SAN FRANCISCO – After a two-month lease, the family knocked on the door. After several months, the evacuation comes with the possibility of being displaced.
Little did they know, however, that the man who handled the eviction documents was John Habbring, a homeless man.
“Believe me, we are seeing the irony,” said Mr Hebring, whose job it is to provide eviction notices with his girlfriend, Kim Hansen. Together they live in a 50-year-old trailer infected by rats
The couple’s woes give a measure of how far the California homelessness crisis has spread. The abolitionists are working to overthrow.
It is not their job to change people’s locks or physically remove them from their homes – this is the sheriff’s domain – but several times a week, Mr. Habbring and Mrs. Hansen leave crowded, garbage-free, homeless camps in Oakland where they live and travel to the cities surrounding the Gulf: Among them are Newark, Millbrae, Fremont, Daly City, East Palo Alto and Hayward.
These are largely public transportation, including a stack of documents. In some cases, they may post notices at the door. In others they need to be placed directly in the hands of the recipients
“I sympathize with their condition because I know what I mean,” said Mrs. Hansen, who had a rain and winter night outside her trailer. “Look at us. I’m sick and homeless here.
Mrs Hansen says that despite the couple’s misconception about giving notice of the eviction, their options are limited.
“You don’t want to be someone who provides bad news but right now it’s our only source of income,” he said.
They’ve made about $ 1,600 since they started working in September, only to pay enough for food, and if they have money left over, they have gas for the spotty generator.
Homelessness reaches record levels in California; The governor declared a state of emergency in this issue and is raising a shutter hospital and arena to shelter more than one million homeless people, two-thirds of whom live on the street.
The trailer for Mrs Hansen and Mr Hebbring is in one The Homeless Camp Authority, adopted by the New York Times in December, is in the process of destroying one of hundreds of camps across Oakland.
Like many of their neighbors, the couple works on ways to make money – working and becoming homeless is a growing reality across the country. He fixes the car occasionally. He pokes around for the odd job. Focus groups, treatment trials. “We took the treadmill for 5 minutes and put a watch on our wrists. John gets $ 165 per person, “Ms. Hansen said, explaining one of the more coveted ones. She came across Craigslist’s erasure server server gig.
Increased rents have helped rebuild northern California’s population. The rich have focused on the bulls of the area – San Francisco and its surroundings – and those who can’t afford to rent have moved to outer fingers, further and further afield.
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California does not have reliable evacuation data because most records have been sealed, according to Caroline Gold, director of the case and policy director of the nonprofit firm Evision Defense Collaborative, which estimates that the number of cases in San Francisco’s courtroom is about 3,000 annually.
But even this estimate doesn’t fully capture the dynamics of the crisis, Leah Simon-Weisberg, a top tenant lawyer in the Gulf, said.
“At any given time, people are easily driven from where they live, whether through legal process or not,” he said.
Annual surveys conducted by cities try to determine how people become homeless. One of the top causes in San Francisco in 2002 was loss of employment (2 percent percent), alcohol or drug use (5 percent), withdrawal (5 percent), family or friends conflict (12 percent), mental health problems (5 percent). ), And divorce or breakup (5 percent) according to city data.
But for Mr Habbring and Mrs Hansen – and many others across the country – these divisions converge.
For Mrs. Hansen, it was a combination of a broken family, a mother who was subjected to methamphetamines and a natural disaster: twice Mrs. Hansen set her house on fire.
For Mr. Heibbring, he was repeatedly confronted with the criminal justice system – both he and his father went to prison for drug sales at different times – and the sudden death of his wife eight years ago forced him to evacuate from their home.
In the past four months, I have met with Heisbring and Mrs. Hansen a dozen times and followed them in distributing their eviction documents. In the wet rain we went to a FedEx store in Oakland where the store manager downloaded and printed documents for documents 1.37.
Since they took their first freelance gig for a legal services firm in September, Mr Hebbring and Mrs Hansen have provided dozens of documents. Mrs Hansen mapped her phone’s location before ejecting it.
“What a way to know the way around me,” he joked.
Roy Cordereau, owner of a Bay Area-based company, says the eviction notices he serves have grown from a couple a week to recently, a couple a day.
“They say the economy is doing well but people can’t afford to rent,” Mr Cordeiro said.
Mr Cordeiro says thousands of people in coastal areas are registered as process servers and do so without a few hundred licenses.
“There are a lot of Mickey Mouse operators out there,” he said.
In contrast, Mr. Cordero took $ 175 per delivery. The legal document company that recruits Hebbring and Mrs. Hansen gives them $ 30 if they post a document, and $ 50 if they hand it directly to the person served.
On a chilly evening we walked into an apartment in the San Francisco Mission District, walking past the restaurant teeming with the young and attractive. The boutique was located on nearby Valencia Street selling specialty chocolates, designer glasses, and a knife from a traditional Japanese kitchen.
In a four-story apartment on a row of trees, Mr Hebbring couldn’t find the tenant he was looking for, so he posted the notice at the superintendent’s door.
For their next document, Mrs Hansen called a friend who wanted an elevator to sleep in her car. It was meant for supply to the low-income neighborhood Hunter’s Point on the southern edge of the city.
Shortly after 9:30 a.m., Mr. Hebbring, faded N.F.L. A jersey and a jacket knock on the apartment listed in the documents.
He carried a small digital camera when no one answered, and he needed proof that he taped the papers to the door.
One woman was confused and said,
Mr Hebbring read the name listed in the document.
The woman replied, “I am his mother.”
The apartment is subject to rent controls for $ 135 a month, a small amount from the San Francisco Standard, where the median rent is upwards of $ 4,000. The tenant was ordered to pay two months’ rent, $ 270, or leave within three days.
The woman explained that her daughter had lost her job as a driver, was stuck with cash and was planning to move out. His father was out of the picture.
“He was going through a lot,” the woman told Hisbring. “We’re trying not to let her be homeless.”
Mr Hebbring handed over the documents and returned to the car, where he was again joined by Mrs. Hansen. Someone shook his head at the idea that nobody could pay $ 270.
Mrs Hansen said she was surprised how many people provided papers to help them become homeless. Maybe he’ll see them one day on the road or in the vacant lot where he sleeps in Oakland.
“I’d almost tell them, ‘If you get kicked, I’ve got a place right here'”