May 14, 2016

Back in April, a local man sent us the above photos of the 150-unit Hacienda housing complex that was recently emptied of its residents after being deemed uninhabitable.

Squatters took over the property, he warned.

“With seemingly open arms, this derelict property welcomes anyone,” he said. “It still has water and power. People come in and out all day.”

Trespassing has become such a problem that on Wednesday, May 18, at 1 p.m., law enforcement agencies are planning to remove all squatters from the building during a walk-through, according to an email by a Richmond police lieutenant forwarded by Mayor Tom Butt.


The action comes after Reveal, the investigative journalism outlet whose reporting of squalid conditions at the Hacienda led to a significant effort to relocate all of the building’s residents, reported Friday about how “almost 30 squatters” have overrun the building.

Reveal spoke with squatters, one of whom “found everything she needed: a futon, functioning appliances, electricity and running water” at the Hacienda, according to the report.

One of the residents is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who had worked as a resident manager while the Hacienda was occupied. He refuses to leave because he believes the Richmond Housing Authority owes him money and treated him unfairly, according to Reveal.

Police have reportedly made daily sweeps, and our source confirmed attempts to rid the squatters have failed. We’ll follow this story as it develops.

The top image shows two separate photos of gates at the Hacienda complex taken in April.



  1. […] City plans to clear Hacienda complex of squatters Wednesday (The Richmond Standard) […]

    pingback Saturday morning Richmond headlines – Bay News Now | May 14th, 2016
  2. Under Mayor Tom King Butt’s leadership , the city is heading down the road to bankruptcy , a shadow housing authority has opened it doors , with the lights on , water . What’s up with that ?

    Richard Poe | May 15th, 2016
  3. Now all these people have nowhere to go and are homeless ..I don’t see why u can’t work with these people cus they are willing to help keep it clean long ass they don’t have to run and jump out windows wen the police cum …u rather they stay on the street

    Keebanga | May 17th, 2016

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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.