Mobile home park residents: ‘Where is our recovery?’

first_imgMobile home park residents will talk about the devastating impact of Irene on mobile home parks and speak out about what they describe as the lack of assistance for the specific needs of mobile home park residents after the storm. What: Press conference with mobile home park residents from across Vermont to set the record straight about the recovery efforts that are leaving them out and announce a petition for additional assistance for some of Vermont’s most vulnerable residents.  When: Saturday September 24th, 2011 at 11 am Where: Weston’s Mobile Home Park off Rt 12 in Berlin Who:  Weston’s Mobile Home Park residents have invited peers from across the state to join them along with their state representatives, Governer Peter Shumlin, and Vermont’s Federal Congressional Delegation.  Background: Mobile home park residents are some of the people most affected by tropical storm Irene but according to advocates, many are still not receiving the assistance they need to recover.Sandra Gaffney, a displaced resident of Weston’s Mobile Home Park in Berlin explains:  ‘We lived in these parks because they are affordable and we don’t have a lot of money, but now they are destroyed and we are ultimately responsible for either the disposal of the home or extensive repairs, costly guidelines that need to be met before even being able to return to the park, which we simply cannot afford on a fixed income. We are still in limo- where is our recovery?’Another resident, Donna French is concerned that ‘we’re talking about getting the state ready for tourist season, but we still have lots of Vermonters with no homes and mounting expenses. We need affordable, long-term housing for those that do not have the financial ability to return to their former living situation and help with the very high cost of removing the destroyed homes.’September, 21, 2011last_img