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Only 11 residents at closing Valley mobile home parks have applied for state assistance. Here's why

The state's Mobile Home Relocation Fund has over $7.7 million in it available for mobile home park residents.

PHOENIX — Three mobile home parks in the Valley are closing within the next few months and many of the more than 300 residents still are not sure what they are going to do.

For residents of Beacon Palms, formerly known as Las Casitas, the deadline has been moved from May 1 to October.

Periwinkle residents need to be out by May 28 and Weldon Court residents by June 30.

In March, legislation was passed and signed into law to increase the amount of state funding available to residents when a mobile home park closes, and thanks to an emergency clause, the additional funding is available immediately.

For the rare cases where a resident can move their mobile home, they qualify for anywhere from $12,500 to $20,000.

If a resident must abandon their home, they qualify for between $5,000 and $8,000.

According to a Department of Housing spokesperson, there is $7,796,315 in the Mobile Home Relocation Fund.

From Jan. 1, 2022 through April 15, 2023, 11 people applied for the funding the total amount paid out was $15,250.

So why are the numbers so low when so many need assistance? According to Helping Families in Need, an organization assisting residents at Beacon Palms and Weldon Court, each case is different.

For many, because residents must turn over the title to their home to collect the money, applying for state funding is often one of the last steps taken before moving out.

In some cases, residents are in the midst of applying for citizenship and do not want to take state funding.

Experts anticipate more residents applying for state funding as they move closer to the move-out deadlines.

Find out how you can apply for assistance through the fund by clicking here.

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