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Dan De Vaul, California Rancher, Jailed For Housing Homeless

Dan De Vaul, California Rancher, Jailed For Housing Homeless

Commented Nov 24, 2009 at 12:44:17 in Impact

“I have spent the past several months volunteering at Sunny Acres and would like to share what I have become aware of.

Sunny Acres has been in operation for over 9 years. It is the only place in San Luis Obispo County that provides a 'long-term' living situation for people who were formerly homeless.

A small fee of 300.00 per month is asked of those that can afford it. For those unable to pay the fee, they are given the opportunity to work off the fee.

Sunny Acres has never requested or received any Government subsidies or tax dollars.
It is truly a unique program which certainly qualifies with mitigating circumstances that one might conclude should encourage SLO County officials to forgive many of the alleged violations as well as use permits and begin to make it possible for the program to come into its full fruition.
SLO County has adopted a "10 year plan to end homelessness" and Sunny Acres is uniquely positioned to help it realize this goal.

By going to Jail, Mr. De Vaul hopes to raise awareness around some of the injustice that can occur as a result of government interaction with private land-owners who sometimes choose to provide much needed services such as housing the homeless.

Sunny Acres website:

PivotalForce on Nov 28, 2009 at 00:31:01

“I'm sorry, but the man had building and safety violations that he refused to correct. And when San Luis Obispo officials offered to help him bring his property up to code, he declined. Seems to me the county officials are trying their best to keep someone from dying in a fire due to this man's stubbornness.”

angryliberal on Nov 24, 2009 at 16:01:47

“It's a self sustaining program, hence, a threat to government control.”