FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Fabiola Torralba, 210-551-9030, fabiola.ochoa.torralba@gmail.
JASPER MOBILE HOME PARK RESIDENTS THREATENED TO HAVE HOMES FORCIBLY REMOVED ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 21, 2020
On Friday, August 21, 2020 at 8 a.m., Jasper Mobile Home Park residents (6725 Walzem Rd 78239) request the presence and support of the public and media to prevent the forcible removal of their homes.
For the past few years, Jasper Mobile Home Park residents have undergone a series of incidents that have led to the dismantling of their community. Residents feared the final blow when the new property managers of Jasper Mobile Home Park notified them that they had to vacate the premises by the end of July or face legal action. Despite promises of relocation assistance, the remaining households have not received adequate support from property managers, the City of San Antonio or Bexar County. Residents were notified that the remaining homes will be moved this Friday to another part of the property.
None of the remaining Jasper Mobile Home Park residents consented to this action, which threatens to cause structural damage to their homes due to their age and condition if moved. The last standing residents at this mobile home park are elders, people living on disability, and families with limited incomes and limited options. From data collected on the impacts of the Mission Trails Mobile Home Community displacement, we already know that forcible relocation can lead to life-threatening illness; increased stress, anxiety, and depression; exacerbation of pre-existing illness; and even death. People who run a high risk of getting COVID-19 like elders and people with disabilities are especially vulnerable during a threat of displacement like the one Jasper MHP residents are facing. No one should be forced to move during a pandemic.