Thank you for your Tuesday article “Mobile home residents in two parks face eviction.” Unfortunately, this issue will be put out with the trash, just like the newspaper it was featured in. This mistreatment of low-income seniors is going on all over the country. The public doesn’t realize that this kind of eviction has the same affect on the people involved as Katrina had on those victims who lost their homes.
The seniors in these mobile homes range in age from 55 to 90-plus. Many are widows living alone or elderly spouses caring for either their husband or wife, who is ill or bed-ridden. They live in this type of housing because it is the only kind they can afford. There is very little senior housing that is affordable or available. Their income and small savings are either a few dollars over or under the requirements for placement. They fall between the cracks in the system. These are the same people who worked, paid taxes and helped build the community that is now rejecting them and sweeping them under the rug.
The city, county, state and country need to look into establishing permanent sites for mobile and manufactured houses for senior citizens, without the threat of eviction hanging over their heads. They need to be in an area adjacent to transportation, hospitals, doctors and shopping. It’s just a shame that our elected officials drag their heels on this important issue.
I have to say that the developer has promised to aid every homeowner over this traumatic time by hiring a relocation company. Hopefully all those involved will be relocated.
I only hope that this issue will soon be resolved and that other seniors will not have to face the uncertainty and fear of being without a place to call “home.”
MARY GLADYS STARR