Letters to the Editor

Affordable housing

I want to bring a different perspective about the mobile-home park in the June 2 article Trailer park vengeance: Fight over cellphone, then murder, then a beat-down.

Most people living in mobile home parks throughout Miami, including River Park, are hard-working individuals trying to make ends meet. These communities are home to immigrant families, elderly folks and the working poor who scraped together money for their piece of the American Dream: homeownership.

As an Equal Justice Works fellow at Legal Services of Greater Miami, I work with mobile home park residents to help them form homeowners associations so that they can enforce their rights to affordable, safe and sanitary housing, and to improve their overall living conditions.

Miami’s housing market is unaffordable for many, and mobile home parks are the last form of nonsubsidized affordable housing. In a city where subsidized housing programs’ waiting lists are in the tens of thousands, these parks are a vital source of affordable housing.

While the events that occurred at River Park were certainly tragic, the Herald should not perpetuate the unfounded “trailer park stigma” bias.

Nejla Calvo,