Torres-Martinez Band of Cahuilla Mission Indians of California
The band is developing a $6 million mobile home park to improve what they call deplorable migrant farm worker housing in the desert Coachella Valley. The tribe announced Aug. 15 it had secured about $1.35 million in grants and could get up to $700,000 more to develop a 330-site mobile home park near Thermal, about 150 miles southeast of Los Angeles. The rest of the reservation project, which will open in two years and include a pool, laundry facility, gas station and convenience store, will be funded by loans and bonds. Tribal Chairwoman Mary Belardo said the park will attract farm workers living in substandard trailer parks around Riverside County, including one on Torres-Martinez tribal land. "People are living in squalor," Belardo said.