Housing in crisis
Published: Thursday, July 18th, 2013
A Custer woman says she—and several others like her—are owed thousands of dollars by the Custer County Housing and Redevelopment Commission (CCH) after good faith loans they made at the behest of the former CCH director were never paid back.
Long-time Custer resident Dorothea Edgington said she cashed out a CD in 2005 and loaned CCH $25,000 at the request of former CCH director Connie Gorsuch. Edgington said at the time, CCHâï¿½ï¿½had just built low income apartments in Boot Hill Ranch Estates, and the money was to “tide them (CCH) over” until renters began to occupy the apartments. A relative of Edgington's who lives in Sioux Falls also loaned $25,000 and Edgington said she knows of at least one other elder Custer resident who loaned similar, if not more, money.
“She knew me and thought I could afford to loan them money,”âï¿½ï¿½Edgington said.âï¿½ï¿½“Iâï¿½ï¿½had one CD. That’s what I loaned them. They were providing needed housing in Custer and I wanted to help if I could, especially when Connie told me it would be for only a year.”
However, when the year was up, nobody from CCH contacted her about repaying the debt. She added that neither the administrative assistant at CCH nor the group’s bookkeeper at the time claimed to know anything about the loan when she starting working to get payment.
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