Virginia Organizing Hails the Passage of the Mobile Home Protective Order and the Human Rights Resolution
Virginia Beach, VA –Residents who have fought on local affordable housing issues and immigrant rights issues are commending the Virginia Beach City Council for two courageous votes last night.
Yes on Mobile Home Protective Order
On Tuesday evening the Virginia Beach City Council passed a mobile home park protective policy that will serve to ameliorate the hardships on families who live in mobile home parks and risk being displaced due to development. The Mobile Home Protective Order was unanimously approved by city council and aims to give mobile home owners more housing security. The Protective Order states that mobile home owners receive clear guidance regarding expectations for a change of use process, that residents of mobile home parks will have a framework where their hardships are discussed and addressed.
“Last night the City Council of Virginia Beach stood in solidarity with families and thousands of households whose trailer is their home. The challenge into the future is the continue to stand in solidarity with those fellow citizens whose mobile homes are a safe, decent and deeply affordable place to live and raise their families,” said Tim McCarthy of Virginia Organizing South Hampton Roads.
“This is a great step in the right direction. Now the buyers and sellers will have to follow an actual policy, which is more than we had before. Hopefully, more protections will come down the line since a lot of trailer parks are being disrupted.” said Kathy Stanley of Chesapeake. “My park is currently under contract and we can never breath easy. Hopefully this policy is also enacted in Chesapeake where I live.”