Time to relocate is running out for mobile home residents

Time to relocate is running out for mobile home residents

The Penticton residents must relocate by Oct. 1 per the lease termination notice

For Steven Tozer and the other remaining residents of the Delta Mobile Home Park, time is running out to relocate, but community services in the area may be able to relieve some of the burden.

The residents of the park were given lease termination notices in May of 2018, stating that they needed to be off the property by Oct. 1. Fred Kruger, the property owner and a member of the Penticton Indian Band, is within his legal right to terminate the leases.

“Disappointment was the first thought that came to my mind,” said Tozer. “Oh no, it happened.”

Tozer has lived in the park for the last four years and says he’s not upset with Kruger about the lease termination but he is worried about where he and his neighbours will end up.

“A lot of the people here have been absolutely beside themselves … it’s a lot of stress when you have to move at (older) ages,” said Tozer.

RELATED: Up to 40 people handed eviction notices in Penticton community

According to Tozer, only one mobile unit has sold within the park since May. Many mobile home parks will not accept older trailers or don’t have vacancies — which leaves many Delta residents out of options.

“I think that everybody that is in here right now is nearly at that point of ‘what’s the point?’ because there isn’t anything out there,” said Tozer. “Everybody’s been looking.”

Linda Sankey, executive director of the South Okanagan Similkameen Brain Injury Society (SOSBIS), says it’s very likely statistically that the residents of the park are under increased stress, which may affect their overall mental health.

“Statistically, moving is one of the most stressful things that a person can have happen in their life. So just looking at it from that perspective across the board, I think there’s a likelihood that people are in distress because of the tight housing market and the equity they invested in their mobile homes,” she said.

SOSBIS and other organizations have made a few visits to the mobile home park in the last few weeks in order to provide information to the residents about services in the area. These services include financial, grief support, counselling, housing and mental health, to name a few.

RELATED: Fears of disappearing low-income housing in Penticton

“There’s no one in our circle of care support that will be able to help them with moving their trailer or relocating their belongings,” said Sankey. “What we can offer is some guidance as to what’s available to them in the community.”

Sankey said they received confirmation from Kruger that the society, or other services, could set up a booth within the mobile home park to better provide information to residents. This will be done upon request of the current residents.

A challenge facing the SOSBIS and other organizations is that some residents in the park may need help but won’t ask for it.

“That’s the way this goes. Some of the people there are not the type that would reach out for community support. I think they are very self-sufficient and capable and resilient on their own on a normal basis,” said Sankey. “For a lot of people, it’s difficult to reach out for help, especially for the first time.”

Sankey stated it was “horribly disappointing” that there are no legislative recourses that can be taken at this time by the residents. Especially since the provincial government announced plans in April, before the lease termination notice was given, to enhance protections for tenants in mobile home parks.

Tozer is remaining optimistic that he’ll find somewhere to move his mobile home. But if the worst comes and he hasn’t found somewhere by the deadline, he may be out of luck.

“I’m taking it apart, and I have a tin can coming so I’m putting all the wood that I can take down, my furniture, and my car in that since it can be stored somewhere,” said Tozer. “The only thing that will be left then will be my building.”

“The only thing I can do then is negotiate with the owner of the property and basically take my building apart, walls off and the roof off and everything, and store it for the winter.”

Any residents within the Delta Mobile Home Park are welcome to contact the SOSBIS if they would like more information about the services available in the area or want a referral.

To report a typo, email: editor@pentictonwesternnews.com.

Jordyn Thomson | Reporter


Send Jordyn Thomson an email.
Like the Western News on Facebook.
Follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A map released by the BCCDC on Jan. 15 shows the number of new COVID-19 cases reported for each local health area between Jan. 3 and 9. (BCCDC Image)
Salmon Arm and Vernon see increase in new COVID cases, curve flattening elsewhere

The rate of new cases is levelling off in Kelowna, Penticton and Revelstoke.

The Premier Hotel on Summerland’s Main Street and the taxi were owned by Bill and Lydia Johnston. Today, the building is Sass Fashions in Summerland. H.S. Kenyon, who moved the building to Summerland from Midway, continued with building construction. His family now operates Greyback Construction. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)
Two former Summerland hotel buildings have been moved over the years

Transport of buildings is part of community’s history

Interior Health update. File photo.
86 new COVID-19 cases, two more deaths in Interior Health

The new deaths are from Heritage Square, a long-term care facility in Vernon

The Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs is inviting everyone to join them in celebrating Pink Shirt Day safely at home. (Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs)
Pink Shirt Day re-imagined as COVID-19 pandemic continues

The Boys and Girls Clubs are introducing Breakfast in a Box

Keith the curious kitten is seen on Nov. 4, 2020 at the Chilliwack SPCA. Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 is Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Jan. 17 to 23

Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day, Pie Day and International Sweatpants Day are all coming up this week

The organizer of a Kelowna protest against COVID-19 restrictions was fined by the RCMP for the third time Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. (File photo)
COVID-19: Organizer of Kelowna anti-restriction protest ticketed for third time

The individual’s latest ticket for $2,300 was handed out by RCMP at an anti-lockdown rally Saturday

Mount Boucherie Secondary School is one of three Kelowna schools with confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to an update from the school district Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. (File photo)
COVID-19 confirmed at 3 Kelowna schools

Interior Health has confirmed exposures at Mount Boucherie, Springvalley and South Rutland schools

Half of the most expensive homes are on 2080 Mackenzie Crt, which is across the street from Revelstoke Mountain Resort. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)
The 10 most valuable homes in Revelstoke for 2020

Combined, the properties are worth more than $35M

Lake Country native Evan-Riley Brown is in the cast for the new film Journey To Royal: A WW II Rescue Mission to be released on video on demand and streaming services on Feb. 2. (Contributed)
Okanagan actor lands role in WW II movie

Evan-Riley Brown, from Lake Country, cast in production labelled as hybrid of a feature film and documentary called Journey To Royal: a WW II Rescue Mission.

JaHyung Lee, “Canada’s oldest senior” at 110 years old, received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. He lives at Amenida Seniors Community in Newton. (Submitted photo: Amenida Seniors Community)
More than 20 days have passed since the last case of COVID-19 was confirmed at Lakeside Manor. (File photo)
Salmon Arm retirement facility reopens social areas after COVID-19

More than 20 days have passed since last confirmed case at Lakeside Manor

A unique-looking deer has been visiting a Nanoose Bay property with its mother. (Frieda Van der Ree photo)
A deer with 3 ears? Unique animal routinely visits B.C. property

Experts say interesting look may be result of an injury rather than an odd birth defect

Standardized foundation skills assessment tests in B.C. schools will be going ahead later than usual, from Feb. 16 to March 12 for students in Grades 4 and 7. (Black Press Media file photo)
B.C. teachers say COVID-affected school year perfect time to end standardized tests

Foundational skills testing of Grade 4 and 7 students planned for February ad March

Most Read