper manner.