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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! 

2016 Annual Meeting Blues in the Night

My mama done told me; When I was in pigtails
My mama done told me hon;       A landlord ll sweet talk ;  And promise you good things
But when the sweet talking’s  done;           
A landlord is twofaced sweet talking thing who’ll
Leave you to sing;            The blues in the night
See him making friction; Hear him talk eviction       whoo wee 
My mama done told me
Talk to you legislator;   be an agitatior         whoo wee
mama done told me                     Whoo wee        whoo wee
An enforcement pack will hold back                        The blues in the night

From Medford to Salem               from Portland to Grants Pass
In towns clear across the state;      We need to fight for enforcement
Of laws to protect us           Or it’ll be our fate
To live with the two faced worrisome thing who’ll leave us t sing
The blues in the night
Hum       Humm
My mama was right


There’s blues in the night.

2016 Annual Meeting O'Billy McGee McGaw

Two park owners sat in a tree – O’Billy McGee McGaw
Two park owners sat in a tree – The were greedy as they could be
And they all flapped their wings and cried, CAW CAW CAW.
We don’t give a hoot about the law.
Said one land lord, “ Let’s increase our cash” O’Billy McGee McGaw
Said one land lord, “ Let’s increase our cash and evict from our parks white trash
And they both flapped their wings and cried CAW CAW CAW 
We don’t have to obey the law
So they made a list of great demands O’Billy McGee McGaw
So the made a list of great demands and handed out many commands
And said do them now or get off our lands CAW CAW CAW
We’re the meanest guys you ever saw.
The time is right The land lord say of O’Billy McGee McGaw
The time is right they said with mirth, to get rid of this scum and increase our worth
Let them rot on the street and beg food to eat CAW CAW CAW
We’re above the Law

And they flapped their wings and cried, CAW CAW CAW

WARNING

WARNING1 Judy Morton is concerned that her OSTA email address has been hacked and that messages may go out that appear to be from her asking for money to be wired somewhere, like to a bank. We ask you to realize these will be scam messages and to ignore them. Neither a bank nor MH/OSTA would ever send an email asking you to wire money. Be very suspicious of requests for wiring  money, even if the requests are from your nephew in Nigeria! Judy will probably change her OSTA email address, but we will let you know if she does, probably in the next OSTA Quarterly Review if not sooner.