Re: Affordable Housing vs Low Income Households
From: Kay Wilson (
Date: Mon, 30 Dec 2019 00:10:01 -0800 (PST)
The problem is, if existing neighbors are paying
off mortgages of $300k (plus-or-minus), the
assessed value in that neighborhood could go down
below what some people owe, and then when they go
to sell their homes, the assessed value of the
homes may be less than the amount of their
mortgages. It isn't fair, but it is a reality.

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Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Affordable Housing vs Low
Income Households

 The necessary architectural technology innovation
has already occurred.
I haven't looked at the numbers in ten years, but
I remember the Katrina Cottages were
mobile-home-shaped but high quality for $40K to
$65K. They're small, but not tiny. Katrina
Cottages could be put on a trailer park footprint
with a shared laundry facility in the common
house. The Katrina victims were ready to leave the
RV trailers FEMA gave them as temporary shelter
and put these modern "shotgun shacks"
on their existing lots where their destroyed
houses used to be, but the victims' former
neighbors voted to prevent it because it would
make their future house resale prices go down. The
neighbors banned inexpensive housing because it
was inexpensive. Would you let you neighbors vote
on your choice of spouse, church, or occupation,

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