Voluntary Action Center establishes fund for residents of Regency, El Ray mobile home parks

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 | 4:16 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — The Voluntary Action Center has established a fund for the residents of El Ray and Regency mobile home parks as they relocate to new housing in the coming months.

Nick Foster, director at the Voluntary Action Center, said the fund was established to help residents who are in need of financial assistance as they transition to a new location. The Voluntary Action Center welcomes contributions to the fund.

Foster said the money will help cover the cost of relocating mobile homes, hooking up utilities at their new location and the cost of various deposits, but he said they will discover other needs as they talk with residents.

A few months ago, residents of the Columbia Regency Mobile Home Park were notified that the park would be sold to student housing development company Aspen Heights, and residents were told to relocate.

According to previous Missourian reporting, the El Ray Mobile Home park will close on March 1 because its sewer lagoon could no longer meet resident's needs.

"The short time frame makes it far more difficult for them to move," Foster said. "They just don’t have time to prepare."

There is no deadline for donations, but Foster says the sooner, the better because the need is immediate. He says the fund will remain active in hopes to offer continued financial assistance even after the residents have moved.

"It's not a permanent fund as some of our funds are, but as long as we have funds for this purpose and there is a need, we'll distribute them," he said.

Contributions can be made at the center's website or by mail to 403A Vandiver Drive, Columbia, MO 65202.

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