Littlefield: Wheel Inn Ranch fundraising effort now underway

Today I am announcing the formation of a fundraising effort to help the residents of the Wheel Inn Ranch trailer park, who are being evicted from their homes, relocate to other housing.

Bob Littlefield

Bob Littlefield

The park’s new owner has told the residents of the park — many of them low income, elderly and disabled — they must be moved out by the end of January to make way for future development. Unfortunately, the majority of the park’s mobile homes are too old and fragile to be moved so their owners will be forced to literally abandon them, even though many residents sank their life savings into buying them.

Even the mobile homes in better condition will be expensive to move, plus their owners will be forced to leave behind any external improvements to their trailers (such as porches and carports) without any compensation.

Scottsdale City Councilwoman Kathy Littlefield has worked with the city’s Human Services staff to coordinate assistance from the city, state and federal agencies such as the Veterans Administration — many of the Wheel Inn Ranch residents are veterans or spouses of veterans.

But the money available from these sources only scratches the surface of what will be needed to make sure all of the Wheel Inn Ranch residents are safely relocated into housing they can afford by the January deadline. That is why we are organizing this fundraiser.

To insure the funds are spent where they will do the most good and are properly accounted for, I have put together a committee of community leaders who will oversee the disbursement of whatever money is collected. Everyone involved in this effort is a volunteer, no one is getting paid, and 100 percent of the money collected will go to help the Wheel Inn Ranch residents.

The committee members are myself, Scottsdale City Councilwoman Kathy Littlefield, co-chair of the Scottsdale Coalition, Nancy Cantor, south Scottsdale neighborhood activist and nonprofit executive, Cindy Hill, and Tonolea neighborhood activist, Jim Heather. Also advising our committee will be Scottsdale City Councilman Guy Phillips and Coronado neighborhood resident Martha Seaman, who is a Deacon with the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona and president of the Valley Interfaith Project.

To contribute by check please make it out to “Arizona LEOS” and mail it to Wheel Inn Ranch Fund, 8414 E. Vista Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85250. Please write “Wheel Inn Ranch” on the memo line and include your e-mail address so we can save postage costs and email you a receipt. Because “Arizona LEOS” is an IRS-approved 501c3 contributions are tax deductible!

Thank you for helping these Scottsdale citizens who, through no fault of their own, now stand in urgent need of our assistance. If you have any questions or need more information I can be contacted at 602-228-9145 or bob@boblittlefield.com.

Editor’s note: Mr. Littlefield is a former member of Scottsdale City Council

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