Western Manufactured Housing Communities Association (WMA) is a
nonprofit organization created in 1945 for the exclusive purpose
of promoting and protecting the interests of owners, operators
and developers of manufactured home communities in California.
WMA assists its members in the operations of successful
manufactured home communities in today’s complex business and
Who are WMA’s members?
WMA is a statewide trade association whose members are largely
mobilehome park owners who, collectively own, operate and control
over 175,000 mobilehome spaces in California. WMA has over 1600
member parks located in all 58 counties of California. Community
owners, operators, and developers of manufactured home
communities in California, as well as suppliers of industry goods
and services maintain membership in WMA. Our members are
committed to the success of the manufactured housing industry.
What does WMA do?
WMA is a full-service organization, offering its members
prize-winning trade publications, industry referrals (legal,
management, utility, etc.), low-cost landlord-tenant forms,
educational opportunities, and valuable group discounts on
insurance. WMA’s activities include representation before the
California State Legislature, regulatory agencies and local
elected officials. Through the Committee to Save Property
Rights, WMA represents the industry in the courts. WMA has an
award winning manager accreditation program, offering numerous
continuing education opportunities. The vast majority of WMA’s
member communities are family owned and operated businesses
dedicated to providing quality housing to Californians.
What is the WMA Foundation?
The WMA Foundation a 501c3 charitable organization was founded in
2001 to enrich the quality of life for all persons living in
manufactured home communities in California who are disadvantaged
due to income or circumstance. In the context of these general
purposes, the WMA Foundation’s mission is to provide financial
assistance to residents touched by disaster or for the
improvement, restoration or replacement of existing manufactured
homes. In 2005 the WMA Foundation established a relief fund to
help communities and their residents who are in need due to fire,
earthquake, food or other disasters.
Each year, WMA’s lobbyists monitor and influence hundreds of
legislative bills that affect the manufactured housing industry.
WMA’s legislative committee, composed of association members
throughout the state, review these bills and help draft WMA’s
official positions on these measures. WMA’s lobbyists also work
with the legislative committee to develop association-sponsored
measures that promote the industry’s interests. WMA’s
lobbyists the actively work to pass or defeat these measures.
California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)
WMA’s commitment to utility issues is without parallel. WMA is
the only industry organization that retains utility experts to
represent community owners’ interests before the CPUC. WMA
has staunchly defended submeter discounts in the face of strong
opposition from utility companies and sponsored legislation that
may enable community owners to transfer their master
meter/submeter utility systems to utility companies. WMA
participates in numerous proceedings before the CPUC on behalf of
the industry on issues ranging from electric, gas and water.
State Department of Housing & Community Development (HCD)
WMA maintains a positive relationship with HCD, the state agency
responsible for enforcing codes and regulations that impact the
manufactured home community industry. WMA represents owner
interest during the drafting and enforcement of regulations.
WMA’s legislative efforts in Washington, D.C. – through
membership in our national organization, the Manufactured Housing
Institute (MHI) – provide member representation before Congress
and federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Housing
and Urban Development (HUD). WMA’s affiliation with MHI gives
continued presence in Washington, D.C.
With the ever-present need for assistance at the local level, WMA
also has regional offices to better serve its membership. Three
offices, serving Southern California, Central California and
Northern California assist community owners on local government
issues, especially in the areas of rent control, community
relations and grassroots political action.
WMA regional representatives build community coalitions that
offer alternatives to rent control. They also organize local
grassroots political action. In addition, WMA regional
representatives play an active role in membership recruitment,
industry trade referrals, WMA chapter activities, local owner
associations and community organizations.
WMA regional representatives provide a wealth of political
experience and local government involvement. They can take the
lead in helping owners develop a coordinated strategy and plan
community liaison efforts. At governmental agency hearing and
meetings, they provide a professional presence for our industry.
Manager Accreditation/Educational Seminars (MCM)
Our Manufactured Home Community Manager (MCM) program is a
manager accreditation program, which is designed to train today’s
professional community managers. WMA offers educational seminars
covering key topics in conjunction with the Manufactured Home
Community Manager (MCM) Program. These seminars give
owners, park managers and staff concentrated knowledge
needed to effectively manage community operations limit
liabilty. WMA’s industry experts give managers intensive training
on subject matters affecting the industry, maintenance standards,
HCD inspections, discrimination, mediation, disaster planning,
and a full range of other subjects.
Annual Convention & Expo
This conference features 2-3 days of intensive education seminars
balance by fun social programs. Seminars at the convention cover
important industry topics. Social programs give members the
opportunity to network with other owners in a relaxed and
friendly setting. WMA’s convention also features a large industry
trade show, with dozens of vendors providing the latest in
products and services.
The WMA Reporter, the associations award-winning monthly
magazine, is second to none in delivering the facts and analysis
you need to survive an prosper in this business. The Reporter
features articles by industry experts, providing valuable
management tips, information on property rights, legislation,
utility systems, legal issues and a host of other issues.
Newsline, a monthly newsletter, gives you fast-breaking news of
significant and timely interest.
Forms and Manuals
Our forms purchasing program, which is exclusively for WMA
community members, includes over forty different forms for use in
the day-to-day operations of your community, as well as community
owned rental forms. These forms are reviewed and updated annually
to comply with current laws. A comprehensive guide to WMA’s forms
is also available to assist you in completing the forms properly.
It could cost thousands of dollars to have an attorney design and
monitor these forms for you. Why not let WMA do the work while
you enjoy the low prices and peace of mind of knowing your forms
are in compliance with current laws?
Day-to-Day Management Advice
Our toll-free hotline number puts you in touch with WMA’s network
of staff, consultants and attorneys to help you solve the
day-to-day issues of running a community.
Resident Screening Program
This exclusive, members-only program includes access to all three
major credit bureaus, eviction and criminal record searches, bad
check alerts, credit risk scores, Saturday service, and more.
This is a service every community needs. Why not take advantage
of the savings offered by WMA membership?
Property & Casualty Insurance Program
WMA’s custom tailored group Property & Casualty Insurance program
offers qualifying WMA members a 10% discount off already
competitive rates. The basic property and liability coverages are
broadened further by an exclusive CAL-PLUS endorsement that is
included at no additional charge. This includes limited coverage
for accounts receivable, valuable papers, electronic data
processing, back-up of sewer or drain water, employee dishonesty,
building ordinance and more! In addition, a unique Business
Income Enhancement is also available to policyholders.
Workers’ Compensation Insurance Program
The WMA group Worker’s Compensation program continues to offer
hard-to beat rates through Preferred Employers Insurance Company,
an “A” rated company. If you have received a cancellation notice,
or a large increase in premium from your Workers’ Comp carrier,
check out WMA’s group program as soon as you join.Don’t miss out
on this valuable membership benefit!
As a member of WMA, each year you can receive up to fifteen
minutes of free legal advice from attorneys who specialize in the
manufactured housing industry. Fifteen minutes of advising by an
experienced industry attorney can run up to $75! Members
appreciate knowing this service is available when quick advice is
WMA members in need of a service are able to tap the expertise of
members in their areas through WMA’s telephone referrals, printed
Directory or through our Website. Contractors, developers,
corrosion specialists, attorneys, utility billing services,
management specialists and insurance brokers are among the
association’s industry members, and many offer lower prices to
WMA member communities.
Manager Referral Service
This program, free to WMA members, puts community owners in touch
with qualified managers looking for fresh opportunities. WMA can
help you match geographic preferences and experience to find the
right fit for your community.
Member Affinity Programs
WMA members enjoy discounts through these vendors:
Thank you sooo much for the generous help you sent me – losing my
house and car in the camp fire was a life altering event – one
that is going to take time to get over. The check you gave me
helped to provide me with food and some personal items I needed.
I have been able to settle into another mobile home park to start
my life over again.
God bless your organization and the people that helped me!
Established in 2005, the WMA Foundation is a California nonprofit
public benefit corporation, established for the purpose of
enriching the quality of life for all persons living in
manufactured housing communities in California who are
disadvantaged due to income or circumstance. The WMA Foundation
will serve its purpose by sponsoring educational seminars,
providing financial assistance for the improvement, restoration
or replacement of existing manufactured homes, disseminating
informational materials, and by providing community outreach
Members of the Western Manufactured Housing Communities
Association collected and distributed nearly $90,000 to uninsured
residents of three manufactured housing communities in Southern
California displaced by October ‘07 Southern California
These devastating fires burned approximately 250 mobile homes in
the following communities: Valley Oaks Mobile Ranch (Fallbrook),
Oak Tree Ranch (Ramona), and Barrett Lake Mobile Home Park
Kindness is something you can never give away; it always
returns. —Frank Evans
Greg Evans established the Frank J. Evans Charitable Foundation
in 1997 in memory of his father, who believed that education was
vital to success in life and recognized that there was a need to
assist students with limited financial resources to support their
dream of higher education. Many of our members donate to this
worthy program by generously donating cash or by registering for
a Foundation-sponsored event offered during WMA’s annual
Sheila Dey has been the Executive Director of WMA since 1997, and
prior to that served as General Counsel for WMA beginning in
1993. Sheila is an attorney, having graduated from McGeorge
School of Law in 1979 and a member of the State Bar in the same
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