'Wet House' Being Considered For Homeless Drinkers

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) -- Advocates for the homeless in a Michigan community have formed a steering committee to look into whether a "wet house" should be opened where people with severe drinking problems can consume alcohol in safety.
The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports Saturday that supporters of the idea say it will keep some homeless people with alcohol addictions in the northern Lower Peninsula city safe when they are intoxicated and not allowed in shelters.
They say a wet house primarily would be for drinkers with greatly reduced chances of recovery. Alcohol would not be served at the wet house, but the homeless there would be able to drink what they bring in.
Such a house likely would be privately funded, have up to 12 beds and be staffed around the clock.

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  • by Elaine Location: Jackson on Oct 22, 2012 at 09:24 AM
    Common Cents; lung cancer has been linked to cigarettes so does this make it any less of a disease? Diabetes Type II can be linked to being over weight. Many of the cancers we are now experiencing can be linked to our environment particulary chemicals; so be cautious when you say something isn't a disease.
  • by Amber on Oct 19, 2012 at 12:21 PM
    I am also a nurse in Lansing. This is a terrible idea! These people are not going to stop coming to the hospital because there is "somewhere safe" for them to drink at. Why don't they drink in a bar? We need to stop enabeling this kind of behavior. What is next, a place for heroince users to shoot up?
  • by Elaine Location: Jackson on Oct 18, 2012 at 09:43 AM
    I think those that work in healthcare and in hospitals can truly appreciate what this would do for communities and allow the hospitals to take care of very ill people. So the next time you go to an ER and need to be admitted due to a medical condition; think about the possibility there might be an intoxicated person in that bed that you would like to have. This frees up the hospitals to provide care for those with medical needs and there is an obligation not to discharge an intoxicated person back on the streets; if there were a wet house this individual could go there.
  • by Common Cents Location: Planet Earth on Oct 18, 2012 at 07:14 AM
    No Elaine....cancer is a disease. Alcoholism is a choice. I bet people with cancer would love the choice to just stop one aspect of their daily activities and be cured! Don't compare the two. Not even close!
  • by Kelly Location: Lansing on Oct 15, 2012 at 10:58 AM
    So who gets to be the lucky neighbors to such a place? Do you want a large group of homeless drunks near your home and your family? Near your child's school, or perhaps where your teen is employed after school? Or near your elderly parents' home? Big hearts and empty heads. Who comes up with these ridiculous ideas?
  • by Elaine Location: Jackson on Oct 15, 2012 at 10:02 AM
    They have used this concept out west with a lot of success. Alcoholism is an illness. Diabetes is an illness; renal failure is an illness. When someone is not compliant with their treatment whether it is renal failure or alcoholism where would be the best place for these individuals. I guess hospitals.
  • by Nurse Location: Lansing on Oct 15, 2012 at 07:11 AM
    As a nurse in Lansing, I think this is a genius idea! Any of you who don't think so, why don't you come work a shift and see what kind of time and resources addicts take up for us. You should hope and pray that the next time you're hospitalized, your nurse isn't sitting on a 1:1 with an addict.
  • by Elaine Location: Jackson on Oct 15, 2012 at 03:56 AM
    I think it is a great concept and will keep the intoxicated out of the hospitals where treatment for alcoholism cannot be forced. These people take up staff time and beds that very ill people can use. The alcoholics have an illness but until they chose a different way of life and truly want the help; little can be done for them.
  • by jen Location: lansing on Oct 14, 2012 at 01:42 PM
    Needing a place to stay warm or safe while he is sleeping it off is logical, but it makes no sense, in fact is asking for trouble, to let them bring alcohol into the facility.
  • by Elise Location: Michigan on Oct 14, 2012 at 06:26 AM
    I think this is a pretty good idea. Winter is coming, no one should be out in the elements. No one will judge them in their own shelter & no one will send them away. I sure hope this can happen before the first snow....it is raining and they can get sick.
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