Shalom Center director Joel Rikas says the community center can be of assistance to tenants who will be displaced by the closing of Bloomington’s Lower Cascades Mobile Home Park. Residents of the park received letters last week informing them that they must vacate their lots by October 15th. The letter also stated that tenants would face a $25 per day storage fee and a $1200 demolition fee if they fail to remove their trailers by that time. Rikas says it may be especially hard for tenants to pay all the costs of finding new housing on top of costs associated with moving their trailers. He says Shalom Center regularly helps to arrange financing for people in need of permanent affordable housing.
Mobile home park owner John Seeber told the “Herald Times” Monday that he’s closing Lower Cascades because it is no longer financially viable. He says 13 out of the park’s 16 tenants are behind on their rent. The park is located near the Lower Cascades Park softball fields.