Deal Will Facilitate Sale Of Home Occupied By Oakland 'Moms'

Jeffrey Schaub
January 20, 2020 - 12:39 pm
Supporters of Moms 4 Housing showed up to block the looming eviction of a group of women and their children who have resided illegally in the Oakland house for weeks.

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Oakland Mayor, Libby Schaaf, announced on Monday that a deal has been reached to negotiate the sale of the vacant home on Magnolia Street, where several homeless mothers had been living without the permission of the Southern California firm that owns it.

Schaaf said that her office has reached a good-faith agreement with Wedgewood Properties, the company that had previously said they intended to flip it. 

Wedgewood and the non-profit Oakland Community Land Trust will negotiate the sale of the home.

“These three parties have come together to really send a message that everyone cares about this crisis of homelessness,” said Schaaf.

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The deal will require that the price of the home will not exceed its appraised value. According to Schaaf, Wedgewood has agreed in principal to work with the community land trust in offering rights of first-refusal programs for its other Oakland properties.

Mayor Schaaf said she hopes agreements can be reached with other property owners.

This all started in November, when a group of mothers known as “Moms 4 Housing” took their children and moved into a vacant home in West Oakland.

After a legal dispute, a judge ordered the women to vacate the Magnolia St. property, and they were evicted by Alameda County Sheriff’s Deputies last week.