US News: Low-Income Seniors Displaced by Blaze Still in Housing Limbo

US News: Low-Income Seniors Displaced by Blaze Still in Housing Limbo
February 9, 2018 Joanna Rivas

Dozens of low-income seniors displaced after a massive wildfire tore through their mobile-home park in Northern California are struggling to pay for temporary lodgings, a newspaper reported Friday. The seniors remained in housing limbo four months after the blaze destroyed row after row of tightly packed homes at the Santa Rosa park called Journey’s End, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. “It is purgatory,” said Theresa Udall, 83, who is living in a tiny apartment that costs two-thirds of her monthly income. “When the fire first happened, videos of the park up in flames went all around the world. My son in Hong Kong saw it. Everyone was talking about us,” Udall said. “Now, nothing. We feel really abandoned by those in authority.” Only 40 of the 121 homes at the park survived the flames but they were shuttered after officials found asbestos near the park’s former laundry room.

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