Hansen Foundation, Business of Sober Living Homes in Atlantic City.


Atlantic City residents asking why so-called ‘Sober Living’ homes are multiplying in their neighborhoods. Is the 6th ward of AC becoming the next social services district?

The Hansen Foundation manages residential housing for drug and alcohol recovery.

The two Hansen properties — 16 S. Tallahassee Ave. and 114 S. Raleigh Ave. — allegedly violate local ordinance that mandates these facilities to be at least 660 feet apart from each other.

According to it’s website, the Hansen Foundation wants to be recognized as a national leader in Recovery Housing. NOTE: Ole Hansen and Sons owns and operates the Downbeach Express toll road in and out of Margate.

Will Atlantic City pursue legal action against Hansen Foundation?

Hansen Foundation.

Dale Finch is the Director of Licensing and Inspections for Atlantic City. Finch has already served notice of Hansen’s violations. Next step: Must consider having City of Atlantic City go to court. Compel Hansen Foundation to vacate non-compliant properties.

Hansen Foundation is represented by local attorney, Keith Davis.


Notes from attached video:

Allegation: Hansen Foundation quietly buys up properties. Especially in areas like Atlantic City’s 6th ward. Big houses. Holds more residents. Large properties at distressed pricing.

From Burlington County Times: In 2012, the New Jersey DCA, Department of Community Affairs, began investigating the organization’s recovery house subsidiary, known as Serenity House. According to court documents, DCA alleged that the foundation had been operating illegally as an unlicensed rooming or boarding house and issued what Hansen said was a $10,000 fine.

Taking advantage of available financial incentives from the State of New Jersey.

Charity is big business.

Rick Kramer lives on South Raleigh, in the CRDA controlled, Atlantic City Tourism District. Right next to a Hansen Foundation recovery home. ‘It’s more of a drug treatment center’ says Rick.

CRDA Lance Landgraf Ventnor
CRDA’s Landgraf (r)

Lance Landgraf, CRDA Zoning Czar, controls the Atlantic City Tourism District.

Landgraf keeping quiet while violations spike.

NJ State offering greater financial incentives to help build more ‘sober-homes’.

Concentration of these group homes are of great concern to quiet, beach block neighbors.

Sober living homes in Atlantic City can impact quality of life for neighbors.

Real Estate agents fear lower property values. The rise in short-term rentals like AirBnB also play a role. Should real estate execs disclose / notify a potential buyer about location of non-compliant projects?

Atlantic City Sober Living Homes

  • Hansen/Serenity House 114 S. Raleigh Ave.
  • Oxford House Cas Del Mar 111 S. Bartram Ave.
  • Oxford House Bartram 47 S. Bartram Ave.
  • Oxford House Ocean 4703 Atlantic Ave.
  • Hansen/Serenity House 16 S. Tallahassee Ave.

The Hansen Foundation Board of Directors live in Florida, Colorado and Margate.

Atlantic City Council President Marty Small opted to cut off extended discussion of this topic. AC Mayor Frank Gilliam was not in attendance.

Atlantic City Becoming Social Services Magnet?

Jennifer Hansen

Jennifer Hansen is a co-founder of the Hansen Foundation and CEO of Enlightened Solutions. She also runs Enlightened Cafe in Ventnor, a place for intensive outpatient therapy, addiction treatment and recovery resources.

Local attorney & resident Seth Grossman of Liberty and Prosperity : Atlantic City homeowners are already struggling with high taxes, crime, and declining property values. This is the last thing they need. If Hansens have such concern for transitioning these people back into the community, why not buy and use some houses in their own neighborhoods in Margate?


  1. Drug rehab centers better then happening drug dealers living there and selling drugs from them locations.

  2. Landgraf and CRDA chasing away homeowners on fixed income. Crime, sex-offenders, tax hikes, draconian zoning rules. Landgraf is the problem.

    1. Jennifer Hansen, you guys are doing a great job! Thank God these people have somewhere to start all over. A program that will take them , believe in them when no one else will or is unable to. Addicts are dying , there is an epidemic.
      How else would you integrate an addict back to society, show them a different way, if they didnt know one??
      I know you guys are active in helping people recover in many aspects not just housing.

      1. For all of you who no nothing about Sober living. These sober living houses save lives. Call the Police Dept, see how many times they police have been called to these sober living houses for any complaints.
        Not for nothing Addiction is rampant, it affects everyone one way or another. You could be working with someone who lives in a sober house, teachers, cops, doctors, priests ,mothers, fathers it doesn’t discriminate.
        You want sober living neighbors living next to you. God forbid any of your children are alcoholics, drug addicts and need sober living. (contempt before investigation.)

  3. “We’re not saying that sober living homes shouldn’t exist. We get it. We get them (needing to be) normalized into society so they can get back on their feet, working. It’s a good thing,” “It’s the clustering that we’re concerned about and the density.”

    Up until the end of last year, we had 2 homes on our block. One still exists and the other was shut down because of deplorable living conditions, not necessarily due to the inhabitants but more so because the landlord did nothing to keep the property safe. Do some research to see how clustering of sober living homes is detrimental to those very same people trying to maintain their sobriety. Do you know how many exist in the Chelsea Neighborhood of Atlantic City? There are at least 5 or 6 that we know of, 3 of which have opened since this ordinance passed. There are plenty of properties in Atlantic City that can be used for sober living. They don’t all have to be clustered in one neighborhood!

  4. It’s trying to turn the sixth ward, which is a lovely neighborhood into a social services district. Putting homes like that on beach block with easy access to the drugs on the boardwalk? All they have to do is abide by the law and they flagrantly ignore it.

  5. AC is the absolute wrong place for halfway homes. Easy target for local drug pushers and peers who continue to use.

    Environment is “fast paced” Too much temptation from casinos that are open 24/7 where they can gamble/drink.

    In my opinion, the state government should purchase a serenity retreat somewhere in south jersey near Vineland, teach them gardening and trades. Of course the program will be just as good as the oversight and the people who operate it.

    Recovering in AC is a joke. It’s not the right place period.

  6. They were sold a bridge, now they are trying to sell us one.
    Is it a coincidence that the Hanson family members are officers? Salaries can easily make a company a “Nonprofit”

  7. Good for Jennifer. Doing what AC is incapable of doing, or anything else.)
    These are the safest homes in the neighborhood.

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