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Manufactured Homes Repurposed in Costly Housing Market

May 31st, 2017 Comments off

An unrelated manufactured home in Sonoma County, California. Quality and affordability are keys to housing those in need. Credit: Press Democrat.

In a story that the Daily Business News originally covered here, the Village Mobile Home Park in Sebastopol, California is going to help provide housing to those who are at risk of, or are already, homeless.

Back in March, the city committed to invest $258,000 into the project to create a mix of affordable manufactured homes and apartments.

According to the Press Democrat, the community was purchased by the city 10 years ago, and has partially emptied out over time as the adjoining Laguna de Santa Rosa campground was closed and converted to parkland, with the intention the remainder of the property eventually be turned over to recreational use, as well.

But an agreement between the city of Sebastopol and the non-profit agency West County Community Services will utilize the community to provide housing to between eight and 12 additional people and families who are in need.

West County Community Services has also committed to provide a case manager and support services to any current or new residents who want help learning to manage and stabilize their lives, connecting them with treatment, health services or food programs.

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The idea, of course, is to help them move up and onward,” said Tim Miller, executive director of West County Community Services.

But they can stay as long as they want.”

But, even with the dollar committed, the project will still be dependent on the ability and willingness of charitable residents to donate eight usable manufactured homes, although four units have already been acquired.

Organizers say they are hoping for the donation of a used construction unit that can be employed as a classroom, social service office and meeting place for the community.

Then there are the challenges facing the city.

The loss of campground revenue and diminished manufactured home occupancy forced the city to operate the community at a deficit approaching $75,000 a year, mostly for site and property management, while considering future options.

Even so, city officials have increasingly been reluctant to do anything that would eliminate a local source of low-cost housing that has no emergency shelter, and happens to be one of the most expensive places to live in the country.


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The new plan is a win-win,” said Gale Brownell, a longtime Sonoma County housing advocate and member of the Group of Advocates in west Sonoma County.

While Brownell was instrumental in bringing the players together to develop the plan for Village Mobile Home Park, she gives credit to a Sebastopol woman named Darrin Batch, a regular at City Council meetings, and well-informed about city policies and budgeting.

She thought that was a terrible thing, given the fact that people were homeless,” said Brownell.

Currently, 65 people currently reside in the 18 home community.

And for 48-year resident Marjorie Wallace, age 90, knowing that there’s some stability is a huge relief.

Two of her sons, now in their late 50s, live with her. A third, who has cancer, is with her as well.

All are partly dependent on my Social Security income, so the uncertainty about what would happen if the park closed has been profound,” said Wallace.

For more on manufactured housing providing quality, viable solutions for those in need, including recent cases in Hawaii and British Columbia, Canada, click here and here. ##

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RC Williams, MHProNews.

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MH Homeowners Denied Right to Form Association

November 26th, 2012 Comments off

A group of ten residents of Westview Village Mobile Home Park in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, frustrated that management was not enforcing maintenance rules on some of the properties, attempted to form a neighborhood association. Kelownacapnews informs MHProNews a group calling itself Westview Village Concerned Homeowners sent a letter to Ross Management, Ltd. documenting maintenance shortcomings on the part of some residents. John Ross of the management company replied that a homeowners association must have the consent of a majority of homeowners and approval of management, and since there are nearly 300 homes in Westview, the residents cannot claim to be an association. An official with the government said there is an arbitration process, which Westview management and some residents have utilized in the past, but that deals only with individual MH residents. The official said the residents’ sole recourse is the court system.

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Heavy Rains Muddy MHC in Central Ohio

March 19th, 2012 Comments off

A four inch torrential downpour inundated Hebron, Ohio, just south of Newark in near dead center of the state, according to what the NewarkAdvocate tells Of the 144 homes affected by the flood, 30-40 were at the Greenbriar Village Mobile Home Park, where the power had to be cut and residents were told to evacuate. When Richard Remley woke up, his MH was surrounded by almost three feet of water. It ruined his landscaping, engulfed his shed, muddied his two cars, and sent his wife and dog in a rescue boat to a Red Cross shelter. The tide receded sufficiently that by afternoon he was spraying the mud and debris from his vehicles and the cement driveway. Another resident rescued by boat from Greenbriar said his siding was slightly damaged, but the water did not get inside. The storm also flooded homes and businesses in Newark, causing many delays, flooding streets, yards, and basements.

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Passages…Lenny Jones Gregory

January 9th, 2012 Comments off

After a year-long battle with cancer, former MHC owner Lenny Jones Gregory passed away in Falcon, Colorado. TheRecordDelta of Buckhannon, WV tells Gregory moved to Colorado from West Virginia in the 1970’s to help his brother manage Alpine Village Mobile Home Park in Florence, CO and then began transporting factory-built homes around the state. In 1993 he bought Elmhurst Mobile Home Park in Security, CO, and in 2000 opened Manufactured Housing Supplies and Creative Repair in a 5,000 square-foot facility. He leaves behind his wife, two step-children and a granddaughter. extends its deepest sympathies to his family.

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