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Life O'Riley Resident Says Goodbye To Home After 61 Years

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) - For residents at Life O'Riley Mobile Home Park the past ten days have turned their lives upside down.

No resident knows that more than Jewel Carrier, a man who called Life O'Riley home for more than 60 years.

In 1953 the 80-year-old left Tennessee to work for Oldsmobile in Lansing.

He moved to Life O'Riley where he raised three kids and made life-long friends.

The thought of living anywhere else breaks Jewel's heart.

"I'm over 80 years old. When I moved here, I was just an 18-year-old boy," said Jewel.

Even Jewel admits these days the mobile home park is not the same neighborhood he moved into at age 18.

Sanitation issues forced the city of Lansing to condemn Life O'Riley back in February.

"I was ashamed," said Jewel. When people asked where he lived, Jewel says, "I say out on Washington Avenue near the golf course. I never would tell people where I lived."

Workers gave Jewel just ten days to pack up his life and get out of the park he called home for 61 years.

"Yeah, it's a mobile home, but it's my home." But for the first time in decades, Jewel won't sleep in his home tonight or ever again.

"There's only one way to put it. I'm homeless."

Many people from Life O'Riley say they plan to stay in temporary housing or hotels for now.

Jewel says he's lucky he found an apartment in Lansing, but he's also sad to leave behind the neighborhood he called home for more than six decades.

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