Residents Claim "Substandard Conditions" at Mobile Home Park
Residents of a mobile home park in Twentynine Palms spent Wednesday night in near-freezing temperatures without power. They called us to investigate conditions at Singing Trees Mobile Home Park. Video by kmir6.comvideo
Residents of a mobile home park in Twentynine Palms spent Wednesday night in near-freezing temperatures without power.
They called us to investigate conditions at Singing Trees Mobile Home Park.
People at the mobile home park say they are living in substandard conditions.
Wednesday night it was no power for many, but they say there are many more problems than that.
Jason Buckley says it was a horrible evening with no heat through the night.
"It's just getting to be inhumane, you can't live in conditions like this, I've got cups of water freezing on my counter because it's so cold," said Buckley, who has a 17-month-old daughter, Dakota.
Three people own their trailers, the rest are rentals.
Tenants say conditions are tough.
"For those people, absolutely horrible, no hot water, and when they do buy propane there's leaks all over the trailers," said park resident, Sheryl.
"We have furnace whatsoever to speak of in my house, we got supplied with electric space heaters, the electric space heaters have caught fire and burned out electrical outlets, I replaced them."
Buckley says his hot water heater, oven and, and old refrigerator have also caught fire.
Carmellia Wright Berkley says she also has power problems.
"I have orange extension cords all over the house, there's been a fire in the bathroom, the electric is out, I put in reports and complaints with HCD, Weights and Measurements," said Wright Berkley.
We spoke with the park's general manager on the phone.
He said the power problem is actually on the energy company's side.
He says he addresses issues at the park as he's notified of them.
After a year and a half as on-site manager, Darlene Vocker says the problems keep piling up.
"Most of my tenants in this park have either electrical issues, no heat, no cooking abilities and no hot water," said Vocker.
Vocker told me what a puddle in the road came from.
"That is a septic issue, that has occurred now four or five times, it's backed up," said Vocker.
According to residents, state code enforcement has visited the park many times for complaints.
"It's been really hard living here, and I'm trying to relocate, but I don't have the money to leave," said Wright Berkley.
Inspectors from the Department of Housing and Community Development told us they went to take look at the park Thursday afternoon after receiving several complaints.
They found sewage spills, electrical issues, in-operable water heaters and furnaces.
They will be issuing a notice to park owner, who will have five days to fix the issues or his permit will be suspended.