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Work Continues For City And Life O'Riley Mobile Home Park

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) - It's been two weeks since residents moved out of Life O'Riley Mobile Home Park after it was condemned by the health department.

It was a difficult move for many, picking up and moving in just ten days.

As 6 News Reporter Nick Perreault explains some may have to move yet again.

Early Thursday morning maintenance crews at Life O'Riley on the south side of Lansing walked the grounds and cleaned up the place.

The same place that forced many to rely on local and state aide while they were to look for a new home.

"We've gone through 61 cases so far and we've had state emergency relief for many residents."

That's relief that's now going on two weeks, but Department of Human Services Dave Akerly says that relief is only temporary.

"State emergency relief is to kind of get you jump started, back on your feet and something you can sustain," said Akerly.

But that relief along with help from the county and city of Lansing has cost the state over $35,000.

"I almost passed out when I heard that," said Joan Jackson Johnson, Director of Human Relations.

Johnson says the city and state can't sustain those kind of services much longer so for those who are relying on aide, she has a stern message.

"If people have been in housing and have not made movement and taken advantage of the many resources that we've made available, we will no longer provide those services for them."

And at this point Johnson says she's forced to do something she didn't want to do, put people in shelters.

"We will not put anyone on the streets, but we will identify places as we have all along, but the decision rests with them."

As for the work being done Johnson says it's a little too late.

Agencies from the city of Lansing, health department and state human services are expected to meet again on Tuesday to re-assess the community needs.

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