500 seniors must leave mobile-home park near Scottsdale

By Jessica Boehm, Catherine Reagor | Arizona Republic

More than 500 seniors who live in a mobile home park near Scottsdale on the Salt River-Pima Maricopa Indian Community will have to find a new place to live when the park shuts down in 2026.

Ric Olsen, who retired and moved into Shadow Mountain Village mobile home park about 10 years ago, planned to spend the rest of his life at the park.

Now, he and his neighbors are scrambling to find a place to move their homes.

Their options are limited.

Mobile home parks — once a popular, affordable option for low-income families, local retirees and winter visitors — are disappearing across metro Phoenix.

Rising land values in the region have led some park owners to redevelop the parks into pricier real estate options, like apartments or condos.

Parks still operating have raised rent prices and stopped accepting older mobile homes like Olsen’s.

“What am I supposed to do?” Olsen said.

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