Disabled couple faces eviction from Largo mobile home community

Posted at 3:13 PM, Aug 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-04 15:13:49-04

A disabled couple is facing eviction from their mobile home community in Largo for failing to pay rent. 

Laura Cox and her husband face eviction in the next week, with no funds or physical abilities to move their possessions from the Oakcrest Acorn Community. 

Cox admits she has been late multiple times for rent because of the fixed income they are on. She gets her Social Security check the first of the month, while her husband doesn't get his money until the third week of the month. It always putting them weeks behind. 

"I have called and called with no answers," Cox said.

Cox said she has reached out to more than a half dozen emergency crisis nonprofits with no phone calls back. She worries how she will find a way to physically and financially move in a week timeframe.

"It's terrifying," she said.

Cox's husband cashed in his 401k to buy the mobile home they live in. However, they rent the land the property sits on. If the couple can't move the mobile home or sell the house, they could lose it. 

ABC Action News helped put Cox in touch with the Area Agency on Aging of Pinellas and Pasco. The  nonprofit helps elderly and disabled adults find the right resources for emergencies. They are a good first call to connect to a number of local agencies. 

"It's our job to keep a database and maintain it and it is a statewide database so we can see resources in other areas," Beverly Burton said.

As for help from the mobile home park, the property owners are in Michigan and records show two wealthy attorneys are on the title. One of them has a building named after him at a law school for his $2 million donation. 

Their lawyer says they will not file the final court documents for eviction until Monday, which will give Cox and her husband likely until the end of next week to move out. 

Cox is hoping she will have more time though.

"I got my pacemaker two and a half years ago," she said.

Her health leaves her desperate.

"I'm in no condition to pack a house and move," she said.