Austin mobile home park residents face evictions under new ownership

A South Austin mobile home park has been sold to a new owner who has been issuing eviction notices and notices to vacate to residents.

A neighborhood once teeming with backyard barbecues, kids playing in the street and plenty of front porch sitting is begrudgingly saying goodbye to their slice of South Congress Avenue as an eviction brought on by a real estate deal comes to a head.

Congress Mobile Home and RV Park residents are moving their homes, belongings and lives after the parkwas purchased late last year by California-based commercial real estate and development company Paydar Properties.

Now, residents are facing a move they never saw coming with a timeframe that is making it hard for some to land on their feet elsewhere.

As a testament to their sense of community, residents gatheredWednesday night to honor a neighbor who died in July and held a vigil for the longtime park resident. During their time together, residents reflected and said goodbye to one another as some neighbors have begun leaving the property.

Residents of Congress Mobile and RV Park on South Congress in Austin gathered for a vigil honoring a neighbor, and their park, on Wednesday.

“Congress mobile home park tenants are here today with heavy hearts at the destruction of their vibrant and tight-knit community,” said Gabby Garcia, an organizer with local housing nonprofit BASTA. “Tenants will continue to fight to ensure that all of their neighbors get what they need and do not end up homeless or in a dangerous situation. And for this to happen, they need more time and resources.”

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