MEDFORD, Ore. — When the Almeda Fire tore through Talent and Phoenix, it had an outsized impact on the mobile home communities along the I-5 corridor. Many of them were entirely leveled — leaving families with nothing but the clothes on their backs.
One of those communities was Coleman Creek Estates. Just days after the fire, CPM Real Estate Services started a GoFundMe page for the displaced residents, putting in an initial contribution of $10,000. Since then, they say that the fund has grown to more than $25,000.
"In identifying where best to send assistance, Coleman Creek Mobile Home Park stood out with a high concentration of older mobile homes built in the 1970s," CPM said in a statement. "These were likely difficult to insure, occupied by seasonal workers and long time residents who have had little insurance relief during the aftermath of the wildfire."
Each family will be given a $200 Visa gift card that they can use immediately on whatever they need, the real estate firm said.
“We care about our community and wanted to help those most in need. At Coleman Creek, a park we manage, we felt that this community was likely hit hardest with the least amount of support. At CPM we want to help in any small way we can, and thank those who donated to help these families,” said David Wright, President at CPM Real Estate Services.
Many of the families at Coleman Creek were members of the local Hispanic community, CPM said, and few were insured. Aside from an immediate refund of their deposit, they've received little direct financial support. Additionally, since many displaced families have new addresses or contact information, the real estate company has had difficulty reaching them.
"We feel that even a small show of support to these families can help as we try to rebuild and support this community," CPM continued.
The cards are available for pickup at CPM's mobile home park office at 2594 E Barnett Road, Suite D in Medford. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Residents will need to have a mask, and must verify information about their space at Coleman Creek.