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Drug Testing as a Condition of Apartment Application


September-October 1994

Tenant applicants to an apartment complex in Euclid, Ohio are eager enough for safe, low-cost housing that they are submitting to a drug test in order to be considered for Summerwood Commons ("An Escape from Drugs," USA Today, Aug. 5, 1994, p. 12A). The complex, once called Euclid Hills and known for its crime and drug dealing, was purchased by the non-profit group National Church Residences. NCR spent $6.3 million renovating the apartments and grounds and installing security to create "drug-free" housing. "We want to show you you don't have to be rich to get away from drugs," said Frank Damico, vice president of NCR.