Northern Arizona Faces Surge Of People Without Homes

By Laurel Morales
Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 - 3:14pm

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(Photo by Laurel Morales - KJZZ)
Many of the families have lived in the trailer park for a long time and their trailers are too old to move.

Social service agencies in two northern Arizona cities are preparing for a surge of people needing homes. Both Bullhead City and Flagstaff are dealing with an affordable housing crisis.

A Bullhead City motel that houses many low-income and elderly people is expected to close next month. The 77-room Nevada Club Inn is seeking Chapter 11 protection. Agencies referred people with low incomes to the motel because it was one of the few affordable options.

In Flagstaff, almost 50 families face eviction as a developer turns their trailer park into student housing.

Olga Garcia spoke to the Flagstaff City Council with the help of a translator.

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"I am really sad and angry because you are worrying more for other people than the families and community who live in this place," Garcia said.

Garcia is paying rent in two places because she said the property owner insisted they pay rent as long as their trailers are there. Garcia said she could not find a place in Flagstaff where she could move the trailer, and it's too old to move.

As the student population at Northern Arizona University increases, so does Flagstaff's rent. That makes it difficult for people like Garcia to find affordable housing.

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