You’re going to either do something about the heroin epidemic and say, ‘We’ve got a problem; this is a solution.’ Or, you close your eyes and wait until it’s your own kids that you read about in the paper in the obituaries, or you get the call in the night.
— Chaplain Wally Smith
Oxford House Proposal
• What: 16-bedroom “home,” serving men recovering from drug addiction and/or alcoholism.
• Where: Vacant, former Warrenton Assembly of God church, 276 E. Shirley Ave., Warrenton.
• Owner: Assemblies of God Inc. of the Potomac District Council.
• Zoning: Residential.
• Who: Fauquier residents Wally and Pat Smith, The Bridge Community Church Pastor Greg Hackett and other community members.
• Details: Based in Silver Spring, Md., Oxford House provides support for “democratically run, self-supporting and drug-free” homes for recovering addicts and alcoholics. Under the nonprofit’s model, residents govern the house, determining who may reside there, enforcing rules and collecting rent. Strictly a residential program, Oxford House provides no rehabilitation, counseling or job training services.
• Next: Mr. Smith believes the property’s residential zoning allows the proposed use by-right. Because the town staff has received no details about the project, it remains unclear whether the proposed use may require special use permit and/or rezoning approval by the town council. No decision has been made yet to seek town staff interpretation about required municipal approvals, Mr. Smith said.