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Poway rejects affordable housing project for veterans

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - On Wednesday the City of Poway rejected Habitat for Humanity's plan to build an affordable housing complex for veterans.

The development would have stood along the 1400 block of Twin Peaks Road and would have included 22 homes.

"We will move on. We have lots of other projects and lots of other families that need help," said San Diego Habitat for Humanity CEO Lori Pfeiler.

Poway residents pushed back on the housing project for veterans over questions on who would foot the bill.

The 100 veterans on the waiting list have now been left without a home.

Poway Mayor Steve Vaus voted against the plan.

"This project in many ways has been wrapped in an American flag, but we can't overlook the red flags associated with the project," said Mayor Vaus.

The City of Poway's affordable housing program had given Habitat for Humanity $1.2 million in land, and Habitat for Humanity would be responsible for building the 22 veteran homes.

Calvet would have provided the funding but it pulled its support, and that did not sit well with Mayor Vaus.

Despite the hurdle, Mayor Vaus said Poway is dedicated to building homes for veterans.

The mayor said he is talking with someone interested in another piece of affordable housing land for veterans but would not give any details.

Habitat said it will be meeting with 100 veterans on the waiting list on Thursday.

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