Pat & Bee

A Double Oral History From 6-0-5 Mobile Home Village

Pat:  Why put all that money into these trailers when you could just barely live in it? Never mind fix it up.

Bee:  We’ve been having to struggle for a while, because of that.

Pat:  I was told, when I moved here, you got 30 days to figure out what is wrong with the trailer, and we will fix it. I wrote her [the property manager], I sent her pictures, and I didn’t even- She just stopped talking to me. She wouldn’t even answered me-

Bee:  All within the first week.

Pat:  She [Bee] even tried calling, and texting her, and tell her, “she needs this” or whatever.

Bee:  All within the first week.

Pat:  Three days after moving here, my ceiling fell in! And she goes, “Yeah, yeah yeah!” I took a picture and I sent it to her. It was the last time I ever heard from her.”

(39:53 – 40:46)

Pat & Bee, 8/2/2023

Bee:  [ I ] can’t walk a straight line, still can’t walk a straight line, still living in a lot of pain. I take over 40 pills a day. I ended up here because I couldn’t work, basically. I had to go on disability. I was working long enough to get on disability. I had to sue them to get on disability. I couldn’t find work like I was doing, you know, so I ended up here. I was very fortunate because it came with a good price. And when I started here in this trailer park, I was only paying $315 a month. And each year they’d raise it $10. And then they’d raised it $25, and it stayed at $25. And then these people come in! [Homes of America] I’m paying $450 a month, and they come in, and they raise me $180! In one month! And I’m like-

Q:  That’s illegal, right?

Bee:  Yeah!

Pat:  With no notice! No paper notice, no email, text, anything.”

(26:49 – 28:09)

Bee, 8/2/2023

Content Warning: This interview contain strong language, and some listeners might be distressed by some of the topics that are discussed.

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This oral history was conducted on 8/2/2023, by Gustavo Espinosa & Noah Dalbey, at 6-0-5 Mobile Home Village in Louisa County, VA.
Click Here for Content Warnings (8/2/2023)
  • (5:19 – 6:30) – Internalized xenophobia
  • (13:59 – 14:39) – Sibling abuse/violence, Children assaulting other children, and Adults assaulting children
  • (15:18 – 16:23) – Graphic description of a deadly motorcycle accident
  • (18:55 – 19:16) – Sibling abuse, fatphobia
  • (19:30 – 20:15) – Description of flirtatious activities
  • (22:14 – 23:05) – Alcoholism, and alcoholism related domestic violence and child abuse
  • (26:30 – 27:30) – Injury induced self-medication, Alcohol abuse, and Medical malpractice
  • (39:24 – 39:46) – Racism
  • (46:15 – 49:03) – Graphic description of a gastrointestinal condition
  • (47:04 – 48:30) – Workplace bullying, medical discrimination
  • (54:41 – 58:50) – Domestic violence/abuse, and child abuse/manipulation
  • (1:00:14 – 1:01:23) – Discussion of suicide and living with bipolar disorder
  • (1:12:44 – 1:14:14) – Discussion of 9/11/2001, and the 1963 assassination of President Kennedy
  • (1:16:42 – 1:17:25) – Sexual assault, depression, and discussion of a medical professional endangering a minor/sexual assault survivor
  • (1:22:20 – 1:25:30) – Discussion of previously illegal drugs, and drug related incarceration
  • (1:26:15 – 1:26:21) – Joke about sexual assault in prison

More about the situation at 6-0-5 MHV

Check out this Richmond Times Dispatch article, about the 6-0-5 community, and how it’s one of many manufactured home communities nation-wide being purchased and neglected by real estate private equity:

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