Mobile Home Parks

Protect Mobile Home Parks

Mobile home parks have traditionally provided inexpensive space for low-income residents. However, rising land values put pressure on owners to sell.

Communities nationwide are creating strategies to regulate and/or prevent condo conversion to lessen the impact of closures on low-income renters.

Oregon communities have been actively wrestling with these issues in local communities, the Legislature and the courts.

New Hampshire has had proactive assistance for resident purchase of trailer parks. Since 1984 the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund has helped resident groups representing 3,500 spaces form co-ops and buy their parks.

RESOURCES:

  • Manufactured Home Parks in Oregon by Community Development Law Center is an extensive resource on all aspects of the issue. Link PDF
  • Manufactured Home Owners of Oregon, Inc. OSTA is an organization working for mobile homeowner rights.
  • SharedEmergency.com is a site that highlights and updates the issue of mobile home displacement nationwide.
  • New Hampshire Community Loan Fund Model: Manufactured Home Park Purchases by Residents - Available from: Oregon Alliance for Land Use and Affordable Housing (OALUAH)
ACTIONS TO TAKE:

  • Change zoning to require a replacement of a percentage of any conversion for affordable housing.
  • Change zoning in existing parks to be exclusively mobile homes creating a permanently affordable zone.
  • Help mobile home park residents buy their own spaces. Experience in other places has shown that when a park becomes resident owned, the quality improves.
  • Help local Community Housing Trust to buy land that can begin as mobile homes and then slowly change over time to higher quality, but still affordable homes.

Living Wage
Public Land Availability
2006 Tillamook County Housing Summit
2007 Clatsop County Housing Solutions Conference

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