VIDEO Introducing MH/OSTA

Senate Bill 277

SB 880 is no longer being offered. It is still okay to contact your legislators in favor of SB 277.

OSTA Reviews available on web site.

Until we're able to publish the OSTA Quarterly Review on this blog, remember that you can access it on our web site, MH/OSTA.org. Reviews are added twice a year and are currently up-to-date. Other updates will be added after our April board meeting.

Contact Your Legislators!

MH/OSTA encourages our members and supporters to contact their state legislators and ask them to support SB 277, the bill that will define "disrepair" and "deterioration," and to oppose SB 880, a bill that will do away with waiver.

SB 277, if passed into law, will prevent landlords from making cosmetic demands for your home and site. There will have to be something that is defined as disrepair or deterioration. For instance, the landlord would no longer be able to insist that all homes in a park be painted a shade of beige. We've heard too many stories of landlords making this type of demand.

Waiver is the statute that allows you to avoid making some changes to your home site if the landlord knows about the problem and has accepted your rent for three months. Landlords would like to do away with the waiver statute and be able to evict residents even if they have been accepting rent for three months or longer.

Remember: Yes on SB 277. No on SB 880.

DROP BOX IS CLOSING PUBLIC FOLDER

As of March 15th, we will no longer be able to link the OSTA Reviews to the Blog as we have been doing.  Those links will be removed.  Until I can discover a new method of doing this, please send me your email if you want access to the shared folder that contains these archives!  I think you can save them to your computer and share them with others from there.  This is a work in progress. Please bear with me while we discover together the rules of this new game.

If you have information on other free sites, we can use for this purpose, please let me know.

There are no security concerns for this new method.

Thanks.

Your Administrative Administrator
Oregon's Winter storms have been impressive, to put it nicely. Medford got a foot or more of snow, Eugene's ice storm cost the county over $9M., and in Bend, storm after storm has piled dangerous amounts of snow on roofs that can't sustain the weight. The latest photos (Jan.10) come from Nancy Inglehart at Bellacres MHP in Gresham. The man in the orange cap is the park manager out tackling problems. The girl with the snow "duck" is Nancy's granddaughter. The kids may be enjoying the school snow days, but many of us older folks would rather see rain return. Of course, that means more flooding. Sun, anyone?



Three-part series on housing issues in Douglas County - a must read!!!

Article by April Ehrlich reprinted with permission from the Roseburg News-Review, Roseburg, Oregon.



The first in a three-part series on housing issues in Douglas County.


Harvey and Jean Kloos’ home is crumbling beneath their feet.
The couple invested in the manufactured home in a sprawling retirement community in Canyonville because it was nice, spacious — a stark contrast from what most people imagine when they hear the colloquial phrase “trailer park.” Knoll Terrace’s manicured lawns and tasteful landscaping, winding roads and pine-clad hillsides, and friendly potlucks and barbecues completed the Kloos’ vision of peaceful retirement.
Most importantly, it provided a chance at homeownership within the tight budget of their fixed income.
Now, the home is not looking so inexpensive. The evergreen hillsides that make Knoll Terrace so appealing are shifting, melting, causing small landslides and cracking the homes’ foundations.  Click on the link to see full article   http://www.nrtoday.com/news/local/douglas_county/melting-lands-cracking-manufactured-homes/article_29df9411-49ab-5007-bd31-4ab8a9be73a7.html

The second in a three-part series on housing issues in Douglas County.


Mobile home park closures reduce housing supply



Rickety plyboard patios, threadbare awnings, chain-link fences and metal signs surround the ramshackle trailers at Junction Mobile Park in Winston. Knock on a door and someone will yell out, but no one will answer.
Residents here have settled into their spaces over the years. They have built gardens and walls and fences bordering their small homes, protecting them from a world that has deemed them “a collection of old junkers,” as one man put it.
Resident Rosemary Mullins was not surprised when she heard the park would close in a few years to make way for a business complex. At 67 years old, she has gotten used to pulling her recreational vehicle around to any place where she can afford the rent. Things happen, things change.
“I got to move on with my life,” she said.   Click on the link to see full article 
The last in a three-part series on housing issues in Douglas County. -  

State encourages innovation in home ownership


In July, president-elect Donald Trump declared via Twitter that home ownership rates have been their lowest in 51 years. He wasn’t wrong.
At the time, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis showed the U.S. home ownership rate had plunged to its lowest depths since 1965.
Since then, Trump has given housing issues scant attention, even if his signature red hats declaring “Make America Great Again” harken back to a time when a single wage job could buy a home.
Douglas County’s home ownership rate is lower than that of the state and the country, according to 2014 census data. It has a higher level of poverty — about 20 percent of Douglas County people are living below the poverty level, compared to 17 percent in the state.
It also has a significant senior population. Nearly a quarter of Douglas County residents are 65 years or older, compared to 16 percent in the state. Click on the link to see full article 


Happy Thanksgiving to All
from your
MH/OSTA Board Members!