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Neighbors React to Easton Recovery Home

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EASTON, Md. - It's a small and quiet blue house - but it's caused quite the uproar.

The Humble House has some neighbors like Michael Engels more than just worried.

"The last thing I want to do is to find out there's a halfway house within walking distance from where my children will be playing and living," Engels said.

Upset with what's just down the street, Engels says he's considering moving.

"It's a sign of things to come, we're going to have to sell our house," Engels said. "Everyone I've talked to wants to sell their house."

But other neighbors say they don't mind the new neighbors.

"They're trying to solve their own problems and they're not really out to start trouble," Norman Bauers said. "I think it will be a really quiet thing."

The Humble House opened last week and can house up to twelve men at a time.

Its tenants say living in the Chapel East neighborhood fosters a good habit to staying sober.

But Engels says they picked the wrong neighborhood.

"They chose to put it in a small residential neighborhood with children around," Engels said. "It's not a good idea."

But the supporters of the house say they'll make it work.

"If we set it up for failure as a community, it will be a failure, and if we support it, it will be a success," Bauer said.

Even so, Engels says he doesn't want to see it in his neighborhood.

"Get out. Be smart and leave us alone," Engels said.

Humble House Director Jeremy Savin says the tenants have a number of rules they have to follow to stay in the house. Savin says if any of tenants break rules or relapse, they will be removed from The Humble House.



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