Frisco Homeowners Association Can't Kick Out Homeless Teens, Judge Rules
Courtesy of City House
You want to live in Frisco's Plantation Resort 2 neighborhood, you better keep your property looking good and fancy. Because Plantation Resort 2 isn't going to put up with your shit. Here are Plantation Resort 2's hardcore summer lawn-watering instructions:
Although we are currently under water restrictions we cannot allow our turf and landscape to die off or become bare dirt. There are many alternatives and it is your responsibility as an owner to be sure that you maintain your property at all times. A solution to a bare lawn may be to add a landscape bed or a mulch bed under the trees when the grass will not fill in. But please remember bare dirt is not acceptable and does not help maintain property values.
Strict rules apply to any homeowners not using their houses for family-related purposes, as a Collin County nonprofit learned this year when they started sheltering homeless teens in Plantation Resort 2.
City House been providing shelter for homeless teens and kids in two houses in Plano without any push back from neighbors, the group says. So earlier this year, City House expanded its program into Frisco, purchasing a home in Plantation Resort 2 with a grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Through the program, two 18-year-old women and one of their babies are living at the house. And they'll get to stay there after the homeowners association unsuccessfully tried to kick the women and baby out through the courts this morning.
Darlene Horan, a real estate agent and board member of the Plantation Resort 2 Homeowners Association, testified at the Collin County hearing this morning that the City House program hurts the "marketability" of other homes in the neighborhood. Reached on her cell phone afterword, she had nothing to add, saying she needed to get back to work. "I really don't have time to talk," she said.
To be fair, the two women and baby were allowed to move into the house under a compromise that the homeowners association and City House agreed to. That agreement came after the HOA filed a lawsuit against City House in August alleging that providing shelter to homeless teens violates its covenants. "No activity, whether for profit or not, shall be conducted which is not related to single-family residential purposes," the HOA's attorneys argued at time.
About a month ago, the two sides worked out a temporary deal, says City House spokesman Rob Scichili. PR2 allowed the two 18-year-old women and the baby to move in while the parties tried to work things out with a court mediator. But the temporary compromise expired today, and PR2 went to District Judge Jill Willis to ask for immediate relief while their civil suit against City House is pending. "If the judge rules in the case of the HOA, we would have to get out right away," Scichili said before today's hearing. (Had that happened, the women and child could have stayed at one of the Plano houses).
Judge Willis ruled in favor of City House this morning, allowing the two women to stay there for the time being. It's not clear what the HOA is planning next; their attorney hasn't returned a voicemail seeking comment.
With the courts on their side, City House is going to keep the two women and the baby in Frisco and likely accept a third woman soon. To live at the Frisco house, residents must be women between the ages of 16 to 21 and either go to school or have a job, Scichili says. "We're going to move forward with the program, but we're still focused on being great neighbors."
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