Duty To Serve
For the past several years the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has been deliberating about a “Duty to Serve” (DTS) rule to help support underserved home loan markets. The underserved markets include manufactured home financing and the financing of manufactured housing communities by the Government Sponsored Enterprises (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac).
Read more about it here.
APAC Community Organizing Manual
Many thanks to NMHOA member, All Parks Alliance for Change for this great resource – everything you ever wanted to know about getting your community organized is here. This is an introductory document (PDF), with links to the various sections of the manual.
What to Do When a Park is Closing
Here’s a good article on things to consider (as an resident) when a mobile home park is closing.
Read the article from The Western Planner here.
CFED Membership for State Organizations
Below is a great offer for manufactured home owners’ state associations who are members of NMHOA to become part of an even bigger network of manufactured housing advocates. CFED, one of NMHOA’s funders, is offering an unique opportunity for state association members of NMHOA to become lead organizations which will give them access to technical assistance from CFED as well as scholarships to attend CFED events. I encourage all State Association members of NMHOA to contact CFED and become lead organizations.
– Ishbel Dickens, Executive Director, NMHOA.
From Mobile Home Park to Mixed Income Community: A Guide and Case Study
This resource guide (pdf, 21.2 MB) offers a case study, checklists and other resources to enable individuals and organizations to follow the Sunrise Park model. Among the key elements for success identified by this study:
Running an Effective Board
Making Your Committees Work
NMHOA Technical Assistance Guide
Calistoga (CA) Leverages Data on Mobile Home Parks
Results of a study conducted on the demographics of Calistoga’s mobile home parks will be useful in securing future assistance programs for the seniors who occupy the parks, officials learned at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.
Read the complete article here.
Manufactured Homes Both Help Save the Planet and Save Money for Low-Income Owners
Addressing affordable housing while simultaneously reducing pollution seems like an impossible task. Yet manufactured housing can do just that. The American housing market has long benefited from design and finance innovations to meet the changing demands of home buyers. It is also a sector of the economy that has been greatly affected by government interventions in the market. From local zoning and planning decisions to preferential treatment in the federal tax code, housing’s progression is a many-chaptered story.Read the full article by Stacey Epperson, Next Step and Doug Ryan, Corporation for Enterprise Development
Three-Part Series on the Value of Manufactured HousingIshbel Dickens, Executive Director of the National manufactured Home Owners Association is extensively quoted in an article by Natalie St. John of The Chinook Observer highlighting egregious business practices and bad living conditions in manufactured housing communities in Spokane, SW Washington and parts of Oregon, where the community owners have racked up huge debt and allowed at least one of the properties to fall into foreclosure.
Part 1 Part 2 Part 3
Hosting a Candidate’s Forum
There is a lot of good information here. Thank you to Nonprofit VOTE!
You can access the Nonprofit VOTE website to download a copy of their guide to hosting a Candidate's Forum.
You can watch the entire webinar on Nonproift VOTE’s YouTube channel.
Moving a Manufactured Home
Guide to Forming Your Own HOA
Nonprofit Board of Directors