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Manufactured Home Community Veterans Honored

March 29th, 2017 Comments off
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In a North Fort Myers, Florida manufactured home community, some special residents were honored for their contribution.

According to the News-Press, twelve World War II veterans, ages 87-94, were honored this past weekend at the Forest Park Mobile Home Park.

70 years removed from their time in service, veterans – members of the Navy, Army, Army Air Corps and the Coast Guard–were deeply moved by the gesture.

It was very special,” said Joe Boisvert, aged 90, who returned from the war to no fanfare and no parade.

Not even his parents met him when he arrived.

I was banging on the door in the middle of the night and my dad yelled ‘who it is? and I said ‘Joe!’ “My dad yelled back ‘Joe who?’” said Boisvert.

The Hope HealthCare Honor Guard Valor Program put the event together, and has been in the business of honoring military veterans at the company’s four homes and at other area venues for about 12 years.

The event was held at Forest Park because the community also has a sewing and craft group that puts together some of the valor bears the Honor Guard hands out to veterans,” said Fran Nanio, volunteer coordinator for Hope HealthCare.

We usually do this for our Hope veteran patients, but we will go to wherever the patient lives if need be.

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The veterans were each given certificates of appreciation, U.S. Flag lapel pins, quilts and other items. Each veteran was also flanked by a member of the HealthCare Honor Guard, which after thanking them for their service also provided a salute.

200 people attended the event, which ended with a standing ovation.

I am amazed,” said Gloria Hartz, a member of the Forest Park club who helped organize the event.

This is our first event. It started out with two veterans, then five, then seven then 12. The president and I were panicking. But this was beautiful.” ##

 

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MHC Owner Fined for Discriminatory Practices at his Community

March 18th, 2016 Comments off

Dept_of_justice_seal_their_creditMHProNews has been notified by the Department of Justice the owner/operator of Mere’s Mobile Home and Recreational Vehicle Park in North Fort Myers, Fla. has agreed to pay $40,000 to settle claims he discriminated against African-Americans in violation of the Fair Housing Act.

Owner and operator Thomas Mere allegedly told African-American applicants for residency that there were no available manufactured homes, recreational vehicles (RVs) or RV sites available for rent, but told white applicants there were vacancies.

He encouraged the African-Americans to seek residency in another facility, and provided them with inaccurate information about available housing units and home sites in his community. The Justice Department’s Fair Housing Testing Program sends individuals in, posing as renters in order to gather information about possible discrimination.

The settlement must still be approved by the U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Attorney A. Lee Bentley III of the Middle District said, “All citizens and their families should be free to choose where they want to live without fear of discrimination. Our office is committed to eradicating all forms of housing discrimination in the Middle District of Florida.”

In addition to requiring Mere to undergo fair housing training and implement nondiscriminatory procedures at the community, he will pay $30,000 to compensate victims of his discriminatory practices, plus a $10,000 civil penalty to the U. S. government. He must also provide periodic reports to the department. ##

MH Sales Rise in Florida

November 30th, 2012 Comments off

The Cape Coral Daily Breeze tells MHProNews sales of manufactured homes and homesites have begun early in North Fort Myers, Fla. Margaret Black of Horizon Village Co-op, Inc. says this summer was the busiest she’s ever seen at Horizon, a resident-owned 55+ community of half shareholders and half renters. “Our annual sales jumped by 30 percent in 2011 and 2012 over the previous years,” she said. Bob Duncan of nearby Windmill Village, noting sales of homes are up at this Equity LifeStyle Properties MHC, says “We are also bringing in some more new homes next month because of the growth.” Christopher O. Jackson of North Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce says, “Today’s communities are more upscale with larger homes, lots and amenities. Manufactured homes of years ago were about 12-14 feet wide. Today’s homes can be up to 18 feet wide and up to 80 feet long, a far cry from several decades ago.”

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