Earlier this week, NY1's Susan Jhun filed a report on a two-family home in Bushwick illegally operating as a halfway house. Since the beginning of NY1 for You's investigation, we have learned that this problem is not uncommon.
After our first conversation with Angel Tarrats, we learned that his next door neighbor on Hancock Street was not the only residential home that had been converted into a boarding house.
It's just one of at least eight houses in Brooklyn run by Miracle House Incorporated.
All of the houses are certified with the Department of Buildings as two or three family homes. NY1 called the fire department and the next day they were denied access to a house on Milford Street, but made it in to a home on Gates Avenue. An FDNY spokesman says both had previously received vacate orders for significant safety concerns.
The Coalition for the Homeless claims homes like these wouldn't be proper halfway houses even if they didn't violate building codes.