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Coachella, not just a music festival

The Coachella Valley sits just two hours outside of the metropolitan region of Los Angeles and is one of the most fertile agricultural growing areas in California. Yet, the region has extreme income disparity, harsh weather conditions and limited access to resources. A lack of affordable housing has led to more than 120 un-permitted mobile home parks serving as this community’s primary means of low-income housing. These parks are in varying degrees of degradation, but all face poor access to sanitation, water, nutritious food, public transportation and electricity. Land tenure has become a major issue as residents, who own their trailers, but rent land from a single landlord, have few legal channels to challenge unfair and unsafe utility and sanitation practices.

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