Since 2005, Dr. Dan Baker with his staff and students have been engaging in these critical issues and developed a partnership with the staff of the Mobile Home Project at the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity. This partnership has generated valuable information about park communities in Vermont through resident surveys, informed community organizing efforts, and raised awareness about park issues in the affordable housing community.
In 2010, Dr. Baker and his team received a three-year research grant from the USDA's Disaster Resilience for Rural Communities Program to investigate the vulnerabilities of Vermont's mobile home parks and develop resources for increasing the resilience of these unique communities.
As recent flooding events have demonstrated, mobile home parks can be vulnerable to disasters. Funding from the USDA's Disaster Resilience for Rural Communities Program supports research that investigates the vulnerabilities of Vermont's mobile home parks to disasters and develops strategies for increasing the resilience of these unique communities.
While mobile home parks have long been a part of the rural landscape, much is unknown about how these communities function as a whole. Through community surveying and organizing efforts, the Collaborative has supported residents with identifying common challenges and creating a shared vision.