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“Don’t Mess With the Virgin,” Heated Fair Housing Manufactured Home Community Controversy Comes to Conclusion

March 21st, 2019 Comments off

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It was an issue that began to attract attention close to a year ago.  A controversy erupted between a pre-HUD Code mobile home resident and her resident owned community (ROC). The controversy raised freedom of religious expression and thus fair housing, and other legal issues.  So, it caught fire for months with mainstream news media across, Florida. It spread to numerous media markets, religious websites, and then to other places in the U.S.

 

The hullabaloo between Millie Francis, her commissioned painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and the Bradenton Tropical Palms resident owned community (ROC) achieved its media zenith when the Drudge Report picked it up and linked it.  Because of that platform’s enormous audience, it literally made the issue a global one. A prior report on the issue that summarizes the events and controversies, is linked below.

 

Puzzling Case of Millie Francis, Where are Religious Liberty, Fair Housing, Resident, and Manufactured Home Organizational Defenders?

 

Mark Young at the Bradenton Herald did the bulk of the mainstream coverage of this topic.  Young’s latest – and likely final report – on this topic is linked here.

Please be advised that I am in the process of finalizing an acceptable settlement to the referenced matter and do not anticipate having to participate in arbitration,” said a letter signed by signed by Mildred “Millie” Francis that was dated March 8, 2019 and sent to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. That agency oversees arbitration cases for the Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares and Mobile Homes. “It is my understanding that you have received a similar notice from Knox Levine,” said Francis in the document.

The letter was obtained by MHProNews from a source other than Francis, and is linked as a download, here.

Francis concludes her letter to the state agency with, “I’m quite pleased with the outcome.”

 

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While Francis has not spoken to the Bradenton Herald since a settlement was proposed, she had previously said she planned on putting up an awning from the beginning of the controversy,” wrong Young earlier today.

 

Association Advocacy to Resolve the Issues?

MHProNews asked the Herald after their report was published, if any manufactured home association was known to have contacted their publication or any of the parties?  MHAction and the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) were among those specifically mentioned in the inquiry.  The paper said that no such contact was made to their knowledge.

Francis had previously informed MHLivingNews – prior to going quiet as the approaching agreement developed – the same thing.  No association or advocacy group had contacted her.

But Francis has significant levels of media contacts, and from the public at large.

That’s yet another example of a resident – in this case, a ROC shareholder – and the industry’s general reputation failed to earn any defense from the purported guardians of such post-production issues. It is an open question how much harm months of negative headlines may have created for home owners and the industry.

 

Don’t Mess with the Virgin

Days prior to what is an apparently confidential settlement agreement, Millie Francis told MHLivingNews, “Don’t mess with the Virgin,” L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach told the Herald, a colorful statement that is a signature part of the feisty senior’s persona, quoted in their report. “Mrs. Francis did not go into details or elaborate on the meaning of the statement when I called her,” Kovach explained to the Herald.

The Bradenton newspaper described him as L.A. “Tony” Kovach, a manufactured home expert with 25 years in the industry and publisher of two trade publications,” who “has been following the issue closely.”

The saga began about a year ago, “when Francis wanted to replace her front window because security personnel were shining flashlights into her home late at night. Francis received permission to do the work and after replacing the window was inspired while at church to commission an artist to paint Our Lady of Guadalupe, one of Mary’s many titles, on the space.”

By early November, for months, the community’s manager “tried to force Francis to take the painting down, to which she replied, “They’ll have to kill me first,” wrote Young.

By January, community Tampa attorneys Knox and Levine had filed paperwork with the state that announced that Francis “has been sued in this proceeding.” Francis remained defiant, relying on her faith, prayer, and outside help from individuals in other states who had read about the matter.  One of them voluntarily took the lead and began to mediate the case on Francis’ behalf, which has now apparently been resolved.

In such disputes between residents and management, it is common for the parties to agree to a non-disclosure to settle a case,” Kovach told the Herald.Certainly, the Bradenton Tropical Palms, Vanguard, and Knox and Levine wanted this to go away quietly. There were too many problematic issues that pointed back to their management’s handling — or purported mishandling — of the matter with Mrs. Francis from the start.”

Kovach said it was a victory for not just Francis, but for other residents who may face overreach from an overly aggressive manager, who for whatever reason, might be tempted to over-reach their authority. That wasn’t a good look for the industry, especially to prospective community residents and manufactured home buyers.

It also puts a sad chapter to rest with what appears to be as happy an ending for all involved as possible,” Kovach said to the Herald. “Those who negotiated this should feel good about their efforts. For almost a year, this off-and-on dominated the news, including links from the Drudge Report, which made it a global issue.”

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Millie Francis informed MHLivingNews months ago that the awning was part of her original plan. While an apparent non-disclosure agreement keeps the parties from confirming or denying the details, that awning and Francis’ letter to the state suggest that she obtained what she wanted in the first place. The bottom line? Months of heat, and Francis’ commissioned painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe were preserved. No doubt comments from Nadeen Green, JD, and community owner Brian Gallagher, were useful parts of the settlement mix. Finally, Francis stated desire that ‘the virgin become better known’ has come to pass in a most unique way. 

 

Lessons Learned?

There are numerous possible takeaways from this episode.

  • One is that a mishandled matter can become problematic news.  That in turn can hurt the interests of residents, industry members, and the home buying public that may get turned off before they get turned on.
  • Another is that thoughtful intervention can help bring a matter to a positive closure. Based upon Francis’ letter, and a photo from the Herald, the indications are that the ROC shareholder apparently obtained what she wanted to accomplish.
  • The power of the media to influence events can’t be overlooked.  Weeks prior to the incident’s conclusion, messages tied to the community and their attorneys indicated that they felt the heat, and wanted to find a solution that didn’t make the matter worse. No doubt the Drudge Report’s linking of the topic raised the pressure on the community, management company, and their attorneys to a high level.

Finally, the issue could have potentially be solved weeks if not months earlier, had industry third parties gotten involved, in an attempt to lower the temperature and find a solution.

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MH Black Eye, or Opportunity in Disguise? Vexing Saga of Millie Francis’ Faith Based Art, Bradenton Tropical Palms ROC, Vanguard Management, Knox and Levine

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MH Black Eye, or Opportunity in Disguise? Vexing Saga of Millie Francis’ Faith Based Art, Bradenton Tropical Palms ROC, Vanguard Management, Knox and Levine

February 10th, 2019 Comments off

 

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It’s no secret. Not everything in life is sunshine and roses. Indeed, in order to have roses, one needs hydration – like rain that falls from the cloudy sky – and nutrition with fertilizers that are either natural or man-made.

 

A fundamental premise of free enterprise is to spot a problem and conceive of ways that an inconvenient or negative situation may become an opportunity to serve others, and thereby earn money.

A fundamental principle of human decency is to see someone in distress, and to step in an act solo or in concert on their behalf.

As an affordable housing crisis rages in America, and manufactured homes (MH) are the wildly misunderstood proven solution hiding in plain sight. So why hasn’t some MH industry leader or organization intervened in this troubling controversy that unexpectedly embroiled resident-home-owner, Millie Francis?

Community operator Brian Gallagher is correct in telling MHProNews that conventional housing has its share of controversies involving home owners’ associations (HOAs).  While true, its manufactured housing that is misunderstood, not conventional housing.

There are any number of organizations or individuals who should feel motivated to resolve the issue of 85-year-old Millie Francis in a manner that respects her rights and wishes.  They could do so in a way that might allow the Bradenton Tropical Palms, Vanguard Management, or the Knox and Levine law firm to save face.

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Before proceeding with some of those who could benefit by such an intervention, let’s summarize what the issues are to inform new readers about this controversy, as well as provide a refresher for the thousands of manufactured home industry professionals who have already read about this previously.

 

Reported Facts and Assertions:

 

  • Millie Francis lives in a resident owned community (ROC), the Bradenton Tropical Palms, in Bradenton, FL.
  • According to a statement from Mrs. Francis to MHProNews this morning, her issues with Bradenton Tropical Palms community manager Janet Nowakowski long predate her placement of a faith-inspired artistic display.
  • After “years” of that community’s security service shining a spotlight into her home during nighttime hours like “2 [AM] o’clock in the morning,” along with other privacy incidents, Francis tells MHProNews that she decided to have her front window replaced to end the annoyances. Francis stated that she advised management. They gave her their okay.
  • There may be incomplete and/or unsubmitted community required paperwork involved in this controversy.
  • Manager Janet Nowakowski reportedly observed on several occasions the artwork as it was being done on the street facing of Francis’ pre-HUD Code mobile homes. It wasn’t until after the artwork commissioned by Francis was completed by professional artist IngridBrandt that Nowakowski, per Francis, demanded its removal.  That insight from Francis to MHProNews today may undermine any argument that the Bradenton Tropical Palms might raise.
  • Other homes in that same community have similar, often large displays on the exteriors facing the street. Those others cases could be viewed as either secular or religious, as can Francis’ art. Some are attached to a mobile or manufactured home, others are not.
  • Francis is being threatened with eviction and legal action over this alleged infraction.
  • A new hearing with a state agency is scheduled for tomorrow, but it may be postponed.
  • Legal action could still ensue whatever the state agency decides.

 

Additional details are found at this link here:

 

Puzzling Case of Millie Francis, Where are Religious Liberty, Fair Housing, Resident, and Manufactured Home Organizational Defenders?

 

The Drudge Report linked up this article below, which made the issue a global one.

 

https://www.bradenton.com/news/local/article224745285.html

 

The video below is from the same local news source, linked above.

 

 

 

In fairness to the Bradenton Tropical Palms, Vanguard Management, or Knox and Levine, are there possibly other unknown facts? Yes. That said, the Daily Business News on MHProNews – and this writer – have reached out more than once to get their perspectives.

The downloadable document linked here is a communication sent by email to attorneys Jessica Knox and Bryan Levine. It was also sent to another associate in their law office. It contains background and perspectives useful to understanding this issue. It clearly invited them to comment, clarify, contest or otherwise tell their client’s version of the events in writing.

Knox and Levine electronically confirmed receipt. But they exercised their right not to comment. So, if there is anything incomplete in the way of background or related details, that is on them.  Moving on.

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Terminology and the proper respect are important. But doing the right things, at the right time, is arguably even more important.

 

Who is Harmed by the Hullabaloo? Who Could Benefit?

When one reads the public comments on various mainstream media news sites posted about this Millie Francis and her Our Lady of Guadalupe art issue, the harm to the image of the manufactured home (MH) industry and its homeowners becomes evident.

From the typical demeaning nomenclature, to put downs about that location, or of our industry and millions of factory-built home owners, there are a range of comments that should inspire the desire to correct the record. 

A reasonable question is this.  Those public comments are reminders that should inspire — whom?

First, those on the front lines of this arguably mishandled matter by the Bradenton Tropical Palms management and their attorneys. Once a mistake(s) occurs, the motivated professional question becomes, ‘what to do about it?’ How can one take lemons, and make lemonade?

Paul Bradley and ROC USA had the vision to launch #NobleNotMobile. Why aren’t they stepping up to the plate on this ROC connected Millie Francis odyssey?  Does it matter that it isn’t in their network?  They could possibly get more good PR from helping to resolve this one issue, than anything else that they could do this year.  The fact that it is outside of their network is a plus, from a PR perspective, not a minus.

What about NMHOA or MHAction? Or Doug Ryan at Prosperity Now? Here is a woman living in a resident owned community (ROC). Her experience-to-date flies in the face of their narrative of the supposed ‘economic security’ she as a shareholder in that ROC community is supposed to enjoy. How so?  Because Millie Francis’ ROC is effectively threatening to evict her over a disputed rules infraction.  Can you spell, black eye?

Where is MHAction and their merry band of protesters-on-demand? Why aren’t they standing up for Millie Francis’ rights?  Where’s Doug Ryan’s outrage, or any others in organizations like theirs?

There are any number of possible persons or groups that could step up and turn this obvious negative into a potential positive.

There are professionals and firms that have given away a manufactured home at Christmas time. That’s a fine gesture, that gets some free media. Why not protect Millie Francis’ home and her rights to religious expression? Why not be a heroine or hero in bringing to a hopefully happy conclusion this messy matter?

Francis says she loves her pre-HUD Code mobile home. But she and her health are disturbed by the way her ROC community has handled this and other issues.

As arguably the most covered single controversy in all of manufactured housing in 2018, how this story draws to a close could influence public perceptions about this part of the affordable housing industry for years.  As the Chinese axiom states, their characters for crisis means danger as well as opportunity in disguise.

 

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The wrap this up logically, one or more of the following could occur.

  • Unsatisfactory conclusion for Millie Francis. If so, then given the nature of the internet, this unforced contusion on MHVille could be a stain for years to come. That’s especially true for the Bradenton Tropical Palms, but the impact will go beyond that location. It could possibly harm the image of ROCs, land-lease community living, and manufactured homes in general.
  • Millie Francis could die. Ditto the bullet above, and perhaps as bad or worse than if she was effectively evicted. See the download linked here for what that might spark. Because if she does die, then this tragic tale will likely live on in the next round of litigation that her kin could launch in the wake of a stress-induced death.
  • Management of this community, ROCs, and the attorneys could be defined by this episode for years. Is being “tough” on rules – even if the community happens to be right, which is debatable – would firmness be the right image to project to the world in this case? Management and their attorneys need to study the meaning of the term, “Pyrrhic victory.”
  • The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) and their National Community Council (NCC). MHI purportedly fails on a routine basis to live up to their own claim of ‘representing all aspects of factory-built housing.’ Seriously? Do MHI leaders want to be a mensch, or not? Do they want to be seen again as hypocritical or not?
  • Other land-lease community owners. Has anyone thought to offer to move Mrs. Francis and her home to their land-lease community? Artwork and all? Or to simply offer to ‘foot the bill’ for the paperwork fix of this nettlesome issue, and get years of good PR as a result?
  • The same bullet above about MHI could be posed to the industry’s largest firms. We’ve alleged that Clayton Homes and 21st Mortgage have deftly used for years avoidable and artificial headwinds. Negative media are among those, as but one of Chairman Warren Buffett led Berkshire Hathaway’s “sharks in the water” of their “Moat.” Kevin Clayton could set the resolution of this matter in motion with a text, an email or phone call. Ditto Tim Williams at 21st, Eric Hamilton at VMF, etc.
  • Public officials. The list here is extensive, and obvious from the points noted above.
  • Faith-based, First Amendment, or other special interest groups. Ditto the bullet above.

 

That sets the stage for what happens next.

MHProNews has reasons to believe that one or more mainstream media outlets will be doing another report soon.  That could spark yet another round of problematic media for MHVille.

Or – if someone steps up to the plate – it could be a rainbow at the end of this ongoing storm.

An 85-year-old retired nurse and widow is suffering for what she believes in. On a purely human compassion level, why hasn’t someone from MHVille or beyond stepped up and helped her resolved this?

Enough said for now.

That’s just part of what is occurring in what was once the aspirational manufactured home industry of the 1990s.  Our once robust industry today has since been shrunk down to MHVille. Will we learn how to grasp the opportunities-in-disguise that could revive our industry’s reputation?

With no further adieu, for more headlines of the news, analysis and commentary about the affordable side of the housing industry in the week that was, see the reports linked below.

 

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Saturday 2.9.2019

State of the Industry 2019 – Reality vs. Potential for Manufactured, Modular, and PreFab Homes? New Infographic

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Friday 2.8.2019

  “Democrats Are Sinful Hypocrites. Just Like All of Us.” Weaponizing Information, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and MHVille

“Democrats Are Sinful Hypocrites. Just Like All of Us.” Weaponizing Information, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and MHVille

  What’s Coming at Cavco Industries (CVCO), Plus Manufactured Housing Industry Stock Updates

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  Russians Build Truly Mobile, “Mobile Home” – Lighter Side Videos Spark Serious Topics

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  Is POTUS Trump Racist? “Here Today, Here to Stay” – HUD Secretary Ben Carson Sounds Off

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Thursday 2.7.2019

  ‘Updating All Buildings,’ Other AOC “Green New Deal” – Mixed Reviews Among Democrats, GOP Jeers

‘Updating All Buildings,’ Other AOC “Green New Deal” – Mixed Reviews Among Democrats, GOP Jeers

  China, Trade, Tariffs, and Chicken – Plus Manufactured Home Equities Updates

  Meet the Revolutionaries in PreFab Housing Designs – Project Updates

Meet the Revolutionaries in PreFab Housing Designs – Project Updates

  MHVillage’s MHInsider on Clayton Homes, Manufactured Housing Industry Fact Check – Why Correct Data Matters

MHVillage’s MHInsider on Clayton Homes, Manufactured Housing Industry Fact Check – Why Correct Data Matters

 

Wednesday 2.6.2019

  Celebrating Capitalism Over Destructive Socialism? Highlights, As Talking Heads Weigh In, Plus MH Market Updates

  Cavco Industries (CVCO) Officials Issue Several Warnings

Cavco Industries (CVCO) Officials Issue Several Warnings

  SOTU 2019

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  Lower Priced Homes Increase Most, Per Latest Housing Data from CoreLogic

Lower Priced Homes Increase Most, Per Latest Housing Data from CoreLogic

 

Tuesday 2.5.2019

  Real Rats and Disease – Not Metaphors – Where’s Manufactured Housing Industry Leadership?

Real Rats and Disease – Not Metaphors – Where’s Manufactured Housing Industry Leadership?

  Data Points Ahead of SOTU, Plus Manufactured Housing Market Updates

  Manufactured Home Production Slide Continues – Call it Corruption, Collusion, Incompetence, Attempted Coverup – Self-Evident Failures Mount

Manufactured Home Production Slide Continues – Call it Corruption, Collusion, Incompetence, Attempted Coverup – Self-Evident Failures Mount

  Economic Opportunities Loom, Infrastructure and Opportunity Zones

Economic Opportunities Loom, Infrastructure and Opportunity Zones

 

Monday 2.4.2019

  Haverford Trust CIO Hank Smith on, Fed Policy, State of Economy, Recession Question – Plus, MH Market Updates

  Law Scrutinizes Equity LifeStyle Properties (ELS) Score of Resident Owned Community (ROC) Deal

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  Lanham Act, Monopolistic Housing Institute, err, Manufactured Housing Institute, Legal Bullies, and You\

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  Sidney Powell, JD, Former Federal Prosecutor on “Licensed to Lie”

Sidney Powell, JD, Former Federal Prosecutor on “Licensed to Lie”

 

Sunday 2.3.2019

  Can Close Reading of Facts Bring Left & Right Together for MHVille, Nation?

Can Close Reading of Facts Bring Left & Right Together for MHVille, Nation?

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Manufactured homes offer decades of proven solution to the affordable housing crisis. But until MHVille pros embrace the notion that negative media coverage ignored just makes the problems our profession face worse, we can only expect more of the same.

 

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As you ponder the linked reports above or further below, never forget that you are part of a larger housing industry that reportedly closed some $1.6 trillion dollars in sales in 2018. Manufactured homes closed under $8 trillion. The industry can do better.

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If we are measured by those we serve, it is my hope that one or more people or organization’s will step up and lend Millie Francis and her adversaries – that should be her allies – a hand to bring this episode to a happy close.

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Biggest Manufactured Home Living Story? Millie Francis’ Our Lady of Guadalupe Mobile Home Art, Religious Liberty, Heading to Mediation, Arbitration or Litigation

January 23rd, 2019 Comments off

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It’s the top mainstream news story involving the industry that too few manufactured housing (MH) profession leaders seem to grasp – or are willing to tackle.

 

 

Nevertheless, it’s perhaps the biggest one in years to impact our flailing segment of the affordable housing industry.

Once the ubiquitous Drudge Report linked up the account of Millie Francis and her public display of Our Lady of Guadalupe, numerous other mainstream media outlets picked up the subject.

 

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Scores of news sources have run variations of her tale. It includes Francis’ battle with her resident owned community’s (ROC) management company and on-site manager Janet Nowakowski, whom Francis claims is in violation of community rules, while selectively enforcing others.

Legal opinions and other manufactured home industry professional have weighed in with their views.

What mainstream media stresses Francis’ determined “They’ll have to kill me first” statement, standing before her now iconic painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe on the street facing of her pre-HUD Code mobile home comes down.

The Bradenton Tropical Palms resident owned community’s management hired the law firm, Knox and Levine, to pressure Francis into removing the painted image of the Madonna, the mother of Jesus under her venerated image as Our Lady of Guadalupe (OLG).

 

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Devout Catholics see OLG as the patroness of the Americas, and of the unborn.

 

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A Bradenton city official has told MHProNews that they are aware of the drama, and recommend that Francis contact a Fair Housing organization in the area. That mirrors other legal commentary shared on-and-off the record to MHProNews, previously reported at the link here.  One example is shown below.

 

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The Millie Francis, Our Lady of Guadalupe Drama Synopsis 

Millie Francis found herself in a firestorm over a painting she was “inspired” to commission while at mass as she prepared to receive holy communion at Sacred Heart Parish in Bradenton, FL.

Francis told the Daily Business News on MHProNews that she is seeking an off-ramp from the drama, but does not want to have the image painted by artist Ingrid Brandt removed.

Francis pointed out to MHProNews other examples of architectural changes in that same section of Bradenton Tropical Palms community she lives in that involve the use of dolphins, geckos, or other symbols.  Those other examples may also be viewed as religious in nature.

 

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Which begs the questions, why is Francis’ painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe causing persecution? Why are the others apparently accepted by the resident owned community’s management? Is Francis’ interest in the cooperative ‘resident owned community’ somehow inferior to that of others who live there?

 

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Part of the caustic elements in the evolution of this matter is that the entire affair was arguably sparked by the resident owned community’s own security company.

 

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The security service would reportedly drive by Francis’ home at night, shining a light through her pre-HUD Code mobile home’s window. Some ‘stranger’ would also come by, said Francis, who would peer in.  That individual was apparently not spotted or stopped by security in the gated Brandenton Tropical Palms.

So, as a result of those incidents, Francis asked for and was given permission by that ROC to do what others at that property have done, architecturally remove and replace her front window.

A source close to Francis told MHProNews that this hullabaloo may be traced to something as simple as incomplete paperwork. If so, then why all the threats of litigation and eviction over a powerful cultural and religious symbol?

The Orlando Sentinel produced a short video, that included the still-video-frame of a comically evil-looking, mustachioed manager posted above. Is that the image that ROCs or others in the manufactured home industry want?  If not, where is the action to intervene and bring this to a proper resolution?  Why not let Francis fill out and sign a few papers, and let her keep her artwork, as others in the same community have been allowed to do?

The most recent video about this tragi-comic tale is posted below.

 

 

 

Behind the Veil of the Media Narrative

It is noteworthy that the art has its own legal protection under Florida law. But that law may not necessarily protect the artwork exactly where it is currently located, which is Francis’ stated desire.

The media accounts metaphorically paint Francis as a tough, 85-year-old woman, who will die before she gives up that commissioned art work.

While Francis is indeed determined, she is also a heart patient. The stress over this issue could kill her. When we spoke in person, she had to pause and catch her breath. Tears came to her eyes, as Francis shared the unexpected development of her circumstances.

A brief, follow-up phone call from MHProNews with the valiant senior revealed she was having her heart examined by medical professionals, apparently due to her distress.

A sense of the sheer breath of news coverage are found in the Google screen captures as shown. Well over 100,000 online links to this topic are reported by Google.

 

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Mediation? Arbitration? Litigation?

A possible mediator for Francis has stepped forward. That party spoke to MHProNews at length, off-the-record. While trained in mediation, he is not an attorney. It remains to be seen if he can find a compromise with Knox and Levine.

Otherwise, the case will head to arbitration or the courts.

 

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Where are the Manufactured Home Industry’s Non-Profits?

At the time Millie Francis spoke to the Daily Business News on MHProNews, she was unaware of any activity by any nonprofit on her behalf. There is no known indication since which indicates that has changed. Which should make any industry professional wonder, where are resident and/or trade groups such as:

 

  • ROC USA
  • Prosperity Now
  • MHAction
  • NMHOA
  • #NobleNotMobile
  • Florida Manufactured Housing Association (FMHA)
  • Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI)

 

on this issue, which has focused global attention on Manufactured Home Living since the Drudge Report linked a news story up?

Perhaps the most in-depth report – and one of the highest ranked among some of this morning’s Google searches – is the one posted on MHProNews. It is found at the link here, and in the related references below the byline.

 

Disclosure

It should be disclosed that MHProNews provided the Drudge Report with a document containing pages of evidence about Mille Francis’ Our Lady of Guadalupe case. That was sent to the Drudge team prior to our own publication of the report linked here and below.

Within hours of the email shown in the screen capture below, Francis’ narrative was linked up by news media maven Drudge.

 

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A similar document as the one sent to the Drudge team, sent to the Bradenton Tropical Palms, is linked here as a download.  The parties certainly ought to know how badly this looks.  So, why haven’t they taken a bite of humble pie, and quietly resolved this with Millie Francis?

For reasons made clear in the in-depth report found linked below, which included third-party expert legal commentary, MHProNews editorially believes that the Bradenton Tropical Palms is harming Millie Francis’ civil and religious rights. They and their attorneys are thus arguably negatively impacting the interests of not only Francis, but that of the entire manufactured home industry and its millions of homeowners too.

After all, ponder how this appears to outsiders looking in. If millions of manufactured and mobile home owners live in a land-lease, and this is the kind of treatment that residents receive?  How can that be anything other than a negative reflection on our entire profession?

Examples of how the public has reacted to this are predictable, with some examples posted at the detailed report, linked below the byline.

 

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All of the positive efforts of the industry are moot if post-production industry leaders are not wise enough to step up to the plate and help resolve this vexing matter in a positive way. If they won’t do it out of compassion for the rights of Millie Francis, then they should act out of pure self interest. Either way, they should act.

 

Sense of Urgency?

There ought to be some urgency for the industry’s post-production associations and non-profits to step in and help resolve this matter in a favorable fashion. Francis’ health is an obvious issue. Her rights are purportedly being violated, say legal experts. Plus, these troubling headlines and related reports will likely continue for weeks or months.  That will continue to forge a problematic stereotype about our industry, at the very time – the growing affordable housing crisis – that the opposite image is being portrayed than what is needed.

It’s baffling that one or more post-production industry nonprofits have reportedly not already stepped up to help settle this case.  As the meme from the Orlando Sentinel exemplifies, this makes a ROC and manufactured home communities in general look like a monster picking on an 85-year-old heart patient, a devout Catholic Christian who felt inspired to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe.  Ouch.

Angels? Geckos? Dolphins? Those are all apparently okay.

But the Catholic patroness of the unborn and of the Americas? That’s apparently a no-no at the Bradenton Tropical Palms in Florida.

An affordable housing crisis grows.  The National Association of Realtors and others favorably spotlighted in 2018 manufactured homes as the most affordable type of permanent home ownership in America.  Nevertheless, due in no small measure to a stream of incidents – including this one – the opportunity for doing more good is misunderstood and maligned.

Warren Buffett is a well-known, big-time supporter of abortion. Apparently, the secular Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington masters of MHVille won’t lift a finger to come to the side of their own industry and this ailing Catholic widow.

What words does one find to describe the outrage this episode should spark from coast-to-coast among industry pros and investors?  What words should describe the way this impacts manufactured home owners, and what is more typically an appealing lifestyle?

MHVille’s so-called corporate and non-profit leaders?  Where’s your leadership on this top-headline issue? “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, commentary, and analysis.)

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Tony is the multiple award-winning managing member of LifeStyle Factory Homes, LLC, the parent company to MHProNews, and MHLivingNews.com.

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