All Tenants in the Squires’ Building Which Was Ordered Vacated Have Found Housing–Though Some of It Is Temporary, Says City of Eureka
Press release from the City of Eureka:
Today, the City of Eureka vacated the property at 833 H Street pursuant to a warrant issued by the Superior Court of Humboldt County. The action was necessary because of significant violations of health and safety regulations at the site, including electrical, plumbing, sanitation, and structural hazards. These violations were documented over the course of several years, most recently in August, when City staff executed an inspection warrant at the property. Since the August inspection, the City has informed the property owners, Floyd and Betty Squires, and court-appointed receiver, Jeff Smith, of the violations and the need for them to be corrected.
When City staff posted the property with a notice to vacate on January 12, 2018, it was determined that 11 of 14 units were occupied. The occupants of each unit were contacted and informed of their eligibility for relocation benefits pursuant to the California Health and Safety Code. Similarly, the property owners were notified of their responsibility to pay these benefits. When the property owners failed to provide the relocation payments as required, the City collected the information necessary from each tenant and, as of today, has issued checks for $2,000 to occupants of each of the 11 units.
Since January 12th, the City has worked diligently with service providers from the County of Humboldt Department of Health and Human Services, ResolutionCare, and Betty Kwan Chinn Foundation to secure housing for each of the 15 individuals displaced from 833 H Street. As of today, all of these individuals have been placed in alternate housing in one form or another – several permanently. Those individuals placed in temporary housing will continue to work with service providers to find more permanent housing solutions.
Contact: Brian Gerving bgerving@ci.