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Oregon residents purchase their manufactured home community in Leaburg, Oregon
Residents of Vida Lea Mobile Estates Convert their McKenzie River Valley Park into a Resident-Owned Community. Non-profit Community and Shelter Assistance Corporation assists members of the Vida Lea Community Cooperative purchase their community.
“The more we learned about it and how it worked, the majority of us, I think, became a lot more interested in doing it,” said Dan Fountain, the Cooperative’
Now that the park is under resident control, the Cooperative will begin significant infrastructure improvements with the assistance of CASA of Oregon, including replacement of a dilapidated septic system. “The park is beautiful now, but it’s going to be really beautiful when we get through redoing everything,”
CASA of Oregon will continue to provide technical assistance to the Cooperative, delivering management training and utilizing available resources to help individual residents upgrade or replace their homes.
The conversion follows on the heels of three other resident-owned communities that CASA of Oregon has assisted – Horizon Homeowners Cooperative in McMinnville, OR, Green Pastures Senior Cooperative in Redmond, OR and Saunders Creek Homeowners Cooperative in Gold Beach, OR.
Resident ownership occurs when owners of manufactured homes form a non-profit membership association to purchase their community when it becomes available for sale. Without resident ownership, homeowners risk eviction when a community is sold to a new owner who may convert the land to other uses, or impose higher land rents over which the homeowners have no control. In Oregon, once a community is purchased by residents under the non-profit cooperative model, it must remain a manufactured home park, and can only be sold in the future to a similar non-profit entity.
In 2006 and in 2008, CASA of Oregon was awarded grants under the Corporation for Enterprise Development’
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CASA of Oregon’s mission is to develop affordable housing, programs and facilities that promote the quality of life and self-sufficiency of farm workers and other low-income populations throughout the state of Oregon.