The American Internet Society Of Manufactured Home Owners
Homeowners Against Deficient Dwellings
The Wisconsin Mfd Home Owners Association discourages
you FROM BUYING a manufactured home. The building process,
both on-site and in the factories, is about cutting corners—using
inferior quality sheathing, cutting boards too short to meet
in the center of studs—problems that promote irregular
air exchange within a house and which eventually produce growth
of mold and excessive heating bills.
Additional problems: fraud, misdealing, false
statement, improper assembly, illegally based seizure of homes,
defective set up, worthless warranties, and suspect consumer
If you are unfortunate enough to get caught in
this malignant Pandora's Box as an unsuspecting consumer, you
will find yourself immersed in an endless war that will consume
the rest of your life and your life's income. You will get no
satisfaction from HUD or even some legislators and state agencies
because many have been corrupted by the MH industry—they
have been bought off with big money and the heady power of control
over millions of victims.
WIMHOA is a nonprofit, statewide, consumer organization
(tenants' union validated by Statute 704) not associated in
any way with the industry (park owners, community managers,
dealers or manufacturers). At least 250,000 consumers live
in manufactured housing in this state.
Members of an incorporated entity (i.e., WIMHOA) have no personal
liability in a lawsuit. We exist under
the aegis of Wisconsin Administrative Code
ATCP134.09(5)(b) and ATCP 125, prohibiting
retaliatory eviction for joining or attempting to organize a
tenants' association. The U.S. Constitution also validates our
right to belong to or form a union.
We publish a quarterly newsletter, the WIMHOA Vanguard. We
invite news submissions to our PO Box address or by email,
but we reserve the right to edit all submissions for clarity,
space, et al. Contact us if you would like a copy.
Our membership list is confidential and is never sold. All
persons living in mfd. housing within Wisconsin are eligible
for membership on an equal basis--except management (owners)
and its employees. Our by-laws allow former tenants to remain
members of WIMHOA if they wish.
OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS
Kristen Zehner, State President/Director
JoAn Hackbarth, Honorary VP
James C. Williams, Treasurer
Kristen Zehner, Secretary
Patricia Dayton, At-Large Board Member
Floyd Hummel, At-Large Board Member
James Degenhardt, At-Large Board Member
Eleanor Shakstad, Organizer
|URGENT: ALL MHP
HOMEOWNERS ARE URGED TO CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS (see
below). TELL THEM YOU WANT THEM TO VOTE YES ON
SB351-AB527: Protective Language requiring Notification of
MHP Closings/Sales and Resident Purchase Opportunity--FALL
2010 THRU MAY 2011. URGENT:
Masses of MHP HOME- OWNERS are Needed to PRESSURE YOUR
LEGISLATORS. WITHOUT PRESSURE, WIMHOA CANNOT
ACCOMPLISH PASSAGE OF THIS LAW.
If you haven’t yet read
language in these bills (duplicate), be an informed citizen when
talking or writing to your state legislators.
BE A VOTING CONSTITUENT! http://www.legis.state.wi.us/2009/data/SB351hst.html
- READ THESE 8 PAGES and tell your legislators WHY you want them
to vote YES!! Pls contact them in the 2010-2011 Session,
now thru May 2011: PLS HELP PASS THIS into firm law!
Find Your State Legislators: Call 800-362-9696
or Go to www.legis.state.wi.us
Underneath the picture, click on WHO REPRESENTS ME?
Fill in name and address. Save or print that page
for future use in lobbying (calling, emailing, sending letters)
in support of WIMHOA legislation.
now you probably know about Rep. Leon Young of Milw, Chair of
the Housing Committee, who refused to vote SB351/AB527 out of
his committee so it could go to the full Legislature for a vote.
This guy has 16 MHPs in his district in downtown
Milwaukee and actually sided with the WHA against his own
constituents!! We think there was a “quid pro quo” between him and the
WHA. WHY else would
he thumb his nose at his own constituents, i.e., the “common
good,” to defend wealthy business interests?
that means you, dear reader (we hope) will commit to bugging
your personal state legislators frequently, getting a
commitment from them, educating them about the realities of MH
homeownership and MHP ghettos over this 2010 summer.
We heard plenty of excuses from legislators:
“none of my constituents contacted me”; “the WHA
plain lack of interest in our homeowner realities, and
most cared not a whit about preserving affordable housing, esp.
in this economy.
REASONS WHY YOUR STATE
LEGISLATORS MUST VOTE Y-E-S ON THESE BILLS!
property is not a valid consideration because park owners
sacrifice that when they open up their land to tenants to
collect rent money. Their quasi-property rights are
not inviolate rights.
2- The State requires Park Owners to pay
fees for the privilege of obtaining a PERMIT to OPERATE; that
Permit means they accept a responsibility to their tenants to
maintain their property to do business, i.e., act as a landlord
3- The vulnerability we
homeowner/residents are exposed to cannot be overstated.
We lose every dime of our investment because we have no
provisions for relocation reimbursement, nor home investment
reimbursement. The State refuses to consider our
homes on par with stick-built; somehow we’re birds of a
different feather—flagrant prejudice.
4- The State has a duty to protect ALL
its citizens from significant harm, which is codified in the
oath Legislators' take when assuming their public duties.
5- We are imminently at risk of
homelessness and financial catastrophe when MHPs close without
notice or are sold to investor groups who hike rents
astronomically upon possession of the property.
YOU CAN DO:
your fanny in/outside your state legislator’s home offices
all hours, for lengthy stays on end, holding a cardboard sign
(no stick). More
than one person is best. Be
pleasant but persistent till you get noticed and invited in!
HELP US HELP YOU PRESERVE YOUR HOME FROM THE SCRAP HEAP.
Take shifts with neighbors.
a weekly writing or phone campaign from
your HOME to both your state legislators.
Organize neighbors and take turns— to
write, call or visit. Write
a paragraph script for each neighbor to use on assigned
days all thru 2010 AND into 2011!!
Make copies for everyone.
[All letters need dates and signatures with addresses.]
HELP YOURSELF GET NEW MHP LAW!
REMEMBER THIS: MHP
landlords don’t want us to critique or analyze
park environments. No one, not even your landlord, knows
what US mail or email you send, phone calls or visits you make.
WIMHOA cannot protect you from loss of your house IF YOU DO NOT
CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS TO SUPPORT AND PASS OUR LEGISLATION.
The Wisconsin Mfd Homeowners’ Association,
Inc., is a statewide, nonprofit organization organized in 1998
in Marshall WI. We
are committed to working for the rights of mfd/mobile
homeowners in this state. WIMHOA’s legal right to exist and its members’ is encoded
in Statute 704 and Administrative Code 125-134.
All persons living in mfd/mobile homes are eligible for
membership on an equal basis—except MHP Mgt, Owners, and its
encourage MHP residents to join the State WIMHOA first.
Forming a Chapter may put a target on your back.
Learn how to Stand Up
with our assistance using defensive
tactics. As a
member, your personal possessions (house) are protected from
legal liability under our incorporated status in the State of
donations over membership fee ($15) are deductible on your 1040
as a charity [501©3] deduction. Your news submissions are
welcomed at PO Box 254, Marshall WI 53559
We MHP residents can and have lost our homes when
we fail to support
WIMHOA's efforts to get legislation: Notification
of Closing or Sale of an MHP plus Resident Purchase
Opportunity; Reimbursement for Relocation Expenses will
be our next effort! We have
power UNLESS ALL OF US help ourselves.
STAND UP for your and our civil rights!
YOU are the only neighbors who can help WIMHOA
win statewide rights. WIMHOA can't be any more
effective than the 1199 MHP homeowners across
Wisconsin. YOU must contact your State
Legislators at the Capitol or at home to get action and to protest state agency indifference, ineffectiveness, and lack of enforcement.
WE must dispense with our OWN indifference. How much is your house worth to you?
BUY LEGAL PROTECTION AT A GREAT PRICE!
Can you afford to stand up for your tenancy rights without legal protection
within WIMHOA membership? It's more economical AND SAFER per member to join
the State Chapter because WIMHOA is incorporated, and your personal assets are protected from liability;
i.e., from being sued. YOU MUST MAKE THIS FACT KNOWN TO ANYONE WHO
DOUBTS IT. Check with WI Dept of
Financial Institutions. Ask WIMHOA for its constitution and bylaws. When
you write, call, email, or visit your legislators, park owner,
newspaper editor, or municipal board or council, you should say you are part of
an incorporated entity, WIMHOA. Remember:
Strength in Numbers = Clout. Even the smallest
animals know there is safety in numbers. Why don't we
humans understand this elementary Rule of Survival????
IT'S YOUR CHOICE! 608-655-8198 or Cell