NSBMHT-Resources for No. Santa Barbara County MH Residents
—Ron Faas, GSMOL-PAC chair and Legislative Action Team Co-ordinator, Northern Santa Barbara County
A woman’s frantic call for help in a recent letter to the Santa Maria Times plus a shocking appeals court decision unfavorable to manufactured home owners in a Goleta park remind us of our unique, sometimes precarious situation where we own our homes, but rent the spaces on which our homes are located. Since “mobile” homes stopped being mobile many years ago, and now require thousands of dollars and special equipment to relocate, most manufactured homeowners are captive customers in a somewhat monopolistic relationship with the park owner, and subject to a severe risk of economic exploitation. This risk, unique to this type of shared ownership, results in an economic imbalance of power between park owner and homeowner.
The Northern Santa Barbara County Manufactured Homeowners Team (NSBMHT) was formed several years ago to promote the general welfare of manufactured home owners, and provide education to residents and others on matters relating to manufactured homes. NSBMHT residents’ meetings are the 3rd Monday every other month at 1:30 p.m. at the Casa Grande MH Estates clubhouse, 519 W. Taylor in NW Santa Maria. The March program was Community Action Partnership, weatherization & home repair services. May’s program will feature HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program). For more information, call Jamie Rodriguez, 478-8356, or Ron Patterson, 354-0365. All meetings are open to any manufactured home park resident in Northern Santa Barbara County, including the Santa Maria Valley, Lompoc, Los Alamos, and the Santa Ynez Valley. By interacting with members of other MH parks, we get a broader perspective of our commonalities and our differences.
NSBMHT’s mission is also to provide representation for residents of manufactured homes. NSBMHT works with federal, state, county, city and private organizations in matters that may have a bearing on the conditions in manufactured home living. We participate in the GSMOL (Golden State Manufactured Home Owners League) Legislative Action Team network to promote needed bills and keep informed on regulatory and judicial issues affecting manufactured home owners. See the Legislation tab to learn about the 2013 Bills and who to contact to join the local LAT network. Check out the Resources-Santa Maria tab which lists 15 agencies and organizations with various kinds of assistance available to homeowners in Northern Santa Barbara County.
Need help with your manufactured home issues? Come to our meetings with your questions, check the website, and participate in the Legislative Action Team network.