CARSON, Calif. — Some mobile home park residents are living in fear of losing their homes, as the Park Avalon Mobile Estates owner submitted plans with the city to potentially close the park for a mixed-use development in the future.
Kathy Talarico is one of more than 100 mobile home residents in the park.
What You Need To Know
- The owner of Park Avalon Mobile Estates in Carson has submitted plans to potentially close the park for a mixed-use development
- There are more than 100 mobile home owners within the park now trying to figure out what the future holds if the plans get approved
- The president of the park's Home Owner Association shared that most residents are being offered only about 40% of their homes' value
"We own our mobile for 33 years," she said. "I don’t want it to go down the drain."
Talarico and her husband both have health issues and are living on a fixed income. Throughout the years, they’ve spent their lifesavings to own their mobile home. The current offerings to buy out residents living within the park, like Talarico, shared that the amount wouldn’t be enough to put a down payment on finding a new place to live.
“They want to give us $6,000, $20,000, $50,000 for our mobile? We’ve got to live out there. If they want us to move, they should buy us another mobile home somewhere,” Talarico said.
There are more than 100 mobile home owners within the park like the Talaricos trying to figure out what the future holds if the city of Carson approves the closure. Martin Cervantes, president of Park Avalon Mobile Estate’s Home Owner Association, has been living in the park for five years. Cervantes shared that most residents are being offered only about 40% of their homes' value.
“95% might be in the low level of low-income, and just by that classification, pretty much it will be hard for anybody to move to another area where everybody’s paying $2,000, $2,500,” Cervantes said.
Spectrum News 1 reached out to the Park Avalon Carson, LLC, the owners of the park. They did not return our request for comment.
The potential closure comes on the heels of another nearby mobile home park that was recently approved by the city to close. Julie Lopez, a partner with Tatro & Lopez, believes a new law that went into effect on New Year’s Day could bring added protections for mobile home owners facing park closures this year.
"Almost always when you are closing a mobile home park, you are losing some amount of low-income housing," she said. "That affordable housing, under the new law, has to be replaced or the city can’t approve the park closure."
On Wednesday, the city of Carson's Planning Commission will have a meeting to review the Relocation Impact Report related to the potential closure of the park. As time passes, the uncertainty weighs on Talarico’s mind.
“It’s just so upsetting to think that, how am I going to pack or unpack if nobody helps us, you know? I’m so scared to be homeless. I really am,” Talarico said.
Until a decision on this park closure is made, Talarico hopes to have her voice heard so that mobile home owners in the park will continue having a place to call home.