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MHC Residents Look to Lawmakers for Assistance

April 19th, 2017 Comments off
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In the Southern California city of Brawley, families who have been displaced by the closing of the Brawley Mobile Home Park are looking to their local representatives for help.

According to KYMA, more than 40 families are seeking assistance, and 10 community residents were in attendance at a legislative update last week at the Brawly Chamber of Commerce.

 

Because the majority of residents are Latinos, we have been treated unfairly and stepped on after living here for more than 15 years,” said one of residents in attendance.

Assembly member Eduardo Garcia, on hand with council members from the city to address questions and concerns, said that they are aware of the situation, and had asked for wheels to be put into motion to assist residents.

We’ve also requested from the county to consider doing a workshop after work hours in Brawley, come to the people that are in need of these services and information, to help walk individuals through this process,” said Garcia.

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A city council member also pointed to other issues for the former community and its residents.

Unfortunately the mobile home park [sic] is not in conditions where they can continue living there, so the county of Imperial and the city of Brawley have been working together to try to assist them with relocating, but it has been an issue because a lot of these people do not qualify,” said Council Member Norma Kastner-Jauregui.

Jauregui also pointed out that a potential lack of qualification could be as simple as residents not understanding what resources are available to them.

I believe there is still about 40 families that have not been able to be accommodated, so they find themselves in a situation where they cannot live there and yet they haven’t found another place to live,” said Jauregui.

Residents and officials say that the new owner of the property is in the process of assessing the value of residents’ homes, so that he can make an offer with the hope that it assists them with their relocation.

As Daily Business News readers are aware, redevelopment, for any number of reasons, is a natural course of business, and most owners and operators follow rules and standards to the letter.

As with this instance, this also includes assistance for residents, and opportunities to purchase the community. Residents in Dover Point, New Hampshire, were able to purchase their community right before Christmas. That story is linked here. ##

 

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Del. Rent Control Law to be Explained

July 24th, 2013 Comments off

Following the receipt of letters by manufactured housing community residents from landlords allegedly trying to lock them into long-term leases with built-in increases, two Del. lawmakers are holding a meeting on the new rent control measure set to become law Jan. 1. Under the new bill, community owners will be required to justify increasing rents above the Consumer Price Index (CPI) average for the past three years. House Majority Leader Valarie Longhurst (D-Bear) and Sen. Nicole Poore (D-New Castle) will hold the meeting Wed. night, July 24 in Bear, in northern Del. As radio station WDDE informs MHProNews, Longhurst, noting how contentious the issue has become in the last few years, says, “It was a consensus bill. The landowners didn’t get everything they wanted, the homeowners didn’t get everything that they wanted.”

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Delaware General Assembly Passes Rent Justification for Land Lease Communities

June 21st, 2013 Comments off

Following a story MHProNews last covered June 11, 2013 regarding the rent justification bill in the Delaware General Assembly, lawmakers passed SB 33 but removed the requirement that increases be greater than the average annual increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the last three years. The Delaware State Housing Authority will still consider the request for a raise in rents if the landlord states it will be used to improve the community. If the residents and owner cannot agree on an increase, the matter will go to non-binding arbitration. Another amendment to the Senate version, as delawarenewszap says, is the arbitrator must submit a written decision within 15 days of the arbitration.

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Builders want Congressional Support

June 4th, 2013 Comments off

In testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, Rick Judson, Chairman of the National Association of Home Builders, said, “How lawmakers and regulators deal with tax reform, home energy codes and the availability of building materials will go a long way to ensure a robust, long-term recovery for housing and the economy.” Noting the importance to our economy of home ownership, he says while NAHB supports tax reform, any change in policy that makes it tougher for people to become homeowners “Will have a significant long-term impact on household wealth accumulation and the makeup of the middle class as a whole.” As MHProNews has learned, NAHB is also asking building code officials to grant tax credits for building more energy-efficient homes. “Any effort to ease escalating price pressures, help rebuild the supply chain and support a continuing housing recovery is effective economic policy,” said Judson.

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NAHB Testifies before Congressional Subcommittee

April 10th, 2013 Comments off

The National Association of Home Buyers (NAHB), testifying before the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance, urged lawmakers to move cautiously in reforming the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) because the tight lending standards are already preventing qualified home-buyers from obtaining mortgages, as MHProNews has learned. NAHB First Vice Chairman Kevin Kelly stressed the important role the government has played in this recovery because the private sector has “been unable or unwilling to meet housing capital needs,” especially for first-time home buyers, minorities, and those with limited down payment capabilities. “Changes to FHA’s programs cannot be separated from the larger discussion of reforming the complex housing finance system, including future reforms to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Housing has led America out of every economic downturn and can do so again if the future policies regarding housing finance reforms are addressed in a manner that provides liquidity for the entire housing sector,” he added.

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Freshman Congressman (and Banker) Sets Sights on Housing

January 30th, 2013 Comments off

According to nationalmortgagenews, newly elected Representative John Delaney (D-MD) will take his seat on the House Financial Services Committee with an eye on reforming the nation’s housing finance system and reducing government intervention. With a background including establishment of a healthcare finance company and organizer of BancAlliance, a community loan bank cooperative, Delaney sees opportunity to tweak Dodd-Frank. Believing lawmakers can deal with risks in the industry in other ways, he says “We have a lot of implementation to do, and then we have to understand how it all works and continue to make adjustments. These things are really living regulations. You don’t pour the concrete to never look at it again.” He wants to reduce the role of the GSEs because the government tends to crowd out private capital in some cases. As MHProNews has learned, he sees the government’s role as providing an environment for the private sector to become more successful, which will in turn lead to job growth. One of the wealthiest members of Congress, colleagues laud his skill in complex negotiations, a trait that should serve him well in his new role.

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Will the Senate Alter Dodd-Frank and CFPB Regulations?

December 3rd, 2012 Comments off

American Banker reports the Senate Banking Committee, two years after implementing Dodd-Frank, will likely review the impact of the regulations on the marketplace to determine what may need to be altered. The agenda has not been set yet for the coming year because Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) wants to consult with the new committee members before releasing a detailed agenda. Now that elections are over, Democrats may be more willing to accept that changes need to be made, and Republican rhetoric has backed away from total repeal of Dodd-Frank to making it more productive. Jaret Seiberg at Guggenheim Securities says, “The real focus is going to be the shift from looking at why banks did bad things to how you can get more credit flowing to the economy. That shift in focus is going to open the door for making modifications to Dodd-Frank.” Passage of any legislation, whether it’s changing the Volcker rule that bans proprietary trading, or the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), will depend on the committee members relationship and that of the entire Senate. As MHProNews has learned, Amy Friend of Promontory Group, and former chief counsel to the Senate Banking Committee, says lawmakers likely want to see how the CFPB’s qualified mortgage rule, due in January, and the interagency risk retention plan affect the market. “Those will be extremely important in terms of trying to provide some certainty to the private sector,” she says.

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City Petitions Lawmakers to Amend Housing Law

October 23rd, 2012 Comments off

Following a story we posted Oct. 12, 2012 concerning Salisbury, Mass.’ desire for the state legislature to permit manufactured housing to qualify as affordable housing, Town Meeting voted Oct. 22 to send a home rule petition to the legislature for the second year in a row. As newburyportnews tells MHProNews, Town Manager Neil Harrington says, while the petition went nowhere last year, this year there are half a dozen other communities seeking a similar amendment. He says, “We’re hoping to gain more strength and get our voices heard on Beacon Hill.” Communities that do not have ten percent of their housing as affordable housing are open to developers building 40B housing projects, which allow dense subdivisions on small plots of land beyond the reach of local zoning regulations.

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Manufactured Home Owners Turned Back Again

March 2nd, 2012 Comments off

For the past several years MHC residents have sought legislation in the Utah legislature to help deal with community owners who they allege threaten to evict them if they try to organize a homeowners association, sltrib tells MHProNews.com. The Republican dominated House Business and Labor Committee voted along party lines, 9-3, to kill a bill introduced by Democrat Rep. Janice Fisher that would force meetings between homeowners and community owners, shortly after residents complained that Republican members only listen to community owners. Calling it a communications bill, Rep. Fisher says “the rights of Utahans who live in mobile home parks are being trampled.” Rick Bills, part owner of the American Heritage Retirement Community, says the bill hinders MHC owners from operating their communities as they wish, and that earlier versions of the bill contained rent control provisions. Democrat Rep. Sue Duckworth, saying lawmakers are weary of seeing this bill year after year, told residents and community owners, “You get together and fix this problem.”

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CFPB’s Cordray Attempts to Allay Congressional Fears

January 25th, 2012 Comments off

HousingWire tells MHProNews.com Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray, appearing before a House subcommittee, says he is examining the exclusion of smaller banks from regulations targeted at larger firms responsible for the housing crisis. He says the bureau will analyze how the rules might impact banks with assets below $10 billion. Responding to lawmakers ongoing concerns that the CFPB might be prone to overstep its boundaries, Cordray reiterated the oversight provisions that apply to CFPB that do not apply to any other agency. He says the qualified mortgage requirements will be proposed soon, and the rule that conjoins the Truth-In-Lending-Act (TILA) and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) will be released before summer. He also says the CFPB will continue to assume its regulatory role over the entire mortgage process as well as non-bank lenders.

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