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San Antonio's Disappearing Mobile Home Parks Put Vulnerable Residents At Risk Of Displacement

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Close to 22,000 San Antonio residents live in the city's 88 remaining mobile home communities, which are vanishing at an alarming rate, putting thousands of people with few other viable housing alternatives at risk of displacement. At least nine parks have shuttered since 2014.

Mobile home communities provide affordable housing for low-income, marginalized individuals. The median income of mobile home occupants is about half that of residents in detached single-family homes.

City code requirements, deteriorating conditions and rezoning are some of the forces driving closures. Largely located within the urban core, these parks are in prime locations for redevelopment. A combination of environmental threats and substandard living conditions can be especially problematic.

What can be done to ensure safe, stable and affordable housing options for vulnerable populations in San Antonio? How are mobile and manufactured homes being factored into a comprehensive housing policy?

What steps can the City take to preserve mobile home parks and prevent future displacement? What is being done to aid residents who have already been displaced?

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*This interview was recorded on Monday, February 24.

Kim Johnson is the producer for Texas Public Radio’s live, call-in show The Source. She is a Trinity University alum with bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Spanish, and a Master of Arts Degree from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.