This is a rather unfocused rant, as I’m still digesting the information and wondering what to do.
We live in an attached home which shares one wall – with the only below market rate (BMR) home in our neighborhood. For four years we had a great neighbor - a single mom with a handicapped son. She moved out a month ago, and she told us that the city’s department of housing had approved another single mom with a young adult daughter to move in next.
Well, a mom and daughter moved in as promised, but also the mom’s gangster-y boyfriend, another unidentified adult woman, and this woman’s two year old child. They have rapidly proved to be the much-dreaded Neighbors From Hell, what with blasting their stereo at all hours, parking junker cars that block the sidewalk and protrude into the street, entertaining an endless stream of creepy guests who look like they just got out of jail that day, etc.
It occurred to us that if they lied to the department of housing about the number of residents and how much money the household pulled in, they would be over the amount necessary to qualify for a BMR home. So I called the housing department, and was told that they don’t care how much money the residents make AFTER they move in. WTF? So this means anyone, under false pretenses, can purchase a home through them at about 1/4 the price of surrounding homes, and immediately start a boarding house and the department of housing doesn’t give a damn!
Does anybody have any insight about our options? BMR housing is there to help people get a leg up, not to encourage this kind of situation! In the meantime, we’re trying to get our HOA involved, as they are quite strict and want to keep the neighborhood safe for the numerous children here.
Damn damn damn damn damn. I HATE this! Why do we seem to be magnets for Hell Neighbors?