LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A special meeting was held by the Alto City Council about an ordinance for mobile homes.
The issue at hand was consideration for storm-related emergencies and other situations, address concerns from residents and help a family get approval for a new home.
A local family lost their home during the April storms.
They were given a two-bedroom HUD manufactured movable home thanks to funds from The River Church, but the family couldn’t use the home because of their lot size. It’s less than 10,000 square feet, which is a requirement in the city ordinance.
“I do understand the people that are concerned about having mobile homes moved into our area, but I think our biggest concern is the people that have been displaced and that are basically homeless,” said Ann Henley, employee with The River Church.
Henley has been assisting residents impacted by the storms with applications for new homes and repairs.
“Unfortunately, there were a lot of people in Alto that are very low income and even if they did own their home, they weren’t able to afford homeowners insurance, and so they’re just in a bad situation and we’re just trying to help them as best we can,” said Henley.
At the meeting, other residents voiced concerns about lost property value if mobile homes are allowed.
As a solution, the city council agreed to visit each case individually, instead of changing the ordinance and approved the mobile home for the family.
“I can see their concerns you know, worried about their you know if the devaluation of their property having mobile homes in and built around their property. At the end of the day, you know, we’re people helping people. And I think that with another meeting or two in talking to these people who have expressed their disinterest in mobile homes, I think we can all come up with a solution to the problem. I think today was a fantastic start,” said Jeremy Jackson, Alto Chief of Police.