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Organizing MHPs

Manufactured Home Park organizing is a challenge because laws are skewed towards park operators and residents are "stuck" with homes they can move
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Barriers to successful organizing in MHPs

Bad laws in Ohio

MHPs have a bad reputation

"Mobile" Homes don't move

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The Community And Shelter Assistance Corp. has helped residents purchase 13 mobile home parks in Oregon since 2008. In April, Michael Fallert and the other residents of Warrenton Mobile Home Estates received notice that the owner was looking to sell. The park includes 37 spaces for low-income residents over 55 years old, many on fixed incomes. 'We were facing a pretty stiff rent increase here, especially if another owner bought this,' Fallert said, adding he and his wife already had their rent hiked twice since moving to the park in 2013. 'There was a rumor that a mobile home park was for sale, that the residents would be moved out.' ”

October 26, 2017, CityLab Arguing against Manufactured Homes Parks
    "Today, mobile homes remain the largest segment of non-subsidized affordable housing in the U.S., with around 8.5 million units—about 6 percent of housing overall. The average cost for a new, two-bedroom model is $37,100. These homes, whether single or double wide, provide low-cost housing for 20 million Americans, giving shelter and stability to those who might otherwise be on the streets or moving from place to place. 'That’s the positive around the role mobile homes can play,' says Katherine MacTavish, a professor at Oregon State University and co-author of the recent book, Singlewide: Chasing the American Dream in a Rural Trailer Park." 
     "Yet in interviewing 240 residents of trailer parks across the country, MacTavish and her co-author, Sonya Salamon of the University of Illinois, found that such success stories are rare. Moreover, their research revealed that residents of trailer parks are largely unable to parlay their mobile homes into the American dream of conventional home ownership—though most of them saw their mobile home purchase as a path toward just that."

January 26, 2016 Legal Services reports: 
1. legal wrangling continues: The park operator failed to show up for his deposition and failed to file an answer to the complaint. At the hearing judge continued the TRO that prevents the water shut off and put the park operator on notice (again) that he was being sued for damages. The delay will give the park residents more time to flesh out the damages being sought.
2. In the meantime, the City has filed a tax foreclosure against the park operator, but failed to name the tenants as parties. We plan to press to have the tenants added as parties.
3. Residents are beginning to move out of the park, I assume mostly leaving their old mobile homes behind. Two of our four clients have already moved. Legal aid is exploring options that would preserve this affordable housing for low-income people.
more here.

 Notes & Links

In 2016, RHINO members voted to make MHP organizing tools a new activity.