Disabled Vet's Home Would Have Brought Down Property Values, Says Homeowners Association

Sean Gittens is an Army veteran who was rendered mute and partially paralyzed during a blast in Iraq in 2008. A nonprofit wanted to build him a new house in an Evans, Georgia community—but the homeowners association stopped construction because of bullshit reasons that kept changing!

Supposedly members of the Knob Hill Homeowners Association disapproved of Gittens' proposed house because it too small. But their president, the awesomely named Rick Trump, denied that size was the issue when talking to local television journalists. The journalists themselves say the association's attorney stated otherwise. Errrr....okay.

Then the homeowners told AOL Real Estate that Homes for Our Troops—the nonprofit that's building a house for Gittens and his family—failed to provide the required paperwork. But HFOT president John Gonsalves says that's not so clear-cut as it sounds, because the association "filed a cease-and-desist order on the project, claiming that he had failed to file all the necessary paperwork." Errrr....okay.

Earlier in the saga, Trump had told the TV journalists that the neighborhood was going to "roll up our sleeves and we're going to get to work in here with the volunteers when that time comes." Maybe what he really meant by "when that time comes" was that the time would never come, for the paperwork to stop rolling in, and the setbacks to keep coming.

Trump also says that some homeowners were worried that the Gittens' house would "drag down the value of their homes, either because of the style of the home or the size." But an appraiser told AOL that neither small houses nor those customized for disabled people drag down property values. Maybe Knob Hill had talked to a different appraiser? Or no appraiser at all, but just had a "gut feeling."

So what is the actual problem with the Gittens' house, then? Maybe the Homeowners don't want them moving in because they're elitist? Some people in the community apparently started calling the HOA Snob Hill," after all. But some blonde ladies who run other homeowners associations in the area say the Knob Hill folks are really nice, and that they're the true victims here. "I think that's what people need to see — what this homeowners association went through," said Harrisburg HOA president Lori Davis.

As it turns out, the Knob Hill HOA doesn't have to "go through" anything anymore, because the Gittens are moving elsewhere. They just don't feel welcome in Knob Hill for some reason.

[WRDW, AOL]