Residents of Albemarle Mobile Home Park Forced to Relocate
Families in a mobile home park are outraged, claiming they are being forced to pack up and move with nowhere to go. Residents of the Greenfield Mobile Home Park in Albemarle County have until June to relocate, but many say that's easier said than done.
Residents, some of whom lease and some of whom own their homes, say they have to relocate because of what management calls a "water infrastructure issue." Residents say they understand the reason, they just do not appreciate the short notice.
"They're trying to get us all out. They're evicting everybody here," said Anna Stover, a resident of Greenfield Mobile Home Park.
The thought of leaving the place she's called home for a decade is enough to bring Stover to tears. She has no idea where to go.
"We have no place to go, no place to live. We don't know where we're going to go," said Stover.
Aside from having to uproot their lives, neighbors are also mad about just how they got the news.
"And the way we found out was a letter on the door. They didn't even come by personally to tell us," said a resident of the mobile home park who chose to remain anonymous.
A letter dated February 4, explains that Greenfield Mobile Home Park is not renewing any leases because of failing infrastructure surrounding the water supply. Residents are expected to vacate the premises on or before June 30, 2013 - the same day the current lease cycle ends.
The letter says Greenfield management is working with the Piedmont Housing Alliance to provide counseling on potential housing options.
People who live here say bad credit, lack of documentation and criminal records are obstacles.
"I have bad credit. I can't get a place. I have tried several places and I'm being denied. So, I don't know where I'm going to live. I'm going to be living on the street," said Stover.
Neighbors are asking managers for some real options. While they understand why they are closing the mobile home park down, they would appreciate more time to relocate.
"Give us a break. I mean, give us a break," said Stover.
NBC29 spoke with the public relations firm representing Greenfield management. The firm said, right now, the transition is in the assessment process. Greenfield is working with the Piedmont Housing Alliance (PHA) to get a better idea of each family's situation and will go from there. The PHA confirms it is providing counseling to help people on a case-by-case basis.
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