Moving under way for evicted Pin Oak residents - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Moving under way for evicted Pin Oak residents

(Source: KPLC) (Source: KPLC)

Some residents of Pin Oak Trailer Park, west of Sulphur, are considered at risk of becoming homeless. 

So, local agencies are working to help move families to new homes, families who were evicted because a new owner has plans for the property. While resources are earmarked, the future is still uncertain for some.

"The home owners are a little nervous. It's a little scary, but everyone's been very cooperative and helpful," said Kristina Messina, Director of the Continuum of Care for Southwest Louisiana.

Clearly, it's nerve-racking to watch as a mover prepares to haul one's home several miles down the road to a new location. Some trailers are too old to make such a trip. The movers never really know if an older home will withstand the trip until they're in the thick of it.

The Continuum of Care is trying to help Pin Oak residents.

"The continuum of care is a federally funded program that helps individuals who are homeless or at risk for homelessness in this five parish area," says Messina.

Evicted residents who need help are getting it, but must contribute $600 of their own money.

"We've partnered with some local trailer companies: Bayou Mobile and Deep South Mobile," said Messina.

There are still about 30 families to go, and officials say they need donations to complete all the moves.

"So far, it's going pretty well. We've had six individuals come in and pay their portion. They're paying one-third of the move and we're paying two-thirds. United Way has contributed funds, and we're still looking for funds at this point," said Messina.

She said they need about $10,000. Anyone interested in donating may call 337-437-3550.

Meanwhile, other residents are still in limbo.

Odis Knight has lived at Pin Oak for 15 years: "Trying to find a place to put my home. I've applied at Sweet Gum, waiting to hear back from Ms. Pam," he said.

He admits it's stressful: "I'm unemployed at the time, and I'm a truck driver, open road. It's hard for me to go back to work right now, and having to do all this and be on the road at the same time."

Like others, he's anxious to finalize living plans, yet hopeful it will all end well. Bayou Mobile Home Transporters and Deep South Movers contracted  to move residents for $1,000 each which is a cut rate. Residents also have to buy about $300 worth of materials, said Messina.

For information on donating log call 337-721-3550or call the local United Way.

Copyright 2014 KPLC All rights reserved

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Greinwich Terrace family receives new home after Harvey

    Greinwich Terrace family receives new home after Harvey

    Monday, October 16 2017 11:36 PM EDT2017-10-17 03:36:51 GMT
    Source: Christian PiekosSource: Christian Piekos

    It's no secret Harvey devastated the Greinwich Terrace neighborhood in Lake Charles, as many families are still struggling to piece together their lives. One family, however, has finally found light at the end of the tunnel. "It's all on me," said Patricia Elie, a Greinwich Terrace resident. "I'm disabled, I don't work. I take care of my son." Darnell is Elie's 41-year-old son. He was born with cerebral palsy and had a stroke 14 years ago. He is completely immobi...

    More >>

    It's no secret Harvey devastated the Greinwich Terrace neighborhood in Lake Charles, as many families are still struggling to piece together their lives. One family, however, has finally found light at the end of the tunnel. "It's all on me," said Patricia Elie, a Greinwich Terrace resident. "I'm disabled, I don't work. I take care of my son." Darnell is Elie's 41-year-old son. He was born with cerebral palsy and had a stroke 14 years ago. He is completely immobi...

    More >>
  • BREAKING

    Troopers deploy spike strip on I-210 to stop chase

    Troopers deploy spike strip on I-210 to stop chase

    Monday, October 16 2017 11:23 PM EDT2017-10-17 03:23:18 GMT
    Blake Aaron Mouton Smith (Source: KPLC)Blake Aaron Mouton Smith (Source: KPLC)
    A Lake Charles man is under arrested following a vehicle chase through Lake Charles Monday evening, authorities say. Blake Aaron Mouton Smith, 26, faces charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated (second offense), possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of pharmaceuticals without a prescription, aggravated flight from an officer, possession of an open alcoholic beverage container, passing on the...More >>
    A Lake Charles man is under arrested following a vehicle chase through Lake Charles Monday evening, authorities say. Blake Aaron Mouton Smith, 26, faces charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated (second offense), possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of pharmaceuticals without a prescription, aggravated flight from an officer, possession of an open alcoholic beverage container, passing on the...More >>
  • TRAFFIC: Accident causing congestion in both directions on I-10 Calcasieu River bridge

    TRAFFIC: Accident causing congestion in both directions on I-10 Calcasieu River bridge

    Monday, October 16 2017 11:12 PM EDT2017-10-17 03:12:01 GMT
    (Source: KPLC SkyCam)(Source: KPLC SkyCam)

    An accident is causing traffic on the I-10 bridge to back up in both directions. Take an alternate route if possible. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

    More >>

    An accident is causing traffic on the I-10 bridge to back up in both directions. Take an alternate route if possible. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly