Heart Village mobile homes residents demand more money, time from Jackson County

Heart Village mobile homes residents demand more money, time from Jackson County
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Jackson County residents in the Heart Village mobile homes are demanding more help from county leaders, after being forced to leave and make room for a new Jackson County jail. Residents met with Jackson County legislators, and KC Tenants at a public meeting to discuss the next steps. “It is absolutely unacceptable that the only reason that most of these folks knew about this meeting is because KC Tenants called them,” said Tara Raghuveer, director of KC Tenants. The county has given residents until February 2022 to move out. “You guys have three years, I have six months!!” said one resident upset over having to move out. But many mobile homes residents are demanding that the timeline is pushed back to June 2022.The county says they’ll help renters with the move with up to $10,000 and owners with up to $20,000, but for many, that’s not enough money.”Throwing taxpayer money around everywhere until it goes back to the taxpayer, I’m not happy with it at all,” said another resident. Going forward, county leaders told residents they plan to include them in meetings for their next steps, and start the conversation as soon as possible. “We know the frustration. We’ve heard it. We need to treat people compassionately, we need to make sure we do the move correctly and we need to make sure we take care of people,” said Dan Tarwater III, Jackson County Legislator in the 4th District. Residents also want better communication with the community services league, the group hired by the county to help them through the relocation process.

Jackson County residents in the Heart Village mobile homes are demanding more help from county leaders, after being forced to leave and make room for a new Jackson County jail.

Residents met with Jackson County legislators, and KC Tenants at a public meeting to discuss the next steps.

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“It is absolutely unacceptable that the only reason that most of these folks knew about this meeting is because KC Tenants called them,” said Tara Raghuveer, director of KC Tenants.

The county has given residents until February 2022 to move out.

“You guys have three years, I have six months!!” said one resident upset over having to move out.

But many mobile homes residents are demanding that the timeline is pushed back to June 2022.

The county says they’ll help renters with the move with up to $10,000 and owners with up to $20,000, but for many, that’s not enough money.

“Throwing taxpayer money around everywhere until it goes back to the taxpayer, I’m not happy with it at all,” said another resident.

Going forward, county leaders told residents they plan to include them in meetings for their next steps, and start the conversation as soon as possible.

“We know the frustration. We’ve heard it. We need to treat people compassionately, we need to make sure we do the move correctly and we need to make sure we take care of people,” said Dan Tarwater III, Jackson County Legislator in the 4th District.

Residents also want better communication with the community services league, the group hired by the county to help them through the relocation process.

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