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May 8, 2020 – “We come from a different philosophy, we truly believe the treatment process can be pretty complex,” Shea said.

Shea did say that Families in Transition will take action, even eviction, if there is a concern for the safety of any of the clients. When that does happen, the organization is careful to follow relevant state law. At present moment, Shea said Families in Transition is well aware of the current executive orders regarding evictions.

“We follow all of the stay at home orders and the executive orders that have taken place,” Shea said.

As part of the COVID-19 pandemic response, Sununu temporarily halted evictions and foreclosures by way of an emergency order as soon as a state of emergency was first declared in March. Howard said the order has created some problems for people in recovery, as the normal consequence of relapsing in a sober house is no longer being enforced.

Kim Bock, executive director of the New Hampshire Coalition of Recovery Residences, said Thursday that evictions have dropped off for the most part throughout the state’s recovery housing system. That’s due in large part because of an effort to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 respiratory illness.