Amid a statewide housing crisis, mobile homes often loom as the most affordable option for many low-income Coloradans. But the low cost comes with a catch: residents may own the home, but they seldom own the land on which it sits, making them financially vulnerable to park owners. Colorado is among a majority of states in which mobile home owners have no specific legal protections against owners who raise rent or even sell parks out from under residents, leaving them few options. This project looks at both the urban and rural plight of the mobile home owner, and what it means in the larger scheme of affordable housing in Colorado.
The Durango Herald teamed up with more than a dozen media outlets across Colorado to report on the laws, business practices and culture of mobile home parks. This series, a collaboration spearheaded by the Colorado Sun, includes about a dozen stories with photos from across the state. In addition to the Colorado Sun, our media partners include the Grand Junction Sentinel, Greeley Tribune, KUNC radio, Steamboat Pilot, The Journal, Ouray County Plaindealer, Associated Press, Aspen Times, Colorado Independent, Sentinel Colorado, Montrose Press, Coloradoan, Telluride Daily Planet and Delta County Independent.