Trailer Park Residents Getting an ExtensionPosted: Updated:
KENNEWICK, Wash.- A group of residents at a Kennewick mobile home park now know more about their future.
The Port of Kennewick recently purchased the land and told people they'd have to move out.
Now they're getting an extension.
Many of the people that live at the Willows Trailer Court are elderly, so when the Port told them they'd have to move, it was quite a shock.
The Port has now come to an agreement to let them continue living there until March of 2010.
Residents here at the Willows Trailer Park were in shock last October when they found out the place many have called home for decades would soon force them out.
"It's heartbreaking, when you're set you think you're set for life and then somebody comes and tells you that you have to move," said Patricia Woodrome.
Woodrome and Ken Vance have lived at the Willows for 10 years and never thought they'd be moving.
"We wanted to live here the rest of the time out, at 70 years old, you never know when that's going to be. So consequently, it hit us rather hard," Vance said.
But now the Port of Kennewick has struck a deal with management that will give people like Pat and Ken another two years to find their next home.
The Port says the preliminary deal extends the renters' rights through early 2010.
It also authorizes the Port to buy some of the mobile homes that can't be moved and pay to help those who move out.
"It helps, but when you're our age and you lose everything that you've, your dreams, you know that you've had," Pat said.
It's consolation for some, but still, the feeling is bittersweet.
"I understand, like the Mrs. Said, it's progress, but at 70 years old, it's not very easy to swallow, so to speak," Ken said.
The people who stay will still have to pay rent for the next two years, but generally, the ones KNDU talked to are just happy they're being given some time to figure out how they're going to move.