CREATED Oct. 16, 2012
THERMAL- Families living at the notorious Duroville Mobile Home park will soon have a new place to call home. The state is freeing up $10 million to finish building alternative housing.
It's been an uphill battle to get to this point. A judge ordered the park closed in 2008 and residents were promised new housing. But for the past six months the housing project stalled and state funding was in limbo, until now.
"It is a clear victory, in the sense that folks here advocated for themselves...many folks were involved with this effort," said Assemblymember V. Manuel Perez delivering the news to residents.
Local leaders pleaded with the state to free up funds for the last six month, after the Governor dissolved redevelopment agencies and cut funding to the project.
The new mobile home park--Mountain View Estates--- has everything from a gym to onsite laundry. But it's still affordable housing, costing residents about the same amount to live there as it does to live in Duroville.
-Jessica Flores, KMIR6 News.