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Last Elk Run Heights mobile home resident doesn't want to move


Plans are still in the works for the city of Elk Run Heights to convert a mobile home park into a new housing development -- but one resident is dragging his feet.

The city bought the land earlier this year and everyone in the park was told to leave by June 30. 

Everyone seems to have done so -- except for one person.

"That's all I have," said Mike Roum, the last mobile home resident.

Roum has lived in the Elk Run Heights mobile home park for 13 years.

"Before this? I lived in my car," Roum said. "I was homeless."

This home, Roum said, was the cheapest he could afford at the time. After he bought the trailer, he said he made a promise to himself.

"Told myself when I got this, that would not happen again -- and now it has," said Roum.

Roum says he knew he had until the end of June to get out, but he said he still needs time and help from the city.

"The mayor himself of Elk Run said he would do anything and everything possible to help these people relocate and make sure they have a place to go," said Roum.

"We basically left it up to the residents that, if they were out there trying to search for other housing, they needed any help of support, any letters of reference or anything like that, the city would be glad to see what they could do to help," said Elk Run Heights Mayor Gary Wurtz.

Roum never asked for that help. On Friday, the city took legal action and issued a 60-day notice for him to leave.

Since then, the city has turned off his water, took away his mail and his garbage collection.

"So yeah, they know I'm here and they still don't obviously care," said Roum.

Wurtz said Roum hasn't paid rent or utilities to the city for eight months.

Roum said he didn't know where to pay after the city told them to leave.

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