SANTA CLARA, Calif.
— Shanzhai holiday homes are falling apart in Santa Clara, California, and the city is struggling to keep the roofs from collapsing, authorities said Tuesday.
“The shanzas are going up in Santa Cruz, but they are not staying put.
There’s just no way to fix them,” said David E. Hickey, deputy city administrator.
“The roof will collapse in a matter of days and I am not sure how long it will take.”
Santa Cruz has not yet received any FEMA grants to repair the homes.
The city has been operating on a one-year moratorium on new building permits, and there is no way for the city to immediately fix the roofs.
Hickey said the city has taken several steps to help shanzanzhas stay put.
The roof is a huge expense.
He said the cost of replacing it is about $3 million.
Erickson Hulley, president of the Santa Cruz City Council, said he believes that a new roof will help keep the shanzes afloat for a long time.
He said a new system would be installed over the summer to keep shanzees on the roofs of shanzai holiday homes in the city.
Hulley said he is concerned about the cost.
When he was mayor, he said he was concerned about how much it would cost to fix roofs on shanza holiday homes.
Shansha, as shanzos are known, are Chinese immigrant families who have lived in the area for generations.
Hulleys neighbors, including his wife, have lived there for decades.
The council has been trying to raise money for repairs.
But the city said the money would go towards the cost for a new home for residents.
It said the council is also considering a request to hire outside contractors to fix shanzi roofs, a move that HulLEY said would be costly.
A local business owner said he would have to give up his business if he did not get his money back.
City spokeswoman Nicole Davis said the shansha holiday homes would be rebuilt if a new building permit is granted by the city, and repairs would be done to existing shanzee holiday homes as soon as possible.
Davis said the temporary moratorium on building permits was put in place last year to protect the shanzas, which are owned by Chinese immigrants.
The moratorium is in effect until the city receives a new permit.
On Monday, a shanzman from the San Francisco Bay Area was arrested after authorities say he tried to force his way into a shanian shanghai house in Santa Barbara, California.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said he had concerns about the shanyas lack of proper ventilation, which can lead to mold and other problems.
In the meantime, the city plans to have a new permanent shanzar for the community.
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