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Mobile homes have long offered workforce housing

One of a handful of traditional mobile homes remaining in the Hilltop Homes neighborhood off Maple Street in Steamboat Springs

Mobile home history

• The Sleepy Bear mobile home park, with 54 lots, sold for $2.6 million in June 2011

• Dream Island mobile home park, with more than 80 homes, went under a sale contract to prospective developers in May 2008, but the transaction did not close.

• West Acres mobile home park is more than 30 years old, and home to more than 90 families

• In September 2007, the Yampa Valley Housing Authority, with the help of the city of Steamboat Springs, purchased Fish Creek mobile home park for $3.2 million in order to secure the future of the 68 homes in that neighborhood.

• In June 2000, 17 homeowners in a mobile home park on Maple Street, now known as Hilltop Homes, purchased their lots from the park owner with help from the old Regional Affordable Living Foundation and the willingness of several local banks to lend money for the purchase.

• Westland mobile home park, with 39 homes on the east end of Yampa Street in Steamboat Springs, was vacated in September 2006 to make way for a development that has yet to come to fruition.

— Mobile home parks, representing the old-school solution to providing workforce housing, haven't won much attention in the current community discussion on how to close the gap between housing supply and demand in Steamboat Springs and Routt County.

Yet, there are an estimated 300-plus households currently occupying mobile home parks in Steamboat.

And one can't say local government and the Yampa Valley Housing Authority are indifferent to trailer parks. With city and county support, the authority owns and operates the Fish Creek mobile home park comprising 68 households.

And there are still opportunities in Routt County to acquire mobile homes at reasonable prices.