The first rule for getting out of a hole is to stop digging it deeper. It is time for our city, county and state officials to admit that no amount of consultants’ study of low cost housing will ever amount to anything so long as developers are allowed to chip away at the very lowest cost housing in the city.

The attitude is that manufactured homes are an eyesore better to be demolished when the developer arrives to line the pockets of the park owner. This was summed up nicely by a current member of our city council who recently said on the local faux news radio show something to the effect of “…well those people had a nice run…it is time for them to move on….” He was referring to the trailers that were on North Willson where the developer was lauded for subsidizing for one year the replacement rental for one elderly resident forced out.

This begs the question. Move on to where? How?

I am suggesting that this state explore what the state of New Hampshire did many decades ago. It requires that for a trailer court to be sold the current residents have to be given first refusal to purchase the trailer court. The state also set up a system to help finance the transaction. This included expert accounting assistance as well as training to operate as a coop. My mother lived for decades in a trailer court that was purchased using the New Hampshire law.

Alan Hooker

Bozeman