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Manufactured Home Community Residents seek Rent Control in Northern CA

February 18th, 2016 Comments off

Calif_humboldt_county__the_times_dash_standard__shaun_walker__rent_controlThe Humboldt Mobilehome Owners Coalition is seeking a ballot initiative to put rent control in manufactured home communities (MHC) to the voters in Humboldt County, in far Northern California, according to times-standard. The group has to obtain 3,000 signatures to be on the Nov. ballot.

The Mobile Home Park Space Rent Stabilization Ordinance would only apply to unincorporated areas of the county, regulating site rents for communities of over ten homes.

The coalition’s Patti Rose said the ordinance would tie increases to cost-of-living increases because so many of the MHC residents are on fixed incomes.

Community owners say the measure is a form of price fixing, and limiting increases could affect the extent of maintenance and repairs communities require.

The Western Manufactured Housing Communities Association’s Doug Johnson said rent control is an unfair, expensive and useless government regulation that the McKinley Municipal Advisory Committee has already rejected.

The ordinance says, “The mobile home park owner may implement the increase each year by legally required notice, or bank the increase to be added to the rent at a future date, and provide a notice to mobile home owner tenants of the park owner’s election to defer the allowable annual increase.”

While this initiative would only apply to MHCs in unincorporated areas of Humboldt County, the coalition sees this as a jumping off point to eventually have the cities adopt rent control ordinances. ##

(Photo credit: The Times-Standard/Shaun Walker–Thunderbird MHC in Humboldt County)

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First FEMA Manufactured Homes will be for Seniors Displaced by Valley Fires

December 9th, 2015 Comments off

lake_county_employees_of_Baxter_Mobile_HOme_Transport__record_dash_bee__Jason_MorashIn a step towards rebuilding the lives of those displaced by the wildfires in northern California, as MHProNews last reported Nov. 4, 2015, nine of 15 manufactured homes (MH) provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be ready for occupancy by the end of the week. Lake Village Estates manufactured home community in Clearlake Oaks, in Lake County, will house senior refugees and their caregivers, according to record-bee.

Once the homes are completed, California Human Development will inspect the homes for safety and security, followed by an inspection by FEMA. California Governor Jerry Brown has waived certain fees and detailed plans for external structures in order to expedite the process, but without jeopardizing any safety or security features.

Each MH is fully furnished save a washer and dryer—for which hook-ups are available—including telephone and cable connections. Rent and all utilities are being covered by FEMA for up to 18 months, with the possibility for a six-month extension. The number of bedrooms in each MH varies, but each has a double bed, a place to store clothes and a weather radio. The residents will also have access to the swimming pool in the summertime, and all the other amenities of the community.

Co-owner and administrator of Lake Village Dena Barron stated, “They’re going to be treated like any other resident,” she said, adding that the current residents of LVE were welcoming of them. “We’ve developed a great relationship with our residents; we are always rallying for them.

FEMA Public Information Officer Steven Solomon said that 40 more home sites have been leased at Clearlake Resort. The utility connections have been installed but the homes have yet to arrive. FEMA is also considering using Grange Road in Hidden Valley Lake which could host 30 additional homes, but approval has not been given yet.

To date, FEMA has approved $3.4 million in housing assistance for some 600 homeowners connected to the fires. The federal government has also approved aid for over 600 renters, $3 million in individual assistance, and grants of $32,900 each for 62 others.

Solomon stated: “FEMA continues to do everything it can to help the state to ensure that Valley Fire survivors are lodged as the weather gets colder. We’ll be here as long we’re needed.##

(Photo credit: record-bee/Jason Morash–employees of Baxter Mobile Home Transport build a wheelchair ramp for one of the FEMA homes.)

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Battle Rages over Repurposing of California Manufactured Home Communities

September 15th, 2015 Comments off

winchester_ranch__san_jose_calif__lipo_ching__bay_area_news_group__creditFollowing a story MHProNews posted Feb. 27, 2014 regarding Winchester Ranch manufactured home community (MHC) in San Jose, California, the battle over some of the most expensive land in the country that sits under MHCs in Silicon Valley continues to burn brightly, much like the fires consuming parts of northern California.

San Jose has the most manufactured-home communities in the state, 58 communities with nearly 11,000 home sites. Of the 150 residents of Winchester who occupy the 111 MH, 106 are above 60 years of age, some in their 80s and 90s, who pay $833 to $1,000 a month, including Barbara Cali, who co-found the community with her husband in 1976.

Home builder PulteGroup has agreed to purchase the community, and intends to erect market rate and affordable apartments as well as a hotel, but as bloomberg reports, the deal has not closed. One of the sticking points: the San Jose City Council is set to vote on a six-month moratorium, as MHProNews reported Aug. 13, 2015, that would prevent the closing of Winchester and all the other MHCs in the city until lawmakers can determine a path to walk between senior affordable housing and accelerating growth.

To compensate residents, Pulte is considering offering $140,000 to over $200,000 each, adding about $15 million to development costs, which it would offset by an outside group buying a portion of the 16 acres for the hotel.

In the 1980s the state tried to discourage MHC owners from booting residents, but the force of economics has been very tempting in this area where the median listing price of a single-family home in August reached $878,000, the country’s second-highest, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

If Pulte’s deal goes through, residents may be pressed to find affordable housing, as a one-bedroom apartment requires an annual income of $109,000, and income-restricted housing developments have long waiting lists. Santa Clara county—which includes San Jose—has 19,000 manufactured housing home sites, but only 78 listings, with an average price of $197,000.

Many municipalities up and down the coast trying to protect MHCs from redevelopment have become embroiled in expensive legal battles. While housing-rights advocates have tried to prevent conversions, many believe there are more efficient methods to provide affordable housing.

Another option would be for local governments to assist MHC residents in obtaining financing for them to become resident-owned communities. ##

(Photo credit: Bay Area News Group/Lipo Ching–Winchester Ranch manufactured home community in San Jose, CA)

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