Families without wills stalling West Side community development

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SAN ANTONIO – A common problem on the city's West Side is stalling community improvement.

Families whose loved ones leave them without wills have no power to improve properties.

Ralph Gomez grew up in his mother's west side home. His brother eventually moved in next door.

"My mom passed away three years ago, my brother just passed away about a year ago and we haven't been able to change the deeds," Gomez said.

His mother's home has been sitting there for three years, his brother's for one. He can't do any work to either until the name on the deed is changed.

"You can't do home equity loans, you can't sell it, you can't rent it," Gomez said.

"We know that one of the main obstacles for people to upgrade their homes is this issue with titles," said District 5 Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales.

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