I am a resident of Seneca Highlands, a complex of 57 townhomes off North Ventura Avenue in west Ventura.
These homes have been arbitrarily designated as affordable housing under the auspices of the city of Ventura — not the Housing Authority, only the city itself.
It is important to note I never qualified by income to purchase this unit, nor did many of my neighbors qualify. We also did not know at the time of purchase that our homes were covered by the intense restrictions of affordable housing. Furthermore, there are affordable housing units here that belong to a doctor from Santa Barbara and are rental/income property.
For those first-time homebuyers and potential qualifiers for the city’s affordable housing program, know that many units are being occupied by people who did not and do not qualify and that some units are being used as investment property. The rents for those townhomes by no means reflect affordability standards.
Is this true, you ask? Does the city of Ventura know about this? Yes, it is, and yes, they do.
— Kathleen M. Garcia, Ventura