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Fund aids Vermont mobile-home owners

Burlington Free Press: Lisa Rathke, The Associated Press May 20, 2012 BERLIN — Glenn French and his wife lost their mobile home and much of its contents whenfloodwaters from Tropical Storm Irene ripped through Weston’s Mobile Home park in Berlin. They were lucky enough to find another trailer, a doublewide, not too far away on a hill. But French, 67, says they rushed into buying it because they needed a home and have since discovered problems that need to be repaired. The roof should be replaced and the septic system needs work. “It’s hard to find housing around here,” he said. He hopes to get help from a newly created fund for residents of mobile home parks who were victims of the Aug. 28 storm and of flooding last May. The fund was started with a gift of $50,000 from a Middlebury couple, David and Eleanor Ignat. Organizers say $500 grants will be awarded to people who have applied and are deemed eligible. The deadline to apply is July 16 … Link to Burlington Free Press Article PDF of Burlington Free Press Article

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