Sunny Acres couple living in car with nowhere to go
September 1, 2011
Two of the people, a former Los Osos couple, forced to leave Sunny Acres last weekend under court order are now living out of their car and the wife says they have nowhere to go. [KSBY]
Velma Hunt and Brex Owen were among the 15 residents forced to leave the sober living facility on Los Osos Valley Road under court order of Judge Charles Crandall who was concerned about unsafe living structures on the property.
Judge Crandall made no provision for where the 15 homeless people were to go.
For Hunt and Owen, the only place was their car, which they are keeping parked behind a gas station in Morro Bay, among other places. Owen is an unemployed painter. Hunt gets $800 a month in disability payments and suffers from Alzheimer’s.
“We had a decent life, a real decent life, we were real people,” said Hunt. “The transmission went out on our car, my husband lost his job and after that happened we lost our place.
“Never, never in a million years did I think that in the United States of America, this could happen to us.”
Sunny Acres will continue to be the subject of surprise inspections by county officials to prevent further code violations. Rancher Dan DeVaul, owner of Sunny Acres, is due back in court in October.
Meanwhile, Hunt and Owen are uncertain about their future.
“Where do we go? There is no place for us.” said Hunt.