Contact: Rebekah Orr,
Edwards, Nathanson Lead House to
Fairness for Oregon's Manufactured Home Residents
applaud legislation to protect manufactured home owners from
displacement, competition with big builders
SALEM-State Representatives Chris
Edwards (D-Eugene) and Nancy Nathanson (D-Eugene) led the
Oregon House of Representatives today to protect residents of
Oregon's manufactured home communities against the loss of their
homes due to land sales beyond their control.
"Tempted by increasing land values, many
manufactured home park owners sell off these low
income manufactured housing parks to big developers, leaving
residents without a place for their home or the means to move the
structure," said Edwards. "Current law pits often low
income and elderly Oregonians against developers with deep pockets.
It is time to address the problem and create a more even playing
There are over 1,300 manufactured dwelling
parks in Oregon, more than 2500 of which are in the Eugene
area. Manufactured dwellings make up an important
segment of Oregon’s affordable housing for lower income Oregonians,
senior citizens and the disabled.
House Bill 2096, approved today by the Oregon
House, gives residents a chance to enjoy the benefits currently
reserved for park owners and developers. This bill allows residents
to invest in and benefit from owning the land their home sits on. By
creating new non-profit cooperatives for manufactured home park
residents, HB 2096 allows residents to collectively purchase the
park from the park owner and run the park themselves.
This will give residents a more vested interest in
maintaining the park and a lasting investment in their
home. When residents own part of the land it
contributes to their equity and their ability to builds assets,
allowing their dwelling to appreciate rather than depreciate to zero
as is the case when the dwelling sits on traditionally rented
“We say we value home ownership; we should be
prepared not only to encourage home ownership, but to step in and
help people keep the homes they already own, and keep in the
neighborhoods in which they live,” said Nathanson.
“Moving is often not a viable option – either
financially or logistically for residents of manufactured
homes. Preserving affordable housing is far less
expensive than developing new affordable housing.
I can’t think of a better way to ensure that people can work
together to keep their home, and to help each other.”