City shuts down recovery house over code violations

As Philadelphia’s opioid epidemic continues to proliferate, a longtime Kensington-area resource for people struggling with addiction has been taken out of service.

On Oct. 1, officials from the city’s Department of Licenses and Inspections shut down the Last Stop recovery center over code violations. Last Stop proprietor Eddie Zampitella said he was first confronted by inspectors over these violations about two weeks ago.

“It’s a little headache, but we’re still going to do what we do,” he told Billy Penn.

Zampitella has been running the recovery center for the past 17 years. The space is home to 12-step meetings and regular food and clothing giveaways. It sometimes offers a bed to people who are experiencing homelessness and addiction and need a place to sleep.

The Last Stop originally operated out of a building on Kensington Avenue near Front Street. But as the area developed, Zampitella said, the locus of people on the street who needed help shifted north. So earlier this year, he picked up and moved his operation there.