ANDRADE, Calif. – Fifty-three families may be without a home this September after a local R.V. park asked all their tenants to pack their trailers and leave.
Residents at the Sleepy Hollow RV Park say they were deeply saddened and overwhelmed when they read their eviction notice. The notice came from the Quechan Tribe, who owns the land, telling them they had less than two months to move. Some of the residents have been living at the park for more than 20 years.
“These people have given everything to this tribe. To hold up this place and they are going to treat us like that?,” said Mimmie Clark, a resident who has been living at the park for more than 10 years.
Residents say they were blindsided by the eviction.
“Overwhelmed I would say is a good word,” says Sally Fields a Sleepy Hollow resident who has been living there for 10 years.
“I’m very angry. I’m angry they could do this to people that have lived here this long and not care about us,” says Clark.
Many say they were not given enough time to pack everything up and find a new place to live.
Maureen Cachora says, “I was shocked by the shortness. I figured if they said we had to leave, they would give us some time but one month or whatever it is is too little.”
The majority of the tenants are elderly and live on a fixed income. They say they do not have enough money for moving expenses and to pay rent while looking for another RV park.
Sally Hill who has lived there for more than 20 years says, “We’re all on fixed incomes, a lot of disabled persons are here and senior citizens.”
Clark says, “I can’t find a space, I can’t find a trailer on $643 a month. I can’t do it.”
Some trailers are too old to move and other parks won’t accept them.
“A lot of these homes, they can’t be moved and you can’t just run out and buy a new home,” says Fields.
In the eviction notice it says that if there are any trailers still on the property by September, they will become the tribe’s property.
Hill says, “If we left, if we abandoned our trailers then we are still going to charge us storage for 30 days and keep the trailers.”
Sleepy Hollow is one of few parks that allow children. Currently, 33 children live at the resort and their parents say their school buses will not be allowed near the property.
Clark says, “These kids deserve a chance they are trying to get an education. Now the buses aren’t going to come and take them, this isn’t right.”
Residents have reached out to the Quechan Tribe for an extension. More than 50 residents signed a proposal asking for six months and to live rent free, but they say they have not heard back.
Hill says, “If they gave us six months it would let us save money to move.”
Clark says, “They need to work with us they need to answer our calls and they need to come and talk to us and help us. Get us out of this, we can’t do this. We can’t do it.”