This Morning: Andy’s Place Apartments aim to help fight opioid addiction

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer will be in Jackson today at the site for the new Andy’s Place apartments.

The 50-unit, low-income housing facility will offer space to help those addicted to opioids.

The tenants who live there, are welcome to stay as long as they need.

If they don’t make any money, they’re not required to pay rent.

The reason for this is so tenants can get help recovering from an opioid addiction.

Andy’s Place will work with the drug courts to give people a space where they can live, long-term and work to get clean.

Taking them out of their current housing situation that may have triggers that remind them of using.

The inspiration behind the rehab housing stems from it’s creator, Mike Hirst’s, son Andrew Hirst.

Andrew Hirst died from an overdose when he was 24 years old.

After that, his father launched Andy’s Place in Andrew’s name, hoping to make a positive change.

Andy’s Place will sit at the former site of “Odd Fellow and Rebekah Home” off of West Michigan Avenue.

The previous owners of that property, had a son named Andy who died from an overdose as well.

Officials say tenants will be drug tested and programming will be available for financial help, help getting a job, and other life skills.

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