[Hpn] Judge could shut down migrant housing encampment southeast of L.A.

William C. Tinker wtinker@verizon.net
Mon, 28 Jan 2008 11:13:56 -0500


Judge could shut down migrant housing encampment southeast of L.A.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=102x3159293


Source: AP


RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - Thousands of migrant workers who live on Indian 
tribal land southeast of Los Angeles could soon be homeless if a federal 
judge orders their trailer park shut down today.

The government wants the Desert Mobile Home Park closed because of what it 
says are health and safety violations. The violations include raw sewage in 
the streets, an unsafe electrical system and an inadequate drinking water 
supply. Since the park sits on tribal land, it's exempt from state and local 
health and safety codes.

. . .

But closing the park, which is in the fertile Coachella Valley about 130 
miles southeast of Los Angeles, would flood an already overwhelmed 
affordable housing market in surrounding Riverside County.

The county currently has a 40,000-person waiting list for subsidized or 
low-income housing, with no new units expected before 2010. The only other 
affordable apartments are at least 90 minutes away, according to papers 
filed Friday.

Cheap housing is key for the 4,000 migrant workers who live in the Desert 
Mobile Home Park during peak harvest season and for the region's economy. 
The migrants, who make as little as $15,000 annually, pick some of the 
nearly $1 billion worth of table grapes, dates, chili peppers and other 
crops that the region yields each year.

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