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Casa del Sol residents learn future mortgage payments will require snuffing out the pot

May 25, 2001|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — No cigarettes, no beer and no marijuana.

Forty-eight residents of the Casas del Sol housing projects filled out mock versions of their monthly budgets in a workshop Wednesday night sponsored by Community Credit Counseling Services of El Centro.

The residents learned the average amount Casas' families take in means scrimping and saving if they plan to make mortgage payments in the future.

Some non-fixed costs will have to be sacrificed.

"No marijuana?" a resident asked as the "class" of residents got to the budget line "cigarros/alcohol" in the mock forms.

Too expensive, he was told.

Besides recommending the elimination of illicit herbs from the monthly budget, the workshop advocated buying gifts only for children, turning off the water heater in hot summer months and paying off credit debt quickly to avoid interest rates.

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The exercise was to teach the Casas residents how to budget their money if they want to buy the housing project homes they now rent.

Wednesday's seminar was the second of three residents are required to attend if they want to buy their homes.

After tonight's class residents will be given the application forms that will kick-start the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's 5H home ownership plan.

Ed Goodwin of Atlanta-based Goodwin and Associates said the first home sale looks to be on track for sometime in July.

Staff Writer Aaron Claverie can be reached at 337-3419.

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