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City and County Extend Help For Those in Life O'Riley Mobile Home Park

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Over the next ten days those from Life O'Riley are encouraged to talk with Ingham County health department, Lansing's human relations and other local agencies to discuss their circumstances, from their children to pets.

It's a discussion that started Tuesday at Cristo Rey Church as the residents prepare to move out.

"It's going to be hard to move all my daughters stuff, my stuff, my boyfriends stuff," Life O'Riley resident Lauren Demmon said.

One day after her daughter turned 9 months old, Lauren Demmon found herself in Cristo Rey Church among close to a hundred other Life O'Riley renters and owners.

She and others want to know what's next since the county health department shut down their mobile home park.

"We want to reestablish all the residents in safe affordable housing," said Christine Hendrickson Ingham County Health Educator.

Which Christine Hendrickson says for many wasn't the case at Life O'Riley.

Human Relations Director Joan Jackson Johnson says fortunately Lansing works with a group of motels for emergency short term relief like this, because shelters are full.

"If some of the shelters for families become available, we certainly will not turn that option down, but we think that there are enough rental units available," Dr. Jackson said.

And for those with pets, Ingham county animal control will help them find homes that are pet friendly.

As for Lauren, she's taking her pets with her and says she needs space for her daughter and boyfriend, so she's going to start looking on her own.

"If I find more than one, I'm going to tell the closest friends and family and tell them of places to go," Demmon said.

Meanwhile the city is still ironing out the details on replacing ruined furniture and appliances, Demmon says she move on without hers.

Jackson says hopefully the community can lend a helping hand so others from Life O'Riley can move on knowing they have a safe and healthy future ahead.

Now multiple groups will continue to help Life O'Riley residents as the city describes this as an emergency.

Two more meetings are scheduled at Cristo Rey; Wednesday February 26th from 1:30 to 6pm and Thursday February 27th from 9 to 3pm.

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