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  • Fact Sheet - Manufactured Home Parks in Minnesota | All Parks Alliance for Change
    county There are over 900 licensed parks distributed among nearly all 87 counties in Minnesota There are almost 180 000 individuals residing in these parks who are according to Housing and Urban Development HUD guidelines 80 percent low to very low income Manufactured homes make up 15 percent of all households with two thirds on home owner land and one third on park land There are more units of affordable housing in manufactured home parks 48 700 than there are HUD subsidized units 36 000 and Rural Development units 12 400 combined Manufactured home parks provide a vital affordable housing option 367 mean monthly rent statewide compared with traditional stick built homes and apartment units Manufactured homes in parks in Minnesota are 87 percent owner occupied thus providing an opportunity for low to moderate income home ownership The affordability of park housing and the opportunity for home ownership can encourage long term residency 42 percent of residents have lived in the same unit for 10 or more years and therefore greater ties to and investment in the community Parks are the leading source of independent housing for Latino migrant workers in southern Minnesota and Latino residents make up over 90 percent of residents in some parks Residents are in a vulnerable housing situation since they own their homes but not the land and face a number of threats including the park being sold or closed needed improvements not being made unfair or inconsistently applied park rules profit driven rent increases and an inability to accumulate equity Manufactured home parks are located on some of the most valuable land for commercial redevelopment and parks are steadily closing with new parks rarely opening The closure of a park can be financially devastating for residents and most often means the loss of their

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  • Reports by Other Organizations | All Parks Alliance for Change
    housing in rural America plus short pieces written by local rural housing providers national organizations and a representative of the manufactured housing industry illuminating some of the pros and cons of using these structures to provide affordable sustainable homeownership Is Manufactured Housing a Good Alternative for Low Income Families Evidence from the American Housing Survey A study by HUD that contradicts several preconceived notions regarding manufactured housing This paper employs the American Housing Survey AHS between 1993 and 2001 to compare owned manufactured housing to rental housing and traditional owned housing as a tenure alternative for low income households Why Advocates Need to Rethink Manufactured Housing Richard Genz lays out a clear agenda to reinvent manufactured homes His article also outlines the multiple challenges a hodgepodge of federal state and local laws and regulations financing issues negative stereotypes and minimal consumer protection Manufactured Housing Community Tenants Shifting the Balance of Power Owners of manufactured or mobile homes face unique problems as consumers when they rent a lot in a community for manufactured homes This report by the AARP Public Policy Institute presents a model statute that addresses these problems Manufactured Housing Not What You Think This report is part of the Affordable Housing Project of the National Conference of State Legislatures and received funding support from the Fannie Mae Foundation Focus Manufactured Housing This issue of fedgazette focuses on Manufactured Housing and features six articles covering topics such as understanding the difference between mobile manufactured and modular housing secondary markets for MH loans MH dealers and industry statistics and trends Appreciation in Manufactured Housing A Fresh Look at the Debate and the Data As a step toward a more complete understanding of the equity building opportunities in manufactured housing Consumers Union assessed the financial appreciation of manufactured housing units by examining the relative appreciation rates of manufactured housing and site built housing as well as the factors affecting the appreciation rate of manufactured housing Examination of Manufactured Housing as a Community and Asset Building Strategy This report assesses the primary issues that affordable housing advocates interested in the asset building implications of MH should consider characteristics of the housing stock finance issues MH s role in affordable housing examples of community development strategies using MH and challenges for practitioners interested in the housing stock s asset building potential The report also includes a comprehensive literature review classified by topic Housing Facts Findings This issue of Housing Facts Findings focuses on Manufactured Housing and features articles by I M HOME Director Dave Buchholz I M HOME partner Paul Bradley from the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund and I M HOME grantee Skipper StipeMaas from the Georgia Community Loan Fund HUD User Manufactured Housing Publications HUD USER is HUD s Policy Development and Research information service The site lists all of HUD s manufactured housing related publications which address technical regulatory financial and other practical aspects of working with manufactured housing Innovations in Manufactured Housing Six Case Studies in Affordable Manufactured Housing

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  • Video - American Dream Under Fire: Mobile Home Park Residents Fight to Hold Ground | All Parks Alliance for Change
    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 Guides Reports Housing Data Video American Dream Under Fire Mobile Home Park Residents Fight to Hold Ground Where am I going to go wonders Vanessa Ramirez a hard working mother who lives in a mobile home park facing closure Her community s story is captured in a documentary that exposes the challenging future of one of America s least understood affordable housing options manufactured or mobile home parks About the Film With help from APAC American Dream Under Fire is a co production of Twin Cities Public Television TPT and Northwest Area Foundation Released in 2006 this documentary explores the urgent issue of preserving manufactured home park communities in the face of skyrocketing land values and development pressures The program follows the fight to save a manufactured park community located in a Minneapolis suburb Other stories challenges and solutions are woven into this eye opening documentary Will Vanessa Ramirez and her neighbors remain independent homeowners or have the land sold right from under their homes Will they

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  • Organizing Manual (and Fundraising Manual) | All Parks Alliance for Change
    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 Organize Your Community Organizing Manual and Fundraising Manual Free Organizing Manual Now Available The much anticipated APAC Community Organizing Manual is now available online for printing and distribution This manual is a collection of original and modified organizing materials specifically designed for use in manufactured home park organizing efforts These materials are not only for homeowners and homeowner associations but for nonprofit professionals to better understand resident concerns and how to effectively work with them including housing and consumer advocates public interest law firms community housing development organizations and others Download sections as needed and call with any questions you may have This organizing manual can be used and distributed individually or collectively however some material is based on concepts presented in previous sections The downloadable sections are as follows 1 Introduction Table of Contents 2 Organizing 3 Leadership 4 Resident Associations 5 Park Prejudice 6 Racial Justice 7 Media and Messaging 8 Policy Additionally see our Fundraising Supplement to the Organizing Manual

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  • Policy Report - Park Closing Ordinance | All Parks Alliance for Change
    are increasingly at risk due to rising land values deferred maintenance and the desire to increase the local tax base This risk is substantial because Minnesota has approximately 950 manufactured home parks containing nearly 50 000 homes and housing approximately 150 000 residents Moreover many of these parks are experiencing increased development pressures and risks of closure To the residents of manufactured home parks park closures mean displacement from their homes and communities loss of affordable housing and oppressive out of pocket expenses Owners of traditional stick built homes are fully compensated when new development forces them to abandon their homes but residents of parks are not Park residents face an unusual housing situation because they own their homes but rent the land The closing of a park can be financially devastating as it often means the loss of homes since most manufactured homes cannot be moved due to their poor condition moving costs shortage of available lots and or parks barring homes over ten years old The closure of a park also affects the greater community since local shelters and transitional housing facilities are already unable to cope with the increasing numbers of people needing services State and local governments have a vital role in addressing this problem because they license and regulate parks restrictively zone manufactured homes to parks adopt goals to increase minority home ownership have plans to end homelessness and provide services to those in need State and local governments have the ability to pass a park closing ordinance also known as relocation compensation ordinance which will protect residents from the financial losses of a park closing These ordinances provide a guarantee that when a park is closed the park owner and or buyer pay the reasonable relocation costs to move each home within a 25

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  • Policy Report - Racial Disparities | All Parks Alliance for Change
    of migrant workers live in a manufactured home Currently within the 7 county metro five percent of those who own their manufactured home are Hispanic or Latino Clearly Latinos have a significant presence in Minnesota as a whole as well as within manufactured home parks explicitly This report looks at three case studies Bloomington Minnesota The city of Bloomington once included five parks Lyndale Lodge Collins Park Shady Lane Court Krestwood Mobile Home Park and Southgate Mobile Village Of these parks only Krestwood and Southgate remain It is imperative to consider the attitudes of city officials towards parks during these closings When Lyndale Lodge closed in 1986 it prompted Bloomington to become the first city in the state to pass a park closing ordinance to guarantee relocation compensation When Collins Park closed in 1994 the city became involved in a legal case to ensure residents received full compensation When Shady Lane Court a community that was overwhelmingly people of color 74 and predominantly Latino 56 received closure notices in 2005 city officials did not offer support and made such statements as It s time for a reality check maybe some people can t afford to live in Bloomington In addition Krestwood Mobile Home Park and Southgate Mobile Village are owned and operated by the same management company but have very different racial composition with 3 and 30 Latino households respectively These two parks reside on the same road and in the same city but it is clear that the management disperses extremely unequal amounts of time and energy between the two parks which are virtually identical in rent age of homes and homeownership rates but dramatically different in park conditions and amenities Shakopee Minnesota There are four parks in the communities surrounding the city and township of Shakopee in Scott County Bonnevista Terrace Jackson Heights Trailer Park Mobile Manor Park and Valley Haven LLP These parks reside in similar communities and are all located within five miles of one another What make each park distinctive are the different Latino population percentages and the consequences that follow They are 9 82 65 and 18 respectively Only one park Valley Haven LLP falls within the city boundaries of Shakopee and therefore is the only park in this community to be covered by a park closing ordinance The remaining three parks are specifically excluded from this ordinance even if the city were to expand its boundaries In addition despite lot rent differences of only twenty dollars the Latino parks have poor park conditions and limited amenities conditions that don t exist in the non Latino parks Melrose Minnesota There are two parks within the city limits Melrose Mobile Home Park and Rose Park This case study is unique due to the rural location of the city The strongly divided racial composition that exists between these two parks allows for a well matched comparison of various disparities present in this community Melrose Mobile Home Park is a beautiful neighborhood everything is well kept and

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  • Guides, Reports & Housing Data
    You Sign A Consumer s Guide to Mobile Home Parks in the Twin Cities There comes a point for some people when renting seems pointless and wasteful You are sinking money into a place that will never be yours If you ve decided to look for something a little more permanent you may have considered the option of buying a manufactured home more commonly known as a mobile home Mobile Homes Are Affordable In many cases manufactured homes can be the most affordable housing option Used homes usually sell for 30 000 for newer ones down to only a 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 is a first of its kind guide to all the parks in the Twin Cities metro area with standardized information for you to compare suggestions on questions to ask and contact information for each of the parks Park neighborhoods can provide affordable housing sustainable home ownership and a tight knit sense of community Hopefully this guide will help you decide if moving into a park is the right choice for you We hope you will send us a message to let us know if this guide proves helpful If you think of ways it can be improved we hope you will also let us know We plan to update it annually You can send comments and suggestions to info allparksallianceforchange org Best wishes Dave Anderson Executive Director Complete List of Manufactured Home Parks in Minnesota This data was compiled by the Housing Preservation Project from the lists of parks licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health and various county health departments The list has been updated by HPP and APAC and is current as of July 2009 Fact Sheet Manufactured Home Parks in Minnesota Manufactured mobile home parks are governed by Minnesota Statute 327C and are licensed through the Minnesota Department of Health or the county There are over 900 licensed parks distributed among nearly all 87 counties in Minnesota There are almost 180 000 individuals residing in these parks who are according to Housing and Urban Development HUD guidelines 80 percent low to very low income Manufactured homes make up 15 percent of all households with two thirds on home owner land and one third on park land There are more units of affordable housing in manufactured home parks 48 700 than there are HUD subsidized units 36 000 and Rural Development units 12 400 combined Manufactured home parks provide a vital affordable housing option 367 mean monthly rent statewide compared with traditional stick built homes and apartment units Manufactured homes in parks in Minnesota are 87 percent owner occupied thus providing an opportunity for low to moderate income home ownership The affordability of park housing and the opportunity for home ownership can encourage long term residency 42 percent of residents have lived in the same unit for 10 or more years and therefore greater ties to and investment in the community Parks are the leading source of independent housing for Latino migrant workers in southern Minnesota and Latino residents make up over 90 percent of residents in some parks Residents are in a vulnerable housing situation since they own their homes but not the land and face a number of threats including the park being sold or closed needed improvements not being made unfair or inconsistently applied park rules profit driven rent increases and an inability to accumulate equity Manufactured home parks are located on some of the most valuable land for commercial redevelopment and parks are steadily closing with new parks rarely opening The closure of a park can be financially devastating for residents and most often means the loss of their homes and no where to move within their means because their home cannot be moved because of age moving costs averaging 3 500 rural and 5 500 metro for a single wide shortage of available lots or parks barring homes over 10 years old 71 percent As many as 1 000 of the estimated 55 000 parks in the United States are now owned by residents through cooperatives land trusts or nonprofit purchases including 15 percent of all parks in New Hampshire Since 2004 Minnesota has gained its first two park cooperatives Sunrise Villa in Cannon

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  • Your Rights under Minnesota Law | All Parks Alliance for Change
    under this topic Secured parties duties 327C 07 327C 08 Lots Access park owners rights 327C 14 Descriptions of property homesteads determination 273 124 Eviction 327C 09 327C 095 Inspections 327C 07 Maintenance rules compliance as condition of sale 327C 07 Rental see Lot rentals under this topic Rental agreements see same under this topic Repossession lawsuits 327C 02 Size requirements ordinances 366 151 394 25 Unimproved lots sale storage or display of manufactured homes 327B 04 Maintenance and repair Accessory buildings 327C 02 327C 07 Generally 327C 03 Liability 327C 07 Replacement of structures rules 327C 02 Rules 327C 02 327C 07 Manufactured home park cooperatives Homesteads determination rules 273 124 Manufactured homes in park Access park owners rights 327C 14 Density ordinances 366 151 394 25 Generally 327C 07 In park sales see same under this topic Installation or removal contracts fees 327C 03 Maintenance and repair rules 327C 02 327C 07 Ordinances laws or rules noncompliance eviction 327C 09 Prospective buyers 327C 02 327C 07 Removal after repossession 327C 08 Repossession secured parties duties rights 327C 08 Residents maximum number rules 327C 05 Safety features 327C 02 327C 07 Setback requirements ordinances 366 151 394 25 Meters see Utility service under this topic Misrepresentation in park sales violations 327C 07 Natural gas see Utility service under this topic Noise loud noises eviction 327C 09 Nuisances recreational manufactured home parks 327 20 Orders 327C 02 Ordinances Lots 366 151 394 25 Manufactured homes in park density 366 151 394 25 Setbacks 366 151 394 25 Zoning 366 151 394 25 462 357 Park owners Access to manufactured homes or lots rights 327C 14 Certificates and certification rent paid 290A 19 Generally 327C 07 Limited dealer s license used manufactured homes 327B 04 Mail and mailing 327C 09 327C 095 Manufactured home sales license prerequisites 327B 04 Notice given Endangerment or substantial annoyances notice to vacate 327C 09 Maintenance requirements charges 327C 03 Park closing or conversion 327C 095 Prospective buyers tenancy denied 327C 07 Relocation or eviction due to improvements 327C 09 Rent increases 327C 06 Repossession lawsuits 327C 02 Rules changes 327C 02 Sale of park 327C 096 Payments by relocation costs displaced residents 327C 095 Reports given residents information lists 327C 095 Retaliation by 327C 12 Rights and privileges waivers void 327C 02 Service of process by 327C 02 327C 03 327C 095 Signatures rental agreements 327C 02 Tenant s right of privacy exemption 504B 211 Pets fees 327C 03 Planning agencies generally 327C 095 Presumptions unreasonable rules 327C 05 Propane gas see Utility service under this topic Prospective buyers 327C 02 327C 07 Purchase agreements Common interest community conversions 327C 095 Recreational manufactured home parks Redevelopment program loans or grants 462A 2035 462A 21 Rental agreements Contents 327C 01 327C 02 327C 03 Evacuation or shelter plan attached 327C 01 Generally 327C 02 Repeated serious violations eviction 327C 09 Resident copy 327C 01 Rules and regulations of park 363A 38 Rents Eviction notice acceptance of

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