Huntington Beach City Council is taking steps to help mobile home owners

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA – City councilors voted June 21 6 to 0 to consider extending an existing rental assistance program to mobile home owners.

Advisers Dan Kalmyk and Natalie Moser suggested the change, and Moser called it “the next major issue we have to worry about.”

According to city officials, the program will be federally funded and will help residents who make less than $50,000 a year. It is estimated that 40 to 100 families could be helped within two years.

Although mobile homeowners own their homes – and pay mortgages – they also pay rent for a plot of land in a mobile home park.

Many residents said rents for these spaces across California were becoming increasingly unaffordable.

“We’re already seeing older people – especially women over 60 – having a bigger problem with the homeless,” Mayor Barbara Delglis said at the meeting. “We are one of the best cities for old people to live in, and I’m afraid this may not last because [rent increases]. ”

Rent increases for a motorhome park can occur when there is a change in ownership, which results in a property tax reassessment, usually resulting in an increase in taxes to match the market value.

Pro Tem Mayor Mike Posey said another reason for higher rents is due to increased demand for mobile homes as the public housing market is tight.

The city’s Current Tenant-Based Rental Assistance Program provides up to two years of rental assistance to low-income residents facing or trying to move out of homelessness.

The program is supported by the state’s Housing and Urban Development Program, which provides the city nearly $600,000 annually. This funding will be reallocated to mobile home owners in Huntington Beach.

Councilwoman Kim Kar assures residents that they’ve been working on it since January: “I just want the community to know we’re hearing everything.” “We’ve had discussions, and this is a really difficult situation.”

Mobile home owners are asking the council to place limits on rent increases by bypassing the city’s ban on all forms of rent control to create a rent stabilization ordinance for mobile home owners.

But Carr said it would be “very difficult” to get approval since renters in other types of housing across the city all face similar problems with rising rents.

Public commentators at the meeting said they were grateful to the board for taking some action.

On the other hand, city council members said the aid would just be a short-term solution to buy some time to provide more effective long-term assistance.

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