Mobile Home Park Residents March to Keep Their Homes

Leesburg Mobile Home Park residents marched down Market Street in Leesburg Wednesday, Sept. 8 to ask for help as the land under their homes is being sold for millions.

 The residents of the mobile home park have been notified that the property, the site of 86 lots walking distance from downtown Leesburg, is to be sold for $11 million. The owner and likely purchaser have not responded to inquiries from Loudoun Now. But the sale price makes people in the park worry they’ll be kicked off the land many have called home their entire lives—and the only place for miles around they can afford to live.

On Wednesday, dozens of residents and supporters marched through afternoon traffic to raise awareness and ask the county Board of Supervisors for help, organized by New Virginia Majority. A long line of people waited to ask county supervisors for help during public comment sessions. Park resident Dinora Vasquez, speaking through interpreter Vanessa Prudencio, told supervisors of her struggles to afford the mobile home she lives in, and to care for her wheelchair-bound, disabled daughter, who gets in and out of her home with a chair lift. She said she doesn’t have anywhere else to go.

“We are human beings. We are complete families who are suffering as a result for this massive potential displacement,” she said.

“It is a very peaceful trailer park. There’s no delinquency. It’s a healthy area of humble and hardworking people,” said Kathrine Escobar, speaking for her grandmother. “We live on what little we have, many of us seniors. We could not live elsewhere. Our incomes are not enough. It would strip us of the only thing we have.”

Supervisors offered them little. Chair Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large) said it was more of a Town of Leesburg issue than a county government issue.

“There are two things you should know—one, Leesburg is not under the jurisdiction of the county government, and from all that we have been told, there is not going to  be any displacement of residents for, at the very least, 18 months, and possibly up to three years,” Randall said.

Where those people will go in 18 months—or three years—remains unclear. The calls for help, so far unanswered, also brought up supervisors’ affordable housing work. Asked if his office had any program to help the residents in the mobile home park, Commissioner of the Revenue Bob Wertz pointed out that even if the decades-old mobile homes actually can move again, there may be no place for them in Loudoun at any price.

“I listened to the folks that came to talk about the mobile home park tonight, and it’s been something that the county has prohibited for some time, and permits mobile homes for tenant house and temporary housing while you’re building a house, but it’s prohibited in other areas,” Wertz said. “Maybe that’s something that the board needs to look at. I know it’s not popular, but if you’re really going to have a conversation about affordable housing, it’s an option.”

Mobile home park residents next plan to speak before the Leesburg Town Council.

6 thoughts on “Mobile Home Park Residents March to Keep Their Homes

  • 2021-09-13 at 3:11 pm

    I totally sympathize with the residents of Mobile Home Park. It’s a very uncomfortable feeling to think you’ll be displaced in three years. (With no place to go.) After all, we all need a roof over our heads. Loudoun County, please get started on creating more affordable housing. This is especially true for seniors, low-income families & people with disabilities. If Loudoun County is known as the wealthiest county in America, there’s no reason it can’t look out for those who are less fortunate.

    • 2021-09-14 at 10:43 am

      The County could create affordable housing by allowing trailer parks. As we have seen local governments do for decades, Loudoun uses the zoning laws to keep certain kinds of people out. Loudoun has done this by outlawing trailer parks.

      This trailer park is in Leesburg, so the County zoning does not apply. However, Leesburg is going to change the zoning and eliminate this trailer park. That is unforgivable. Democrats are talking out both sides of their mouths. They say they want affordable housing but are actively working to eliminate this trailer park which is one of the very few affordable housing options. Shame on them.

  • 2021-09-13 at 5:42 pm

    If I could type mean and nasty vulgarities and hurl them at our local officials and get it past the censors, I would do it here. How unbelievably HYPOCRITICAL is it for all these local Democrats like Phyllis Randall to say that Loudoun needs more affordable housing and say they will push for more affordable housing (when developers propose new developments) and, yet, when they have the opportunity to PRESERVE affordable housing, they turn their Democrat backs on these humble people like Joe Biden walking away from a podium! Let me put it mildly and say the local Democrats are liars. They have no interest in actual helping people. If they did, they could do it right here and preserve this affordable housing. Instead, they will stab our neighbors in the back so that the land can be re-developed. Gentrification strikes Leesburg!

  • 2021-09-14 at 6:07 pm

    Crocodile tears, David. You’d be crying about the rights of the property owner if they did otherwise. There is nothing that a Democrat could do to please you except perhaps to not exist.

    • 2021-09-15 at 2:40 pm

      Homer – iwouldsupport the land owners and his/her rights. Now the answer should include affordable housing in any NEW developments. For example the proposal for development in Loundoun just outside of Leesburg. The developer is looking to rezone it from 1 house per 20 acres so they can build over 1000 residential homes. If 10% of that was low income as a condition to pass perhaps it would help.

  • 2021-09-15 at 10:34 am

    Homie, the problem is not the sale. The problem is that the parcel is going to be re-zoned by Leesburg to eliminate the trailers. That is unconscionable. Further, the family that is purported to be buying the land and having it re-zoned is good buddies with Mayor Burk (D). They are buying it while it is valued less because it is zoned for trailers, have tacit approval from their Democrat pals on the Council that they will re-zone it to a more valuable category, and then they will re-develop it. This is political money-laundering and it happens time after time. You can be certain that these proceeds will make it back to the Democrats running for office, and they are doing this at the expense of working-class people.

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