Sunset Colonies

A Visual Elegy to South Florida’s Mobile Home Communities

Despite the last economic recession, cities across the US have seen a rebound in real-estate value. As a result, land appreciation has allowed developers to target low-income neighborhoods, paving the way for gentrification. As one South Florida reporter suggested, Mobile Home Park communities have become the “low-hanging fruit for developers.” The disappearance of these Mobile Home Park communities is expanding homelessness and affecting the ever-shrinking inventory of affordable housing.

Many South Florida retirement communities have been conceived as trailer parks. The promise of a warm and sunny climate has for decades enticed seniors to migrate South in search of a comfortable retirement. Today, many 55+ resident’s livelihood hangs in the balance between sustained inflation despite stagnant Social Security and disability checks. The sale and gentrification of these Mobile Home Communities is forcing them out of their homes and neighborhoods. They represent a forgotten demographic whose time and resources are running out.