Families told to leave Upstate mobile home park in 30 days


HODGES, S.C. (WSPA) — Residents have 30 days to move out of a Greenwood County mobile home park.

The management company for Mulberry Park said their hands are tied. While they want the residents to have more time to move, they must follow the property owner’s request.

Residents say they need more time to find somewhere to live and that request has fallen on deaf ears.

More than 20 residents who call Mulberry Park home received a letter on their front doors, saying in part that residents will have to vacate by Sept. 15, 2019. Notices went to all mobile home renters and owners.

The park is owned by J & B Investments.

Speaking on behalf of the company, Elaine Barnett tells 7 News that the mobile home park is closing and those families will have to move.

Barnett says she’s sending out a letter to media Tuesday after her attorney reviews it. She says the letter will explain why all of this is happening, but many of the people who live at Mulberry Park say they worry they’ll have nowhere to go.

Shanika Lee and her husband Marquis are concerned about pulling their kids out of the school they attend.

“Well, I talked to the guidance counselor and she came out here personally today talking to me with the assistant principal and they’re trying to figure out what Greenwood District can do to help.”

Courtesy: Elora Turner – Copy of letter put on Mulberry Park residents front doors

“I’m devastated. I don’t know where we’re going to go. I just wish there was somebody that could help us, buy us more time. We need at least a year,” Elora Turner said. She’s working night and day, making calls and asking for help.

Turner and her husband are some of the few who own their home, saying it takes time to find a piece of property to buy and get permits for their septic tanks. The couple and their neighbors reached out to the property owner, their district council member, an attorney and even the management company. They’ve had no luck as of Monday.

Barnett says that those who can’t move in 30 days will have extra time if they call the property managers and work out a time line to move. She also says that there are other mobile home facilities available for people to move to.

Residents plan to protest on Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. at the Greenwood County Courthouse. They’re inviting the public to come out.

Residents have also set up a Gofundme page to help with moving expenses with a goal to raise $250,000. Click here for more information.

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