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Illegal dwellers evicted from property in Escondido

Nuisance property owned by HUD, might be listed on the market quickly.

ESCONDIDO, Calif. — A property in Escondido that has been a nuisance for years is lastly being cleaned up.

Neighbors contacted CBS 8 in April, complaining about junk on the property, disturbances, and folks dwelling there illegally.

The land off West El Norte Parkway has now been cleared and can quickly be offered.

An eviction discover was posted on the website on July 11. A contractor was on the location Thursday, boarding up the principle home.

“I’m just so happy. The lot is nice and clean. I can see the trees. It’s beautiful,” a neighbor informed CBS 8.

More than a dozen folks had been dwelling illegally on the property, each in the home and in a number of RVs parked on the lot.

The land fell into foreclosures in September. The U.S. Department of Urban and Housing Development (HUD) then took over as proprietor of the property, opening the door for eviction proceedings.

In May, there was some push again from advocates for the homeless, who protested the evictions.

“The narrative about them being a nuisance or a blight on this neighborhood, is dehumanizing and lacks compassion,” mentioned Juliana Musheyev, with the San Diego chapter of the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL), throughout a May information convention on the website.

Once a discover was posted, residents got 15 days to take away their RVs and different belongings.

“I feel for those people. Obviously, homelessness is a big problem in many of our communities, especially here in California. Unfortunately, this property was owned by somebody who lost the property and HUD took the property back,” mentioned Andrew Pomerantz, an legal professional who represented HUD in the eviction case.

“This is a double whammy from both standpoints because these people were not there legally, but in addition to that, they’re making all these problems and trouble and that’s not good,” mentioned Pomerantz.

The neighbors are trying ahead to a brand new proprietor taking possession.

“Hopefully, somebody will make this place beautiful and safe for the neighborhood,” mentioned one girl, who lives close by.

Pomerantz mentioned he expects the property to go on the true property market quickly.

Musheyev with PSL San Diego emailed CBS 8 the next assertion:

“The former residents of 2135 El Norte Parkway have now been evicted. All of them are now either in jail, or homeless on the streets. They have faced constant harassment from the police and code enforcement. The City of Escondido has provided no services or alternatives to homelessness. We need more funding so that all people who can’t work or don’t make enough to afford rent can be housed. Short of that, we need to stop police harassment of homeless people and provide public restrooms, storage, safe places to park and sleep in vehicles overnight and other amenities that will make their existence more tolerable and less restricted. These are human beings. Our main message, however, is that housing should be a human right first and foremost, not a tool for profit. We call on the city of Escondido to take action and we will be at the Escondido City Council meeting on Wednesday August 10th to demand it.”

WATCH RELATED: Escondido neighbors fed up with ‘squatters’ on property owned by HUD (April 2022)

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