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Another Extreme Home Makeover Homeowner Struggles

Anyone would be beyond thrilled to call a six-bedroom Mediterranean style home their own, and former drug addict turned community charity founder Sadie Holmes was especially grateful the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition team built her a home fitting that description. While they were at it, the team built an office for Sadie's charity adjacent to her home.

Sadie was all moved into her Florida home by February 2006, and a month later she was cleared to run a volunteer organization from her home office. The permit came with the caveat that prohibited "outside storage of any materials" unless they were hidden from view, and within months she incurred costly infractions for things like portable restrooms and abandoned vehicles.

A $29,000 lien was place on Sadie's house when she failed to show up on at least one occasion to plead her case to the code-enforcement board, and she risks losing her home if she can't come up with the money. The $29,000 is difficult for her to come up with because of her other expenses, like $3,000 for her charity's storage and $6,600 annual property taxes. Sadie plans on appealing her case.


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