Friday, January 15, 2010

East Bluff Housing Service- flipping for renters

Yes, the EBHS is in the business of flipping houses for rental.

Dale Hanssen, the EBHS Treasurer, is also the owner of Principal Property Management. Mr. Hanssen, who is a volunteer, has offered the EBHS his expertise in buying, renovating and renting properties.

Mr. Hanssen is charged with choosing the properties to renovate; negotiating with the banks; deciding on the renovations to make; hiring the team (there is no bid process) to do the work; sets the schedule for getting the work done; decides who will rent the property; runs the background check on the prospective tenant via Principal Property Management; negotiate the contract with the tenant; and then oversees any maintenance on the property that the tenant may need (through Principal Property Management); at a rate decided upon by Principal Property Management.

East Bluffers are concerned that there may be a conflict of interest with Mr. Hanssen being the Treasurer of the EBHS and the owner of Principal Property Management. I wonder if there is even a contract between the EBHS and Principal Property Management? Hmmm... I would love to see the terms of that document.

In the meantime, there are longstanding homeowners who are hoping to get loans through EBHS for a roof or a porch (you know $2,000-$3,000), but EBHS won't return their calls or answer their e-mail. Not that the EBHS could help said homeowner, because the money that the EBHS has is tied up in flipping houses for renters.

All of that aside, East Bluffers know that deep in their hearts there is the fear that the EBHS is getting ready for the influx of public housing tenants that the City is relocating to the East Bluff. Could that be the real reason why the City of Peoria needs the EBHS to work out? From what I understand City staff attended the meeting heavily. Everybody from the Corporation Counsel, to the Director of Planning, to five Councilmen and even a deputy City Clerk was in attendance.

Just think - the East Bluff Housing Services a division of the Peoria Housing Authority. Is that where we are heading? I don't think any homeowner in the East Bluff would relish the thought of that. I know I don't.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Notice of the East Bluff Housing Service meeting and board vacancies

The East Bluff Housing Service (EBHS) currently has four vacancies open on the Board. If you own a home on the East Bluff and you have the time to give a darn, please consider inquiring about the available Board positions.

At this time, the EBHS is being run like it is the East Bluff Business Association, because they are only advancing the needs of businesses. In my opinion, and the opinion of many others who own homes on the East Bluff, we deserve a Housing Service that is truly dedicated to the needs of the homeowners who live in the area.

Interested in joining the Board? Here is the contact info: Peggy Shadid-Joseph, East Bluff NHS,; Dale Hanssen,; Rev. Simon Holly,; Tom Stone,

Here is what is really special about the EBHS Board - you don't have to live in the East Bluff to sit on it, some of the Board members actually live outside of Peoria. As a matter of fact, none of the leaders of the Board (Hanssen, Holly, Stone) live on the East Bluff.

So, if you are an expert in the Neighborhood Code (which was imposed upon homeowners in the East Bluff without their input/knowledge and is now impeding every right East Bluffers have to fight to protect their property values) the EBHS would be a perfect fit for you. Again, don't worry if you live outside the neighborhood - if you have an opinion of what the people in "these neighborhoods need" - the EBHS wants you. (end sarcasm)