Busted Grow Houses Converted to Habitat for Humanity Homes Under Sacramento Plan

Busted Grow Houses Converted to Habitat for Humanity Homes Under Sacramento Plan
High Times

The City of Sacramento and Habitat for Humanity whipped up a plan to kill two birds with one stone—offering people busted with grow houses to donate their house to a worthy cause instead of paying high penalties. Since busted growers already face six-digit amounts of money in administrative penalties, this program would simply allow them to put their properties to good use instead, perhaps reducing costs in the process. Under the program, property owners who get cited for illegally running cannabis grow operations can choose to donate their property directly to Habitat for Humanity. The program is called Justice for Neighbors (JFN). NBC affiliate KRCA 3 profiled the story, including two houses that have already opted to be converted to Habitat for Humanity homes. “This program is a great example of the city thinking outside the box,” City of Sacramento Senior Deputy City Attorney Emilio Camacho said. The JFN program is run through the Sacramento City Attorney’s Office. JFN was launched in 2006—targeting what they call “major physical and criminal nuisances that degrade the quality of life in the City’s neighborhoods.” Cannabis grow houses are considered one of many types of nuisances that make people say “not in my neighborhood.” This also involves drug trade, human trafficking, and other security hazards. Cannabis grow homes aren’t as dangerous as meth houses, per se, so there’s no reason to not put a good house to use. The home is remodeled, then an approved family in need of affordable housing can buy the house with a 30-year fixed-rate at 0% interest mortgage. We all know how bad the housing market has become. According to KRCA 3, two homes have already completed the conversion process, and a third home in South Sacramento is currently being converted. City records show that the total administrative penalties…

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