Housing pledged for Basalt trailer residents

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

BASALT, Colo. (AP) Basalt's town manager is pledging to try to build an affordable housing project for people the town is evicting from a trailer park.

Mike Scanlon told some residents Monday night that he needs to get the backing of the town council for the project first. Later he told the Aspen Daily News (http://bit.ly/1fgF1jj ) that the town would likely have to work with a non-profit group since many residents aren't in the country legally and not eligible for federally-funded housing.

The town and a non-profit development corporation bought trailer park in 2011. It sits in 100-year flood plain and the town has been doing flood mitigation work there. It has been paying families between $15,000 and $22,000 to leave but residents say that's not enough to remain in the community.

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