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Friday, November 30, 2018

Mobile Home Residents Are Trying to Save Affordable Housing | Time

Mobile Home Residents Are Trying to Save Affordable Housing | Time: Maribeth Sheedy got a letter from her new landlord the day after Christmas last year. So did many of her neighbors at Akron Mobile Home Park in Akron, New York, a rural village 25 miles northeast of Buffalo. The park’s new owner, Florida-based Sunrise Capital Investors, was proposing a rent increase of more than 40 percent starting in the spring. Anyone who couldn’t pay $425 per month would be evicted.

“We all scratched our heads,” Sheedy, 45, recalled on a steamy afternoon in September. The mother of two sat in a folding chair in the garage attached to her double-wide manufactured, or mobile, home shushing her 12-year-old Pomeranian