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By Jan Anderson
Editor, Boulder Monitor 

Solving the Affordable Housing Crisis

The Montana Gap


January 18, 2018

Jan Anderson

Firefighters from five area departments work to extinguish the flames in one Boulder mobile home as smoke still rises from another one totally lost behind them.

Story & photos by Jan Anderson

Editor, Boulder Monitor

BOULDER, MONT – When fire destroyed two mobile homes in a Boulder trailer court and damaged two others in June 2016, it underscored what the community had known for years: affordable housing was at a premium.

Calling the blocks of closely placed pre-1976 mobile homes "a ticking time bomb," Boulder Fire Chief Shane Maichel said the entire area could easily have gone up in flames, jeopardizing lives. It took five area fire departments to keep that from happening.

But when city officials responded with proposed regulatory changes, o...

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