Summerhouse Transitional Housing Is Dead

The Temecula Murrieta Rescue Mission withdrew their application.

http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/temecula/article_4a792144-6ad6-5abc-b64f-19ecd02b5a47.html

There won’t be 20 units of transitional housing at the northwest corner of Margarita and Dartolo roads. And the 90 units of affordable housing slated for the same site, a partially built senior condominium complex called Summerhouse that was put into foreclosure last year, is in jeopardy.

The Temecula-Murrieta Rescue Mission, the backers of the 20 transitional apartments, announced Thursday night during a public forum attended by more than 250 people that criticism by area residents has caused the nonprofit to withdraw its application.

There was this moment that occurred during the night:

Anne Unmacht, a volunteer who works with the area’s homeless, started off her comments by saying, “I wanted to cry when I heard they were pulling their application.”

Then she proceeded to do just that, flanked by two blonde girls that said they were homeless and living in a park before they were helped by Project TOUCH, a local nonprofit organization.

The two blonde girls broke into tears when Pastor Scott Treadway announced that they pulled the application. A man that opposes the project stood up and announced that he would help the family find an apartment and pay two months rent.  He later clarifies during the forum that he wants the Pastor to sign their lease. We didn’t hear whether that would happen or not. But it would be interesting to see if it does.

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3 Responses to “Summerhouse Transitional Housing Is Dead”

  1. Ginger Hitzke Says:

    I think it is really unfortunate that the Rescue Mission withdrew their application. While I have felt some negative feelings for my neighbors for being so strongly opposed to the proposed project, you are still my neighbors and deserve my respect and cooperation.

    The proposal of this project has shined a light on the fact that some of our neighbors have been hit hard and unexpectedly by the economic crisis. I am glad I am more informed about what’s going on. I’m glad I know where I can go to help out. I hope that you are also motivated to take action and be a part of a plan to help our neighbors when they need us most and to help keep Temecula such a wonderful place to live.

    – Ginger –

  2. stopsummerhouse Says:

    “God helps those who help themselves.” – Algernon Sydney, 1698

  3. Craig Edmunds Says:

    Obvious Corruption!

    After talking with Bridge representatives, the level of corruption is even deeper than I thought. The Bridge representatives said that they had been contracted by the city to build 90 low-cost units.

    However, the 90 units are a done deal, and will be built regardless of the citizen’s wishes. Thank you, Mayor Edwards, and the Temecula City Council, city planner, and all others who attempted to quietly push this through and evidently were successful.

    I also learned that Bridge was building the 90 units at a cost of $3 million. However, why did Mayor Edwards and Riverside County’s Jeff Stone pledge $2.3 to $2.5 million of public funds to RCC/Temecula Murrieta Rescue Mission (the mission is a shell organization of RCC) over four months ago? The Bridge representatives indicated that RCC/TMRM planned on using someone within their organization to build the units “at cost” with “sweat labor.” HOW CAN BRIDGE MAKE A PROFIT BUILDING 90 UNITS WITH $3 MILLION AND RCC/TMRM CAN ONLY “BREAK EVEN” BUILDING ONLY 20 UNITS — some of which are already partially constructed — FOR $2.3 to $2.5 MILLION?

    Members of RCC, the mayor, and city council members claim that this is “charitable,” and I would have to agree. However, who is receiving the millions of dollars of charity? RCC, the mayor (who attends RCC), Jeff Stone, the city council (who have not answered my questions regarding their affiliation with RCC or TMRC?

    There needs to be an official investigation — criminal or otherwise — to find out why/how a city government can even pledge this kind of money to religious institutions — especially those with whom they have close ties. Recall? Yes. Voted out of office? Yes. Unethical / illegal appropriation of public funds cannot / should not be tolerated by anyone, regardless of how “charitable, caring, and compassionate” they claim to be.

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