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Worried about the fate of displaced residents

Editor, Ceres Courier,

Due to the improved development of the Whitmore Avenue overpass, the remaining residents of the Lazy Wheels Mobile Home Park will be required to relocate to other living quarters. That land is being sold by California Department of Transportation.

Most of the residents still living at this trailer park, I feel, deserve assistance in relocating to new residencies. Most are low income and maybe would qualify for rental help in the form of cash assistance, and or at the very least, a proper professional information and referral program on relocating elsewhere.

Maybe the city of Ceres can be the lead agency to get things started off. They may contract out to an agency like the Stanislaus County Housing Authority. Maybe some funds from Community Development Block Grant funds can be used for the needed assistance.

I presume that many of the mostly Latino residents living at the mobile home park do not have a clue on what to do about relocation efforts. This is a clear definition that progress in urban renewal has resulted in urban removal for a mobile home park that has been in existence for over 70 years. Let us take care on this issue, make it right.

Daniel Marsh,

(Editor's note: According to City Manager Toby Wells, Caltrans' sale of the property will not trigger the relocation of the residents. The new owners of Lazy Wheels will be required to follow the specific requirements of the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) for the closure of mobile home parks. That process will take at least a year or longer, and all residents will be provided with notice as prescribed by HCD.)