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Solar World Residents Won't Get Any Financial Help Moving

Tuesday, voters will have to consider whether or not to pass Proposition One. The proposition has to do with protecting Fairchild Air Force Base from encroachment issues.

Right now, hundreds of the homes are in the accident potential zone, meaning there is a potential for plane crashes to happen in the area because of how close it is to the runway. The Department of Defense says there are too many people living there and that they need to be relocated.

Therefore, if proposition one passes, everyone who lives in the seven mobile home parks in the accident potential zone will have to move. The county will help relocate them and will also help pay for moving expenses. However, at the same time, those just right across the street there are another set of homes also in the crash zone. Those residents will have to move whether or not proposition one passes, but they won't be getting any help moving.

"So what's the difference between those renters in the trailers and the renters here?" said Solar World resident Kathy Osberg. "I mean if this is going to be all the encroachment and we're in the way of Fairchild in the crash zone, I think we're all entitled to the same compensation."

Kathy Osberg and her husband have lived in Airway Heights at the Solar World Apartments for the past seven years. But, just last week, she was handed a notice saying she has thirty days to move.

"They knocked on our door at 7:30 at night and said, ‘hey we hate to do this to you, but this is what we have got to do,'" Osberg said.

The reason they have to move is because Spokane County was awarded a $2.7 million dollar state grant to buy solar world, which has 103 apartments.

"As you may have heard in recent news reports, the Solar World Apartments located at in Airway Heights are under contract to be purchased by Spokane County," said Osberg while reading from her eviction notice. "The sale is currently scheduled to be closed December 1st, 2013

Solar world and seven other mobile home parks are in the accident potential zone. The county is trying to buy all of the property and relocate residents to protect Fairchild Air Force Base from closing in the future.

The base is up for a review in the next year or so, and many are worried the number of people living in the accident potential zone could be a reason Fairchild might not pass.

However, because Kathy's home will be purchased with different money than her neighbors living just a stone's throw away, Kathy won't be getting any help with moving expenses. Those who live in the mobile home parks will, if proposition one passes.

"I just hope they take it to heart that we need help too," Osberg said.

Without help moving, Kathy and her husband don't know what they'll do or where they'll go.

"When you're just handed this letter and said hey you got to go, we can't pull money out of thin air, we just can't," Osberg said. "They're putting us in a bind and I'll bet some people are going to be homeless because of it."

Spokane County Commissioner Al French says the people of Solar World are not getting any help with moving expenses because the state grant money did not include extra funds to relocate residents. Those in the mobile home parks however, will receive help with moving expenses because the county budgeted for that to be included in proposition one.

As for the short notice of eviction, Commission French says Solar World is still owned by the bank until December and it is up to the bank to decide what happens with the residents until then.

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