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The financialization of affordable housing, the case of mobile home parks

Authors: Esther Sullivan*, University of Colorado Denver
Topics: Land Use
Keywords: manufactured housing, mobile homes, housing tenure, informality
Session Type: Paper
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Manufactured housing provides the largest source of unsubsidized affordable housing in the U.S. A large portion of manufactured homes are placed in mobile home parks were residents lack property rights to the land under their homes and live at risk of mass eviction due to park closures. Drawing on ethnographic data before, during, and after mobile home park closures in the two states with the largest manufactured housing populations, Texas and Florida, this research examines how the unique contexts of mobile home parks contribute to housing insecurity for mobile home park residents, highlighting the role of place as an important dimension of experiencing and enduring poverty. This presentation will probe the political economy of mobile home park housing. It will connect the problem of eviction in mobile home parks to broader processes of urban growth and redevelopment, the reliance on private entities to provide affordable housing, and the financialization and securitization of housing in the U.S.

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