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Posted on February 7 at 9:29 p.m.
While this family certainly shouldn't lose the money they've put down and it's unfortunate that they have already given notice on their rental property and will likely have to move out at the end of the month, it is entirely unfair that Santa Barbara County affordable housing is opening up to higher income buyers. This article is way too sympathetic toward this family and I just cannot feel sorry for a family that is having a tough time buying a house that should never have been available to them (because of their too-high income) in the first place! If they can afford a half-million dollar house, then yes, by all means, go buy one. However, these houses were meant to be affordable housing units and should not be half-million dollar houses for higher-income folk. Yes, the former owner of the house screwed up borrowing that much money -- but it was the bank who allowed it! Why must the lower income SB County residents suffer because of the bank's poor choices or even because of the former homeowner's choices? I am hugely disappointed in the county for allowing the banks to take these houses out of the affordable housing program. I'm also surprised to see an article sympathizing with the non-low-income buyers in the Independent.
On Affordable Homes Tug-of-War
Posted on November 7 at 10:35 a.m.
Nope. At my polling station in Goleta we were not given a notice with our ballots regarding her disqualification.
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