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Court Overturns Homeless Woman’s 2010 Eviction

Sharon Green may return home to her Heritage Oaks apartment after two years living in a tent in a San Bernardino campground.

For two years since Sharon Green was evicted from her apartment at Heritage Oaks, she has been a familiar face at city council meetings, speaking out against her “no-cause” eviction in 2010. On April 23, three Court of Appeals judges unanimously ruled in her favor.

Green, 70, was receiving a low-income rental subsidy at the time of her eviction, and claimed , a redevelopment agency project, could not evict her without good cause. She also claimed the city’s low-income Housing Authority Program should ensure that all residents living in properties receiving local public funds are protected.

Following her eviction, Green, a disabled senior, said she has been living in a tent in a campground at Lytle Creek in San Bernardino County, weathering cold wind, rain, snow and extreme heat.

Since Green came forward with her case, Glendora city officials have maintained that they never had any involvement with Green’s eviction.

“This case is Anchor Pacifica management versus Sharon Green,” said City Attorney Wayne Leech during a city council meeting. “The city of Glendora is not involved.”

Heritage Oaks’ management Anchor Pacifica has stated it did not have to provide Green a reason for her eviction.

Green believes she was evicted because she spoke out against “problems” at Heritage Oaks, including hazardous traffic near the apartments which she claims contributed to an accident that left her injured.

The Second District Court of Appeals ruled that as a joint enterprise with the city receiving public funds, Anchor Pacifica could not evict Green without good cause, according to court records.

Although the court found evidence that the city continued to provide rental subsidies to qualified low-income residents as mandated by law, the court’s ruling indicated that the city also has responsibility in ensuring that residents receiving subsidies are protected from no-cause evictions, according to Green's attorneys.

Kristen Parisi, a former city council candidate and supporter of Green, told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune that the city could no longer claim no involvement in Green’s case.

“The court’s ruling means the city and its Affordable Housing Program must now ensure that all proper policy, procedures and notifications are in place to protect the due process rights of the tenants,” Parisi told the Tribune.

Since coming forward, Green has stated that her case has been treated with ambivalence from city officials and has relied on the help of friends and local supporters during her years of homelessness.

“Sharon is a kind-hearted caring person who is honest not crazy, as some have referred to her as,” Linda Mansour, Green’s former neighbor at Heritage Oaks and friend, said during an April 24 city council meeting.

According to the Tribune, Green’s attorneys are negotiating her return to Heritage Oaks.

Green said she will continue to fight for the rights of senior citizens receiving low-income housing subsidies from the city and ensure that aid is protected by the city.

“My main concern is that the new department for housing authority read this [court ruling] and learn to protect any tenant receiving a subsidy in the city from being evicted for no reason,” Green said.

In a previous version of this article, Kristen Parisi was identified as a former city councilmember. Parisi is a former city council candidate. Patch regrets the error.

Charles Stauffer June 04, 2012 at 03:38 PM
When is our city ever going to learn? Bravo Mrs. Green!!!!!! Thank you to all those who have defended her, especially at the city hall meetings.
Larry Fisher June 04, 2012 at 03:56 PM
When was Kristen Parisi a city council member? Last time I checked she had run three times, and lost all three times and also was rejected when she applied to replace former Mayor Gary Clifford when he stepped down. Maybe the editors of the Patch would consider checking their facts and do some research before they reprint information from an article written by a SGV Tribune columnist.
PATRICIA GOWDER June 04, 2012 at 04:55 PM
How sad that a women, a senior, and handicapped is evicted and has to live in a tent. She was evicted for no reason and the city says it is not involved. Really? I know the city also has emergency funds to help people on an emergency basis that might have helped her transition into something better then a tent. You knew what was happening and ignored it. Why?
Dolores Ann Hamilton June 04, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Thank God for you Mrs. Green for having the courage to endure this great injustice. And to all the people for believing in and helping her thru this transitional period. Thank you Supreme Court judges for restoring justice so now it will be harder to remove seniors without just cause.Green, 70, was receiving a low-income rental subsidy at the time of her eviction, and claimed Heritage Oaks, a redevelopment agency project, could not evict her without good cause. She also claimed the city’s low-income Housing Authority Program should ensure that all residents living in properties receiving local public funds are protected. Heritage Oaks should have notified the Housing Authority first.
Bill C. June 04, 2012 at 11:16 PM
I agree with Patricia Gowder. That she had to live in a tent is sad, where were all these friends of hers? Nobody had a room or a couch? No friend of mine would ever have to sleep in a tent in the snow, pretty shameful in my opinion. The city didn't have any part in her eviction and in reading the appelate, not Supreme Court (no Supreme Court Justices were involved with this Patch) ruling, their decision was simply if any government entity uses public funds jointly with a private enterprise such as Heritage Oaks, a person can only be evicted with cause. I don't have a problem with that. I have more of a problem with people letting an elderly friend live in a tent. I just don't get it.
Ian June 05, 2012 at 03:49 AM
I have to agree with Bill on this. You're telling me that this 70-year old lady has been living in a tent for two years? Where is her family, and if there is none, where are her friends? I don't have a 70-year old friend, but by God if I did, she would not be sleeping in a tent. Since my tax dollars were supporting her while she was at Heritage Oaks, I'd like to know the real reason she was evicted. I'm not buying that she was evicted because she complained about traffic. Wonder what the truth of the matter is?
Denise B. June 05, 2012 at 04:59 AM
I know Sharon through her attendance at council meetings the last few years where she regularly spoke of her plight. Mostly she spoke about an accident outside of Heritage Oaks and her frustration with GPD over it. I too would like the details on the grounds of her eviction. Obviously the management company needs to be reconsidered. She told me she was homeless, but I assumed she was living in a motor home in a local park, not a tent in San Berdo. She was always clean and looked well cared for which is probably why I assumed this. I would like for Patch to provide us with the criteria for receiving subsidized housing for our elderly and if there are rules governing the recipients personal behavior in keeping it. I know Section 8 has many requirements and was wondering if aid to the elderly has the same parameters?
Bill C. June 05, 2012 at 06:05 AM
The GPD has explained the traffic accident at at least one prior council meeting when Chief Montoya was in charge. Sounded to me like the investigation was handled in the correct manner. The tactics employed by Green and her friends when speaking at council meetings certainly doesn't make them any friends but it's there three minutes.
Denise B. June 05, 2012 at 01:58 PM
More than once.
SHARON GREEN June 05, 2012 at 08:48 PM
I am Sharon Green and would like to answer every question in the above comments with photos and copies of the police reports. If the editor of the Glendora Patch will allow me one article a day I will give you copies of every document that is public record: handed to the city clerk every council meeting I attended. At the first cl. mtg I attended June 2008 I said a picture is worth 1,000 words. After I spoke another resident of Heritage Oaks spoke to the council and asked them "How many people have to die before you will put up something to make it safer in front of Heritage Oaks?" The city has refused to put up a simple sign that says "Senior Citizen Facility" ..... 25 MPH. They continue to refuse to slow the traffic to 25mph and both San Dimas and La Verne have these signs in front of their Senior Facilities. I was hit by a speeding driver Apr. 12th, 2008 and now need a wheelchair at times due to my injury accident. Police Cheif Montoya said it is a "NON-INJURY ACCIDENT". It remains that way to date. Thanks for doing story!
Denise B. June 05, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Sharon- How are they related? I have heard you speak many times about the accident, but how does that relate to your eviction? I thought they were two very different issues. I am curious about the circumstances of your eviction and the fact the management company turned you loose on the street without any services or referrals. I do some advocacy work for the disabled and mentally ill in LA which involves placing people in housing and I would like to understand what transpired here. Heritage Oaks is a very nice complex and it is wonderful that Glendora would subsidize senior housing at such a nice place. I have never been able to place anyone in such an upscale complex even on the west side of Los Angeles. It is obvious that Heritage Oaks could get market rate for their apartments so I am surprised they continue to accept subsidized seniors. I suppose your appearances at the council meetings are about the issue with the accident then and not about the eviction. I may be wrong or things may be different on a city level, but we always work with the management companies of the housing units on behalf of our clients, who have the responsibility for their residents, not elected officials. We have never worked with any elected or city officials over housing placements or responsibility. Your story of living in the tent has horrified most of us. DId you participate in the cold weather programs through the churches this past winter?
Mina Miakoda June 06, 2012 at 01:03 AM
I'll tell you exactly what happened to her friends Bill, they probably didn't want to back her up because they were terrified of the same thing happening to them and even helping her by giving her a bed it would have put them in jeopardy. Trust me on this one, very sad what goes on,.... this is why I moved.
Bill C. June 06, 2012 at 08:05 AM
Sorry Stephanie, some of those friends who spoke up for her own their own homes don't they? Where were they in her time of need? I don't need to see any of your documents Ms. Green, your case has been decided, congratulations. Maybe now you can move on.
Ian June 06, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Slow four lanes of traffic down to 25MPH on Glendora Avenue just north of the 210 freeway? You're joking, right? The speed limit isn't even that slow on the two lane residential section of Foothill Blvd. Putting the psuedo-traffic camera next to the senior housing project was sufficient. Aside from that, exactly why were you given the keys to the curb from Heritage Oaks?
Denise B. June 07, 2012 at 03:54 AM
Sharon- The majority of Glendorans are happy you will be in a safe place and not out in the elements anymore. I hope whatever led to your eviction has been addressed and will not happen again. No one wants to see our seniors out in the street or living in the woods like that.
Virginia Johnson July 01, 2012 at 09:29 PM
I met this wonderful woman Sharon Green while camping recently May 2012, at Mountain Lakes Lytle Creek. Sharon is outspoken but in no way mentally incapacitated. She spoke eloquently about her situation while we were in the Laundry room and it was I that started a conversation. She just doesn't blurt things out if you are not interested. Sharon had just found out that the Judge had just ruled favorably on her appeal to get him apartment back. (this will be after Glendora City 4th, 5th or 6th, Appeals of course). Getting her home back will take awhile and I hope she has Guardian Angels watching her back. I also am a big fan of the "Patch news service", especially SouthGate.Patch with Editor Alejandro De Haro, and am glad they also have a Glendora branch. Virginia from South Gate Ca
SHARON GREEN July 18, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Hi Virginia - Thank you for the kind words. You should check out the article about the drunk driver hitting a power pole in front of Heritage Oaks. The comments by Bill C and others are quite cruel and miss the point. My case is now in the Calif Supreme Court because the City hired a lawyer to get my case UNPUBLISHED! They are successfully keeping me homeless and dragging out my case. Here's the link for the Patch article..........http://glendora.patch.com//articles/drunk-driver-knocks-out-power-at-city-hall-police-department#comment_4028042
SHARON GREEN July 18, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Sorry Virginia - The link had one word that didn't belong .http://glendora.patch.com//articles/drunk-driver-knocks-out-power-at-city-hall-police-department#comment_4028042

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