Featured News: "Syringa was the Canary in the Coal Mine"

Moscow-Pullman Daily News Op-Ed, January 25, 2019

By: Leontina Hormel

On Jan. 3, after a mass exodus of evicted tenants, many of whom had been living without running water for months, Avista shut off power to Syringa Mobile Home Park. The park is closed and everyone made it out safely, but our work is not over...


The Syringa Project details research surrounding Syringa Mobile Home Park and affordable housing.

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  • Dr. Leontina Hormel, Principal Investigator

    Dr. Leontina Hormel is a professor of sociology at the University of Idaho. She has been working with Syringa residents for years, motivated after learning that some of her students lived in the park.

  • Denessy Rodriguez, Former Lab Assistant

    Denessy Rodriguez is a former undergraduate student at the University of Idaho. She majored in sociology-inequalities & globalization, with minors in psychology and women, gender, & sexuality studies. Her research opportunity with Dr. Leontina Hormel has made her passionate about issues surrounding fair and affordable housing and has continued the story of Syringa through her work at the Center for Digital Inquiry & Learning. Denessy plans to continue her education in sociology and seeing where that takes her!