Confusion for homeless in Marysville, Yuba County
Special to The Union
Two different homeless action plans — Yuba County’s code enforcement measures to immediately shut down homeless camps and Marysville’s separate plan to serve eviction notices — are causing some confusion over who has to leave and when.
Yuba County is citing health and safety code violations in removing homeless camps from areas near the Simpson Lane bridge and in an area near Avondale Avenue in Linda. People in those encampments are being told they have to leave on the spot because of concerns over the presence of garbage and sewage.
But under the Marysville City Council’s action last week, homeless camps on city-owned property outside the city, including most of the Hollywood Trailer Park, will be served 30-day eviction notices. They will have the right to a court process to fight their removal.
Officials acknowledge the two separate actions last week resulted in confusion among the homeless and those who support them.
Also lost in the confusion is what officials say are local efforts to find temporary housing for those being displaced from their camps.
“We are certainly making every effort to work with them and make sure that services are provided to those who are moving out of the encampments,” said Yuba County spokesman Russ Brown. “For whatever encampments are served with notices, there will be services offered for help in finding permanent housing.”
The City Council last week approved moving forward with serving eviction notices on city-owned land in danger of being inundated by rising rivers. Public safety and property liability were the reasons given for the notices.
“I think the initial shock was people thinking we weren’t thinking about folks’ well-being,” Mayor Ricky Samayoa said Tuesday. “Our job is to secure the property. It’s in a flood plain.
“But it’s not an immediate eviction, and they have their legal rights so can be represented as they want.”
People not leaving after 30 days will be served with unlawful detainer complaints, but could choose to fight the eviction in Yuba County Superior Court.
Marysville Police Chief Aaron Easton sad Tuesday city eviction notices have not yet been served. Initial discussions had those notices being served by Yuba County sheriff’s deputies, but Easton said it will instead be done by city employees.
No date has yet been determined when notices will be served, he said, though he said it could be as early as this week.
Along with most of Hollywood Trailer Park, encampments in an area near the city sewer ponds in Beckwourth-Riverfront Park, just east of the E Street bridge and in Thorntree subdivision to the north are to be targeted.
“The important part is that we are also working with (Yuba County administrator) Robert Bendorf and the group they have created to try to find ways for temporary housing with vouchers and other means,” Easton said.
But he also said the serving of eviction notices won’t be delayed to allow more time to plan for that housing.
“The city feels compelled to move forward with its property rights,” Easton said.
Brown said county health and human services representatives and members of homeless advocacy groups are visiting encampments to talk about housing options.
Eric Vodden is a reporter for the Marysville Appeal-Democrat.
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