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The Lima News

Whatís happening at Whittier Place in Lima illustrates the wasteful spending that runs rampant among the federal government.

Since 2005, the government built seven subsidized homes on Limaís south side. The $60,000 Energy Star-rated homes include three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, a garage and a stove, dishwasher, refrigerator, washer and dryer. The homes were basically ďspeculativeĒ homes, houses built without any known buyers.

Only one of those homes is occupied.

Meanwhile, two other homes were built in the same area by Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit Christian ministry which involves a prospective homeowner in the building of new houses. Both of the Habitat homes are currently occupied.

It raises a question: Just how much should Uncle Sam do to help Americans buy their own homes?

In the case of Whittier Place, the homes were built where people either donít want to live or cannot afford to buy. Yet taxpayer money was thrown at the project in an era where federal, state and local governments say they lack funds; and American workers look at the taxes being taken from their checks and wonder where itís all being spent.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development now is being asked to approve a lease-to-own program at Whittier Place. Barbara Massa, the executive director of New Lima Housing for the Future, is hoping that will lure occupants.

Itís not clear what sheís basing that on. The only thing clear is the governmentís record as a new home-builder is shoddy at best.

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