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Passage of Chapter 28, Laws of 2021 (HB 1083) during the 2021 Legislative Session requires Commerce to make changes to how we distribute relocation assistance to eligible homeowners. These changes are effective July 25, 2021. Please click on the “Click here for application materials” link for materials updated to reflect the July 25, 2021 changes. Please contact the program staff at omh@commerce.wa.gov, toll-free at 800-964-0852, or (360) 725-2971 if you have questions. If English is not your primary language, we will call you back with the help of a telephone interpreter in the language you are most comfortable with.

Manufactured/Mobile Home Relocation Assistance Program

The map above shows manufactured/mobile home communities registered with the Department of Revenue (DOR) as of 2019. The “blue house” dots represent registered communities. The “X” dots represent communities that closed between 2015 and June 2020. Click on any dot to see more details. Click the arrow icon in the upper left corner to view and select map layers. Please click on the links in the Manufactured/Mobile Home Community Information section on this website for current community closure and registered community lists.

Program Overview

If you own your manufactured or mobile home and live in a community that’s closing in Washington State, you may be eligible for relocation assistance. Manufactured and mobile home relocation assistance is provided to eligible low-income households on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to tenants in communities closed due to health and safety concerns or community-owner fraud.

The Manufactured/Mobile Home Relocation Assistance Program (Relocation Assistance Program) provides cash assistance up to $11,000 for a single-section home or up to $17,000 for a multi-section home (including single-sections with additional, built living space). Cash assistance is provided in two payments: the first when a household is determined eligible, the second when a household either signs over the home’s title to the community owner or upon removal of their home from the community. Both options must happen within 90 days of the eligible household receiving their first payment. Community owners may seek reimbursement from the Relocation Assistance Program for allowable demolition and disposal costs associated with eligible households. Community owners may request up to $5,500 for a single-section home and up to $8,500 for a multi-section home (including single-sections with additional, built living space).

Households in closing communities may work with the Relocation Assistance Program Coordinator to ask questions about program eligibility, the application process, relocating from their community, or other resources. Please text/call (360) 515-8149 or email brooke.brooling@commerce.wa.gov.

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If you have questions or need the application in a language other than English, please contact us at omh@commerce.wa.gov, toll-free at 800-964-0852, or (360) 725-2971.

If English is not your primary language, we will call you back with the help of a telephone interpreter in the language you are most comfortable with.

Frequently Asked Questions about Relocation Assistance

Request information and an application from the Office of Manufactured/Mobile Home Relocation Assistance at omh@commerce.wa.gov, toll-free at 800-964-0852 or 360-725-2971.

If English is not your primary language, we will call you back with the help of a telephone interpreter in the language you are most comfortable with.

Tenants who owned and lived in their home when the closure notice was issued, and meet income guidelines (less than 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI) for the county their home is located), are eligible for assistance. Tenants who live in a community closed for health and safety issues or community owner fraud are assisted first. All other assistance is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Owners of recreational vehicles (RVs) and park models defined in RCW 59.20.030 are not eligible for relocation assistance

The Manufactured/Mobile Home Park Relocation Fund receives monthly deposits from a fee collected when a home is purchased in a manufactured/mobile home community (RCW 59.21.050).

The fund receives money every month from manufactured home transaction fees. The amount of money in the fund depends on the number of communities closing and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis as long as money is available.

Owners of single-section homes are eligible for up to $7,500 in assistance. Owners of single-section homes with additional built living space or multi-section homes are eligible for up to $12,000. If you own a single-section home with additional built living space or a multi-section, you must submit photos of the living space before relocating.

Relocation assistance may be a mix of cash assistance and reimbursement for relocation-related costs up to the relocation assistance limits. An eligible tenant may receive up to 40% of their assistance limit in cash to find other housing if they make a plan for their home to be removed from the community by a contractor or through the assignment process. The program will reimburse the remaining assistance when we receive receipts and payment confirmation for relocation-related costs.

The assignment process means someone pays to remove your home from the park for you. This person is reimbursed for those costs from the maximum amount of assistance you are eligible for. For more information, you can read the Sample Assignment of Relocation Assistance Reimbursement.

You can use your cash assistance to find another place to live. For example, rent an apartment or a house, down-payment on a house, etc. You can also use your assistance to rent moving vehicles, purchase packing supplies, lease temporary storage, etc. Contact the program if you have questions.

The program will reimburse relocation-related costs. This includes removing your home and reinstalling it in another location or removing your home by demolition and disposal and finding another home. Contact the program if you have questions.

The program will not reimburse for homeowner labor or costs not related to relocation. For example, if you chose to remove your home and reinstall it in another location, the program cannot reimburse for the cost to move separate buildings, landscaping, purchase of tools, property taxes, and renovations or upgrades not required for relocation.

We can’t estimate how long the assistance process will take because it depends on the money available in the fund and the number of eligible tenants applying.

  1. Contact other homeowners you know and trust who were satisfied with the transporter they hired.
  2. Check under “Manufactured-Mobile Homes-Transport” in your telephone directory or the internet.

 

IMPORTANT: If your transporter is installing your home, check with the Department of Labor and Industries to ensure your transporter is a certified installer. Call toll-free at 800-647-0982 or www.lni.wa.gov/TradesLicensing/FAS.

RCW 59.21.105 requires cities and counties to waive fire, safety or construction codes if the codes will be used only because a home must relocate due to closure or conversion. But, there may be other reasons for a city or county to apply their codes. Please contact the building code office in the city or county you wish to relocate before making plans to move your home. You may also wish to speak to an attorney.

Resources for Residents of Closing Parks

  • Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS) – ACRS empowers Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and other underserved immigrant and refugee communities by providing multilingual and multicultural services.
  • Lutheran Community Services Northwest – Lutheran Community Services helps WA residents, families, and immigrants with various services, including language services, community referrals, and connections to basic needs like food, housing, and employment.
  • National Immigration Legal Services Directory – The Immigration Advocates Network allows users to search for immigration legal services by zip code or detention facility. The directory includes nonprofits that provide free or low-cost services.
  • Refugee and Immigrant Services Northwest – Refugee and Immigrant Services provides case management, information and referral to resources, employment assistance, naturalization services, translation services, and low-income housing.
  • Chinese Information and Service Center (CISC) (Seattle) – CISC provides cultural resources by providing information, referrals, social and support services. In addition, they provide ESL and naturalization classes, family and youth services, domestic violence and crime victim services, and a technology center.
  • El Centro de la Raza (Seattle) – El Centro de la Raza advocates, educates, and organizes on behalf of the Latino community. They help minority populations experiencing homelessness.
  • Horn of Africa Services (HOAS) (Seattle) – HOAS provides multi-lingual and multicultural assistance to East African immigrants and refugees through education, referrals, and support.
  • Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center (KIAC) (Kitsap County) – KIAC provides legal immigration and language services and hosts family events. At these events, items are provided to persons in need, and medical clinics are available.
  • Korean Women’s Association of Washington (KWA) (Western WA) – KWA provides outreach and services to the Korean community in Western WA.
  • Tacoma Community House (South Puget Sound) – Tacoma Community House provides education and tutoring, employment help, immigration and citizenship assistance, and crime-victim advocacy.
  • West African Community Council (WACC) (Seattle) – WACC provides an early learning program for families of all backgrounds and cultures, provides legal immigration services, advocates for fair employment and job-hunting assistance.

If you are aware of additional resources that may be helpful to add to this list, please contact us at omh@commerce.wa.gov, toll-free at 1-800-964-0852 or 360-725-2971. 

Closure Notice to Tenants Template

The Closure Notice to Tenants Template (Notice) must be used by landlords who are closing or converting their manufactured/mobile home community as of July 28, 2019. Please see Chapter 342, Laws of 2019 (ESHB 1582) and RCW 59.20.080 for exemptions to this requirement. Read more about Notice requirements according to RCW 59.21.030

Closure Notice to Tenants Template (English) (PDF)

The notice is also available in the following languages:

The Notice is available upon request in printed form. 

Translated versions of this document are provided by a Washington State Department of Enterprise Systems’ approved vendor. 

To request the Notice in printed form or to make suggestions for improving Notice translation, please contact the Office of Manufactured/Mobile Home Relocation Assistance at omh@commerce.wa.gov, toll-free at 800-964-0852 or 360-725-2971. 

If English is not your primary language, we will call you back with the help of a telephone interpreter in the language you are most comfortable with.

Manufactured/Mobile Home Community Information

Are you and your neighbors interested in buying your manufactured/mobile home community?

The following organizations provide technical assistance or funding to preserve manufactured/mobile home communities in Washington state.

Manufactured Housing Communities Workgroup Report

The Washington State Legislature tasked the Department of Commerce with making recommendations, assessing perspectives and facilitating discussions about aspects of the Manufactured/Mobile Home Landlord-Tenant Act (RCW 59.20). This work began in August 2019 with a final report submitted to the Legislature in December 2020. Please click on the link below to access the full report.

Manufactured Housing Communities Workgroup Report (PDF)

Need help?

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800-964-0852
omh@commerce.wa.gov

Mailing Address

Commerce/Manufactured and Mobile Home Relocation Assistance
P.O. 42525
Olympia, WA 98504

If English is not your primary language, we will call you back with the help of a telephone interpreter in the language you are most comfortable with.