CSA offers free home repairs for low-income households
Original post made on Feb 6, 2012
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on Feb 6, 2012 at 4:15 pm
Sounds well-intentioned, but ill-conceived -- how many people are low income but still afford to own & maintain a house in expensive Mountain View, AND need only ~$1500 in repairs? (or if it's much higher, they wouldn't really need the help). No wonder it's not widely used.
Plus -- anyone in that group would have bought their house so long ago that they have ridiculously low property tax thanks to Prop 13, along with hundreds of thousands of dollars in appreciation on the home -- why do they need additional benefits from the city? Take out a reverse mortgage to pay for repairs, since the home would be worth so much.
on Feb 6, 2012 at 5:07 pm
I see your point, but...
How about all these people who are currently unemployed or under employed? We live in a house worth alot, but our income is currently $0. To pay the mortgage and feed our kids, we are not doing maintanence on the house. I may take them up on this.
I think there are more people than you realize. CSA sees them every day.
on Feb 6, 2012 at 5:49 pm
Perhaps part of the parrroblem is that if you go to csacares.org and look under services there is nothing about home repair listed? Kinda hard to request it if there's no info about it on the site, isn't it?