Wardtown Park is a community of spacious mobile home sites in rural Freeport. The Park provides 60 mobile home sites with amenities that include:
Below market rent
Water and sewer included in rent
Large, attractive pad sites
Mobile home parks provide an affordable option for many families, including seniors, who may not be able to afford a conventional home in Freeport. When mobile home parks come up for sale they are often purchased by absentee investors who push the pad rents to unaffordable levels. Freeport Housing Trust purchased Wardtown Park in 1997 to preserve home ownership opportunities for lower income families. It was hoped that in time that the residents would set up a Cooperative and take over ownership and operation of the park. In the years since then the Resident Owned Community movement has grown and models have been created that make Cooperative ownership more viable. With the help of Community Development Institute and their Resident Owned Communities of New England program, the residents of Wardtown Park created Wardtown Mobile Home Cooperative. On May 13, 2015 FHT sold the park to the Cooperative and the residents took control of management and ownership of their community.
When homeowners have to leave the park, they usually sell their home on its existing site. Mobile homes are not really that mobile once they have porches, decks or entryways attached. Therefore the most common way of obtaining housing at Wardtown is to purchase a home for sale in the park.