Office of Mobile and Manufactured Home Relocation Assistance.
The Office of Mobile and Manufactured Home Relocation Assistance (Office), in the Department of Commerce (Department), provides general assistance to mobile and manufactured home resident organizations, tenant organizations, and community owners. Among its duties, the Office provides technical assistance to tenants who are participating in the conversion of a mobile home park to resident ownership and provides financial assistance to homeowners under the Mobile Home Relocation Assistance Program (Relocation Assistance Program) when mobile home parks close.
Mobile Home Relocation Assistance Program.
The Relocation Assistance Program provides monetary assistance on a first-come, first-served basis to low-income persons owning mobile homes located in mobile home parks that are scheduled for closure or conversion to another use. Tenants residing in parks that are closed because of park-owner fraud or health and safety concerns are given priority to available funds. Payments are made by the Office upon verification of eligibility and subject to the availability of funds. To be eligible for relocation assistance:
The tenant, or an organization acting on behalf of the tenant, must submit an application for relocation assistance that includes:
Eligible tenants may receive financial assistance up to $17,000 for a multisection home and $11,000 for a single-section home, which is distributed in two payments. An initial payment of up to $12,000 for a multisection home and up to $8,000 for a single-section home may be used to relocate the home or secure alternative housing. To receive the remainder of the assistance, tenants are required, within 90 days of receiving the initial assistance, to:
If the tenant does not relocate or demolish and dispose of the home with 90 days of receiving assistance, the park-owner may seek reimbursement from the Relocation Assistance Fund (Fund) for costs incurred for demolition and disposal of the home in the amount of:
To receive the reimbursement, the park-owner must provide documentation to the Department demonstrating costs incurred. If costs incurred for demolition and disposal exceed the amounts specified, the park-owner may seek additional reimbursement from the portion of the Fund to which park-owners contribute under the registration process for additional costs incurred as follows:
A tenant is not entitled to relocation assistance if the tenant:
To receive the remainder of the financial assistance, a tenant must transfer the home's title to the park-owner, relocate the home, or demolish and dispose of the home by the park closure date. A tenant who removes a home by the park closure date and reinstalls the home in another location within 12 months of the closure date is also eligible for the remainder of the financial assistance. If the tenant does not relocate or demolish and dispose of the home by the park closure date, the park-owner may seek reimbursement.
To be eligible for relocation assistance, a tenant also may relocate the home by selling or gifting the home to a third party with the condition the third party is responsible for removing the home on or prior to the park closure date.
A tenant who receives assistance from an outside source that exceeds the maximum amount of assistance to which a person is entitled under the Relocation Assistance Program may still receive financial assistance.
(In support) Relocation assistance is to help people who have invested in homes located in a mobile home park. These homeowners cannot always maintain their investment when a park is closed. The current timing of the Relocation Assistance Program does not allow tenants to take full advantage of the program. A 90-day deadline is just too difficult for tenants to meet, particularly if they are removing and reinstalling their home. Providing financial assistance is one way to help people maintain their investment and prevent homelessness.