WINTERHAVEN – Residents of Sleepy Hollow RV Park in Winterhaven are up-in-arms over the owner’s plan to evict all the mobile-home tenants and sell the property for future development.
The Sleepy Hollow RV Park is located south of the Quechan Casino & Resort in Winterhaven and is owned by the Quechan Indian Tribe (Manzanita Tribe).
A total of 57 families received eviction notices July 1, stating they needed to vacate the property as of August 31, leaving the low-income families with an uncertain future.
“There has been no official word from either the Manzanita Tribe or the Federal Government on the status of the property,” said John Renison, District 1 Supervisor for Imperial County. “Several attempts to contract the tribe have been made, however, have been unsuccessful.”
The Imperial County Department of Social Services visited the area on August 12, according to Renison, to determine if any families were in need of assistance, financial or otherwise.
“We are trying to find out if we can obtain about $200,000 in relocation assistance for those families who are being thrown out in the streets,” said Renison. “We are hopeful that we can relocate the families successfully over the next few weeks.”
On August 16, residents received a second notice reminding them August 31 was soon approaching and that utilities such as water, electricity, mail delivery and San Pascual Valley School District transportation services would also cease August 31.
“This is an issue that we really need to focus on,” said Renison.
Renison also mentioned that the offices of Congressman Juan Vargas had been informed and would be assisting with the situation.