Update: Former Grand View apartments tenants vacate property
Update March 3, 2020:
– Following a court ruling last September that allowed the owners of Grand View Apartments in Paso Robles to evict all of the tenants and sell the property, on Friday, Feb. 28, the last remaining tenants handed in their keys and vacated the property.
“All of the tenants we have spoken with are in much better housing now,” said Stephanie Barclay, Legal Director for the SLO Legal Assistance Foundation or SLOLAF said. She said that several Grand View Apartments tenants were able to get into the new Oak Park 4 apartments offered by Paso Robles Housing Authority.
“We are thrilled for them,” Barclay said. “Some tenants had to leave the county to find affordable housing, but most have relocated around northern San Luis Obispo County where they work and attend school… We are so grateful to People’s Self-Help Housing, Paso Robles Housing Authority, Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo, County Department of Social Services and Paso Robles Joint Unified School District, to name just a few of the organizations that really stepped up to help our clients try to avoid homelessness and access community resources.”
While occupancy is no longer an issue, the tenants’ class-action lawsuit against the owners continues. “Our lawsuit against Grand View Apartments continues in the Court,” Barclay said. “We intend to pursue just compensation for the damages our clients have incurred and the injuries they have suffered.”
SLOLAF believes there may be additional tenants who experienced slum conditions but left Grand View prior to the lawsuit. If you or someone you know was a tenant at Grand View Apartments anytime after May 2015, contact San Luis Obispo Legal Assistance Foundation at (805) 543-5140.
Update posted Nov. 26:
Updated: Donations for evicted Grand View tenants reach over $30,000
–Local community members and businesses have been donating to help support the evicted tenants of grand view Apartments. Earlier this week, Pacific premier Bank “doubled the fund” bringing the total number of donations to over 30k.
With 64 households impacted by the evictions, and 38 families with still no place to go, People’s Self Help Housing is asking the community to please continue to lend support and spread the word.
The Grandview Emergency Appeal will provide support for:
– relocation assistance
– temporary accommodation expenses
– replacement costs of clothing and bedding
– food expenses during displacement
– ongoing medical and mental health services
Original story posted Nov. 16:
People’s Self Help Housing seeking donations to help aid evicted Grand View tenants
–Peoples’ Self-Help Housing (PSHH) has launched an emergency aid appeal to assist the dozens of soon to be evicted families, which include 62 school-aged children, who until recently lived in the Grand View Apartments in Paso Robles home. To make a donation, click here.
After numerous unsuccessful attempts to halt, or at least extend the eviction process, 36 families will now lose their housing between Thanksgiving and Christmas, without a place to go, according to PSHH.
“I am outraged and appalled about the situation and the events leading up to it,” said John Fowler, President & CEO of PSHH. To include his organization’s own refused market-rate offer to purchase the badly neglected property, area advocates have made many attempts to alleviate the plight of the Paso Robles families. “As disappointed as I am, and wish this could be resolved differently,” continued Fowler, “we are fully committed to doing everything possible to continue to stand by these vulnerable households in this terrible circumstance.”
PSHH is asking the generous Paso Robles community and beyond for their help. The Grand View Tenants Emergency Appeal needs support for relocation assistance to address temporary accommodation expenses, security deposits, replacement costs of clothing and bedding, food expenses during displacement and ongoing medical and mental health services.
Pledging his organization’s full commitment, Fowler said, “In all my years in the housing sector, I have never been so dismayed. PSHH and other advocacy groups have already and continue to, dedicate time and organizational resources to this shocking situation, but it is now time to bring a compassionate end to an utterly inhumane situation – so please help these vulnerable families today and make a generous donation. Especially as we come upon the holiday and giving season as we reflect on our own fortune.”