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Some residents of Casas del Sol may not be eligible to purchase homes

June 28, 2001|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — A homeownership program under consideration by the Calexico Housing Authority might not allow some elderly and disabled residents of the Casas del Sol housing project to buy the homes they rent from the authority.

Mike Kucharzak, a strategic planner for the Atlanta-based Goodwin and Associates, has been in town for a week working with residents and ironing out details of the implementation plan for the homeownership program. The plan has to be filed with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

This program will allow Casas residents who qualify based on income and credit history to buy the authority homes they rent.

Some of the 50 Casas families have waited for more than eight years for the authority and HUD to finalize the program's plan to allow them to buy their homes.

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At a committee meeting of the Housing Authority on Wednesday, Kucharzak acknowledged not all residents will qualify.

"It might not work for elderly and disabled individuals," he said.

In an attempt to assuage some residents who think those individuals make up the majority of Casas residents, he said if the Housing Authority board adopts the plan, it could modify it in six months after seeing what works and what doesn't.

The plan Kucharzak worked on with residents was supposed to have been voted on at Wednesday's meeting but four commissioners did not attend.

Because there was no quorum, chairman John Romo could only conduct a committee meeting. He heard from Kucharzak and residents concerning the homeownership plan and scheduled a meeting for Friday.

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

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