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“The hope is that we can identify locations for people in the next few weeks,” Kennedy said.
She said she couldn’t speak for the families, but had been clear about the city’s involvement.
“It’s a really tough conversation to have, but I’ve told them many times in our meetings that it’s not a viable option,” Kennedy said of the families’ initial desire to stay on the property.
Kennedy had also looked into various sources for housing assistance and emergency assistance, but any money available for city housing would not be enough. The Community Foundation stepped in to bring interested people together.
“I live in Lindley Park and they’re my neighbors – and I get it,” Kennedy said. “It’s one of those things where the private sale of a property has a huge impact. We can’t disrupt that sale. We can’t change that.”
Kelly Morales, executive director of Siembra, said the city has directed residents, who want to stay together, to municipal plots of land suitable for mobile homes. But they were either already sold or in a community that didn’t allow mobile home parks in its development plan.
“If the zoning board removes land zoned for mobile home parks in one area, we believe it should be added back elsewhere,” Morales wrote in an email exchange. “Otherwise, we’re just zoning some residents out so they can’t live in Greensboro.”