Habitat for Humanity planning low-income eco-village in River Falls

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Habitat for Humanity is planning an eco-village - the first of its kind in the nation - to provide environmentally friendly, affordable housing in River Falls, Wis.
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Broke Obummer

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#22
Jul 31, 2010
 
the only good thing Peanut Boy Carter ever did.
Mr Potter

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Jul 31, 2010
 

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You see, if you shoot pool with some employee here, you can come and borrow money. What does that get us? A discontented, lazy rabble instead of a thrifty, working class. And all because a few starry-eyed dreamers like Peter Bailey stir them up and fill their heads with a lot of impossible ideas.
George Bailey

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Wait just a minute. This "rabble' you refer to are the folks who do most of the working, living and dying in this town. Is it too much to ask for them to do so with four walls around them and a roof over their heads?...Well anyway my father didn't think so!
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#25
Jul 31, 2010
 
ZenBirdist wrote:
I'm having a hard time picturing 25-30 homes with gardens on a 5-acre parcel.
It's easy to picture if you think "trailer court".
Work for it or RENT

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#26
Jul 31, 2010
 
I would be furious if H for H came in to my neighborhood for another 'feel-good' experience.
Progressive decline

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Not Again wrote:
I wonder if there will be any 'unintended consequence' as a result of the do-gooders efforts?
You mean like an uptick in local bank robberies, thefts, and burglaries? I guess what happened to the Twin Cities suburb I lived in after they put in affordable housing was just imagination run wild. Two plus two equals five, after all.
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Crime in River Falls will probably double after they make this mistake of a project. And before the do-gooders get all bent out of shape go look up some statistics on crime before and after affordable housing goes up in a neighborhood. It's not pretty.
yo-yo

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#29
Jul 31, 2010
 
ha ha scumbags in r.f,s
liza

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#30
Jul 31, 2010
 
thats wonderful bring all the riff raff to river falls..
Bridge Repair Money

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Is this the same Liberal enabling mamby pamby co-dependancy housing planning during the 1980's that made the Upper Duluth Central Hillside such a quiet and crime free neighborhood?

When are they going to figure out cramming low-income people into one housing complex isn't very eco-friendly at all?
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#32
Jul 31, 2010
 
Cardboard boxes are biodegradable.
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#33
Jul 31, 2010
 
liza wrote:
thats wonderful bring all the riff raff to river falls..
If you'd bothered to read the article, the only people eligible are people who live in the area.
Mr what

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#34
Jul 31, 2010
 
hood winked again i hope not this world dont change the gates of hell are about to open in your neighborhood. guns,drugs,dumb people that rely on your tax dollars to survive.
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Jul 31, 2010
 
three two one wrote:
And cue the nattering nabobs of negativity that troll these boards.
thanks you follower of the clowny clowns!
thissucks

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#36
Aug 1, 2010
 
What can I say? Better there than here.
No spin zone

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#37
Aug 1, 2010
 
Please budget in an 9ft tall fence to go all away around it.
wondering

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#38
Jul 22, 2011
 
Looked into it...it's about a half mile from my doorstep. Thanks City Hall. Ya know, cause I haven't lost enough property value yet.
Andy

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#39
Jan 5, 2013
 
Skip wrote:
You are partially correct. There are some folks that benefit greatly from this program however there are complete pieces of trash that get in on this as well. Being a homeowner is a priviledge and NOT A RIGHT. The CNA who makes $12 an hr does not qualify for a $300k home and what happens is after they realize they cant afford it trash the home and leave. I`m so tired of the liberal beliefs that many chit head Minnesotans have. Not everybody can have everything.
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If you want to talk social Darwinism at least use grammar like you have an education. If you want to talk straight Darwinism than economic supremacy isn't a factor. If you want to pass judgment ask God if you can have his job. If not, then please keep your words to yourself until you have something constructive to add.
notta NBC zombie

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#40
Mar 11, 2013
 
hmmmm wrote:
It looks like many of the people who have posted don't know a lot about Habitat. The homeowners ARE employed - they have to be able to pay the mortgage. The houses aren't given to them, not only do they have to qualify for a mortgage, they have to help build their own home AND put some time volunteering on someone else's home building. They have to take money management and home ownership classes so they are able to maintain their homes. Habitat homeowners have lower default rates than the typical mortgage holder. The people who qualify for these homes are people who work at important jobs like the CNA that takes care of granny at the nursing home. Hard working people who do jobs we need done. Having stable homeowners is much better for a community than housing owned by slum lords with constant tenant churn.
There are two Habitat house in my neighborhood - the same homeowners for more than 10 years now. Their yards are well maintained. There are absolutely no troubles with the people in those houses. They are good neighbors.
Instead of griping about people getting these houses, if you believe your income is low enough to qualify for a habitat house, then get off your duff and DO something about it.
Ok here we go again enter the "habi expert" or should we call them"shacksperts" maybe "slumsperts" I'm glad the areas you know of are beautiful neighborhood love gardens unfortunatly everywhere else in the free world they're crapholes
notta NBC zombie

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#41
Mar 11, 2013
 
Andy wrote:
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If you want to talk social Darwinism at least use grammar like you have an education. If you want to talk straight Darwinism than economic supremacy isn't a factor. If you want to pass judgment ask God if you can have his job. If not, then please keep your words to yourself until you have something constructive to add.
In the text age from ipad is there a need for such an atiquated concept as a Charles Darwin grammer nazi on a crackhouse for humanity site ????

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