PASO ROBLES — Peoples’ Self-Help Housing launched an emergency appeal to assist the dozens of soon-to-be-evicted families from Grand View Apartments in Paso Robles, which includes 62 school-aged children.
After numerous unsuccessful attempts to halt, or at least extend the eviction process, 36 families will lose their housing between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
“I am outraged and appalled about the situation and the events leading up to it,” said John Fowler, president and CEO of PSHH.
Area advocates have made many attempts to alleviate the plight of the Paso Robles families. PSHH reportedly had its market-rate offer to purchase the badly neglected property refused by the owners.
“As disappointed as I am, and wish this could be resolved differently,” continued Fowler, “we are fully committed to doing everything possible to continue to stand by these vulnerable households in this terrible circumstance.”
The horrendous conditions at the Grand View Apartments, on the corner of Niblick Road and Spring Street, have been exposed by numerous media outlets.
As families scramble to pack up what little belongings remain to them, PSHH is asking the Paso Robles community and beyond for their help. The Grand View tenants emergency appeal needs support for relocation assistance to address temporary accommodation expenses, security deposits, replacement costs of clothing and bedding, food expenses during displacement and ongoing medical and mental health services.
Pledging his organization’s full commitment, Fowler concluded, “In all my years in the housing sector, I have never been so dismayed. PSHH and other advocacy groups have already, and continue to, dedicate time and organizational resources to this shocking situation, but it is now time to bring a compassionate end to an utterly inhumane situation — so please help these vulnerable families today and make a generous donation. Especially as we come upon the holiday and giving season as we reflect on our own fortune.”To make a gift to the Grand View Emergency Appeal, visit pshhc.org/grandview.