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East Oakland Unhoused Residents Granted Court Order Demanding City Follow Its Own Policies

by Candice Elder / Needa Bee
Federal Court Judge Grants Residents at Home Depot Encampment a Temporary Restraining Order Until The City Follows Their Policy on Treatment of Property
Oakland, CA — The City of Oakland will not be able to close the last section of the infamous encampment at E.8th Street and Alameda Ave., adjacent to the Fruitvale Home Depot, if they cannot follow their own policy regarding the treatment of people's property.

The city was scheduled to evict the residents on the East a cul-de-sac this morning. However, The East Oakland Collective, The Village, Love and Justice in the Streets, and Homeless Advocacy Working Group (HAWG) have negotiated with the City for an extension of the closure to March 4, still leaving 11 unhoused residents with no where to go.

Residents had filed civil rights lawsuits and temporary restraining orders Friday and yesterday in an attempt to hold the city accountable and pause the eviction until they and their property could be properly relocated.

Several residents have already lost thousands of dollars in personal property, tiny homes, trailers and vehicles since the city began evicting the encampment last year.

According to United States District Judge Charles Breyer of the Northern District of California, the city must follow their encampment management policy that states all property will the bagged tagged and stored up to 90 days for free. The judge also cited that according to the city's own policies Department of Public Works could not touch or take people's property if the owner of the property was still present.

The last remaining residents have no where to go and their tiny homes, RVs and vehicles were in jeopardy of being destroyed or towed. Working against the clock, community advocates demanded that the City postpone the closure for at least two weeks until adequate housing and shelter is offered and/or relocation secured for the residents with tiny homes and RVs.

The judge went beyond that call and asserted the city needed to follow its own policies.

Ms Elizabeth, a senior citizen, is in a deep mental crisis exacerbated by the closure, and needs time to find another place to move her tiny home and trailer. Ms. Elizabeth currently has no where to go. Trinidad, single mother with a 6 month old, has a tiny home and no where to go. Markaya, single mother with a 9 year old, is going to be moved to a private residence the week of March 9. She has no where to go between now and the week of March 9. Markaya also needs time to put her belongings in storage, find foster homes for 2 dogs, find storage for her vehicles. Ashley, disabled and a mother, who has a 5th wheel RV, has no where to go. Mimi and Ernie, who live in an RV, have no where to go. There are other residents in tents and trailers that need housing and shelter.

We demand that the City follow the court's order and not take and/or destroy any of the residents' properties. We demand that the City take a more Humane path and work with advocates and residents to find adequate housing and/or new placement for the remaining unhoused residents who due to barriers and challenges, could not move into the City’s new safe RV parking lot, tuff sheds or the shelter bed system.

Because the city has had a history of going back on its word in regards to agreement made with unhoused communities, residents,and advocates are calling for people to show up tomorrow at 7:45 to document and assert the city follow ots policies as the judge ordered.

Meanwhile, in Deep East Oakland a a smaller curbside community on East 14th on 83rd and 84th Avenue is also facing eviction tomorrow morning.

Since October 2019, residents of this community face eviction every two weeks. These residents are from the block that they are currently homeless on.

These residents in Deep East are asking community to stand with them tomorrow morning and Thursday morning beginning at 7:45 a.m. to document and help them resist the eviction. They have been notified of today's temporary restraining order in regards to the city's inability to follow their own policies.

E.8th Street and Alameda Ave. Closure
March 4, 2020
7:45 AM
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