GOLDEN, Colo. – On Tuesday, Denver7 told you about neighbors at Golden’s Mountainside Estates mobile home park who were given “Cure or Quit” notices.
These neighbors’ homes have visible signs of damage from the historic May hailstorm that pummeled the metro area.
Per community guidelines, management has the right to require residents to make repairs when their trailers aren’t up to community standards.
In this case, the community manager issued notices that informed neighbors they needed to make these repairs by the end of December, or they’d have 30 days to leave the property.
“This is the first time I've had to handle something like this,” Patty Brown said.
Denver7 reporter Amanda del Castillo introduced us to the widow, struggling to make ends meet, on Tuesday.
Hail tore through Brown’s home. Her skirting was destroyed and her windows were smashed. However, she was faced with an even bigger threat—the end-of-December deadline that could possibly leave her homeless.
“I was actually out here with my tape measure,” Brown explained. On Wednesday morning, she was prepared to do all the work on her own.
Fortunately, Siding Repairs, LLC co-owners Mario Medina and Jim Ringwood made sure she didn’t have to bear that burden.
“We're knocking on peoples' doors and we're asking them, ‘What's going on? How can we help?’” Medina said.
The men reached out to Denver7 after learning about the hardship these neighbors were faced with.
“They’re going to replace my windows, my skirting -- make my house my home again,” Brown said, with tears in her eyes.
The co-owners explained business had been good this year, so they wanted to pay it forward without asking Mountainside Estates neighbors to pay the big bucks.
“If they tell us -- all of them -- ‘We don't have the money,’ then we're willing to go ahead and start at it. Buying what we need in materials and doing it ourselves,” Medina added.
“This is mission critical! They're looking at Jan. 1 evictions here,” Ringwood said.
While abiding by community standards is important, the pair said their assistance reflects the standard for human kindness.
“That's what's important; it's not the material things,” Ringwood added.
The Siding Repairs, LLC crew surprised Brown with much more than what was mentioned previously.
While Denver7 cameras were rolling, Medina stopped Brown to say, “We decided to do a whole house for you!”
Medina explained the crew would handle overlay, trim, insulation and all new siding for Brown.
Through tears, Brown said, “I’m just so thankful, I am extremely thankful.”
The United States Small Business Administration’s Disaster Assistance employees returned our calls.
Chris Chavez with the SBA explained a disaster declaration was in place for about four months after the hailstorm hit. The deadline to apply for a loan was Oct. 10, 2017.
In that time, people with hail damage were instructed to either apply online or in-person -- though application approval was reliant on the recipient meeting monetary requirements.
Yolanda Stokes with the SBA confirmed the administration approved a total of 29 disaster loans for the hailstorm, for a total of $1,010,500.
This included 22 home disaster loans for $362,500-- homeowners and renters, six business disaster loans for $550,600, and one Economic Injury Disaster Loan for $97,500.
Calls to the Mountainside Estates community manager have not been returned.