Map of mobile home park sales in Charlotte, Mecklenburg

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Mobile home parks have been a reliable source of affordable housing in Charlotte for decades, offering prices well below nearby apartments or homes. But a confluence of factors, including rising land prices and an influx of investors looking to make money buying parks, threatens that way of life. New reporting and data analysis from The Charlotte Observer show how, amid the city’s growing affordable housing crisis, this remaining haven has come under siege.


Mobile home parks in Charlotte and across the country are considered an excellent investment for private equity and institutional owners.

As revealed in The Charlotte Observer’s “Pushed Out” news series, at least 20 mobile home parks in Mecklenburg County have been sold since 2017, many to large-scale landlords who are raising rents, threatening the stability of long-term residents.

This map shows which mobile home communities have changed hands in recent years.

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Lauren Lindstrom is a reporter for the Charlotte Observer covering affordable housing. She previously covered health for The Blade in Toledo, Ohio, where she wrote about the state’s opioid crisis and lead poisoning in children. Lauren is a Wisconsin native, a graduate of Northwestern University and a 2019 Report for America Fellow.
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