Mobile home owners to lawmakers, state officials: ‘We are definitely not OK’

Their frustration was palpable, their stories heart-wrenching, and their concerns numerous. But the hardest thing facing mobile home owners flooded out by Tropical Storm Irene, judging from a meeting at the Old Labor Hall in Barre Wednesday evening, is that they feel “abandoned” while the rest of the state moves on with recovery. “We have a right to housing and dignified lives like everyone else,” declared Sandy Gaffney, one of over 70 residents of Weston Mobile Home park in Berlin who were dislocated by the Aug. 28 storm. Around 40 flooded-out mobile home residents gathered with advocates, legislators and local and state officials Wednesday to detail their dire housing and financial situation and urge help for those Vermonters “least able to deal with the disaster,” as Gaffney put it. Many wore T-shirts that said: “We are survivors of Irene 2011.” Article Taken From vtdigger.org PDF: Mobile home owners to lawmakers, state officials URL: http://vtdigger.org/2011/10/20/mobile-home-owners-to-lawmakers-state-officials-we-are-definitely-not-ok/

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