A mobile home park in west Florida has threatened residents with eviction for accepting food deliveries donated by a church pantry.
Pearl Jones, 81, a resident of the Carlyn Estates Mobile Home Park in Palmetto, reportedly said the manager gave her a written warning of that she would be evicted for accepting food donated by the Hope Church located nearby.
Jones said other residents got warnings, too: “The owner had her people follow the delivery trucks and mark down the numbers of the trailers who got it. Now, no one will accept food. They don’t want to be evicted.”
Glucklich LLC of Palmetto, the owner of Carlyn Estates bought the 14.14-acre property with 111 home lots for $5.2 million in February 2012. The owner and the park are located in Palmetto, a city in Manatee County near Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.
Most of the park residents at Carlyn Estates own their mobile homes. The trailer park residents there, who are mainly senior citizens, pay monthly rent of about $400.
The park manager was unavailable for comment, the Miami Herald reported.
“Our prospectus states that no food banks are allowed to deliver in this park without prior permission,” said Sharon Brittain, 79, a five-year resident of the west Florida park. “And then we need to know who needs help because, if they are destitute, we would want to get all the social services for them.” [Miami Herald] — Mike Seemuth