Mobile Home Park Resident Recovery Fund
Mobile Home Park Residents for Equality and Fairness and the Vermont Workers’ Center have partnered with the Vermont Community Foundation and others to support residents of Vermont mobile home parks who lost or had damage to their mobile homes as a result of Tropical Storm Irene or the May 2011 floods. The money raised for this fund will go directly into the hands of survivors of last year’s storms which left mobile homes in parks across Vermont severely damaged or destroyed beyond repair. Most residents lost nearly all their possessions and hundreds of families were displaced.
Grants of $500 will be awarded to mobile home residents that have applied and are deemed eligible. Grants will be approved within 2-3 weeks of receipt as funds are available up to the application deadline. Any remaining funds will be equally divided among grantees on the anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene, on August 28, 2012. Grants may be used to pay for any costs incurred because of destruction, displacement, or damage relating to floods. This includes increased housing costs, such as mortgage payments, rent, heating, taxes, or utilities, as well as making home repairs, clean-up, and replacing personal property lost in the flood.
A mobile home park resident will be considered eligible if:
• the mobile home was part of a mobile home park located in Vermont;
• the mobile home suffered damages due to Tropical Storm Irene and/or Spring 2011 flooding
• the applicant has a FEMA number.
Application Deadline: July 16, 2012
Please send completed applications to:
Vermont Workers’ Center
c/o Mobile Home Resident Recovery Fund
P.O. Box 883
Montpelier, Vermont 05601
Strength of the Storm
The stories of the impact of Tropical Storm Irene on mobile home park residents and the grassroots organizing of Mobile Home Park Residents for Equality and Fairness is the subject of a new film called Strength of the Storm. More information on the documentary film is available at www.strengthofthestorm.org
For more information, please contact Sandy Gaffney, (802) 461-7865, firstname.lastname@example.org.