Affordable Housing Tenants Sue State

OAKLAND, Calif. (CN) – The California Department of Transportation and City of Hayward refuse to help renters of affordable housing relocate from the “excess residential land” that CalTrans is selling off, according to a class action in Alameda County Court.

     The class members live on a 14-mile stretch of land purchased in the 1960s for the State Highway Route 238 Corridor, which was blocked by litigation. They say the government is required to help them find affordable replacement housing before kicking them out on the street.
     The governments’ plans to sell the land will displace more than 400 renters, “the majority of whom have been renting for more than ten or even thirty years,” according to the complaint.
     The class asks that the court order the government to help them relocate or let them buy their homes at affordable prices. They are represented by Stephen Ronfeldt with The Public Interest Law Project.

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