Dozens of residents forced to vacate mobile homes

August 19, 2008 6:04:01 AM PDT
Dozens of residents in a Hope Mills mobile home park a re facing eviction, but it's not because they haven't paid their rent.

They're being displaced in the name of progress.

Mary Smith is heartbroken. "I don't want to go," she said. "This is my home."

Smith and her husband are moving out after getting an eviction letter from their friend and landlord.

"Money talks, but they are good people, they are good people," Smith said. Despite the eviction, she says the landlord is still her friend.

Smith and more than 100 residents in the Helendale Mobile Home Park have until October 11 to move their homes.

For many like Lillian McGeachy, it's not easy.

"The cheapest I've gotten so far to move it is $2,500," McGeachy said. "It's just the financing. Coming up with the money to move. Like I said, with school getting ready to start, got to buy back to school clothes for the kids. It's just a lot on one person right now."

Residents say the landlord is selling the property for a new Lowes Home Improvement store.

Lynn Morrison says the hardest part of moving is losing her neighbors and friends.

"I don't like it," Morrison said. "I don't like it at all."

Some of the mobile homes are too old to be moved and will be torn down.

Rickey Brooks just moved in two weeks ago, and after spending thousands of dollars remodeling, he can't afford to move.

"[There's] nothing I can do right now, there is nothing I can do, I mean, except for being in my home when they try to bulldoze it," Brooks said.

He and other residents say many of their neighbors live on fixed incomes and others are disabled.

Most like Yvonne Jordan, who's on dialysis, just pray someone will help them.

"I don't know where I am going to go, but I know The Lord will provide," Jordan said. "He will provide for me."

Eyewitness News spoke with the owner of the mobile home park, Wanda Blanton, and she said she had no comment.


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