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RICHLAND, Wash.—Houses for local men and women who are in recovery from drugs and alcohol are completely full.  The Oxford Outreach Services Representative says they don't see space opening up anytime soon.

There are 26 Oxford homes in the Tri-Cities and Yakima.  More than 200 men and women live in the homes but even more are looking for an alcohol and drug free home.

"We have people on couches in our home just because we don't want to turn anybody away.  We want to save as many people as we can, but we're to a point where we're turning away 5 to 7 people because we just don't have the housing right now," says Staci Anderson, Outreach Services Representative.

"It just makes me feel real bad when somebody is reaching for recovery and they can't get it," says Allen Hooper, Oxford Resident.

There are a few reasons for the overflow.  Oxford residents don't have a time limit on their stay, which means more people are staying while new people come in.

"You don't have to leave in six months. You leave on your own accord and when you're ready to move on, but you can make this your home for as long as you want," says Anderson.

"I think we're full, because the word is out that the movement is on of clean and sober, of being clean and sober," says Hooper.

Now they are trying to find another home to open.  However, Anderson says the local housing shortage has made it tough.

"We've been looking in the paper on craigslist, putting the word out. It's just hard for us right now," says Anderson.

The new house would be the first for men and their children.  If you know of an available home or would like to rent out contact Allen Hooper or Staci Anderson at 628-1190.