Springfield approves site plans for sobriety house

The city's planning department approved the site plan Wednesday

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The City of Springfield has approved a site plan for a so-called “sober house.” The Bridge Home will provide a “second chance” for men recovering from previous drug and alcohol abuse.

The city’s planning department approved the site plan on Wednesday for 1090 Worthington Street. Neighbors had voiced concerns about having a sober house in a residential neighborhood, but others told 22News it’s something that’s needed.

“I’m from the local community, this community here, and I think the sobriety house is a really good thing, anybody that’s trying to get themselves rehabilitated to get themselves back into the community is very good,” said Marie Williams of Springfield.

Each man living in the Bridge Home is required to participate in counseling, and either go to school, have a job, or be looking for one. The planning department approved the Bridge home to house 8 men.

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