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Disney Utilizes Inaccurate, Prejudicial Terminology “Trailer” Offensive to Factory-Builders, Homeowners

December 26th, 2018 Comments off



Disney Springs in Orlando, FL has been discovered openly using offensive, inaccurate terminology deemed prejudicial towards factory-builders and the over 22 million Americans in the U.S. – plus others in Canada – who live in pre-HUD Code mobile homes, modular housing, and HUD Code manufactured homes.


Near the Disney Springs Strawberry parking area where thousands walk by daily, the photos shown were taken on Christmas Day, 2018.




It is unclear at this time how long those modular office units have been at that location.

But what is clear is that the units themselves are labeled as “modular,” which the photo shown above reflects. That modular standard is no doubt the commercial construction code the units in question were built to meet.



On a different, but similarly problematic nomenclature issue, Mark Weiss, JD, President and CEO of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform previously said as follows.


Likewise, manufactured housing advocate, the Rev. Donald Tye, Jr. said as follows about such troubling use of inaccurate “t-word” terminology.



The Rev. Donald Tye, Jr. and his family were raised in a factory-built home, still proudly own one, and are advocates for the proper use of industry terminology.


When the National Association of Realtors™ (NAR) Realtor University™ researcher Scholastica ‘Gay’ Cororaton, CBE, was contacted last summer about a problematic use of the term “mobile home” in their research documents. She not only promptly responded with a ‘thank you’ for bringing the needed correction to her attention, she had all of the errant NAR documents, graphics, and blogs changed to reflect the proper phrasing. Cororaton then went a step further, and noted Mark Weiss, JD, and MHProNews publisher L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach in their revised report’s first footnote, as shown below.



Accuracy matters, and giving credit to sources matters to third-parties. The corrected research report is linked here. The Realtor University blog it was posted on is linked here.


MHProNews plans to contact Disney Springs’ management/public relations office about the issue later today, and will follow up this report to state what corrective measures – if any – Disney management will take as a result of this matter being brought to their attention.




About one in ten Floridians live in a mobile or manufactured home, with others living in modular or some other form of prefabricated housing construction,” said L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach, co-founder and publisher of the industry’s most-read trade publication, MHProNews.



Potentially thousands walk by that locale daily. So the negative impact of that signage is multiplied and grows over time. But there is also the message being given to the Disney “cast,”  who may be incorrectly led to think that errant term “trailer” is an acceptable term in this case, when it clearly is not.



Hopefully, this is just an oversight by Disney, the result of ignorance rather than an intentional insult to factory-builders and those who reside in a factory-crafted dwelling,” Kovach said. “But if Disney doesn’t correct this error promptly, and make it clear to their staff – who Disney refers to as “cast members” – that the term “trailer” for the description of a housing or office units that aren’t RVs is improper, prejudicial, and offensive, then we will bring the matter to the wider attention of the tens of thousands of the industry’s professionals.  We could also draw the issue, as needed, to the attention of the millions of residents of the mobile, manufactured, and modular housing communities. If necessary, we’ll also do a follow up report on MHLivingNews, with manufactured home resident groups – and via media contacts – to others in mainstream news forums Our hope is that they’ll make a correction, and will instruct their cast about the proper use of terminology in this matter.”




MHProNews will update readers on the Disney Springs controversy, just as we did on the NAR and other similar topics, as previously reported here on the Daily Business News.

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Keith Olbermann on Trump Supporters – Industry Reacts – When “Trailer Trash” Isn’t What You Think

April 25th, 2017 2 comments

Trump supporters at the White House – Kid Rock, left, Sarah Palin and Ted Nugent (right). Credit: Truth Examiner.

In what is quickly becoming known as the “tweet heard ‘round the manufactured housing world,” former ESPN and MSNBC host Keith Olbermann’s reference to President Donald Trump supporters — former Presidential candidate Sarah Palin and musicians Ted Nugent and Kid Rock during their White House visit — as “trailer park trash” has set off a fire storm.

It is amazing to me that any media person can stereotype millions of Americans without being worried about their career being at stake,” said Frank Rolfe.

Controversial tweet by GQ's anti-Trump shock jock Keith Olbermann.

Controversial tweet by GQ’s anti-Trump shock jock, Keith Olbermann.

In today’s politically correct world, why is it acceptable to use such a derogatory term as “trailer park trash“?

Rolfe opens up another potent question with his statement: why does it seem that some “get a pass” by the mainstream media, when others do not?


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Newscasters and journalists are losing their careers over the use of every other insulting slang term — however minor — simply from special interest groups threatening to boycott the advertisers. So why is ‘trailer trash’ the one insulting term in the U.S. that you can use without any fear of reprisal? Is it because the average American feels it’s true,” asks Rolfe, “thanks to the consistent negative portrayal of the industry in the media?”

Those in the industry know that there are some terrible properties out there, but they are a tiny fringe group of the 44,000 communities in the U.S. The average manufactured home community resembles a traditional subdivision — sometimes nicer than the surrounding subdivisions. We can only change the ‘trailer park trash’ stereotype by convincing the general public that the term is unfair and offensive and not a statement of fact,” Rolfe told MHProNews.  

He added, “That would generate a grassroots movement to protest the term aggressively and that, in turn, would scare the media away from ever using it again. If any journalist who uttered the phrase “trailer park trash” immediately lost their job, then it would disappear overnight.”


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Rolfe’s Not Alone…

And, Rolfe is far from alone in his feelings.

It’s an absolute disgrace that this pejorative (“Trailer Park Trash”) somehow remains ‘socially acceptable’ among the politically correct elite and their mouthpieces,” said MHARR President & CEO, M. Mark Weiss, JD.

People like Olbermann, who routinely slam others over alleged ‘micro-aggressions’ and other fabricated nonsense, would do well to show proper and decent respect for the millions of hard-working Americans who are able to own a home of their own because of the unequalled affordability of manufactured homes located either in — or outside of — manufactured home communities,” Weiss said to MHProNews.They, and a lot of other Americans living in the heartland of the country, deserve better than this type of arrogant slander.”

A Moment of Personal Commentary, by RC Williams, OK’d by the Editor…

As a writer who covers the manufactured housing industry – and also happens to be black – I wondered out loud today if Olbermann would have received the same “atta boys” and backslaps from his echo chamber if he would have used terms like “ghetto urchin,” “welfare queen,” or “wetback beaner” to describe hard working White, Black or Hispanic Americans?

There isn’t anything wrong with disliking a person, or having a different political, or policy perspective.  Such may be the case with Olbermann when it comes to Palin, Nugent and Kid Rock.  But Olbermann seems to be acting like a junior kid who didn’t receive discipline when he was young – and thinks it’s OK to do or say whatever he wants.

Journalism requires research, and respect, to build credibility. Olbermann seriously put his into question with his comments, and offended millions in the process.

Perhaps lacking sound arguments against the economic progress already being made by the Trump Administration, Olbermann resorts to what weak minds turn to — cheap insults and ad hominem attacks.


Community Owners Sound Off

Mari Blaquiere and Todd Lamb of Lamb Investments, are among the many who provided on-the-record comments to MHProNews from community owners on this issue.


Lamb views the situation as partisan hypocrisy.

Wow!! Keith Olbermann should be careful. I’m sure he knows that God humbles the proud, and gives grace to the poor,” said Lamb.



This is a perfect example of the hypocrisy from the left. They demand and cry for ‘political correctness’ from the GOP and Christians, but then turn around and place themselves in the judgment seat (which should be reserved for God alone – Duet 32:35) by using the term ‘Trailer Park Trash.’”

Lamb continued.

Some of the most joy-filled, hard-working and good people that I have had the privilege to know live in Manufactured Home Communities. I’m sure they would not appreciate his terminology, or Olbermann’s judgment on two Rockers and Sarah Palin.”

It really is shocking to see the left-wingers squirm when they are not in power,” Lamb said. “A reminder to all Conservatives:Pray for Donald Trump, the President is under constant attack.’”

Not All Will Speak Up – On or Off the Record – To Defend the Industry and It’s Homeowners

MHProNews asked Kevin Borden of MHAction for a comment, giving him an opportunity to defend the industry’s homeowners.


As with Borden, and also after more than 48 hours, a request was made to the senior staff at the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) for their reactions. Top staff and their communications director…were all equally silent, as if to prove Frank Rolfe’s previous point on their unwillingness to engage the media.

MHProNews will continue to monitor MHI’s responses, if any, and provide follow up from this as warranted. ##

(Editor’s Note: As our primary Daily Business News writer, RC Williams’ mission is reporting, not commentary. It’s a mission that management feels he does well – and the industry has responded to his writing with an ever larger audience. In this case, Wiliams was given the OK to share his personal thoughts on this highly charged issue, which MHProNews thanks him for offering – instead of just sounding off without warning. That’s a team player.)

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Publication Flip-Flops on UMH, NPR Effect in Play

January 27th, 2017 Comments off

The Shady Hills Community. Credit: UMH.

UMH Properties (NYSE: UMH) celebrated its 50th anniversary at the New York Stock Exchange last week, including ringing the closing bell.

At the same time, a Nashville publication that had previously offered the company praise was telling a very different story.

According to the Tennessean, residents at UMH owned properties Holiday Village and Shady Hills in East Nashville say that they have been bullied, hit with fines, and then evictions.

The residents, who happen to be Latino, argue the evictions are discriminatory.

People really are being targeted,” said Erin Coleman, a Nashville-based lawyer who has been advocating for the residents.


Erin Coleman. Credit: LinkedIn.

It brings to light how we in America keep poor people poor.

UMH says that they have done nothing that’s against the law.

Race, or any other protected class, is never a factor in any of UMH’s landlord practices,” said UMH company spokesman Ken Frydman.

UMH strives to provide quality affordable housing. Enforcement of rules and regulations is necessary to maintain quiet and peaceful communities for all residents.

While community operators and landlords are not required to give a reason to month-to-month tenants by law, Frydman shared that at least five of the families evicted were in violation of community rules and regulations, including animal cruelty, drug possession, illegal poultry farming, illegal subleasing and refusals to fix or remove non-operating cars.

A Copycat?


Shady Hills residents Cesar Melchor and wife Maria Gomez. Credit:  Tennessean.

The article from the Tennessean appears to be a copycat of a well publicized broadcast and published article from NPR entitled, “With Few Legal Protections, Nashville Mobile Home Park Residents At Risk Of Losing It All,” (see their article, linked here), which MHProNews pointed out had numerous issues and misinformation.

Many manufactured home professionals and homeowners believe that they are pushing an agenda, and ignoring facts that contradict their narrative.

This proves problematic for the Tennessean, who in December published a positive article on UMH growth in Nashville, in which residents of UMH properties pointed to how living there changed their perceptions on manufactured housing.


Frankie Robinson. Credit: Tennessean.

I was just thinking of trailer trash and it just wasn’t for me,” said Shady Hills resident Frankie Robinson.

I like having neighbors who visit each other and care for their homes at Shady Hills.

It’s a community of mobile homes [sic] and the people who live there. It’s become a neighborhood.

Some Shady Hills residents say that they are being unfairly targeted because they have older homes, and with the demand for housing UMH is kicking them out and making a profit by doing so.

All the people getting kicked out are the ones who own the trailers [sic],” said resident Jiovanny Fructuoso.

They said it’s ‘for the good of the community.’ Well, what’s wrong with me?

For every new trailer [sic] you see, someone was evicted,” said resident Victor Magadon, pointing at new manufactured homes in the community.

Per the Tennessean, Magadon, his wife and their five children received an eviction notice that said they had 30 days to move their home and vacate the premises.


Sam Landy. Credit: MHProNews.

In comments on the NPR story, UMH Sam Landy says that quality has dramatically improved at Shady Hills and Holiday Village.

UMH has improved the lives of well over 1,000 manufactured home residents in the Nashville area. We have significantly upgraded communities,” said Landy to MHProNews.

Our residents overwhelmingly support the companies actions.

Landy also said UMH is preparing a detailed response to the NPR and Tennessean articles about their Nashville locations. MHProNews will provide our readers with that response as soon at it is made available.

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Manufactured Housing: More Bang for the Buck

January 19th, 2017 Comments off

Inside of a Nobility manufactured home. Credit: Nobility Homes.

Bill and Mary Ann Ridenour became “empty nesters” recently, and were left with a 3,200 square foot house.

As many couples do in this situation, the Ridenours decided to downsize.

And they discovered the magic of manufactured housing.

When I tell people what we did they think I’m joking,” said Mary Ann Ridenour.

According to The Sentinel, their move is not uncommon.

As housing costs remain high in many parts of the country, many are discovering that manufactured housing is an affordable option.

The goal for the Ridenours was cost cutting, as Mary Ann, who works full-time as a court reporter, started a side business about a year ago. The couple wanted more cash to support her endeavor, so they wanted to eliminate their $1,800 monthly mortgage payment.

We were working our butts off to live in this big house that we didn’t need,” said Ridenour. “We thought, ‘Why are we paying this ridiculous mortgage on this home?’ It was strapping us.

They bought their 3-bedroom, 2-bath manufactured home with a half-acre of land about 10 years ago for $143,000 and moved into it last year. Ridenour admits that the decision to move into it took some adjustment.

It’s not a sign of a great accomplishment that I’ve moved from a big beautiful home to a trailer [sic],” said Ridenour with a slight laugh.

Once we swallowed our pride, we now find the awkwardness when people realize our living conditions amusing.

Mary Ann Ridenour says she and her husband are much happier without having to worry about money.

The Ridenours have discovered, as many others have, that the old stereotypes about “mobile homes” are just that – old stereotypes. Modern design and high quality at an affordable price are all benchmarks of modern manufactured homes.


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Experts also agree that manufactured housing revives the dream of homeownership.

In some ways, this could be looked at as the new American Dream because the old American Dream has become unreachable for so many people,” said Daniel Levine, director of the Avant-Guide Institute, a business that watches consumer trends.

Emily and Jesse McBroom of Denton, Texas, are an example.

Emily and Jesse McBroom. Credit: The Sentinel.

They wanted to own their own home, pay down student debt and have money to travel. Paying $29,000 for their manufactured home on seven acres of land allowed them to do just that.

We could get a brand-new trailer home [sic] with the newest appliances and pay less than the cheapest rent in the area,” said Emily McBroom.

As Daily Business News readers are aware, most references to “mobile homes” by publications are incorrect, as the last mobile home was built in the U.S. in 1976.

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Assistant Mayor Pushes to Remove “Trailer” Terminology

October 26th, 2016 Comments off

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Portsmouth, NH assistant mayor Jim Splaine is doing what he can to put an end to the stigma that’s often felt by people who live in manufactured homes.

Too often, the areas where manufactured homeowners live are referred to as “trailer parks,” reports seacoastonline’s Jeff McMenemy.

I think it does upset people who live in home parks and have them referred to as mobile homes,” Splaine said.

As MHLivingNews recently reported, these negative attitudes don’t always come from strangers, as Splaine described.

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Manufactured Home Residents Considering Lawsuit

October 19th, 2016 Comments off

Rolling Acres residents discuss their options. Credit: Mindy Ragan Wood, Red Dirt Report.

A Shawnee, Oklahoma manufactured home community is in flux after a series of missteps.

According to Red Dirt Report, a number of residents of the Rolling Acres Mobile Home Park were outraged recently when they received a 60-day eviction notice. They are considering a lawsuit after Shawnee attorney Kent Massey invited them to discuss their legal options.

The story begins in March, when Red Dirt Report found that the community’s lagoon was overburdened with too many residents on the system. It was leaking less than a mile from the North Canadian River.

The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) received complaints and served the owner, Stephen H. Sanders, with a consent order requiring the lagoon system be fixed in order to continue operations of the community.


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According to records, 59 homes are connected to the lagoon system.

But under current standards, it is only designed to accommodate 15 homes.

Late last week, 34 of 59 homes were served eviction notices. Only those who owned their homes were served.


Top of the Rolling Acres lagoon. Credit: Mindy Ragan Wood, Red Dirt Report.

According to the Red Dirt Report, homeowners were surprised to learn that people who were renting their homes from Sanders were allowed to stay. Many of those rental units were said to be in disrepair, but the rent collection on homes can be as high as $500.

Homeowners are only paying $165 in lot rent.


Stephen H. Sanders. Credit: SBH Auditors.

I don’t like doing it. There doesn’t seem to be any way out of it so that’s why they have to move their trailer [sic], said Sanders.It’s one of the toughest decisions I’ve had to make. In fact, I’m about to retire and I was counting on that trailer park [sic] as a significant part of my retirement.

Sanders contends that while he takes responsibility for the condition of the lagoon, the same number of residents on the system were the same number as when he bought it 11 years ago.

The View from Homeowners

Up until recently, manufactured home buyers have been allowed to move onto the property, unaware of the issues with the lagoon.

Whitney Kucera and her partner, Robert Vanzant moved onto the property in June.

We paid $20,000 to buy it and fix it up, cash,” said Vanzant.

We had a settlement from a DUI accident,” said Kucera who used the cash to pay for the residence.

Now we don’t have anything. And I’m trying to get my kids back from DHS. How am I going to do that without a house? We don’t have anything left,” said Vanzant.


Rolling Acres. Credit: Google.

Other residents point to deteriorating water quality.

When you take a shower, it burns your eyes,” said Courtney Armstrong. “And the water smells like sewage.

Sherita Chaffin has MS, a heart condition, and COPD. “The water is so nasty. I got a bacterial infection and had to go to the ER. They told me, ‘Stay away from that well water,” Chaffin said.


Residents at Rolling Acres. Credit: KOKH.

In addition to the challenges with sanitation, many residents face another issue. Most residents agree to a rent-to-own purchase of the home and therefore are responsible for all repairs. The local media didn’t address the question if the rent-to-own program is Dodd-Frank compliant.

Many don’t stay long enough to pay for the home, so their units,  go largely unrepaired and end up in worse condition for the next rent-to-own buyer.

With the hope of home ownership, residents often decide to pay it off and then fix it up. Others purchased their homes from Sanders outright or moved the homes onto property they may purchase.

What Happens Next

As for Sanders, who also owns Pine Ridge – another community in nearby Meeker that has also had issues with lagoon usage – he’s trying to figure out the next steps with Rolling Acres, including selling the property.

It’s not something he says he wants to do. He’s retiring this week.

I couldn’t borrow $500,000 from the bank because I’m retiring. The issue isn’t just looking out for my selfish self, but what am I going to do without that retirement? The last thing I wanted to do was reduce the number of users in that park because it affects me financially,” he said.

According to the DEQ, selling would not make the issue go away.

No change in the ownership or corporate status of respondents will affect respondent’s responsibilities under this order.

Sanders points to what, in his mind, are moving targets in dealing with the DEQ.

They regularly inspect it (lagoon),” said Sanders. “I thought everything was fine, everything’s going smooth, everybody’s happy. So, I didn’t ask any questions. Slowly over the last two years they’ve changed their regulations and unfortunately they’ve gotten a lot stricter.” ##

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