Senior Mobile Home Rental Assistance Program Coming to Huntington Beach; Is it Enough?
Facing rent increases, senior mobile home owners in Huntington Beach living on tight incomes at Skandia Mobile Home Park have been asking their elected city council members for help, while many fear they will lose the homes they planned to spend the rest of their lives in.
They have routinely been showing up to city council meetings – often dressed in red t-shirts with “Save Our Seniors” printed on them – calling on council members to put a measure on the November ballot asking voters to decide on a new law that would stop rent hikes at mobile home parks like theirs across the city.
They have been joined by residents from other mobile home parks in the city too.
But council members refused to even publicly discuss putting such a measure on the ballot, despite a recommendation from the city’s Mobile Home Advisory Board to do so.
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Instead they’re looking to help the residents in another way.
At their Tuesday meeting, Huntington Beach City Council members voted unanimously to approve a rental assistance program for eligible seniors at mobile home parks.
“I know this isn’t a panacea to the rental increases that our own folks had been seeking. But it does potentially buy us some time for those who are in extreme need who are going to be out in the street with rental increases,” said Councilman Dan Kalmick at Tuesday’s city council meeting.
Kalmick and Councilwoman Natalie Moser first proposed the program in June.
Meanwhile, local mobile home park owners like Chris Houser have spoken against the proposed ballot measure from residents, saying they need to cover their increasing costs.
“Residents want to limit their increase in rent but who is going to put limits on the increase to our expenses? Our expenses climb every year with insurance, employment and ever-increasing maintenance costs,” he said back at a city council meeting in February.
Houser owns Rancho Del Rey mobile home park and sits on the Mobile Home Advisory Board.