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Imperial Beach Renters And Mobile Park Residents Are Coming Together For A Community Town Hall

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Posted: Thursday, November 21, 2019 11:59 am

On Thursday, Nov. 21, Imperial Beach ACCE (Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment) members in partnership with the Office of Councilwoman Paloma Aguirre, will host a Housing Townhall at the Imperial Beach Neighborhood Center, former Methodist Church, to discuss community concerns around skyrocketing rents, as well as an opportunity to hear from Siesta RV (Recreational Vehicle) residents who are fighting to stay in their mobile home park.

Starting January, with the passage of the statewide bill, AB 1482, rents in apartment complexes older than 15 years and corporate owned single-family homes will be capped at 5% plus CPI (Consumer Price Index). In addition, renters living in their units for more than one year will be protected by Just Cause, prohibiting landlords from terminating tenancy without good or just cause.

Despite the passage of AB 1482, mobile park residents from Siesta Park will still be vulnerable to displacement.

Earlier this year, residents of Siesta RV park were notified that the property owners will be closing the park, displacing longtime residents, many who are seniors and disabled. With rising rents, residents from the mobile park with fixed incomes will be unable to afford housing in Imperial Beach.

“Residents at Siesta have worked all their lives and moved here to retire here. Many of us - renters and mobile park residents - in Imperial Beach are working two or three jobs just to pay the rent. Imperial Beach is our home. We need to work together and fight to stay,” says ACCE member Consuelo Villalpando and Siesta RV Park resident.

Seventy percent of Imperial Beach residents are renters. More than half of Imperial Beach renters pay more than 50% of their income on rent, leaving many renters and mobile park residents one rent increase from being displaced or becoming homeless.

“I want to ensure that all of Imperial Beach residents have access to affordable housing and tenant conditions where they’re treated with dignity and respect. I believe this townhall will give our residents the opportunity to learn about their rights as tenants, ask questions, or express their concerns. I’ll be there to listen. Furthermore, I have requested that staff create a housing specialist position at city hall, so that our residents have this type of support if and when slumlords try to intimidate and harass them,” said Aguirre.

Thursday’s town hall will be an opportunity for tenants and mobile park residents to learn about their rights, tenant protections, as well as an opportunity to hear from mobile home park residents who are facing displacement. Residents will discuss and strategize about what policies are necessary needs in their fight to keep the City affordable.

The town hall will be at the IB Neighborhood Center, 455 Palm Avenue, and run form 6 to 8 p.m. A free dinner will be offered at 6 p.m. and the program will begin at 6:30 p.m.

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