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When You Manage a Community Long Enough

May 24th, 2017 Comments off

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Both residents and operators of manufactured home communities will tell you that, if you’re around long enough, you may see anything.

That was the case this past weekend in the hometown of MHProNews, Lakeland, Florida.

According to The Ledger, a 19-year-old driver lost control of his vehicle while speeding on a state road, and crashed into an unoccupied manufactured home in Lakeland Harbor.

Officials from the Lakeland Fire Department say no one was at home at the time of the incident Sunday morning, and the driver was taken to Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center with minor injuries.


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No additional information was available.


Other Recent Strange, But True MH Stories 


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In our Daily Business News periodic series, we’ve covered a number of strange-but-true stories, including the case of a theft in Purcell, Oklahoma, for a man and woman charged in McClain County District Court with knowingly concealing stolen property.

Tana S. Lang, 41, and Michael G. Slay, 43, are accused of stealing appliances from a model home on the Mid-State Manufactured Housing retail sales center during a June burglary. A Whirlpool refrigerator, range and dishwasher were taken.

Other strange but true stories include:


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Manufactured Home Community Sued, Accused of Housing Discrimination By Department of Justice

October 6th, 2016 Comments off

May Grove manufactured home community entrance. Credit: Central FL Equities.

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against May Grove Village Manufactured Home Community based in Lakeland Florida, alleging that employees actively worked to keep African-Americans out.

Managers falsely told African-Americans that no mobile homes, (sic) or fewer mobile homes, (sic) were immediately available for sale, but told similarly situated white persons that more mobile homes were available, (sic)” the DOJ said in a release. “Managers also quoted prospective African-American purchasers higher prices and worse financial terms than similarly situated white purchasers. 


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According to the lawsuit obtained by the Daily Business News, between July and November 2015, undercover investigators with the DOJ Fair Housing Testing Program posed as buyers at May Grove Village and found that preference was being given to white buyers.

MHProNews readers are aware that use of the Fair Housing Testing Program has been on the increase, including in a settlement by Effingham Illinois based Four Seasons Estates last year.


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In an MHProNews column, attorney Nadeen Green, JD, shared that while attending the John Marshall Law School annual conference on fair housing that “the audience, particularly those involved with Fair Housing Assistance Programs (FHAPs), were chastised for not aggressively seeking emotional damages in their fair housing cases.



Green went on to share that “agencies and attorneys were coaching attendees to aggressively seek emotional damages in their fair housing cases,” and, that “the denial of housing or housing rights does not only mean that someone does not get to live in their housing of choice.

Green, referencing information shared during the conference, continued. “It can also mean that they are angry, hurt, shamed, discouraged, and perhaps facing consequences that could be life defining, such as their child not being able to attend the good public school in that area. 

In the May Grove Village case, Bay News 9 spoke with community residents who were surprised by the allegations.


May Grove Village Manufactured Home Community, Lakeland, FL

It would be very shocking if there were any truth to it,” said resident Chuck Baggett. “Because of all the other people we have had in here.

I was surprised because it is the first time I hear that,” said long-time resident Ana Ocasio.

According to Bay News 9, other residents said that African-Americans had been regular community residents over the years.

May Grove owner James C. Goss and park managers Cathy Plante and Joey Gwozdz are named as defendants in the suit. The Daily Business News was unable to reach parties for additional insights or comments.

The lawsuit asks for a jury trial and monetary compensation for anyone turned away due to their race. ##

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Town Turns Down Manufactured Housing

September 9th, 2013 Comments off

A petition to rezone a subdivision to allow manufactured homes to be sited in Lake Hamilton, Florida, just east of Lakeland was denied on second reading at the town council’s meeting Sept. 3, according to Lee Saunders wanted to put conventionally-built homes on five of the 3.5 acre lots, and two manufactured homes on each of the other two parcels, but the council rejected the proposal. Noting it’s affordable housing, Saunders said, “If you make $32,000 a year and need a 2,000-square-foot house, you don’t have a lot of options. People will buy what they can afford.” He added the town is facing a tough budget year, and that undeveloped the land only brings in $120 in property taxes because it is zoned agricultural, as MHProNews has learned.

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School may Opt for Modular

May 31st, 2013 Comments off

With a 174-acre tract of land donated to the state for Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland, Fla., on which classroom construction is progressing, officials are concerned about the lack of housing, according to what theledger tells MHProNews. Rob Gidel, chairman of the school’s board of trustees, questions whether housing for 500 can be built in time for the school’s opening in 14 months. John Gray, consultant to the project, says modular housing would provide a good option. The closest apartment complex to the campus is five miles away.

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Housing Affordability Remains Strong

May 14th, 2013 Comments off

The National Association of Home Builders reports 73.7 percent of the new and existing homes sold in the first quarter of 2013 were affordable to families earning the annual median income of $64,400, down slightly from 74.9 percent in Q4 2012. The data for the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI) is taken direct from court records. “Thanks to very favorable mortgage rates and prices, housing affordability has remained quite high over the past four years,” says NAHB Chairman Rick Judson. The HOI has not dropped below 70 since 2008, MHProNews has learned. Ogden-Clearfield Utah is the country’s most affordable major housing market, with 93.4 percent of the of the homes affordable to people with the market’s $70,800 median income. Other markets in the most affordable range include Indianapolis-Carmel, Ind.; Lakeland-Winter Haven, Fla.; and Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, Ohio-Penn. For the second consecutive quarter San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, Calif. was the least affordable, with only 28.9 percent of the homes sold in Q1 2013 affordable to those who earned the median income.

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Home Affordability Remains Steady

February 25th, 2013 Comments off

According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI), in the final quarter of 2012 74.9 percent of all homes sold in the U. S. were affordable to households making the U. S. median income of $65,000, up from 74.1 percent in the previous quarter. NAHB Chairman Rick Judson, noting that homeownership is within reach of the middle class, says 259 of 361 metro markets are improving. NAHB chief economist David Crowe says it’s significant that affordability remains steady even as home values rise. “The median price of all new and existing homes sold in the fourth quarter of 2012 was $188,000, essentially unchanged from the previous quarter’s $189,000 that marked a nearly three-year high,” he says. Ogden-Clearfield, Utah was the nation’s most affordable metro area with 93.7 percent of all the new and existing houses sold affordable to those earning the household median income in the area of $71,500. As MHProNews has learned, following in affordability, in order, are Dayton, OH; Indianapolis/Carmel, IN; Lakeland/WinterHaven, FL; and Syracuse, NY.

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