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TODAY'S QUESTION: What can Columbia residents do to help those living in Regency Mobile Home Park?

Friday, January 28, 2011 | 12:01 a.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Residents of Columbia Regency Mobile Home Park face many problems. Here are just a few:

  • Abandoned, dilapidated trailers that house squatters and vermin.
  • Drug dealers and users walking the streets or selling from cars.
  • Unmaintained tree branches crashing through roofs.
  • High electrical bills — some as high as $500 per month — that cannot be explained.
  • Residents unable to secure a title from management once a trailer is paid off, despite the existence of written agreements.
  • A constant threat of eviction.

A three-month investigation into the mobile home park, 2701 E. Nifong Blvd., shows hundreds upon hundreds of health and safety violations, police dispatches far outnumbering any other trailer park in Columbia, and one company's track record of neglect and greed spreading throughout the U.S.

Why don’t residents just leave? Because most can’t afford the moving costs associated with relocating a trailer to another park.

What can Columbia residents do to help the tenants of Regency Mobile Home Park?

 


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Comments

Dan Meler January 31, 2011 | 10:31 a.m.

Surely there is some kind of government bail out available for these folks, as for the electric bills, I imagine grow lights take a lot of electricity

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Sally Willis September 21, 2011 | 12:02 p.m.

These trailers are just tin boxes they have next to no insulation and many of these homes have holes in the walls and floors. When you run the heat or air with little or no insulation your unit doesn't shut off and that make for outrageous electric bills.

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Paul Allaire September 21, 2011 | 12:25 p.m.

Possibly some of the local renters could offer discounted rents for a period of time to some of those willing to move voluntarily and who meet their criteria. I believe that the county zoning officials could consider finding a way to allow for a new park further from the edge of the city so that those who have a significant amount of equity in their homes can have better options regarding where to place them.

I really don't think that this specific article is helpful as the image that comes to my mind when reading it reminds me of a ghetto located somewhere in a war zone. It's not as bad a place as was just painted here.

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