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Harrisburg family displaced by sinkhole gets some help - abc27 WHTM

Harrisburg family displaced by sinkhole gets some help

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

A Harrisburg family displaced by a massive sinkhole says they haven't received much help from the city, but the community has stepped up in many ways.

Tony and Sheena Mosley's home sits at ground zero of the sinkhole crisis on the 1400-block of South 14th Street. It's been condemned since March and is infested with mold.

Two months ago, abc27 ran a report about how their home-owner's insurance hotel coverage was about to run out, leaving the family of six without a place to stay.

Shortly after the story aired, abc27 was contacted by the Clarion Hotel in New Cumberland, which offered to house them free of charge until they got back on their feet again.

"It's the right thing to do," sales manager Deb McClintock said. "It's a good thing to do and that's why we did it."

"I can never explain how I truly feel about them in words, but it's just gratitude to show you care about people you don't even know," Tony Mosley said.

After staying in the hotel for six weeks, the family moved into a temporary apartment in Uptown Harrisburg over the weekend. HELP Ministries picked up their security deposit and first month's rent, but after that they will be responsible for the rent while continuing with their mortgage payments and property taxes to avoid foreclosure.

Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) is working with their bank to try to negotiate mortgage relief, since the family does not believe they will be able to move back into the blighted home.

"I'm just grateful for the Clarion, PHFA and 27 News for putting my story out there," Sheena Mosley said.

The Clarion is also holding a food drive for the family. Non-perishable items can be dropped at the front desk of the hotel on Sheraton Drive or at JDK Catering in Camp Hill through Thursday.

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