With high demand to live in one of the hottest technology hubs in the world, Silicon Valley continues to struggle with having sufficient affordable housing options. We explore Menlo Park’s Belle Haven neighborhood, which is seeing gentrification with Facebook’s increasing presence; Palo Alto’s Buena Vista Mobile Home Park, whose residents will be displaced if the property is sold; and the data behind vanishing mobile home parks across the state.
Silicon Valley’s tech boom is exacerbating a regional housing deficit that is pushing low-income residents to move out of the region to more affordable cities or stay put in tough living conditions.
Residents of Palo Alto’s Buena Vista Mobile Home Park have won three small victories that may allow them to stay in their homes or receive adequate compensation if they have to relocate.
As affordable housing for middle- and lower-income families is drying up by the month in California, among the hardest hit are those living in mobile home parks.