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Relocation fund established for displaced mobile home residents


In response to mass eviction notices issued to residents of a mobile home park in Evergreen, the Whitefish Community Foundation has awarded a $45,000 Emergency Response Grant to NeighborWorks Montana to help displaced residents find new housing.

Tenants at the Spring Creek Mobile Home Park received an eviction notice last month requiring them to vacate the property within 180 days. In response, NeighborWorks Montana is working closely with park residents to help them move their mobile homes or find new housing. Nearly 30 families are affected, including more than 25 children.

“We know from past housing park closures how difficult it is for residents to regain stable housing when they face this type of displacement,” said Danielle Maiden, director of NeighborWorks Montana Cooperative Housing. “We hope relocation assistance will alleviate some of the challenges Spring Creek residents face, and we are grateful to the Whitefish Community Foundation and donors for their support.”

In addition to awarding the Emergency Response Grant, the Whitefish Community Foundation has established the Spring Creek Resident Relocation Fund to accept tax-deductible donations for the emergency response.

“We are pleased to take on this administrative role so that NeighborWorks Montana can focus on working directly with residents,” said Alan Davis, president/CEO of the Whitefish Community Foundation. “All fund administrative fees are waived, so 100 percent of donations will directly benefit the residents of Spring Creek during this difficult time. We hope others will be inspired to help reach the $160,000 goal.”

The Emergency Response Grant to NeighborWorks Montana is made possible by the Circle of Giving, the core group of donors who donate $5,000 or more annually to support the Whitefish Community Foundation’s grant programs and mission. In 2023, the Circle of Giving invested more than $1.9 million in Flathead Valley nonprofits.

To date, $50,000 has been raised for the Spring Creek Resident Relocation Fund, leaving a funding gap of $110,000.

Tax-deductible donations to the fund can be made online at whitefishcommunityfoundation.org, by calling (406) 863-1781 or by sending a check payable to the Whitefish Community Foundation to PO Box 1060, Whitefish, MT 59937.

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