Fred Way: “It’s difficult out here getting to recovery”

There are roughly about 70 recovery houses in Philadelphia.

According to Executive Director of Pennsylvania Alliance of Recovery Residences Fred Way, only about 20 of those 70 are certified.

A certified recovery house means that clients are guaranteed quality service.

Many recovery houses are not certified. In fact, a lot of recovery houses are substandard, according to Way.

In order to be certified, a house must abide by property zoning, have a business privilege license, zoned as multi-family, have a certificate of occupancy, a personal care home license, among other things.

Another primary issue is that there is not enough resources for people struggling with addiction. Philadelphia is the heroin capital of the world and there is barely any quality houses. In addition, many people cannot afford to stay in a house. Many of these recovery homes are about 170 dollars a week.

The two main issues when it comes to recovery homes is to find quality and accessibility.

About the author

Taylor Allen

Taylor Allen is a sophomore Journalism major with a Political Science minor at Temple University. She also does the Morning Updates for WHIP, Temple’s student radio station. She is the creator of WHIP’s The District where she and a co-host discuss Philadelphia and Pennsylvania state politics every Tuesday and Thursday night; 7-8 pm. She previously interned for Solomon Jones at 900amWURD for the “Wake Up With WURD” show where she learned about radio production and promotion through social media. She is a member of Temple’s Association of Black Journalists. She has volunteered with Update Now during her first year. She is the executive producer of TUTV’s Temple Talk, Temple’s only entertainment day show. Contact Taylor at

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