BELLINGHAM -- Susan Morisette pays $350 a month to rent a room for her and her son in a Bellingham trailer. To say the place is a mess is to be extremely generous. There are holes in the ceiling, the floor is collapsing. For Susan, however, it was this, or life on the street.
“There aren’t a lot of choices around here,” she says. “Housing is expensive.”
Morisette is disabled and awaiting a spinal surgery. She takes care of her 28-year-old Autistic son. They moved into the trailer this spring. Things were going okay until she came home to find an eviction notice on the front door.
“We had no clue,” says Morisette.
She says the man who owns the trailer is so far behind in his payments at the Bakerview Mobile Home Park that he’s being thrown out. The eviction order says everybody living there must go.
“This isn’t fair,” says Morisette. “We’ve paid our rent. We have nothing to do with this.”
The power is about to be shut off. The owner is nowhere to be found, and she has nowhere to go.
“The bills haven’t been paid. We can’t understand where all of our money has gone,” she says.
Morisette is out about $2000. She’s been desperately calling around trying to find a new place for her and her son to live. She was supposed to be out of the trailer on Monday.
On Wednesday, a deputy from the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office came to the door. Morisette explained her situation.
“He’s taken our money and left us high and dry,” she said.
The deputy let Morisette and her son stay, saying he would “do some homework.” He advised her to focus on finding a new place to live.
“Believe me, I’ve been trying,” she said. “But right now, I don’t know what we’re gonna do.”
KING 5’s attempts to contact the owner of the mobile home were unsuccessful Thursday.