Mobile home residents fear they’ll get displaced out of Austin

4:58 p.m Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 Local
Irma Fuentes, a 16-year resident of the Lee Hill Drive Mobile Home Park, exits her home to bring her daughter to softball practice in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018. Fuentes and a handful of other residents at the mobile home park received eviction notices in January to vacate the property by February 28. The residents are crying foul as they struggle to find vacant spaces in the area to move not just their trailer homes, but their families, too. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

The sleepless nights don’t seem to end for Magda Acuña. On most days she drives from her Southeast Austin home throughout Austin and to nearby cities searching desperately for a new mobile home park to live in.

The clock is ticking. Before New Year’s Eve, her family received a notice to vacate a mobile home park off East Riverside Drive by the end of February to make room for the installation of a sewer line.

Acuña and four of her neighbors, who are on monthly leases, received the same notice. With the shrinking availability of mobile home parks and a lack of affordable housing options, they fear they’ll be the latest mobile home residents facing displacement from the city.

As Austin grapples with affordability issues, an analysis of mobile home parks by a University of Texas group reveals that Latinos are being disproportionately displaced. The study, community leaders and even the owner of the Lee Hill Drive Mobile Home Park say there are solutions.

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