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Mobile home park residents feel powerless
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Mobile home park residents feel powerless

Winter Haven, Florida - People living in three Winter Haven mobile home parks received prayers and some food Thursday served up by a local church.

"As a ministry of the community, we're here to meet the needs of the people," says Lizelle Bradley, Co-Pastor at Winning Souls for the Kingdom church.

The hot meals are welcome, because many homes at Sunset Cove, Lime Tree and Lake Front mobile home parks do not have electricity. TECO cut the power on Tuesday; a spokesman says the parks' owner hasn't paid the bill.

Rents at the park are supposed to include utilities and the situation's left dozens families in a dark mood.

"They took the money with no problem, basically robbing us," says Anthony Donis, who says he plunked down $600 just last week.

"It's beyond aggravating," says Jamie Lundie, who has three young girls. "What is everybody here supposed to do?"

"I got ripped off, he's ripped off everybody in this park," says Robert Crosby, frustrated that nothing will most likely happen to the owner.

The parks are owned by the Baltic Brothers LLC. Repeated calls to the manager Jason McDaniel and to Orlando Attorney Charles Castellon, the corporation's registered agent, were not returned.

The Agricultural & Labor Program, a community action agency, is helping families relocate. The not-for-profit agency which receives federal funds is even paying some first-month rents and deposits.

"There's 190 units, it's hard for these families here," says Pa Houa Lee-Yang of the agency. "I feel for them."

Still, for many families there will be more nights ahead filled with darkness and worry. Of living without electricity, 10-year-old Brendan Heard says, "I just cant... I can't take it without light." 

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