Poway City Council votes ‘no’ on veterans’ housing

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POWAY, Calif. --  Poway City Council voted Tuesday against a new Habitat for Humanity housing project for veterans.

Retired Command Master Chief Dick Smith said veterans face difficulty finding affordable housing.

"We need more veteran housing in Poway, housing they can afford. They don't get paid a lot of money," said Smith. "Become a veteran and see what it's like. Go to combat zones and spend time there, and come back and try to find a place to live in Poway."

Councilman Jim Cunningham says the housing project is important because it meets both a state mandate and veterans' needs.

"If the state says 'Poway, you are turning your back on low to moderate income housing,' they can take away our planning department," said Cunningham.

Cunningham says this will be the lowest cost of affordable housing project in over 35 years.

"For 22 units, net cost for the city of Poway will be $800,000, which will be paid over an extended period of time," said Cunningham.

But not everyone was in favor of the new project, citing the potential traffic congestion a new housing project would cause.

"My problem is, it's the high density. Too many homes on too small piece of property," said Robert Lang.

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