[Hpn] Judge could shut down migrant housing encampment southeast of L.A.
William C. Tinker
Mon, 28 Jan 2008 11:13:56 -0500
Judge could shut down migrant housing encampment southeast of L.A.
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
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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William Charles Tinker, Sr.
New Hampshire Homeless
25 Granite Street
Northfield,N.H. 03276-1640 USA
Advocates,activists for disabled,displaced human rights.