“When I purchased my mobile home in 2019, I really thought I was making a great decision, even though I knew there was always a very small chance that the land could be sold from under us. After 2020 and COVID hit, you saw the prices skyrocket for homes in the Yampa Valley and I started to get concerned. Getting that first notification that Whitehaven was up for sale was an absolute gut punch! The people who wanted to purchase the park could have said whatever they wanted, but I ultimately knew if they were able to purchase the park, we would all eventually be kicked out and unable to move our homes anywhere.
Those first two months were so stressful for me, thinking I could very well lose my house. Taking the lead for the homeowners was also stressful, but thanks to the Housing Authority it made everything much easier on me. Knowing that the Housing Authority had already been successful with the Fish Creek mobile home park, it gave me the confidence that we could somehow figure the whole thing out.
Obviously, the private donations were crucial and we couldn’t be more thankful and happy to receive those. I think a key to getting those donations was the help of the Yampa Valley Community Foundation, and getting the news out in the Steamboat Today paper. I can’t thank all the people that helped saved our homes enough, it was a true blessing to have the help we did!