Community support assists residents forced to relocate from mobile home park

  1. Families living in a mobile home park in east Springfield will be able to move out of the park where water service was temporarily suspended because emergency assistance is being provided to help them meet the April 30 relocation deadline.

Community Partnership of the Ozarks (CPO) provided case management services to 14 of the families who required outside assistance in order to meet the April 30 deadline set by the land owner. These families needed assistance ranging from $400 to $2,000 per household. The Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO) made an emergency grant of $14,200 to CPO, which will assist these families with relocation expenses.

The emergency grant will cover costs such as deposits and the moving of mobile homes to new communities, determined by CPO’s case managers who assessed each willing household in the mobile home park in the 2800 block of East Division Street. Of the 30 families living in mobile homes in the park, 16 are able to meet the relocation deadline without assistance while 14 families needed additional resources.

Water service to the mobile home park was temporarily suspended on March 9 after City Utilities was unable to reach agreement with owner Susie Acton on past-due bills. The tenants had received a letter from Acton on March 3 indicating she intended to sell the property and they would need to move by April 30. Water service was restored on March 11, but the challenges remained for residents to meet the relocation deadline.

“This is a great example of how our community works together to meet needs,” CPO Executive Director Janet Dankert said.

In addition to the case management and emergency grant support, other agencies that assisted included Convoy of Hope, the City of Springfield and City Utilities.

CFO President Brian Fogle said he appreciates the thorough assessments conducted by Community Partnership, which took the lead in the collaborative response to the situation.

“There are a lot of issues as you can imagine, but the staff at CPO did a great job of assessing each case, and providing the resources needed,” Fogle said. “Unfortunately the crisis for many of the families will continue after their move. They will still have a lot of needs.”

Those needs will continue to be addressed by CPO’s One Door program, which is a central assessment point for those in crisis. The moving process will begin as early as next week for those who have already secured new housing options. Meanwhile, those who have not secured new locations will be meeting with One Door to begin the housing search and relocation efforts.

 

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