Advocates post fake eviction notes on homes
Community responses to fake eviction notices deeming one’s home unsanitary and dangerous have ranged from violent threats to sympathetic support.
Occupy Grand Junction members created the notices when looking for “more radical and pointed ways to raise awareness” about the homeless and vagrant population, said member and longtime activist Robert McDonald, 61, who receives about five calls a week as a result of the notices.
They have been posted on doors throughout the community during the last couple of months, and Friday’s batch led a resident of Heather Ridge subdivision to call the city of Grand Junction. The city responded by sending out a news release advising residents to read the notices carefully, as the bottom indicates they are not real.
Also, city officials wanted to clarify that while the notices contain language implying the city is involved, that is not the case.
“The primary understanding that we want people to have is this is not the way the city does business,” city spokeswoman Sam Rainguet said. Typical procedure would be an in-person contact, call or mail, she added.
The notice asks its readers to imagine receiving a real one indicating all your personal property has been seized, making a comparison to this happening in the vagrant community.
The notice, which also lists local resources for the homeless and vagrants and scoffs at their availability, is then ordered by the “Acting Grand Poobah” and signed by “Rich Asthe queenofengland.”
McDonald said the idea behind the resource list and jab underneath is that it is not adequate for the situation, and space is limited.
Occupy began locally about a year ago, and participants have previously held protests at foreclosure auctions and rallies against corporate greed.
McDonald’s hope for this go-around is that people are affected by the notice and “walked a few steps in the homeless person’s shoes,” he said, later adding, “Any one of us could be homeless very quickly. It doesn’t take very long. … At different times of my life I’ve been on the edge of homelessness.”
Editor’s note: The Daily Sentinel distinguishes between the term “homeless,” for those temporarily without a home and working to improve their lot, and “vagrant,” for those choosing a lifestyle without a permanent residence, as defined by Merriam-Webster.