Manufactured Housing Industry Foundation Distributes $90,000 to Fire Victims
Members of the Western Manufactured Housing Communities Association collected and distributed nearly $90,000 to uninsured residents of three manufactured housing communities in Southern California displaced by October ‘07 Southern California Wildfires.
These devastating fires burned approximately 250 mobile homes in the following communities: Valley Oaks Mobile Ranch (Fallbrook), Oak Tree Ranch (Ramona), and Barrett Lake Mobile Home Park (Dulzura).
“I spoke with many mobile home residents who lost their homes to the Southern California wild fires and their stories are just heartbreaking,” said Sheila Dey, Executive Director of WMA. “I’m proud of the generous response made by WMA members who have stepped forward to help the residents of these affected communities.”
Rebuilding the damaged portion of the mobile home communities that were lost due to the wild fires were estimated to take several months, but in fact years were required to revitalize destruction of this magnitude. Electrical utility systems, for example, had have to be completely rebuilt because of the extent of the damage to transformers and underground lines.
Assistance Provided to Residents
WMA members and residents alike came through with a generous response to our the request for donations to the WMA Foundation, totalling over $80,000 in contributions. The Foundation contributed to 38 residents who lost their homes in the Southern California wildfires, with a concentration on residents who were uninsured.