The federal government is giving cities some new guidance on how far they can go in regulating sober homes.
The Departments of Justice and Housing and Urban Development issued the joint statement Thursday.
It gives local governments some legal wiggle room to oversee group housing for recovering addicts on a case-by-case basis.
For example, many cities bar more than three unrelated people from living in a single-family home. But sober homes are often given an exemption to that rule because the occupants are considered to be disabled and are protected by federal law.