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Compared to a week ago when he and his partner faced the prospect of living and potentially dying homeless on the streets of Eureka, Donald Brown said Monday that he now lives in heaven.
For Brown, heaven is a new home in Fields Landing.
Brown and his domestic partner Debra Bronson were two of 15 tenants who were forced to leave their former home at the 833 H Street apartment complex in Eureka by Monday morning after the city condemned the property earlier this month.
One week ago, Brown and other tenants worried whether they would end up homeless after the city ordered them to vacate Jan. 12. Given his serious medical conditions including blood clots throughout his body and a condition that requires his legs to be elevated lest he develop painful sores, Brown said becoming homeless again would be a death sentence. Another couple at the apartment who are near the end of their lives also faced the same prospect.
For that reason, Brown was reluctant to leave his apartment until he found a mobile home to rent in Fields Landing.
was worth the wear and tear, Brown said Monday about the move. ended up being a blessing in disguise. I couldn ask for a better place.
not a city boy, so I like this, Brown continued with a laugh.
All 15 tenants at the apartment have secured some form of housing, according to Eureka Chief Building Official and Public Works Director Brian Gerving. Some tenants were still working to move out of the apartment complex on Monday, Gerving said.
runs the gambit between permanent housing, some people are temporarily in motels while they look for permanent housing; there are a couple who are also with [the Betty Kwan Chinn Day Center] again while they are looking for more permanent housing, Gerving said Monday morning.
The city had issued $2,000 relocation payments to 11 units at the apartment in order to help tenants in their efforts to secure new housing, Gerving said. Gerving said not all 14 units at the complex were occupied.
By noon Monday, most of the downstairs windows of the two story apartment complex on H Street were boarded up by New Life Service Company employees. The building was condemned this month for longstanding electrical wiring and structural issues, which Gerving said were not addressed by the Squireses after months of noticing.
Whether the apartment complex will remain closed is still up in the air. At a court hearing Jan. 19, the Squireses attorney Bradford Floyd called on Humboldt County Superior Court Judge Dale Reinholtsen to halt the closure, stating it violated a September court agreement made between the Squireses and the city. Floyd said the agreement was that the city would only take actions in Reinholtsen court against the Squireses properties that were placed under receivership.
The Squireses properties have had longstanding issues for code violations, which prompted the Humboldt County District Attorney Office and the city of Eureka to file a lawsuit against the landlords 26 properties in 2011. In 2013, the properties were placed into a court overseen receivership to supervise repairs and compliance efforts.
Reinholtsen did not grant the Squireses request to halt the closure, but left the matter open. Reinholtsen is set to review a transcript of the September hearing when the agreement was made and make a decision at a hearing on Friday.
Floyd did not respond to an email request for comment by late Monday afternoon.
I will say that we have a different understanding of what it was the city agreed to at the September hearing than what Mr. Floyd represented at the hearing last Friday, Gerving said as to the city position.
Of the 26 properties under receivership, Gerving said that the city does not have any plans for further actions similar to what occurred at 833 H Street. Gerving said that many of the Squireses other properties are in similar condition to 833 H Street, though he stated that the electrical wiring issues at the apartment were unique.
The city has boarded up and even demolished some of Squireses properties for code violations in late 2017.