Press Release: Federal Appropriations Legislation Designates a $1 Million Grant for Water and Sewer Upgrades at Whitehaven Mobile Park

Published On: March 11th, 2024Categories: Press Releases

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO – Thanks to the hard work of Congressman Joe Neguse, a $1 million grant for water and sewer infrastructure for Whitehaven Mobile Home Park was included in the first set of government funding bills signed into law by President Biden on Saturday, March 9. The Yampa Valley Housing Authority (YVHA) will be working with Congressman’s Joe Neguse’s office and the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on the details of when the funds will be available to start upgrading the infrastructure at Whitehaven.

“Thanks to the support of Congressman Neguse and the Community Project Funding grant, Yampa Valley Housing Authority (YVHA) will be able to replace the aging water and sewer infrastructure for a local mobile home park, ensuring residents will have access to clean drinking water and reliable wastewater infrastructure. This grant will improve the health and safety of residents who live at the park by enabling YVHA to improve the infrastructure, while keeping lot rents low in one of the few remaining affordable neighborhoods in Steamboat Springs. We are so grateful for this investment in our community’s affordable housing infrastructure,” said Jason Peasley, Executive Director of YVHA. “YVHA’s intention since we bought the Mobile Home Park in 2022, was to upgrade the existing infrastructure and work with the mobile homeowners to create a resident-owned cooperative that can take over ownership of the park. This grant is a giant step towards that goal.”

On November 30, 2022, the Yampa Valley Housing Authority (YVHA) closed on the purchase of the Whitehaven Mobile Home Park on behalf of the Whitehaven residents. YVHA was asked to intervene on behalf of the Whitehaven residents, when the mobile home park went up for sale and residents feared they would lose their homes and their investment. YVHA received anonymous donations and favorable loans to purchase the property for $3.125 million.

According to Rep. Neguse’s office here are more details on Steamboat Springs-based project:

Yampa Valley Wastewater Infrastructure – Routt County, CO – $ 1 million

  • To replace the aging water and sewer infrastructure serving a Yampa Valley Housing Authority-owned mobile home park in Steamboat Springs, currently known as Whitehaven Mobile Home Park. The project will help connect the park to the municipal water distribution system so the City can maintain the sewer main. Currently, the park’s water is drawn from a private on-site well. The project will help connect the park to the municipal water distribution system so the City can maintain the sewer main, which will deliver cleaner, more reliable drinking water than the well provides.

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