South San Francisco, CA September 16, 2023 by J Lee, 43 yr Resident of SSF
I recently applied to purchase a Below Market Rate unit in Park Station, 1488 El Camino Unit #313 in South San Francisco. I would like to express my concerns about the unfair and unethical treatment that I received. I have lived in SSF for 43 years and I am truly outraged at how the city of South San Francisco conducted the Below Market Rate Housing lottery for 1488 El Camino Unit #313.
I submitted all of the required applications, pre-approval loan forms, and purchase agreement on 9/4/23 before the 9/6/23 deadline to SSF.
On Friday, September 8, 2023 9:51 AM, I received an email from 3rd party consultant representing the City of SSF, stating that I was number “98232”. The email indicated that only 2 people applied, myself and the other applicant “XX”.
About 20 minutes later (10:09 AM), I received another email stating that I was in the number 2 position to purchase the unit. The Consultant said that if I was still interested as a backup, to submit the SSF income verification forms. Sunday night 9/10, I sent her all of the necessary forms.
Monday morning 9/11- this video was posted on YouTube and upon watching the video, they picked the number they gave “98232” (Time Stamp 1:30). (Click HERE for video SSF Lottery 1488 ECR #313 09 08 23 – YouTube)
I reached out to the Consultant and she said that was a mistake and I should be “98231” instead of “98232”
She said it was a mistake as the numbers are given alphabetically by the last name. She showed me the Excel document dated Thursday 9/7 at 4:13 PM showing that I was supposed to be “98231” and “98232” was “XX”.
I personally feel that this is really unfair and unethical. I understand that the consultant gave me the wrong number but that’s her fault, not mine.
As of Thursday, September 8, 2023 at 4:13 PM, I was number 98231. The next day, the one and only email that she sent me (prior to the lottery) stated that I was 98232. In my eyes, I was only given the number 98232 and that was the number that was picked.
Therefore, I should have won the lottery.
If she made a mistake, I should have been contacted before the drawing, not after the fact. It’s not fair and dishonest if you change the numbers and results after the drawing has been public knowledge.
In addition, the listing agent has been notified that “XX” was disqualified because his/her income level/assets levels exceeded the qualification level stated by the city. This information was given to my RE agent which was later shared with me. After speaking with my agent today we discovered that “XX” appealed the ruling and evaluating the qualifications which bring up the question of the integrity of this system and the third party conducting the lottery.
As a resident of South San Francisco for 43 years, I am truly disgusted. It leads me to question the validity of the previous BMR lotteries and how many other applicants that may have gotten cheated and robbed of a fair and deserving place called “Home”.