Blocked Funding for New Mobile Homes Resurfaces after Floods
CREATED Sep. 25, 2012
THERMAL - It's been two weeks since severe rain flooded the east valley, and the conditions are still so bad dozens of residents from Duroville mobile home park have left their homes for Riverside County's temporary housing.
But as residents and the county scramble to figure out a permanent solution, county leaders say one already exists. Even before the flooding, Duroville residents were supposed to move to Mountain View Estates, just one mile away. A federal judge ordered Duroville closed years ago and the county funded the new homes. But the state dissolved redevelopment agencies last year, where $7 million dollars would have come from to finish the project.
"There's a great frustration. We are trying to find temporary overnight, week to week, monthly housing, and yet we are stymied by the fact that we could have everyone moved out of here to the permanent housing that has been under construction," said Tom Flynn, Duroville's court-appointed receiver.
County officials have been at the park evaluating the conditions this week. Many homes now have mud under the foundations, causing the homes to tilt. Other problems include leaky roofs and mold. California Department of Finance spokesperson, H.D. Palmer, said the state is aware of the problems at Duroville and discussing whether it is legally obligated to help fund the new housing.