Proposal to convert Overland Park home into ‘sober living facility’ draws scrutiny from neighbors

Shannon Valley sober house

A man who runs a nonprofit serving the homeless in the Kansas City area wants to establish what he calls a "sober living facility" in this four-bedroom home in the Shannon Valley Estates neighborhood off College Boulevard and Antioch Road. The house would provide space for up to eight people who have been referred from hospitals, detox centers and recovery agencies to live while they get their lives organized. Photo credit Leah Wankum.

The house at 9119 W. 113th Street in Overland Park represented a chance at a new life for Kar Woo’s parents when they emigrated from Hong Kong more than three decades ago.

Now that they are gone, Woo, founder of the non-profit Artists Helping the Homeless, hopes to offer the same thing to people struggling with addiction.