Home for $1

Park Model News: Home for $1

Being home for the holidays has a whole new meaning for Julia Cochran.

December 27, 2008

Being home for the holidays has a whole new meaning for Julia Cochran.

The community manager at Park City Manufactured Home Community Inc., wants to provide a holiday gift for two families.

The organization plans to give away two mobile homes for the price of a candy bar.

"We know that times are tough for a lot of people and want to give two families the opportunity to live in our community," she said.

The Park City-based organization is passing along the homes for $1 to residents who complete residency applications by Jan. 21. The two winners will be determined by a lottery drawing to be held the first week of February.

Both units are in the 3400 block of Eva Avenue, Cochran said.

The lottery winners will be expected to pay the normal rent, officials said.

Cochran is hoping to have fliers mailed to thousands of renters in Park City and Waukegan during the first week of January.

The two homes in the 641-unit community became available in recent weeks. The previous residents moved out due to family emergencies, Cochran said. She called the vacancies a blessing that needed to be passed along.

In addition, Park City Manufactured is working with WXLC radio, Two-Techs Carpet and Upholstery Steam Cleaning Specialists, Colin Handyman Services and Remodeling to gather donations for the effort and complete minor refurbishing work on the homes.

The company is also looking into asking other businesses about donating appliances and furniture.

"It is my belief that an effort like this just before the holidays would be a welcome addition to the normal doom and gloom news we hear daily," Cochran said.

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