Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Oxford House responds to Senator Longwitz & cloaks itself in Reagan

Oxford House CEO Paul Mallow sent a six-page letter to State Senator Will Longwitz responding to his concerns about the Oxford House program.   The letter is posted below. 

Earlier posts about Oxford House homes in Northeast Jackson
Governor sends letter to MDMH
State Senator: Oxford House loan applicants made material misrepresentations.
MDMH: Oxford House recruiting from jails.
Report: Oxford House operates with little oversight. 
Stephens used JA students & teachers in online promotions.  
The Stephenses bring the country to Northeast Jackson.
When Oxford House came to Little Rock.
Oxford House: Helping those in need or helping its own pocketbook?
Oxford House & local couple moving recovering addicts into NE Jackson homes.


Anonymous said...

Self-serving pablum replete with multiple references to Republican bonafides. BFD.

Anonymous said...

Letter gives history of OH and overview of houses' operational structure, but leaves many concerns/issues unaddressed.

Anonymous said...

Letter gives history of OH and overview of houses' operational structure, but leaves many concerns/issues unaddressed.

Anonymous said...

Very well written letter. Explains a lot. Hope people will let go of prejudices and let this go.

Anonymous said...

Molloy, founder and person in total control of the Oxford House enterprise for over 40 years, extols to Longwitz that elected OH officers serve but only with limited terms "to avoid bossism". LOL

Anonymous said...

80-85% of the letter is boilerplate.

Anonymous said...

Explains a lot.

Since the letter didn't carry the day what does it explain?

Anonymous said...

Not defending OH, but this is political grandstanding by the Senator and Governor. OH has done their due-diligence, and the politicos know the OH formula comes under fair housing regs. OH will comply with the regs.

Anonymous said...

To paraphrase:

"I am a Republican big-wig."

"Let me tell you my life story."

No facts.

Anonymous said...

Agree with 10:26. I don't support OH, but believe this was a well formed response in the face of political attack.

10:04: The history, operation, structure and kinds of people who live in these houses, which is all that is needed at this point. I'm sure if you want to challenge them in court the response will be much more substantively informative, although not to your liking.

Anonymous said...

Interesting. Longwitz apologists aren't going to believe anything they read that's counter to their position, and Cochran apologists are going to believe that either he and Kay have fallen in love since December 15 or it's none of our business. I can't decide if that's funny or sad.

Anonymous said...

I can't decide if that's funny or sad.

Please don't bother letting us know when you do figure it out.

Anonymous said...

Paul Malloy would do OH a big favor by being up front with the neighbors when starting a new OH instead of sneaking in. He should send out their explanation to all neighbors within 160 feet BEFORE going in, not AFTER. His letter comes many weeks late. Actually, since he advertised the houses for 7 people which would require a COJ use permit, he was required to provide that notice, and make a City application, but he chose to flip the neighbors the bird instead.

Paul Malloy has ignored the City of Jackson's rules for notice, really to the detriment of the image of OH. OH would have pissed off a lot fewer people if he had bothered with following the City's notice provisions for the required use permit. But now he's got a whole City of people pissed off at OH. And it is his fault by his own arrogance. And no, it is not enough to say, as he has, "it does not work that way". Time to change your ways Paul.

Anonymous said...

Nancy Reagan tended to get things wrong when she got bad advice from her astrologer.

Anonymous said...

Regardless of the form of the program, most persons have no idea what takes place or how they work (head in sand), many times people don't even know their proximity to a program's place of operation.

What is truly disappointing is that like most issues of discrimination, racism, and general bigotry; we all would want these programs for our loved ones (when WE need them) but not in our backyard.

I remember once in political theory with Dr. Hicks at MC, I and another student debated "white flight", I was a naive sophomore from Rankin county insulated from such issues, I was certain people got along in all places as we did growing up, only later did I realizes how defined our boundaries really where.

I have no great desire to encourage an Oxford House next door to me, but I am certain after some conversation my neighbors and I would not fight it if we were informed of their presence.

Ultimately we have become an collection of closed communities, it would seem that the solution is: We should allocate some land west of the Mississippi, preferably an arid area along the Mexico border, and allow an Oxford style community to develop, they wouldn't need homes as they could build mud houses, they could offset other expenses by securing the border, and based on previous addiction issues they could manage what trade of narcotics did cross the border in a more effective and managed manner.

Just saying.......

Anonymous said...

Believing that you represent your neighbors? Looks like you remain very naive after all these years 3:31 PM.

Anonymous said...

3:31 That is such a truly touching, thoughtful and constructive suggestion, I'm sure Paul will take it to heart.

Juan said...

"most persons have no idea what takes place or how they work (head in sand)"

Both have been laid forth on this website extensively over the last several months (and the insult is just unnecessary).

"discrimination, racism, and general bigotry"

Well... that was easy.

"I am certain after some conversation my neighbors and I would not fight it if we were informed of their presence."

Liar. You'd move.

Anonymous said...

Houses directly next door to the OHs @ 1365 East Northside and @ 4408 Forest Park have been put on the market. Anyone who doesn't believe it will take an OH discount to move those properties don't know jack squat about selling real estate. Molloy doesn't have the stones to come to Mississippi and talk to the neighboring homeowners in NE Jackson.

Anonymous said...

to the (still) naive 3:31

For someone who claims they went to MC, we presume you didn't complete your education there.

Anonymous said...

Paul, please give us your home address in Silver Spring, MD so we can all get on Google maps and see how grand it is. And did you put an OH next door? Wouldn't want to diminish that DC area property value, huh?

Anonymous said...

sure thing @9:37 Am... let them move in to YOUR house and maybe even babysit your kids! What do you say? Let YOUR prejudices go and BOOM! your children suddenly have a dozen new uncles!

Anonymous said...

IF the houses on Forest Park and Northside Drive take a hit it will be because you dumb asses made such a big deal about the one at 2230. There are plenty of reasons real estate in these neighborhoods isn't exactly hot, but have you all ever heard of a self fulfilling prophecy? Your hero could have tried to address the DMH in private, but no, it's an election year and there's publicity to be had. You created your own problem.

Anonymous said...

Paul left out some of the more charming aspects of his life. He got his political-insider job from his wife's side of the family. Her grandfather was Vermont Senator Philip Barre. He then tried to kill her and they divorced. Fast forward that political track serves him well. Paul is correct in his letter that Oxford Houses grow wherever they have political support insulated from public interference like in Texas. Since Oxford Houses provide no services, they are profitably and blissfully separate from need.

Eyes Wide Open said...

So; The posters at 9:37, 10:26, 11:12, 11:19, 3:31 and 10:20, all either being the same person, or two people at best....marching quickly as instructed would have us believe that she/they (both of them) came here to this blogsite with an open mind? And based on a 'well written and informative response from OH', entered into a period of quiet contemplation and decided to welcome OH with open arms. Right? Really?

Each of those posts is typed on the same keyboard. Each of them uses the same threatening language slathered with an appropriate sauce of alleged racism and bigotry, finger pointing, charges of unwelcoming neighborhood bullying, inability to understand federal law and boisterous bragging of 'you people just wait and see'.

None of those posts was written by a graduate of MC and none is from a neighbor or anyone in Jackson who has been convinced (by a study of the issues) to support OH. All of the posts in support of OH are written by those who stand to profit financially. How complicated is it to see that?

Anonymous said...

The only laws broken have been the neighbours of 2230 ENside that have been peeping in Windows, rumbling through their trash( sorry that's just weird not breaking law) and coming drunk and threatening on their property. Or how about the party next door that had a live band pounding loud music all night along with cars parked everywhere. However this is neither here nor there, this is about Mr Malloy's letter. It was well written and gives the history of and the basis of how an OH runs. Everyone should also read MDMH response to get the facts, they addressed every concern the senetor had stated in his letters. I believe the people living in these houses have handled themselves with dignity in the face of all this, perhaps you all should learn a lesson from this.

Anonymous said...

The only laws broken have been the neighbours of 2230 ENside that have been peeping in Windows ...

Was the Jackson Police Department contact and was a complaint filed?

Anonymous said...

" ...rumbling through their trash".

I am having the same problem. I am getting reports that men unknown to me in jumpsuits (North Koreans? NKVD?) are taking my trash every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon in broad daylight! It just disappears!

Anonymous said...

10:06 yes the police were called. And 11:20 is that the best you can come up with?

Anonymous said...

Kingfish where is the DMH response letter to Longwitz? Neighbors deserve to see this as well.

Kingfish said...

I seriously doubt that is it. Probably more of a case of MDMH is his yard and woe to any two-bit legislator who dares to cross into it.

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