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July 25, 2007

The St. Paul Pioneer-Press notes that 17 mobile home parks closed in the last year in Minnesota.  That amounts to about 2 percent of the state's manufactured housing parks.

North Carolina, by contrast, had 4,046 parks the last time the state's

July 24, 2007

The ACLU has written a letter to the owners of Wales West RV Park in Silverhill, Alabama asking them to cease the practice of not allowing residents with HIV to use the community pool, showers and other common facilities.

July 23, 2007

Rep. Susan Fisher has sponsored a bill in the North Carolina General Assembly that would support residents when their land-lease communities are sold. H1700 would give residents a 60 day period in which to match any sales offer. It would also provide a tax credit to owners who sell their communities to residents.

In May, Minnesota passed a law creating the Minnesota Manufactured Home Relocation Trust Fund. This law will guarantee that upon a park closure, residents will get "reasonable compensation" to move their home. If it cannot be moved, then the fund will purchase their home.

Funding for the the MMHRTF comes from an annual $12 per household dues paid

July 11, 2007

HR 2139 passed the US House of Representatives on June 25th. This bill should increase investment in manufactured housing. The bill lifts a maximum level of investment by any one corporate entitity in the mh market. It was at 10 percent.

Now it goes on to the Senate.

July 11, 2007

Fannie Mae announces that they will continue to be committed to buying mortgages for manufactured housing on the secondary market.

It is hard to know the extent of their commitment because they do not report under