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  • Preserve Your Community | All Parks Alliance for Change
    park vacancy rates so low Don Pierson a long time APAC board member summarizes the problem of many residents when he says I can t afford affordable housing when the cheapest apartment in town is renting for 700 per month Mr Pierson is a retired senior living on Social Security who has lived since 1963 in Southgate one of the two Bloomington parks remaining after three closures Because park residents own their homes but not the land they face the threat of a park being sold or closed needed park improvements not being made unfair or inconsistently applied park rules profit driven rent increases and an inability to accumulate equity Community Preservation Solutions A solution to all of these problems is conversion to resident ownership through a cooperative land trust or non profit There are currently two routes that can be taken for residents to purchase their parks The first is by making an unsolicited offer to a willing buyer Working in collaboration with APAC Northcountry Cooperative Foundation and residents since 2004 have been able to purchase Sunrise Villa in Cannon Falls Paul Revere in Lexington Bennett Park in Moorhead Madelia Mobile Village in Madelia and Park Plaza in Fridley with other resident owned cooperatives in development The second route for residents to purchase is by exercising their right of first refusal provided for under state law Minnesota Statute 327C 095 when a park is being sold for redevelopment APAC and the residents of Shady Lane in Bloomington worked with Community Housing Development Corporation to exercise this right for the first time in Minnesota This action was challenged by the park owner and successfully upheld in court establishing a legal precedent for the right of first refusal Working with CHDC APAC and residents were able to secure the 2 million

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  • At the Capitol | All Parks Alliance for Change
    633 in 2009 the annual average is 31 050 and the fund balance has been over 1 million since 2010 The maximum benefits should be increased for moving costs to 7 000 single section and 12 500 multi section and for home buyouts to 2 000 above those amounts In addition a minimum buyout should be set at 4 000 single section and 8 000 multi section Other Changes Establishing the Home Value If an appraised market value of the home cannot be determined allow use of the appraised tax value averaged over a five year period as an alternative Identifying an Alternative Collection Method Currently the 12 annual fee is invoiced to the park owners and passed along to the home owners The Minnesota Department of Revenue should study alternative collection methods with formal representatives of the park owners and home owners and provide a recommendation by January 31 2017 License the managers of manufactured home park communities Since 1982 Minnesota state law has established the overall rights and responsibilities of park owners and home owners residents as well as the licensing requirements for manufactured home manufacturers dealers and community owners However there are no education or licensing requirements for those who work most directly with residents Park managers are involved in the daily operations of a park including screening prospective residents storing confidential records enforcing rules and maintaining contact with home owners Park managers should be required to satisfy 12 hours of qualifying education courses approved by the MN Department of Labor Industry every three years The courses should cover basic manufactured home park law MN Statute 327C the Fair Housing Act HUD defined home installation processes the Americans with Disabilities Act ADA and general real estate topics Provide residents with notice of park health violations and better enforcement tools State law and administrative rules establish clear health and safety standards but enforcement is limited by very blunt tools provided to the Minnesota Department of Health 1 send a notice 2 fine 10 000 and 3 pull the license and shut the park Tenant remedies actions can be a more effective tool if resident associations and municipalities are given standing to file them on behalf of residents However in order to act residents must first receive notice of local or state code violations In addition it is important for prospective residents to know about unresolved health violations before they commit to purchase a home in the park in the first place Despite the common name mobile home buying a home in a park is a fairly permanent decision since the home s age condition or the moving costs mean 81 of homes never move from their initial placement Other Endorsed Issues Classify manufactured homes as real property Many states laws concerning manufactured homes have not kept pace with the changes in the homes over the last 90 years Based on manufactured homes earliest ancestor the travel trailer state laws classify most of these homes as personal property and

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  • Around the Nation | All Parks Alliance for Change
    dedicated resources or staff and resources devoted to improving manufactured home communities not going directly to homeowners Racial discrimination in manufactured home communities including denied tenancy higher rents fewer amenities and harassment APAC s National Organizing Project APAC is the nation s largest organization of manufactured home park residents and is the leading the charge to preserve and protect these communities in Minnesota In 2006 with support from the Northwest Area Foundation APAC launched a project to strengthen resident leadership organizing and advocacy in the eight state northwest region in order to increase the impact residents are having on state and national decisions that affect them From 2007 to 2009 with funding from the Corporation for Economic Development CFED APAC expanded this project to focus on state home owner associations around the country in order to increase the voice of residents in state and national decisions that affect them Other State and National Home Owner Associations Around the country a number of successful strategies have been developed for overcoming these challenges Making these solutions a reality requires a base of strong committed leaders It requires a clear shared vision rising from the homeowners It requires strong local state and national homeowner associations and it means forging a nationwide movement to preserve these manufactured home communities More than half the states have statewide homeownership associations but communication among them has been limited In 2007 2008 and 2009 APAC had the privilege of hosting and in 2010 helping to organize the national conventions of the Manufactured Homeowners Association of America MHOAA as a way of sharing resident expertise and resources Visit our links page to find out more about groups working in other states and nationally MHOAA National Conventions The theme of the 2007 MHOAA national convention was Build a Vision Build

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  • Your Vote, Your Voice | All Parks Alliance for Change
    Us Tenant Hotline Metro 651 644 5525 Toll Free 1 855 361 2722 State Office 2380 Wycliff St 200 St Paul MN 55114 651 644 5525 Fax 651 523 0173 Get Directions Email Us Home Programs Your Vote Your Voice APAC works with to engage residents in the political process to ensure their voices are heard at the State Capitol Park residents can increase their political power through electoral organizing grassroots lobbying and Days on the Hill Residents around the state are taking action to hold their decision makers accountable set the legislative agenda and create public policy that protects our homes and communities Park residents and APAC are gaining electoral power by Increasing voter registration Hosting candidate forums Building relationships with decision makers Educating candidates on park issues Conducting Get Out the Vote GOTV events involving canvassing literature drops phone banking rides to the polls assistance at the polls and much more To learn more about APAC s electoral organizing or for voter resources click on the links below How Voting Impacts You and Your Community Voting and Election Information How to Get Out the Vote After Election Day Tammy Hoth Stands Up for Resident Rights and Charges are

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  • APAC's "The Alliance" Newsletter | All Parks Alliance for Change
    quarterly newsletters of All Parks Alliance for Change APAC You Can Download a Copy of the Winter Spring 2015 Issue CLICK HERE You can also read plain text versions of the individual stories in this issue online by selecting an article from the list below Featured Stories It s our money APAC proposes fixes to the state s Manufactured Home Relocation Trust Fund Before You Sign A Consumer s Guide to Mobile Home Parks in the Twin Cities Dave Anderson Reflecting on 10 Years as APAC s Director Rush Line Transit Corridor Connects Park Residents from Maplewood to Pine City National News APAC Attends 2015 National Manufactured Housing Conferences Jury Awards 111 million to Park Residents APAC Renews Outreach to Park Residents in North Dakota Park Community News Move Roads Not Homes 8 Years Later Residents Stayed While Road Projects and Sports Stadiums Moved On Twin Cities Metro Region Trends in Manufactured Housing Shakopee and St Anthony Parks Targeted for Redevelopment in Land Use Plans Parks on the Chopping Block in Waite Park Elbow Lake and Winona Several Parks in Financial Turmoil APAC News APAC s 2014 Annual Meeting and Legislative Summit APAC Sees Changes Growth in Staff APAC Launches

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  • "Before You Sign: A Consumer's Guide to Mobile Home Parks in the Twin Cities" | All Parks Alliance for Change
    few hundred dollars for older ones You can buy a mobile home for what you would spend in a month just on rent Chances are if you find a manufactured home that affordable than it is in a park That means several big differences from buying one on its own land You will be paying lot rent to the park owner every month But even then the lot rent can still be less than what you would pay in an apartment or house renting situation So financially living in a mobile home park can still be a very good option But not all parks are the same and not every one will be right for you Find the Right Park for You It is important to fully evaluate which park is the right fit for you because buying a manufactured home despite the common name mobile home can become a fairly permanent decision Manufactured homes can be costly to move and as a result only 19 are ever moved from their initial placement If you decide to move you have the legal right to sell your home in place in the park but the process can sometimes take a while That is the reason behind Before You Sign A Consumer s Guide to Mobile Home Parks in the Twin Cities Before you buy a home and sign a lease in park make sure it is the right one for you Is it in the right community Does it offer the access you need to jobs schools transportation and shopping Does it provide services and amenities you require Are the park rules acceptable to you Do Your Homework Before You Sign likely doesn t provide all the information you want but it will hopefully offer a good place to start It

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  • NEW: APAC Shirts & Bumper Stickers | All Parks Alliance for Change
    Lobbyist Sign up for E Mail Updates Contact Us Tenant Hotline Metro 651 644 5525 Toll Free 1 855 361 2722 State Office 2380 Wycliff St 200 St Paul MN 55114 651 644 5525 Fax 651 523 0173 Get Directions Email Us Home Programs NEW APAC Shirts Bumper Stickers 10 00 all sizes 2 for 18 00 T SHIRTS 100 Cotton Pre shrunk Double needle stitched SIZES Small Medium Large Extra Large Double XL Triple XL 1 00 each 6 for 5 00 Special APAC Membership Promotion Click to Join or renew for 16 and get a membership shirt bumper sticker button and lapel pin T Shirt Size Small Medium Large Extra Large Double XL Triple XL Number of T Shirts If more than one then indicate size and number Bumper Stickers Yes No Number of Bumper Stickers Name Park Street Address City and Zip Code Phone E Mail Address I will pay Online with Paypal By check By money order Attachment Size Promotion APAC T Shirts Bumper Stickers 2013 pdf 250 75 KB APAC Launches Strategic Planning for 2015 2018 up Printer friendly version 2380 Wycliff Street Suite 200 St Paul MN 55114 651 644 5525 1 855 361

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  • Volunteer with APAC | All Parks Alliance for Change
    are many ways you can get involved with APAC Volunteer Become a Member Form an APAC Chapter Establish a Resident Association Become a Citizen Lobbyist Sign up for E Mail Updates Contact Us Tenant Hotline Metro 651 644 5525 Toll Free 1 855 361 2722 State Office 2380 Wycliff St 200 St Paul MN 55114 651 644 5525 Fax 651 523 0173 Get Directions Email Us Home Volunteer with APAC APAC is always looking for volunteers and we would love your help Give us a call at 651 644 5525 or fill out the form below and we ll get back to you Name E mail Phone Number Which of the above is the best way to reach you I want to become involved in APAC by Working to form a resident association Establishing an APAC chapter Becoming involved in an APAC program Promoting APAC in my park Providing assistance in the APAC office Other If you selected Other let us know how you can help out 2380 Wycliff Street Suite 200 St Paul MN 55114 651 644 5525 1 855 361 2722 fax 651 523 0173 All Parks Alliance for Change On Social Media Upcoming Events APAC Monthly Board

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