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Parked: Colorado towns are taking action to preserve their remaining mobile-home parks

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Jeff Morehead’s cat slips through the small, square door carved into his wooden fence, a gateway from Morehead’s mobile home lot to a serene landscape of blooming flowers and shade trees.  On the other side of the wall is the Yampa River Botanic Park, a public garden that hugs the edge of […]

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Parked: New state law brings hope to Colorado’s mobile-home residents

On a late-August Sunday afternoon, state Rep. Meg Froelich readied the meeting room at the Sheridan Library for a town hall with constituents. There was one item on the agenda: a recently enacted law designed to give mobile-home owners more protections and a way to handle disputes with the managers and park owners who control […]

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Parked: Mobile homes are Colorado’s affordable housing crutch. But they’re disappearing as land becomes more precious

In the Aurora mobile-home park where she lived for 16 years, eviction notices kept coming to Petra Bennett’s door — for unauthorized guests, lack of insurance, late rent. They were bogus threats to make the single mother leave. And eventually, she did. In Federal Heights, Karla Lyons’ waitressing wages are eaten up by a constant […]

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Parked: Ouray woman watches a mobile-home investment evaporate with her mother’s death

For many Coloradans, the purchase of a single- or double-wide trailer represents their variation on the American dream of home ownership and a slice of financial equity, even in the midst of an affordable housing crisis. But in Ouray, Lillian McMurrin’s experience stands as a cautionary tale of how the relationship between mobile-home park resident […]

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Parked: Delta mobile-home resident poisoned by carbon monoxide; rental company denies anything is wrong

Editor’s note: The subject of the story has asked her real name be withheld out of fear for her safety due to a previous violent relationship. When Joanna first moved into her new home, it seemed like a step in the right direction. She had just gotten out of jail and had spent some time […]

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Parked: Aurora considers how to preserve mobile-home parks after park’s closure

More than a year ago, Aurora was blazing trails in how to handle the battle between mobile home park owners and helpless renters. Now, Aurora lawmakers, like so many across the state, are struggling again with whether and how to preserve the dwindling stock of affordable housing. When Aurora City Council members approved a 10-month […]

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Parked: Fort Collins considers reforms to preserve 30 mobile home parks and improve conditions

Fort Collins leaders are taking advantage of a reshuffled city council lineup to dust off proposed mobile home park reforms that have long failed to gain traction. The policies taking shape could help preserve over 30 mobile home parks in the city and surrounding areas and improve conditions for thousands of residents — some of […]

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Parked: One of the wealthiest counties in Colorado owns four mobile-home parks, an effort to hold on to affordable housing

While the existence of five mobile-home parks in Colorado’s wealthiest county might come as a surprise to some, they are actually an integral part of Pitkin County’s affordable housing system. In fact, the city of Aspen first took steps in the early 1980s to preserve a mobile-home park in the middle of town that still […]