PRESS conference following a meeting between residents of the East End Mobile Home Park and Manassas city officials.

Posted September 8, 2016 /

 

MANASSAS, VA. (September 8, 2016) _ Residents of the East End mobile home park will meet with Manassas city officials at 5:30 p.m. today to discuss concerns regarding the mass eviction of mobile park residents in a few months when the city completes its purchase of the land. The residents will hold a press conference immediately after the meeting to enumerate demands.

Sixty families were told in a letter from August 29, they would have to leave the East End Mobile Home Park by February 28, when the park becomes the property of the City of Manassas. The letter was not signed and did not provide any offer of compensation for moving expenses.

Residents have complained of leaking sewage pipes and other structural problems associated with the deterioration of the sewage system as far back a 2008. However, land owners did not seek a solution to fix the problem and decided to sell the land to the city instead.

This April, residents were notified about the agreement to sell the mobile home park by the company managing the home park. Community members have sought to meet with Manassas City officials three different times to be informed about the sale and purchase process with limited response.

CASA and the 60 families will get together to address this issue in view of the violation of the Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act. The majority of affected families are vulnerable Latinos.

WHAT: PRESS conference following a meeting between residents of the East End Mobile Home Park and Manassas city officials.

WHO: CASA, residents

WHERE: outside the social services offices of the city of Manassas, 9324 West Street Manassas, VA 20110

WHEN: 6 p.m. TODAY, September 8, 2016

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