HOA refuses to let "Homes for Troops" build a house in their neighborhood

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because it would drop home values. Guess why?

Homes for Our Troops formally announced at a news conference Tuesday that it would not build a home for paralyzed veteran Sean Gittens in Knob Hill subdivision in Evans.

Standing next to the Gittens family at the site where the home would have been built last weekend, the group's founder, John Gonsalves, said he was sad to see an empty lot instead.

Homes for Our Troops has built homes free of charge for more than 100 severely disabled veterans nationwide. Gonsalves said it's the first time construction has been blocked by a homeowners association.

"We know that this in no way is a reflection on the community of Knob Hill and the people that live in here. ... We do this all over the country, and we know that the American people are behind it," Gonsalves said.

He said he would remain in Georgia for a few more days to talk with other developers who have stepped forward.

The Knob Hill Property Owners Association board members did not attend the news conference. The board's president sent his regrets by e-mail, Gonvalves said.

The association had blocked construction of the Gittens home after months of negotiations because it believed the house would lower property values. Homes for Our Troops said it would continue to work to get a design approved, but left the decision up to the family, which currently rents a house in the subdivision.

"I didn't want to put any kind of pressure on the family to think that because we had already bought this lot, that this was the end game, that it had to be here," Gonsalves said. "I couldn't live with my own conscience if I did that. ... They need to feel fine with where it is that we are going to build this home."

Sharon Gittens, Sean's wife, had said Monday that the family decided not to stay in Knob Hill because they did not feel welcome. At the news conference, she said she was ready to put the situation behind her and thanked neighbors who had supported her family.

Asked about the association, she said, "I think if this was important to them, at least one representative from the board would have been here today."


I bet you thought it was because they didn't want all those ugly wheelchair ramps in the yard.
 

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Well I wouldnt have guessed young people. I wonder what type of house they were going to build?
 

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Well I wouldnt have guessed young people. I wonder what type of house they were going to build?
In reading some other articles about this...they wanted to build this single-story home in the "Estates" section of the Knob Hill subdivision, and apparently, the houses in the estates section are multi-story, 3,400 sq ft and higher. So they allowed them to build the house there, they just need to build a bigger house, which "Homes For Our Troops" wouldn't do. The fact that he's an injured war vet and he's black makes this a story. I don't know what building a smaller house would really do to property values...but jeez, it's only 700 sq ft. Just let the vet build, fergawdsakes.

On the other hand, I'm seeing the story get twisted around now because the family says they feel like they're no longer welcome in the community. As if to say they're being shunned by the community, when actually the HOA board said..."You can build there, just make sure it meets the minimum sq footage of the other "estates" in that section."

I dunno, HOA's are usually shit, however, they become very useful when your fuckin mexican neighbor a few doors down wants to paint his house a shade of pink and park his fuckin pickup in the backyard. They sure put a stop to that shit in my neighborhood, for which I'm grateful. :)
 

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The guy made a sacrifice for this country. Just build the house, you miserable un-American cunts
 

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On the other hand, I'm seeing the story get twisted around now because the family says they feel like they're no longer welcome in the community. As if to say they're being shunned by the community, when actually the HOA board said..."You can build there, just make sure it meets the minimum sq footage of the other "estates" in that section."

I dunno, HOA's are usually shit, however, they become very useful when your fuckin mexican neighbor a few doors down wants to paint his house a shade of pink and park his fuckin pickup in the backyard. They sure put a stop to that shit in my neighborhood, for which I'm grateful. :)
I know alot about this type of thing with no HOA and it sucks.

If there is a min. square footage then it shouldnt be changed for anyone period but after hearing this I am sure they knew that and went ahead with trying to build it anyway
 

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I know alot about this type of thing with no HOA and it sucks.

If there is a min. square footage then it shouldnt be changed for anyone period but after hearing this I am sure they knew that and went ahead with trying to build it anyway
I agree. I'm not sure why something like the Homes for Troops think that rules should be changed for them. If there is a home minimum in the neighborhood, I would be pissed to have spent a good chunk of cash on a home and have some shitbox 700 sf house built next door. Of course, once you let one group do it, others will be right behind them.
 

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i'm on the side of the HOA and i fucking hate HOA's. The housing market is bad enough, and now you want to slum down their street value with this. Why does this cripple feel he gets to live in an upperclass neighborhood. More of the "givs me dat" attitude, this whole fucking story is Obamas fault.
 

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Disappointed by the lack of reaction to the racist comments in the article. Nothing says that the home they want to build is going to look "out of place" or "shitty" compared to surrounding houses, yet the HOA's reason for denial is "the house would lower property values". Compared to a vacant lot, I assume.
 
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Disappointed by the lack of reaction to the racist comments in the article. Nothing says that the home they want to build is going to look "out of place" or "shitty" compared to surrounding houses, yet the HOA's reason for denial is "the house would lower property values". Compared to a vacant lot, I assume.
I don't know about this organization, but I've done a few builds with Habitat for Humanity (wife's work thing... Once i showed her some research on the company she quit signing us up for that dogshit) and the houses are always shit. If this neighborhood is a 3,400+ Estates neighborhood, and there's a smaller half to the neighborhood, the group was just being presumptuous in buying a lot in the "rich" side of town. They're probably Grand homes or something similar, and an organization like this doesn't build houses like that. (generally)

I fucking hate HOAs, but I agree with this one.
 

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Disappointed by the lack of reaction to the racist comments in the article. Nothing says that the home they want to build is going to look "out of place" or "shitty" compared to surrounding houses, yet the HOA's reason for denial is "the house would lower property values". Compared to a vacant lot, I assume.
Well a vacant lot doesnt bring down property value but someone putting up a much smaller and not as nice home will. It works in the opposite direction as well if someone decided to build or increase their home size to 6000 or more sq ft, they wouldnt get the value back because it would be the only one of that size. Reading the article didnt make me believe anything was racist
 

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Disappointed by the lack of reaction to the racist comments in the article. Nothing says that the home they want to build is going to look "out of place" or "shitty" compared to surrounding houses, yet the HOA's reason for denial is "the house would lower property values". Compared to a vacant lot, I assume.
It's either have it remain a vacant lot and be able to eventually sell it to someone that WILL build the right size house and keep property values up or let them build their smaller house, which will be a permanent fixture, and may drag values of other homes down. It sucks because this guy is a vet and you want to let him build...but it's breaks their rules.

I know alot about this type of thing with no HOA and it sucks.

If there is a min. square footage then it shouldnt be changed for anyone period but after hearing this I am sure they knew that and went ahead with trying to build it anyway
That's what I think. I just don't know if building a brand new house that happens to be 700 sq ft below the minimum in the neighborhood and one-story...would really affect property values. Or, I'm sure it would, but how bad could it be? If it does, then absolutely...they need to abide by the sometimes archaic rules of the HOA. And if they don't like it...the charity shouldn't buy a plot of land in a subdivision run by an HOA because there are guidelines and restrictions that they're going to be forced to follow...especially in what appears to be a more upscale neighborhood.

I have more of a love-hate relationship with HOAs. My neighbors basically make up the Board, and I'm on the architectural committee. Ya know, you want to be able to do whatever the fuck you want...after all, it's your property, everyone else can go screw. You can't however, stop your neighbors from doing whatever the fuck they want, and their poor choices may drag your home value down. So, you hate to love them, and love to hate them.