Dec. 7 Letters: Eviction of senior citizens brings call to action

I was devastated to read about elderly residents being evicted from their homes, particularly weeks before Christmas. We must demand a higher degree of responsibility for vulnerable populations and speak up for dependent seniors. California state law requires only 60 days notice for the closure of a senior care facility and a plan for relocation of residents, which is wholly inadequate. The relocation period will often take longer and the trauma of moving is more profound for someone who is already being cared for in an assisted living facility. This stressful situation could have been mitigated with more practical and compassionate requirements. It is unfortunate that the landlord is forcing the closure of this — by all accounts — profitable arrangement and displacing many vulnerable residents. Our community needs to do better.

Susan Ellenberg
Candidate, District 4, Santa Clara
County Board of Supervisors