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December 5, 2018 Press Release on California Wildfires

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: With 33 mobile home parks in the Paradise area burned down, there are hundreds of displaced survivors. The Woolsey fire also left many mobile home owners homeless. The Golden State Manufactured Home Owners League (GSMOL) has determined that it is important these survivors know:

  • They are entitled to reimbursement of their space rent for the month of November (minus the first 8 days) from their park owners.
  • FEMA can provide funds to help buy another mobile home owners MUST REGISTER with FEMA by calling 800-621-3362
  • FEMA will provide funds for essential household furnishings lost in the fire
  • FEMA will provide emergency shelter at hotels registered on their list for up to 14 days, and in extraordinary situations, up to 18 months
  • If park owners decide to convert the park, they must provide survivors with compensation to assist in relocation.
  • GSMOL may apply for up to $200 for Disaster Relief Fund (contact me for guidelines and an application or to make a donation to the fund)

GSMOL encourages all those living in mobile home parks to prepare their parks for an emergency by ensuring the following:

  • The park owner has an emergency exit plan for their park on file with the California Department of Housing and Community Services (HCD) and that is posted in common areas for all residents to see (mandated by Health & Safety regulation)
  • Make sure that all emergency exits are unobstructed at all times
  • Develop an emergency action plan for your park (GSMOL can provide guidelines for an effective plan)
  • Make sure all residents are aware of the plan
  • Submit a list of disabled residents that may need assistance in the event of an emergency to your local fire authority
  • Maintain a fire-proof container that includes all important documents that can be carried out (moved) during an emergency

Michelle Smith, President,
Golden State Manufactured Home Owners League, Inc.
msmith@gsmol.org

What is Golden State Manufactured-Home Owners League?

Golden State Manufactured-Home Owners League is a 501(c)4 nonprofit homeowner advocacy organization, dedicated to protecting the rights and quality of life of manufactured home owners. GSMOL educates home owners on their rights, solves problems for manufactured home communities throughout California, and supports legislative efforts, including improving the Mobilehome Residency Law (MRL).

What do we do?

We support manufactured-home owners

GSMOL enhances the quality of life for all manufactured-home owners and for residents of manufactured-home communities throughout California. We champion the property rights of homeowners, and deliver value through advocacy, information and service.  GSMOL lobbies for just and fair protection under the law for manufactured-home owners so they may experience the quiet, peaceful enjoyment of their community.

 

How do we do it?

Legislation – We work with the state legislature to pass bills that protect manufactured-home owners and to defeat harmful legislation; and we help homeowners work with their local governments to create and defend ordinances relating to manufactured homes.

Education – Through our magazine The Californian, our email list bulletins, Facebook, this website, local events such as Regional Conferences, and the work of our volunteer leaders, we help homeowners understand the laws that govern manufactured-home living, so that they will be less likely to be taken advantage of.

Litigation – We have a long history of supporting homeowners in important legal cases and assisting local jurisdictions faced with Court challenges to their Zoning and Rent Stabilization Ordinances. The landmark case Yee v. City of Escondido, decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1992, is just one example of many successful joint efforts.

Organization – We coordinate our members to form GSMOL Chapters in their parks, to work together with neighbor parks and local coalitions to benefit their communities, and to support the state bills that we sponsor.

Why do we need you?

We could not have accomplished all we have without the help of our members. The MRL (Mobilehome Residency Laws) would not exist, some city and county ordinances protecting manufactured-home owners would not have been adopted, and some manufactured-home- friendly state and local legislators and public officials might not have been elected.

We have much work to do. Those who would like to take away our rights and the value of our homes have deeper pockets and greater power, but there are more of us, if we work together!

Your membership gives us strength in numbers, and supports most of the work that is outlined above. Your connection to other members in your park and community will help to accomplish both our goals and yours! You can join online, or contact your nearest GSMOL leader, or call the Home Office at 800-888-1727.

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HCD WebNews – December 17, 2018 – TODAY’S NEWS
AFFORDABLE HOUSING
Time: Affordable Housing Is Disappearing. These Mobile Home Residents Are Fighting to Protect Theirs
By Emma Whitford [11-30-18] // Mobile home park residents, most of whom own their trailers but rent the land beneath them, have always been among America’s most vulnerable low-income homeowners. But since the 2008 financial crisis, and as an aging generation of mom-and-pop park owners cashes out, a new breed of investors bent on raising rents to increase returns has bought up a growing share of the market.

Patch: City Avails Money For Affordable Housing Projects
By Sue Woods [12-14-18] // Menlo Park invites project developers to submit applications for by Jan. 31, 2019.

NBC Los Angeles: $32 Million Supportive Housing Complex Coming to Expo Park
[12-15-18] // RISE apartments at 4050 Figueroa St. contain 56 units for people earning 30 to 50 percent of the area median income and who are transitioning into a supportive housing community.

CALmatters: Wiener: State Will Never Reach Newsom’s Housing Goals without Taking Power from the Cities
By Matt Levin [12-14-18] // In this week’s episode of "Gimme Shelter: The California Housing Crisis Podcast," San Francisco Democratic state Sen. Scott Wiener says: "To build three and a half million homes, which is our housing deficit, you’re never going to do that without zoning reform."

HOUSING DEVELOPMENT
Sierra Sun: Tahoe City Moving Forward with Affordable Housing Project
By Hannah Jones [12-14-18] // Related-Pacific Companies is working with Placer County to move ahead on an 11.4 acre development in the Dollar Hill area of Tahoe City. The goal is to create "achievable local housing for a range of income levels and lifestyle needs" in the area.

LAND USE / PLANNING / REGULATION
CityLab: Why Minneapolis Just Made Zoning History
By Kriston Capps [12-7-18] // Capps interviews Mayor Jacob Frey about the new comprehensive plan known as Minneapolis 2040.

Los Angeles Times: New Law Could Break the Stalemate over Housing on the Site of a Near-vacant Cupertino Mall
By Liam Dillon [12-16-18] // In September, the city of Cupertino, citing SB 35,m approved Sand Hill Property Co.’s proposal to build an office park and more than 2,400 homes where the Vallco Shopping Mall sits.

KPBS: Ruling: Encinitas Required To Adopt A State-Approved Housing Plan
By Allison St. John [12-14-18] // A Superior Court judge issued his final ruling this week that the Encinitas City Council must come up with a housing plan that meets state approved targets for affordable housing within the next four months.

HOUSING MARKETS / REAL ESTATE
Orange County Register: The Next Housing Crisis
By Joel Kotkin [12-15-18] // (Opinion) Problems are beginning to emerge at the upper-end market, particularly with luxury multi-family housing. The first signs of diminished demand and falling prices can be seen in high-end markets such as Manhattan, San Francisco, London and Sydney, in part reflecting a fall in foreign investment, and shifting demographics that see more millennials entering prime child-bearing ages.

Daily Breeze:California Homebuying Will Tumble 12% in 2019, Chapman U. Predicts
By Jonathan Lansner [12-14-18] // Chapman’s 2019 forecast predicts statewide sales of existing single-family and condos of 357,000 in 2019 – down 48,000 purchases in a year or a 12 percent drop. In 2014-18, sales averaged 407,400 annually. This outlook is harsher than the cooling seen by the California Association of Realtors: A 3.3 percent sales drop in 2019 after a 3.2 percent fall for 2018.

CNBC: Goodbye to Bidding Wars: Some of the Hottest Markets Are Falling the Hardest
By Diana Olick [12-14-18] // Offers on homes for sale are down from November 2017 in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Seattle, to name a few cities.

MORTGAGE & FORECLOSURE ISSUES
NCSHA: FHA Announces Increased Single-Family Loan Limits for 2019
By Greg Zagorski [12-17-18] // Late last week, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced the county loan limits for its single-family mortgage programs for 2019 and issued a Mortgagee Letter that increases the minimum loan limit for low-price areas and the maximum loan limit for high-cost areas.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
Curbed Los Angeles: New Program Helps Residents Turn Empty Lots into Community Gathering Spaces
By Bianca Barragan [12-14-18] // Ten city-owned lots will be transformed into parks, community markets, or gardens…

HOMELESSNESS
LAist: An Emergency Homeless Shelter Is Officially Coming to Venice
By Ryan Fonseca [12-13-18] // A 154-bed bridge housing center will be built at a former Metro bus yard on Sunset Avenue between Main Street and Pacific Avenue in Venice. Plans are to open in spring 2019.

Noozhawk: Moving on from "Tiny Homes," Santa Barbara Outlines $2 Million Homeless Funding Plan
By Joshua Molina [12-18-18] // Santa Barbara’s Homeless Emergency Aid Program application was approved for less than the city hoped for, but they are moving forward to provide additional beds, plus rapid rehousing, rental assistance, and security deposit assistance.

Press Democrat: Sonoma County Leaders Eye $12 Million in State Funding to Curb Homelessness
By Will Schmitt [12-16-18] // Home Sonoma County is a group of advocates and local government and housing officials tasked with addressing homelessness. Their first effort is to request $12 million in state funding for future shelter projects and street-level services.

Huffington Post: 5 Things People Get Wrong about Homelessness
By Sarah Ruiz-Grossman [12-15-18] // Here’s a fact check on some all-too-common and harmful stereotypes about people who are homeless.

ECONOMY / EMPLOYMENT
CALmatters: Walters: Housing Shortage Will Bite California’s Economy
By Dan Walters [12-16-18] // (Opinion) The housing crisis is hurting the state’s overall economy as employers face increasing shortages of skilled workers.

Cal Lutheran University Center for Economic Research & Forecasting: Executive Summary: Ventura County
By Matthew Fienup and Dan Hamilton [11-3-18] // This 2018 4th quarter summary outlines what’s ahead in Ventura County.

Orange County Business Journal: Chapman Sees Slowing Economy
By Peter J. Brennan [12-13-18] // The economies of Orange County, California and the U.S. should continue their expansions next year, albeit at slower rates, according to Chapman University’s annual economic forecast…

TRANSPORTATION / TRANSIT-ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT
Streetsblog CAL: All California Transit Vehicles Must Be Zero Emission by 2040
By Melanie Curry [12-14-18] // California Air Resources Board passes regulation while recognizing need for incentives, funding, technical assistance, infrastructure to help agencies transition to clean vehicles.

Streetsblog USA: Minneapolis Moves to Eliminate Mandatory Parking
By Angie Schmitt [12-12-18] // As part of a larger rezoning that will erase decades of racially discriminatory housing policy, the plan will eliminate off-street parking minimums throughout the city – a reform that would make Minneapolis the third major U.S. city to eliminate such requirements, which are a hidden subsidy for drivers. The city hopes to reduce the number of miles driven locally by 40 percent.

REDEVELOPMENT / INFILL / PRESERVATION
Capital Public Radio: The Challenges of Rebuilding a Community after a Wildfire
By Beth Ruyak [12-12-18] // (Audio and text) Ruyak interviews California Building Industry Association President and CEO Dan Dunmoyer about the challenges facing construction firms and homeowners in rebuilding communities, including the construction worker shortage that was already a problem before the Camp fire.
NATIONAL HOUSING NEWS
Willamette Week: Could Oregon Become the First State to Ban Single-Family Zoning?
By Rachel Monahan [12-14-18] // Rep. Tina Kotek (D-Portland), speaker of the Oregon House, is drafting legislation that would end single-family zoning in cities of 10,000 or more: "The state’s housing crisis requires a combination of bolder strategies."

FAIR HOUSING
CityLab: Why Is It Legal for Landlords to Refuse Section 8 Renters?
By Kriston Capps [12-13-18] // San Jose and Baltimore are considering bills to prevent landlords from rejecting tenants based on whether they are receiving federal housing aid. Why is that necessary?

DEMOGRAPHICS / QUALITY OF LIFE
Los Angeles Times: L.A. Phil Violinist Vijay Gupta Is Leaving the Orchestra and Taking His Song to the Streets
By Deborah Vankin [12-16-18] // L.A. Philharmonic violinist Vijay Gupta won a $625,000 MacArthur fellowship earlier this year for his social justice work, which has involved teaching and developing the nonprofit Street Symphony, which has performed for homeless people and county jail inmates since 2011. He will leave the Philharmonic as a full-time member to concentrate on this work.

POPULATION / CENSUS
Legislative Analyst’s Office: The 2020 Census: Potential Impacts on California
California could experience an "undercount" in the 2020 census. An undercount of 2.74 percent (about 835,000 people) in the 1990 census resulted in California gaining one fewer seat in Congress than it was entitled to, as well as an estimated loss of over $200 million of federal funds in a single fiscal year.

ENVIRONMENT / CLIMATE CHANGE / NATURAL DISASTERS
CALmatters: Big Polluters Get Help from the State, Renewing Doubts about California’s Climate Goals
By Julie Cart [12-14-18] // Under cap and trade, industries may pay to pollute by buying allowances in a carbon-trading market. In addition, some receive free allowances from the state. The state Air Resources Board’s staff originally recommended a reduction in free allowances, as called for in the program’s design. But on Thursday, as the board set its plan for implementing the cap-and-trade extension, it voted to maintain a full supply of free carbon credits to some companies. That vote adopted recommendations from a later staff report.

Next City: Cities Need to Take the Lead on Climate, New Report Says
By Rachel Kaufman [12-13-18] // Without cities, the planet’s global warming will be unstoppable, a new report from the Global Covenant of Mayors says. … Continuing with business-as-usual will lead to more sprawl and, ultimately, more greenhouse gas emissions in the first 30 years of the 21st century than has occurred in all of human history. See MoreSee Less

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HCD WebNews – December 14, 2018 – TODAY’S NEWS
AFFORDABLE HOUSING
Affordable Housing Finance: Merritt Community Capital Raises $42 Million
[12-14-18] // Merritt announced closing a $42 million institutional low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) fund that will be used to help develop more than 400 affordable housing units in California.

Freddie Mac: Freddie Brings Conventional Financing to a New Generation of Manufactured Homes
[11-30-18] // Freddie Mac today announced CHOICEHomeSM conventional financing for manufactured housing to help increase the availability of the quality affordable homes that borrowers want, while providing lenders with the innovative financing options they need.

HOUSING DEVELOPMENT
PR Newswire: Mana Investments and Hunter Street Partners Announce Redevelopment Plans of Vacant Sunset Office Plaza in Livermore
[12-12-18] // The space will be renamed The Well at Sunset and will be a mixed-use project with medical and creative office space as well as senior housing. Construction set to begin in 2019.

LAND USE / PLANNING / REGULATION
CityLab: Artist Derrick Adams Shows I-95’s Impact on Black Miami
By Alexandra Marvar [12-11-18] // An artist’s installation-full-color and black-and-white playgrounds, back-to-back-illustrates the demise of a once-thriving African-American district just north of downtown Miami. In 1965, the city built a freeway extension through the center of Overtown, evicting families and closing businesses.

Voice of San Diego: Judge Puts Encinitas Voters’ Veto Power Over Housing Plans on Ice
By Jess Marx [12-12-18] // A San Diego County Superior Court judge on Wednesday temporarily suspended an Encinitas law that gave voters final say over land-use decisions and prevented the city from putting a state-mandated plan in place for affordable housing.

CityLab: Urban Flooding Is Worryingly Widespread in the U.S., but Understudied
By Linda Poon [12-12-18] // When flooding happens in a small town or only a small part of a city, the event may not be closely examined for its economic and social damages. This led University of Maryland and Texas A&M researchers to conduct the first-ever nationwide assessment of urban flooding.

Washington Post: Los Angeles Times Correction on L.A. Housing Development Story
By Brian Melley [12-13-18] // The Associated Press reported erroneously that several environmental groups supported the Tejon Ranch deal. Audubon California, Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council and others signed an agreement not to challenge the development in exchange for wilderness preservation but did not actively back the plan. Corrected version: "Los Angeles-area development approved in fire-prone zone…Los Angeles County supervisors approved a massive housing project in fire-prone mountains as the state continues to recover from devastating wildfires."

New Atlas: The Town That Google Built
By Adam Williams [12-14-18] // Google is not only building housing but planning to redevelop the existing North Bayshore district into a pedestrian-friendly space that will include about 38 acres of bike paths, walkways, open spaces and nature areas.

CityWatch: Scott Wiener, Pied Piper for the New Urban Renewal
By Dick Platkin [12-13-18] // (Opinion) Platkin describes goals and flaws of 1950s- and 1960s-era Urban Renewal, as well as the newer "upzoning."

Brookings: Minneapolis 2040: The Most Wonderful Plan of the year
By Jenny Schuetz [12-12-18] // Upzoning near jobs and transit tends to encourage development of large multifamily buildings with apartments designed for small families. By contrast, integrating duplexes and triplexes into low-density residential neighborhoods could create more opportunities for low and moderate-income families with children who prefer larger apartments and prioritize neighborhood safety and school quality.

HOUSING MARKETS / REAL ESTATE
Brookings: The Goldilocks Problem of Housing Supply: Too Little, Too Much, or Just Right?
By Jenny Schuetz [12-14-18] // This analysis explores why housing markets are prone to supply-demand imbalances and investigates how well housing supply has matched housing demand in several metropolitan areas over the past 70 years.

JCHS: Where Have All the Renters Gone?
By Daniel McCue [12-14-18] // The latest 1-Year American Community Survey (ACS) estimates from the Census Bureau indicate that the number of renter households dropped by 459,000 from 2016 to 2017. Somewhat similarly, the Housing Vacancy Survey (HVS) showed a decline of 129,000 in that time while the biannual American Household Survey (AHS) found that the number of renter households declined by 111,000 between 2015 and 2017. What is the cause and what does this mean for markets?

MORTGAGE & FORECLOSURE ISSUES
CoreLogic: Overall U.S. Delinquency Rate Lowest for Month of September in at Least 18 Years
By Molly Boesel [12-12-18] // In September 2018, 4.4 percent of home mortgages were in some stage of delinquency, down from 5 percent a year earlier and the lowest for the month of September on record.

HousingWire: Zillow to Begin Buying Houses in California, North Carolina
By Ben Lane [12-13-18] // Zillow has acquired Mortgage Lenders of America and has also been expanding its direct buyer business, Zillow Offers. Zillow Offers buys homes, improves them, and then relists them for sale.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
CityLab: The Case for Architecture Classes in Schools
By Mary Hui [12-12-18] // Hong Kong architect Vicky Chan has taught urban design and planning to thousands of kids. Design activities develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, sustainability, and self-expression.

HOMELESSNESS
Sacramento Bee: New Housing for Homeless Youth Opens in North Sacramento
By Theresa Clift [12-12-18] // Hope Cooperative runs an apartment complex with services for homeless young adults, such as William Ramsey, now 22, who has been homeless off and on since he was 13. More than 350 of Sacramento County’s homeless population is between the ages of 18 and 25.

ECONOMY / EMPLOYMENT
Legislative Analyst’s Office: The Great Recession and California’s Recovery
[12-13-18] // This visual guide to the Great Recession and California’s recovery tells the story of the budget over the last ten years.

PPIC: Higher Education as a Driver of Economic Mobility
By Hans Johnson, Marisol Cuellar Mejia and Sarah Bohn [12-2018] // This report examines the importance of higher education in promoting economic mobility. Among other results, the research team found that not all Californians have the same chance to experience the benefits of a college degree.

TRANSPORTATION / TRANSIT-ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT
Streetsblog CAL: Sacramento City Council Passes a Citywide TOD Ordinance
By Melanie Curry [12-13-18] // City removes required parking minimums and restricts car-oriented uses near its light rail stations.

ABC Bakersfield: Major Infrastructure and Transportation Grants Made for Four Projects
By Kelly Broderick [12-11-18] // U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao has announced a major infrastructure and transportation investment in California totaling $72.5 million in grant funding for four surface street, bridge, and highway projects.

RT&S: California Rail Projects Win Big as State Announces Millions in Transportation Funding
By Paul Conley [12-1-18] // The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announced last week that the California Transportation Commission (CTC) will allocate more than $600 million for hundreds of transportation projects, including a number of high-profile rail jobs.

REDEVELOPMENT / INFILL / PRESERVATION
Bridge Housing: San Francisco Celebrates Renewal of 462 Duboce
[12-13-18] // Officials joined Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) and BRIDGE Housing Thursday to celebrate the renewal of 462 Duboce, a 42-unit affordable rental community for seniors and residents with disabilities. The rehabilitation of residents’ apartments as well as community spaces, focusing on life-safety upgrades and modernization efforts to improve resident life.

NCSHA: White House Announces New Council on Opportunity Zones
By James Tassos [12-12-18] // President Donald Trump signed an executive order this afternoon creating the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council. The order specifically directs the Council to streamline, coordinate, and target existing federal programs to economically distressed areas, including Opportunity Zones. It also directs the Council to consider legislative proposals and regulatory reform to remove barriers to revitalization efforts.

Willamette Week: Artists Offered Free Studio Space in Effort to Slow Portland Gentrification
By Rachel Monahan [12-12-18] // National co-working startup WeWork is offering four artists six months of free studio space in its first-ever artists-in-residence program at its Pearl District location in Portland, OR.

Marin Independent Journal: California Realtors to Award $1 Million in Grants to Fire Victims
By Rose Meily [12-14-18] // Thanks to a donation by the Realtors Relief Foundation, the California Association of Realtors is awarding housing assistance grants to homeowners and renters affected by the Camp, Woolsey, and Hill fires.

NATIONAL HOUSING NEWS
Affordable Housing Finance: Congressman Introduces House Version of Warren Bill
By Donna Kimura [12-13-18] // Rep. Cedric Richmond’s (D-La.) legislation, the American Housing and Economic Mobility Act, is the companion bill to a massive housing proposal introduced by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) in September.

DEMOGRAPHICS / QUALITY OF LIFE
PD&R Edge: Older Households Face Significant Housing Challenges
By HUD [12-10-18] // Although the specific financial and accessibility needs of older households vary considerably and change as households age, there is a shortage of affordable housing suited to older residents…

ENVIRONMENT / CLIMATE CHANGE / NATURAL DISASTERS
Chico Enterprise-Record: FEMA Wants to House 400 Families in Gridley
By Steve Schoonover [12-12-18] // The Federal Emergency Management Agency wants to put 405 mobile or manufactured homes on a site in Gridley, in addition to the 250-home group site in Chico that was subject of a Chico City Council meeting Wednesday.

Smart Cities Dive: UN Report: Cities Are "Key Implementers" of Climate Policies
By Jason Plautz [12-11-18] // Cities are "key implementers" of policies that will help avert the worst consequences of climate change, according to a new guide from 18 authors of the latest United Nations (UN) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report.

Bay Area Monitor: Redwoods and Climate Change: The Plots Thicken
By Aleta George [12-2018/1-2019] // One thing that researchers learned during the first phase of the Redwoods and Climate Change Initiative project was that old growth redwood forests store at least three times more carbon above ground than any other forest on earth.

Scientific American: Experts Aren’t Taking a Shine to California’s Rooftop Solar Rule
By Jeremy Hsu [12-13-18] // Energy economists say the new home requirement is inefficient and benefits wealthier people; supporters say it’s just one piece of the puzzle.

CityLab: Norway’s Energy-Positive Building Spree Is Here
By Tracey Lindeman [12-13-18] // Powerhouse began in 2010 with a question: Is it possible to not only eliminate the carbon footprint of buildings, but also use them as a climate-crisis solution? See MoreSee Less

December 14th, 11:27 pm  ·  

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