Homeless booted from Sunny Acres—including daughter of Maxine Lewis
August 30, 2011
More than a dozen homeless people left the Sunny Acres sober living facility in San Luis Obispo last Sunday—including the adult daughter of local homeless advocate Maxine Lewis.
The Sunny Acres residents were asked to leave by rancher Dan DeVaul following a court order by Superior Court Judge Charles Crandall, threatening to take control of the Los Osos Valley Road facility if people continued to live in what the county deemed unsafe structures.
Crandall made no provision in his order for where the homeless people are supposed to find shelter.
Among the residents ejected was Linda Lewis. Her late mother was a long-time, fervent champion of local homeless causes and the county eventually acknowledged Maxine Lewis’ work by naming the Orcutt Road overnight homeless facility in her honor.
“It makes me ill,” said one Sunny Acres volunteer, when asked about Linda Lewis’ forced departure.
DeVaul is due back in court in September.