Village Green residents meet with attorney to avoid getting kicked out
Residents of Village Green gathered tonight with an attorney hoping to find a way to stay in their homes. The room was packed with people furious that come April 12, they may be kicked out even after paying their bills
"If they don't pay this bill, all of us are going to be without a home," said Kimberly Bone.
Bone says she came to tonight's meeting to fight for her and her neighbors.
"I have worked my tail off, gave every penny I have for two years to establish a home of my own, only to find out I'm going to lose it because somebody is not paying a bill," said Bone.
The owners of Village Green Mobile Home Park finally paid an overdue garbage bill of $73,000 after it started piling up outside of people's home. But it's the disputed water bill with Mishawaka Utilities that brought everyone to the meeting Thursday night. That bill dates back to July and is in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Residents point to the threat of their water being shut off.
"I don't want to leave my home, but I also have nowhere else to go," said Linda Mendenhall.
Mendenhall says she's not giving up without a fight, because she, like many others, don't have anywhere else to go.
"Whatever's mine, you know you're going to have to take me down," said Mendenhall.
The meeting was behind closed doors for confidential reasons. Residents were advised to not share details of what was said during the meeting. After almost two hours of meeting with the attorney, many walked out in frustration saying people kept shouting over each other. Others remain hopeful that help could be on the way.
"It's a 50-50 shot," said William Kelly. "I mean we are going to see what these guys can do and see where we can go from there."