Seattle, WA—In November, APAC sent representatives to two national manufactured housing conferences held in Seattle, WA. The National Manufactured Home Owners Association (NMHOA) and the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) both met to highlight practices, learn lessons, and make connections. The conferences brought together foundations, housing developers, homeowner advocates, community organizers, policymakers, financial institutions and other partners .
The conferences were attended by APAC board member Jacki DeVore, executive director Dave Anderson, and community organizers Katherine Nguyen and Thomas Siburg. APAC has also hosted these events in Minnesota in 2007 and 2008 and played an active part in organizing them in 2006, 2009, and 2010.
NMHOA is a nation-wide membership based organization representing and advocating for manufactured home owners. Their convention covered a broad range of topics, such as:
Legislative changes being advocated around the nation and on a federal level.
Ideas about making manufactured housing communities great places to “age in place.”
How to deepen our understanding of diversity in manufactured housing communities.
How to pitch stories to the media.
CFED, a national nonprofit organization, empowers low- and moderate-income households to build and preserve assets, including buying a home. For 10 years, CFED has convened the Innovations in Manufactured Homes (I’M HOME) Network to develop, preserve, and promote manufactured housing as a viable housing option for Americans. APAC is part of an invitation-only, core team of “Lead Organizations” within the I’M HOME Network.
The I’M HOME conference offered dozens of sessions covering: home quality; affordable mortgages; community preservation; energy efficiency; fundraising; community organizing; and public policy change, and other topics.