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Park models could be used to solve problem of homelessness


Last updated 6/27/2019 at 9:46pm

I’ll try to be brief, but I’ve often thought the following might be part of a solution to homelessness.

Instead of building houses or apartments which cost a lot of money, why not utilize a “park model” which is what my husband and I live in and love it. It’s 400 square feet with a full one bedroom, one bath, kitchen and living room combined.

There are other benefits to the park model as well.

Because it’s considered an RV, only a Department of Motor Vehicles annual registration is required. Utilities are low and upkeep both inside and outside is small and manageable. They can also be mobile which means they can be relocated if necessary.

When a large building is vacated, such as a K-Mart; or a large stadium, the park models could be placed in that location because plumbing, sewer, water and electricity will already be available at the site. Generally, the parking lots are large and already improved with either concrete or asphalt as well as trees, shrubs and flowers already in place with water lines already existing.

I believe if the homeless are involved in the process of getting a home, they will be more inclined and motivated to keep it up and have some pride-of-ownership. Anything given away has no value when nothing has been invested by the recipient; however, no matter how small the involvement, perhaps painting or making repairs, the recipient would have effort involved and hence more value placed on their home.

Carports can be easily attached to provide additional shade and a place for possibly a solar panel or two to offset electricity costs and involving them in energy conservation giving a sense of accomplishment and involvement.

Our park model is a home base for us while we travel our beautiful country in our motorhome.

“Dorie” Rea

Hemet resident


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