Washington, Sep 16 -

After researching the proposed substance abuse rehabilitation facility in Kingwood and speaking to the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Cityís Office of Occupancy Inspections, it appears that this issue falls under local jurisdiction. The facility currently has permits pending with the City of Houston and the State of Texas. No federal permitting is involved and the current circumstances do not invoke the federal Fair Housing Act. While I continue to support my constituents who believe that this type of facility is inappropriate in a residential community, this matter must be handled by officials from the city of Houston and the State of Texas. I believe the City should reevaluate the granting of this permit and take into consideration the concerns of the people who live in this community.