The University of Texas at Austin Latino Research Initiative

Latino Research Initiative makes front page news with mobile home park study

Fri, February 9, 2018
Latino Research Initiative makes front page news with mobile home park study
Gabriel Amaro

Written by Jessie Temple

What's more valuable, a high-density, multi-family development or a mobile home park? As Austin continues to lose affordable housing options, it's clear that mobile home parks are very valuable indeed, both as desirable real estate and as what researcher Gabriel Amaro calls a "last bastion for affordability in Austin." 

Amaro is the author of a recent study for the Latino Research Initiative that looks at mobile home parks in Austin in light of proposed changes to the City's now-outdated land use code. The study made front page news recently, highlighting how urgent the issue is for mobile home park residents, many of whom are Latino, and for the city as a whole. 

“You’re displacing residents without giving them an alternative, since even an affordable low-income apartment is more expensive than living in a mobile home park,” says Amaro of his findings. “You are really just displacing low-income residents and leaving them out to fend for themselves.”  

Read the full story at the Austin American Statesman.

UPDATE: Clearly, redevelopment of mobile home parks in Austin is an issue that is important to the community, and not just in Austin: our policy brief is making news in both Austin (La Voz) and in San Antonio (La Prensa).

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