Save Leonard Powell's Home

$88,671 of $88,000 goal

Raised by 1,834 people in 2 months
Created February 25, 2019
Fundraising Team
on behalf of leonard Powell
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.

At the 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 court. 

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.

This 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.

Meanwhile, 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.

It 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

Friends of Adeline
Mr. Powell's Harmon St. Neighbors

*March 11, 2019

Dear friends and community,

As of Friday March 8, 2019 the judge in Mr. Powell's case decided to postpone their originally scheduled court date for today, Monday March 11, 2019 to April 2, 2019.

Where the judge has now given Mr. Powell  more time, he has also approved additional fees passed on by the "Receiver" to Mr. Powell. As per the court phone call Mr. Powell has been required to make up an additional $18,000, changing our  goal to $88,000 and extending the deadline to March 20, 2019.

We are humbly asking those of you who have not yet had an opportunity to join us to please consider doing so if you are able.

We are profoundly grateful to everyone who has already contributed in kind words, donations and time. We would not  be able to Save Mr. Powell's Home without your support.

Please share this widely!!

In gratitude,

Friends of Adeline
Mr. Powell's Harmon St. Neighbors
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Here is a better view of the peeling paint.
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Who Cares?
Who cares about an African-American, South
Berkeley resident being able to keep his home
of over 45 years?
His neighbors who have
come to court to support him.
Friends of
Adeline who have raised the alarm about the
attack in their community.
Thousands of
ordinary people from all over the country who
have sent their small donations to help
Leonard Powell keep his house.
Unfortunately, the courts do not care, with the
sixth judge, who has been overseeing this
case, continuing to refuse to rule that Mr.
Powell should get his home back.
No judge
has been watching closely enough to keep all
the predators from trying to take money from
Mr. Powell.
Even Habitat for Humanity, the large
organization that has cooperated with the City
of Berkeley so that they can get the local
CDBG money that has been going to South
Berkeley based Rebuilding Together for
housing rehabilitation.
While Habitat said that
they worked on the Harmon St. house because
they “felt our community-based model would
be a good fit with the goal of keeping Mr.
Powell in his home in safe and sanitary conditions” they somehow participated in the increasing of costs from
$300,000 to $780,000. Did they care?
Why hasn’t the City of Berkeley cared about
one of its own longtime residents? Inspectors
signed off on the completed work in September
of 2018. Today, 6 months later, the “new”
exterior paint is peeling off the more than
$700,000 remodel. The “new” space heaters
are inefficient, dangerous for children and take
up much space. The downstairs kitchen
cabinetry is unfinished. How come?

The Bay Area Receivership Group, Gerard
Keena, has charged Mr. Powell over $30,000
in the last few months after the job was
completed. While blocking an agreement to
allow Mr. Powell to return to his home they
continue to charge him to store his property
and to pay for their legal fight against Mr.
Powell. Is this caring? Or is it Senior Abuse?
This all must stop now.
Ask what’s going on. Call:

Berkeley City Attorney 510-981-6950
Receiver Keena 510-995-0158
Habitat for Humanity

For more information contact –
friendsofadeline@gmail.com –
(510)338-7843
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Dear Friends and community,

We deeply apologize for the delay in updating the status of Mr. Powell's situation.

The first $80,000 that was raised has already been transferred to an escrow account to enable Mr. Powell to move back into his home.

Meanwhile the receiver has continued to demand more money and unreasonable agreements from Mr. Powell to resolve the matter.

Thus far the Judge has failed to force the receiver to come to a reasonable settlement and continues to refuse to allow Mr. Powell to move back into his home.

We may be going back to court on Tuesday April 23rd we'll keep you posted.

Thank you again for all of your amazing support and generosity!!

With Love and gratitude,

Friends of Adeline
Mr. Powell's Harmon St neighbors
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*March 11, 2019

Dear friends and community,As of Friday March 8, 2019 the judge in Mr. Powell's case decided to postpone their originally scheduled court date for today, Monday March 11, 2019 to April 2, 2019.

Where the judge has now given Mr. Powell  more time, he has also approved additional fees passed on by the "Receiver" to Mr. Powell. As per the court phone call Mr. Powell has been required to make up an additional $18,000, changing our  goal to $88,000 and extending the deadline to March 20, 2019.

We are humbly asking those of you who have not yet had an opportunity to join us to please consider doing so if you are able.

We are profoundly grateful to everyone who has already contributed in kind words, donations and time.

We would not  be able to Save Mr. Powell's Home without your support.

Please share this widely!!

In gratitude,

Friends of Adeline
Mr. Powell's Harmon St. Neighbors
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Raised by 1,834 people in 2 months
Created February 25, 2019
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on behalf of leonard Powell
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