Lawsuit Over Bungled City Housing Program Moves to State Courts

Following a setback in federal court, a lawsuit over a badly managed affordable-housing program has been refiled in San Francisco Superior court, where the lawyers for aggrieved residents enrolled in the program say they hope they'll have better luck.

The troubled housing program, which was chronicled last year in a SF Weekly cover story, dated to the 1970s and aimed to install middle- and low-income homeowners in residential condo units throughout the city. However, many in the program claim they were never informed of a gamut of restrictions on their properties — governing everything from home improvements to who could buy or inherit the condos — and that an ordinance passed in 2008 to codify and extend those restrictions illegally deprived them of home equity.

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