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HOME reschedules considered zone change meeting in West El Paso to present housing concept to the community

EL PASO, Texas (KVIA) -- The Housing Authority of the City of El Paso (HOME) has rescheduled its meeting regarding a considered zone change after asking the city for more time to present their housing concept to the community, according to HOME officials.

This comes after neighbors near the area of Mesa Hills Drive and Bluff Trail Lane gathered on Sunday, April 14, to discuss and show their concern to the City Plan Commission considering a zone change on the property owned by HOME.

HOME told ABC-7 they want to share their vision of this new community with the neighborhood and answer any questions the public may have as they are in the planning process of setting an informal meeting in the next couple weeks with those in the area.

We reached out to HOME officials for an interview who were not available at the time but told us in a statement quote, "Creating affordable housing presents a multifaceted challenge that involves various factors. There can be a social stigma associated with affordable housing, which may impact public perception and acceptance of such developments. Dispelling myths and misconceptions about affordable housing is essential in fostering community support for those projects."

Despite the rescheduling of the meeting, HOME officials do not anticipate any delays in the start of their project timeline.

Neighbors in the area told ABC-7 they see the rescheduling as a good thing and a step in the right direction.

“Definitely a step in the right direction. And I will be sitting at home waiting for them because there's definitely a voice. And I think just as a lot of my neighbors, we want to put our opinions out there and our concerns and make sure that they know what's going on," said Sonia Acosta, a resident of Bluff Trail Lane.

Other neighbors say this will benefit them as they inform themselves more in depth of the situation.

“I was glad that it was postponed, you know, was pushed out to another four weeks. That way it will give us more time. Right now we have very limited information that we've been given to review," said Jose Nuñez, a resident of Bluff Trail Lane.

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