PASADENA — Dorothea Bradley, who fed the poor and homeless from the porch of her two-story house for six years, became homeless herself Tuesday.
Bradley, who had been operating a food distribution center out of her Earlham Street home, said she returned from a five-day food buying trip to the Salinas Valley to find that her front door had been padlocked by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
She had been living in the house as a squatter for seven years. When she first moved in, she paid rent to the owner, who had purchased the building with a HUD-sponsored loan. When the owner failed to make his mortgage payments, HUD foreclosed on the property, but Bradley stayed on. City officials eventually forced Bradley to stop distributing food from the home.
Although Bradley moved the food distribution operation to the offices of the American Friends Service Committee, she hoped to continue living in the house and using it for storage.