Reservation trailer park is overcrowded

Anywhere between 2,000 and 6,000 live at a mobile home park on the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Reservation in California, according to The New York Times.

Crammed into about 300 trailers on 40 acres, that means the Desert Mobile Home Park is severely overcrowded. An average of 6 to 20 people live in each trailer, based on the figures.

Each trailer pays $500 a month to stay at the park. Owner Harvey Duro Sr., a tribal council member, would be pulling in at least $150,000 a month for 300 trailers.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Environmental Protection Agency say the park, also known as Duroville, is health and safety hazard. But Duro says he is providing a service that people need, even if the park is overcrowded.

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