A Manassas resident has been honored for helping hundreds of community members keep their homes.
State Senator Jeremy McPike and Delegate Lee Carter presented Helen Sorto Zurita with a resolution that commended Zurita, who served as an advocate for the East End Mobile Home Park.
The City of Manassas planned to flat land the park about two years ago.
Zurita was one of several community members who opposed the idea.
“I took the leadership on this park, because I’ve been in a homeless situation,” Zurita said. “I’ve been through a lot in my life that I didn’t want these residents to go through.”
Since then, the East End Mobile Home Park has been purchased by non-profit Catholics for Housing.
“Today, the park — the old system is shut down,” Zurita said. “The residents are now connected to their new water and sewage line[s].”