Posted on November 13, 2007

A new model of mobile home park ownership has emerged in North Carolina.

Vecinos Unidos, a resident group at the Mark Park in Burnsville, North Carolina, has organized and successfully purchased its mobile home park through a nonprofit land trust model.

CRA-NC worked with the residents and the Center for Participatory Change, an Asheville non-profit, to bring about the new arrangement.  The 14 unit park, on 7 acres of land in the North Carolina mountains, was sold for approximately $300,000.  CRA-NC provided some equity. BB&T stepped in for a two-year loan.

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Posted on October 1, 2007

News of a Wake Forest mobile home park facing penalties for water contamination provokes several responses.

The incident in question refers to a WRAL report in Raleigh, North Carolina. The NC Division of Environmental Health, upon testing well water in Ponderosa Mobile Home Court, found levels of radium that exceed acceptable levels. The report says that radium is often found near uranium deposits.  This is the ninth time that the well water in the park has been in violation in the past two years.

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Posted on September 27, 2007

Florida Today has an interesting investigative story out that chronicles some of the use and potential misuse of FEMA funds after Hurricane Katrina.  Much of the story deals with how FEMA compensated people for damaged housing, even if some allegations have now appeared that question the role that the storm had in any claims.

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Posted on September 7, 2007

The Regulator Bookstore will host the next reading of This is My Home. We invite people to come out and see the book live. Adam Rust will show pictures from the book and talk about manufactured housing.

CRA-NC executive director Peter Skillern will host the evening.

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Posted on September 7, 2007

Residents at the Fox Ridge Trailer Park moved out of their homes on Aug. 31st, following a short notice that their park was closing.  Park owners RMN Enterprises closed the park in July.

The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader explains the story here.  What is sad is that this is hardly unusual.  It is just another day and another park closure.

Notice  a few things about this story.

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Posted on September 5, 2007

Birchwood RV Park in Durham, North Carolina has found a new way to put the flexibility and affordability of manufactured housing to use.

This park provides short-term leases for people who want a place to stay while they go to the hospitals in the Triangle.  Durham is home to Duke University Hospital, a VA Hospital, and to Durham Regional Hospital. Ten miles to the southwest is the UNC-Chapel Hill Hospital system.

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Posted on September 4, 2007

All Parks Alliance for Change is hiring a community organizer to work in mobile home parks.  What a great opportunity!

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