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Queens Row tenants still in limbo after mass eviction

Posted at 6:07 PM, Mar 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-26 21:35:33-04

In Lafayette, dozens of households at the Queens Row mobile home park remain in limbo, after a mass eviction was given in January.

Residents were told at the time, they had to move at the end of March. Property owners say the park’s location played a role in the decision. It’s near an industrial company and the say drainage issues make the park uninhabitable.

Mobile homes are slowly leaving Queens Row, but the future is uncertain for some.

“I get on my knees and ask the hand of ole mighty God to make a way when it seems to be no way,” resident Austin Dupre said. “That’s all you can do.”

Prayer is the remaining option for those who live in the area like Dupre who says he’s been unable to find housing he can afford.

“You wake up one morning. They’re knocking at your door giving you eviction papers you know. All of sudden it just blows up your whole world, ” Dupre said.

He says the costs of moving is putting a financial strain on him and his neighbors, who have older mobile homes.

“They still got 40 something trailers in the back. How we going move that,” Dupre said.

“After being here 32 years this has been our home. All of sudden we’re getting thrown out. If you think about it, in a reality we are homeless.”

A spokesperson with the Mosing Queens Row Property says as of right now there’s no hard deadline and they are working with residents to help them find a new place to live.

Despite what that spokesperson has told KATC, families at Queens Row say that they are not helping in any capacity.

Catholic Services of Acadiana and other organizations are working with property owners to help assist remaining families.

Those who live there say that a person with Catholic Charities has been around the neighborhood for the last three weeks.  A caller says that he is expected to return again this week.

If you’re need of assistance you can call 337-366-7093 for more information.