AUSTIN (KXAN) — A deal has been struck by developers to help people who will be forced out of an East Austin mobile home park.
The developer Oden Hughes wants to build apartments on the site of the Cactus Rose mobile home park. Residents are fighting to get help and to find new homes.
After more than a year of negotiations the developers have announced their plans to help the 50 low-income families who will be displaced. The deal gives current property owners nine months to move once they receive a relocation notice along with $10,000 dollars in assistance.
“This council ran on affordability in Austin. It’s about keeping housing affordable. And that’s what this case is all about. It’s about continuing affordability and keeping communities of color in the urban core,” said Susana Almanza, President Montopolis Neighborhood Association..
Advocates for affordable housing say this rezoning issue is the perfect example of housing for low income families disappearing in exchange for more dense development. Many families who call the trailer park home own their trailer on the property and have lived there for decades.