Residents of Missoula trailer home park to buy property to prevent displacement

David Erickson

The mostly low-income residents of a 34-lot trailer home court just west of Missoula will now be able to feel a little bit more secure in their living situation.

That’s because they’re going to pool their money and buy the land underneath their homes in order to stave off future displacement, thanks to a big award of federal money.

On Wednesday, the Missoula city council’s housing committee voted to approve contracts totaling $850,000 to allow Old Hellgate Village mobile home park to become a Resident-Owned Community, or ROC.

In December, The Montana Dept. of Commerce awarded the City of Missoula the $850,000 in Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus funding for a proposed ROC, administered by a nonprofit called NeighborWorks Montana.

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The funding comes from the federal CARES Act, passed by Congress and signed by former President Donald Trump in March of 2020.

Kaia Peterson, the executive director of NeighborWorks, said the funding is targeted at preserving housing for people with low to moderate incomes.

“As most of you are very well aware, residents of manufactured home communities are at significant risk of redevelopment,” she said. “Particularly in

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