HOUSTON – After a fight with a knife and a hammer left a man in critical condition at a group home, city leaders are once again talking about regulations.
Police were called to the scene of a stabbing at a group boarding home in north Houston where they said a caretaker got into an argument with a resident. The stabbing went down around 4:30 a.m. Friday on Burnley Street at Foxridge Drive. The first officers on the scene reported finding a man stabbed several times and another man hit the head with a hammer, according to the Houston Police Department.
There are nearly 400 boarding homes in Houston neighborhoods operating with little, if any, rules. Right now, if it’s a boarding home with less than 16 people, there’s no regulation at all.
“You want to bring everybody up to certain standards,” said Rodney Owens, with the Pathway to Serenity Transitional Housing facility in northeast Houston. “Either you bring your facilities up to standards, or you need to find something else to do.”
Police said they have been called to the group home on Burnley four times in the last four months.
The fate of the facility hasn’t been determined.
The injured caretaker is expected to survive.