Neighbors concerned over sober living home in West Valley neighborhood
WEST VALLEY, Wash. – “All I can say is, ‘Thank goodness I don’t have any little kids,’ cause I don’t know what I would do,” said Kathy Mann.
Mann says what once was a quiet neighborhood has turned into one riddled with noise.
“They’re loud. They’re not respectful of their neighbors. They play loud music in the morning. They play it at night. There’s a lot of tension between all of us,” she said.
Mann and her neighbors Linda Moffitt and Pam Paxton all shared their concerns with me. They say since April, a home in their neighborhood on 59th and Chestnut Avenues, was converted into a sober living house that currently houses eight women and one child, and since then, they say it’s become a nuisance.
They say loud music, parties, increased traffic, and reckless driving in the neighborhood is what caused them to reach out to KIMA.
Jason Bliss, a coordinator with Oxford House, the organization behind the home, says he’s spoken with Moffit and he takes these matters very seriously.
“We’ll definitely be getting to the bottom of it. Her complaints and concerns - not only hers but the other individuals in the neighborhood - I assured her, I assure you, it’s not falling on deaf ears,” said Bliss.
Action News reached out to the people living at the home, and they refused to comment. Pam Paxton, who is their next-door neighbor, says the neighborhood just isn’t as peaceful as it used to be.
“They have parties over there. I don’t know if they’re just having get-togethers or what, but there’s a lot of people, and I can’t even have my back doors open,” said Paxton.
Moffitt says she supports sober living homes, she just wishes the people in the home who are allegedly disturbing the neighborhood would be respectful and conscious of others in the neighborhood.
“Everybody needs a second chance, but the second chance goes along with responsibility. That means, if you come into a residential area, you need to fit in. You need to look around and say, ‘Ok, this is a nice neighborhood, we need to respect our neighbors,’ and if they can’t do that, no, we don’t want them here,” said Moffitt.
Bliss says this is the first time he is hearing of a complaint of the home on 59th Avenue, and they'll get everything straightened out soon. He plans on meeting with Moffitt, Paxton, and Mann on June 28th.