Canyon County

Residents of Nampa trailer park will get help relocating

Residents of Nampa's Rushmore Mobile Home Park, plagued with septic-system problems, will get some help to relocate their trailers or move to a different residence, Idaho Legal Aid Services announced this week.

The organization said in a news release Tuesday that it negotiated with the park's owner, Dean Leavitt, to get compensation for the residents, but did not disclose how much the residents would receive. The Intermountain Fair Housing Council and state social workers helped in the effort, according to the release.

Residents of 17 homes in the trailer park off Garrity Boulevard in north Nampa have been notified by the city they must be out of the park by May 31— or within seven days of the septic system's failure, whichever comes first. The city of Nampa declared the situation at the park unsafe and unsanitary, and Leavitt has said he plans to close the park because he can't afford to fix the water and sewer system.

Residents at Rushmore had been limited to one hour of running water per day before the city intervened in March, declaring the situation dangerous and unsanitary. The owner subsequently arranged to provide at least five hours of water a day. The city initially notified residents they needed to be out by April 17, but last week extended that deadline by about six weeks.