Senator Leyva: Mobilehome Bills Protect Residents, Communities

Signed Legislation Helps Working Class Families in Inland Empire and California

Monday, October 16, 2017

SACRAMENTO – As the Chair of the Select Committee on Manufactured Home / Mobilehome Communities, Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) is proud to announce that Governor Jerry Brown signed three bills authored by the Senator and another that she coauthored that will improve the lives of mobilehome residents and the availability of affordable housing in California.

“I thank Governor Brown for supporting these important bills that will help to enhance the quality of life and affordable housing options for California families across our state,” Senator Leyva said.  “As the State Senator representing Senate District 20 with one of the greatest number of mobilehome parks in California, I am pleased that these bills will together help the hardworking residents of mobilehome communities.  With these important measures, we will be better able to support California families seeking to succeed and provide for their children and loved ones.”

Senator Leyva authored the following three bills that earned bipartisan support in the Legislature:

  • Senate Bill 136 allows the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) to use Mobilehome Park Resident Ownership Program (MPRROP) funds to contract with a non-profit organization to assist affordable housing nonprofits and resident associations to acquire, finance, and preserve mobilehome parks occupied by primarily working class households.
  • Senate Bill 329 increases access to affordable housing in California by ensuring that all state and local programs that facilitate home ownership include manufactured housing and manufactured home communities or mobilehome parks.
  • Senate Bill 542 allows a mobilehome owner to sign a release of liability when they sell a mobilehome or manufactured home. The new law would be substantially similar to the process where an automobile owner notifies the California Department of Motor Vehicles upon sale of the vehicle.

Senator Leyva coauthored bipartisan legislation that will place a bond measure on a 2018 ballot:

  • Senate Bill 3 (Beall), the Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2018, will authorize the issuance of $4 billion in general obligation bonds for affordable housing—subject to voter approval in the November 2018 election—including at least $30 million to be used for providing grants and forgivable loans to assist in the rehabilitation or replacement of existing mobilehomes.

In California, at least one million people live in more than 5,000 registered manufactured housing communities / mobilehome parks.  Even more Californians live in unregistered manufactured housing communities, in individual manufactured homes on private land or in American Indian Tribal communities. These homes make up over 4 percent of all housing across the state and are more concentrated in rural areas. Manufactured home communities are located everywhere from remote areas of the Sierra Nevada to inland regions like the Inland Empire and the Central Valley to expensive coastal counties and urban areas of Los Angeles County and Orange County. While the price of homes, lots, and land vary widely across communities, mobilehomes make up a significant portion of California’s limited affordable housing stock.

SB 3 and SB 136 took effect immediately upon signature by the Governor and SB 329 and SB 542 will be implemented on January 1, 2018.