The park owners state that the eviction is due the new septic system that is being constructed, which will no longer have the capacity to satisfy the number of residents on the property. As such, the owners are not offering any compensation, methods, alternate housing, or solutions except eviction.
The tenants assume that the owners understood the new capacity of the sewer system when they were quoted for the work and when they assumed ownership of the property in fall of 2019. Instead of notifying tenants during the summer of 2020, the owners chose to continue to lease the property with the intent of evicting elderly, disabled, and lower income families in the middle of winter.
Many of the residents have lived at the park for over 15 years and do not have a means to move the trailers, and many of the trailers do not have the capacity to be moved. Given the current temperatures and the lack of communication by the owners, moving at this time is impossible.
The country is currently facing the COVID-19 pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put a halt on rent-related evictions in September to help curb the spread of COVID-19, but that order expires December 31, 2020. We anticipate this order will be extended, and Tenants of the Hoback RV park are susceptible to this virus. This eviction could lead to more than a loss of affordable housing, it could be a loss of life. We, the tenants of Hoback RV Park, hold the owners accountable for any loss of property or life due to the unjust circumstances of this eviction.
The money raised by the 'gofundme' fundraiser will go to protecting and supporting these residents in 1 of 3 ways:
1 - funds will be used to maintain housing for residents by paying for routinely scheduled septic pumps until May 31, 2021 to ensure RV park is within WYDEQ compliance.
2 - if eviction is not stalled, funds will be allocated to residents in need to support and assist them as they move in the middle of the winter and in the middle of a pandemic on December 21, 2020.
3 - if funds are not required to pump septic, and owners take accountability for injustice, the funds will be allocated to residents in need to support and assistance as they move on May 31, 2021 to ensure they start on the right foot.