‘Reclaimers’ occupy vacant homes owned by Caltrans

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Homeless rights activists take over vacant homes owned by CalTrans in El Sereno. They want these properties to go to families who’ve been living on the streets — in an effort to help them avoid the coronavirus. Photo credit: Ted Soqui.

A group of unhoused and housing insecure people have moved into homes in El Sereno owned by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). The state agency bought them decades ago, and many of the homes have been sitting vacant. Caltrans hasn't given the reclaimers permission to move in. New occupants don't have leases and aren't paying rent.