February 2012 Eblast
Welcome to MHOAA’s February 2012 Eblast. Please consider forwarding the Elbast to all members of your home owners’ association and other interested individuals. I also encourage you to reprint these Eblasts in your home owners’ association’s newsletter.
MHOAA Executive Director testified before Congressional Committee
– On Wednesday February 1, 2012, MHOAA’s Executive Director, Ishbel Dickens, testified on behalf of manufactured home owners at a hearing of the Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity Sub-committee of the House Financial Services Committee. Ishbel was the only witness speaking on behalf if consumers and was surrounded by industry representatives giving their side of the story. You can watch the full 1 hour and 45 minute hearing here: http://financialservices.house.gov/Calendar/EventSingle.aspx?EventID=276486
If you want to skip parts of it, then my testimony starts at 26:10 – 32:43. The questions I answer are at:
1:00:00 – 1:02:48
1:12:50 – 1:15:15
1:21:23 – 1:24:20
1:31:05 – 1:33:05
1:35:32 – 1:36:15
– As MHOAA continues to grow please keep in mind that staff and board members may be available to attend meetings in your area. For instance, Ishbel will be meeting with manufactured home owners in Hartford, Connecticut on Thursday March 8 and will be travelling to California in April to be with the members of GSMOL as they celebrate 50 years of being a statewide manufactured home owners’ association in California.
Additionally, remember that MHOAA staff is available to help with resources for starting home owners’ associations; grant research and writing; reviewing legislative proposals; and other pertinent issues. Feel free to email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org if I can be of assistance in any way.
Last word for February
– Congratulations to the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund – they recently celebrated the completion of their 100th resident-owned community. WELL DONE.
“The 54 homeowners at Big W Mobile Home Park in Derry last week became the 100th resident-owned community in NH. This is a historic milestone for the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund and our ROC-NH™ team. It’s also evidence of the growing interest in and enthusiasm for resident ownership, and of the strength of this affordable housing sector.
The Derry homeowners join more than 5,600 others in NH, and another nearly 1,500 homeowners in 22 communities in the ROC USA® network, who enjoy the security, stability and affordability that cooperative resident ownership provides.
Perhaps the most remarkable element of our First 100 story is that in the 27 years since our first conversion, through boom and bust economic and real estate cycles, not one park has failed!
Congratulations are also in order for Casa of Oregon. Here is a link to a story about the great work they are doing.
Feb 2012 E-Blast (pdf)