Low-income people have fewer and fewer places to call home


Wall Street investors pricing Americans out of last bastion of affordable housing

In the spring of 2013, Holly Hook purchased a mobile home and moved it to Swartz Creek Estates, a manufactured housing community in Swartz Creek, Michigan. At the time, her plan was to become a full-time fiction writer. Knowing her income would remain modest for the foreseeable future, she wanted a comfortable place to live within her financial means.

Legislative efforts to protect trailer park residents from eviction show mixed results

The plight of residents in mobile home communities has caught the attention of state and federal lawmakers, who are working to craft legislation that would safeguard the rights of homeowners while helping to keep rents affordable. So far, the results have been mixed.


Millions of Americans are homeless or just a crisis away from losing their homes. The University of Maryland’s Howard Center for Investigative Journalism and Capital News Service led a national reporting project to shine light on how and why that is happening in the wealthiest country on the planet. Learn more about the reporting behind the stories here.

This story was reported by students in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Their work was supported by grants from the Park Foundation and the Scripps Howard Foundation. The Howard Center was created with support from the Scripps Howard Foundation to honor the legacy of journalism pioneer Roy W. Howard. 

Top photo: Adriana DeRosa/University of Iowa