CREATED Jun. 27, 2013
THERMAL - Residents of Desert Mobile Home Park, also known as Duroville, have to move out by June 30. Only four families are left from the 1,500 residents of the trailer park. This is a positive move for many of the people living in the dilapidated mobile homes.
"My whole family is happy to move, my three kids and my wife. I'm so happy myself," shares David Solorzano in Spanish. He has lived in Duroville for several years and says the conditions were very bad including a faulty electrical system and several floods that damaged his trailer.
Solorzano is a farmworker like many others who lived in the park. It's considered one of the poorest areas in the Coachella Valley.
Now, most of them are living in Mountain View Estates, a new trailer development that was established by Riverside County to help the Duroville residents relocate. Others like David, chose to live in low-income housing.
"We're very happy to move to a house," says Solorzano.
In 2009, a federal judge ordered to close the mobile home park due to health and safety hazards. These include poor infrastructure, piles of debris, faulty electricity and a broken water system. The federal court-appointed receiver of the property, Tom Flynn, has been at the site almost every day since 2009.
"You think of distressed dilapidated mobile homes that were built 50 years ago. John F. Kennedy was in the White House 50 years ago when many of these places were built," adds Flynn, "And they definitely had no maintenance in the last 20 years."
He says the road wasn't always easy, but now the final day has come.
"Come Sunday night, there's no one who can be living here, so I'm sure we'll work it out, when you consider how many hundreds of families have moved successfully, so now we're down to the last few," states Flynn.