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Sisters Edith, Carolina, and Maribel Velarde watch as workers from Magnolia Movers struggle to fit their fridge through the front door of their home at Congress Mobile Home Park in Austin on Aug. 29, 2022.

They saved to buy their own mobile homes. Then the land beneath them was sold to an investor.

Mobile homes are a vital source of affordable housing for around 2 million Texans. But as Texas cities grow, many mobile home parks are being closed and redeveloped, pushing out longtime residents.

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Carolina Velarde, 29, stands outside the mobile home that she grew up in, at Congress Mobile Home Park in south Austin, on Aug. 16, 2022. Velarde and her two sisters are selling the home, after a new landlord of the property informed them that he would not be renewing their lease.
Empty lots at the Congress Mobile Home Park in south Austin, on Aug. 16, 2022.
Sisters Edith, Carolina, and Maribel Velarde unload the final set of small items and boxes out of their father's van outside temporary storage units in south Austin, on Aug. 19, 2022.
Carolina Velarde, 29, points to a paper with instructions for move-in at her new apartment, in the home that she grew up in, at Congress Mobile Home Park in south Austin, on Aug. 16, 2022.
Carolina Velarde, 29, and her older sister Maribel load up the final set of small items and boxes into thier father's van outside their home at Congress Mobile Home Park in south Austin, on Aug. 19, 2022.
Two Magnolia Movers workers help move a mattress out of the Velarde home at Congress Mobile Home Park in Austin on Aug. 29, 2022.
Sofia Ramirez, 43, inside her mobile home at its new location in Manchaca, located south of Austin, on Sept. 15, 2022.

“I have to start all over”

Tenants attend a community meeting held by BASTA (Building and Strengthening Tenant Action) at the Congress Mobile Home Park in south Austin on Aug. 23, 2022. The meeting addressed next steps for a potential lawsuit against the land owners and other options for financial aid for the tenants.
Tenants attend a community meeting held by BASTA (Building and Strengthening Tenant Action) at the Congress Mobile Home Park in south Austin on Aug. 23, 2022. The meeting addressed next steps for a potential lawsuit against the land owners and other options for financial aid for the tenants.
Tenants attend a community meeting held by BASTA (Building and Strengthening Tenant Action) at the Congress Mobile Home Park in south Austin on Aug. 23, 2022. The meeting addressed next steps for a potential lawsuit against the land owners and other options for financial aid for the tenants.
Residents of Congress Mobile Home Park gather to hold a vigil in memory of their neighbor, Greg Hopkins, in south Austin on Aug. 3, 2022.
Residents of Congress Mobile Home Park gather to hold a vigil in memory of their neighbor, Greg Hopkins, in south Austin on Aug. 3, 2022.
The empty living room of Sofia Ramirez’s mobile home, which has been cut in half to be moved. Residents were given short notice to leave the mobile home park after it was sold to a developer.
Sofia Ramirez, 43, inside her mobile home at its new location in Manchaca, located south of Austin, on Sept. 15, 2022.
The sole remaining flowers in a home with a large garden, that the sole tenant was in the process of destroying, in order to move out at Congress Mobile Home Park in Austin on Aug. 29, 2022.
Paola Valdez looks through messages from potential buyers of their home, while her family bonds in their living room of their home, at the Congress Mobile Home Park in Austin on Aug. 4, 2022.

Pushed out

Paola Valdez gathers three of her four dogs, Canelo, Queen, and Penny, to begin transporting them to the Austin Animal Center on Aug. 4, 2022. Valdez said she felt like she had no choice but to put her pets up for adoption, since it would be much more difficult to find a new apartment that would allow all the pets. Besides the dogs, her family also has two cats that they care for. "They've tied my hands. What can I do?" said Valdez.
A family interested in buying the Valdez's mobile home leaves after touring the property at the Congress Mobile Home Park in Austin on Aug. 4, 2022.
Paola Valdez and her husband, Evan, discuss the deal they just struck with a family interested in buying their home at the Congress Mobile Home Park in Austin on Aug. 4, 2022. If all goes well, they would recieve a cash payment for the property as soon as the coming Sunday.
Paola Valdez-Lopez and her husband Edvin Agular hand gatorades out to the movers and Valdez-Lopez's cousin at Congress Mobile Home Park in Austin on Aug. 29, 2022.
Movers works to fix old tires under Paola Valdez-Lopez's mobile home before they attempt to tow it out of Congress Mobile Home Park in Austin on Aug. 29, 2022.
A sign, originally from inside Paola Valdez-Lopez's home, sits on the ground under debris while movers work to tow the home out of Congress Mobile Home Park in Austin on Aug. 29, 2022.
Edvin Agular watches as movers tow his mobile home out of Congress Mobile Home Park in Austin on Aug. 29, 2022. Agular sold the home, and will be moving to a house in Buda.
Paola Valdez-Lopez and her husband Edvin Agular look out over the remaining debris left behind after moves took their mobile home out of Congress Mobile Home Park in Austin on Aug. 29, 2022.

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