Mr. Powell is a senior, veteran and retired postal worker who has been a
member of the South Berkeley community for forty five years. It is
where he has raised all of his children and the place that he calls
home. He has owned his home outright for over 25 years.
end of 2015 housing inspectors found code violations in need of repair.
These repairs were quoted by City approved contractors to cost between
$150,000 - $200,000. With little to no information on how to proceed Mr.
Powell attempted to educate himself on the process. It was never made
clear what exactly the "scope of work" included and instead of
supporting Mr. Powell through the process, the City forced him into
A "Receiver" was then assigned to the property by a judge
against his will. The "Receiver" was given control of Mr. Powell's home
and the authority to make all decisions regarding the repairs.
Due to this action Mr Powell and his family were asked to leave their home on June 22, 2017.
included his brother suffering from COPD, who is now hospitalized, his
daughter who has been on home dialysis for years, his granddaughter who
administers her mother's treatment, Mr. Powell and one of his son's
James who is now deceased.
The burden that this has placed on
Mr. Powell's family is tremendous. Mr. Powell is sleeping on the floor
of a relative's basement while his daughter and granddaughter are
challenged with managing medical supplies and care.
with the intent of selling the house, the "Receiver", without permission
from Mr. Powell, made extensive, expensive and extravagant renovations
to his home costing over $700,000. As a result, it became only
affordable to high-income buyers . Mr. Powell has never intended to sell
his home, he wanted to be allowed to make the needed repairs and remain
in his home with his family.
Mr. Powell and his family have
worked tirelessly to procure loans from the City of Berkeley, the
Veteran's Administration as well as personal loans to pay off the
exorbitant costs demanded by the Receiver.
As Friends of
Adeline, we and Mr. Powell's neighbors have been supporting him by
attending court hearings and providing the moral support in knowing that
he is not alone. After attending his last court date Feb. 22, 2019 we
discovered that $70,000.00 is all that remains between him and his
family regaining access to their home.
He was given the deadline
of March 11, 2019 to come up with the remaining amount. We are taking
action by launching a GoFundMe campaign. We are putting our own
resources together as well as asking our close friends, colleagues and
other caring members of our community to join us .
We are accepting donations of any amount that you are comfortable and able to contribute, no amount is too small.
is with Love and infinite Gratitude that we give of ourselves, within
each of our own affordability -to support our neighbor and our friend.
Please join us as you are able