APAC's "The Alliance" Newsletter

The Alliance is the quarterly newsletters

of All Parks Alliance for Change (APAC)

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Featured Stories:

"It's our money!": APAC proposes fixes to the state's Manufactured Home Relocation Trust Fund

Before You Sign: A Consumer's Guide to Mobile Home Parks in the Twin Cities

Dave Anderson: Reflecting on 10 Years as APAC's Director

Rush Line Transit Corridor: Connects Park Residents from Maplewood to Pine City

National News:

APAC Attends 2015 National Manufactured Housing Conferences

Jury Awards $111 million to Park Residents

APAC Renews Outreach to Park Residents in North Dakota

Park Community News:

"Move Roads, Not Homes": 8 Years Later, Residents Stayed While Road Projects and Sports Stadiums Moved On

Twin Cities Metro Region: Trends in Manufactured Housing

Shakopee and St. Anthony Parks Targeted for Redevelopment in Land Use Plans

Parks on the Chopping Block in Waite Park, Elbow Lake, and Winona

Several Parks in Financial Turmoil

APAC News:

APAC's 2014 Annual Meeting and Legislative Summit

APAC Sees Changes, Growth in Staff

APAC Launches Strategic Planning for 2015-2018

Why is APAC Membership Important


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September 2010

Spring 2009

  • Rally for Residents' Rights at the State Capitol
  • Legislative Training Energizes APAC Leaders
  • A Look into APAC's Legislative Progress
  • Arden Manor Resident Association and APAC Save 30 Homes
  • Voice Your Support for Jackson Heights!
  • Burnsville Representative Will Morgan Takes Interest in Parks
  • Park Resident Wins Seat on Township Board
  • Skyline Village Moves Ahead with Rent Increase Case
  • APAC Launches Mobile Justice Training Institute in Winona
  • Reaching New Potential Allies: The League of Women Voters in Winona
  • APAC on the Good Morning Show with Bob Sebo
  • Gaylord Association Moving Forward, Recruiting Allies
  • APAC Teaches Organizing Workshop at Winona State University
  • Fargo Park Residents Want Change!
  • Resident Leaders Join Together for Justice--Midwestern Alliance Conference
  • New Regional Alliances Developing in 2009!
  • The 2009 MHOAA National Convention is Coming Up!
  • APAC Welcomes New Legal & Policy Director
  • APAC Welcomes New Board Members
  • APAC's 14th Annual St. Paul Saints Fundraiser: Saturday, June 20th
  • APAC Partners with Ten Thousand Villages for Benefit Night
  • APAC Membership

Fall and Winter 2008

  • The Fight for Mobile Justice: Elections through the Legislative Session
  • Jackson Heights APAC Chapter Says: "Save Our Homes, Not a Ball Field"
  • APAC Announces its 2009 Legislative Agenda
  • APAC's Annual Membership Meeting Plans for 2009 Legislative Session
  • Arden Manor Residents Influence State Elections
  • Skyline Village Challenges Rent Increase & Organizes Candidate Forum
  • Park Residents Gain Representation on HUD Advisory Committee
  • Woodlyn Court Closes, Residents Compensated Under New Trust Fund
  • Rolling Hills Resident ASsociation Finds Success
  • Regal Estates Residents Working to Set Up Resident Association
  • Leaders and Residents of Manufactured Homes Educate the Community
  • Gaylord Park Under Attack: Residents Organize, Form Resident Association
  • Bennett Park Cooperative Determined to Preserve its Community
  • Lake Village Residents Association Moving Forward
  • Bluffview Mobile Home Court Re-Opens After Flooding
  • Red Top Residents Protect their Rights
  • Sunrise Estates Mourns Loss of Leader, Council Member
  • National Leaders Converge in Minnesota
  • MHOAA Elects New Board of Directors
  • Northwestern State Resident Leaders Build Power
  • APAC Organizing Manual Released
  • APAC News & Updates

Spring and Summer 2008

  • Mobile Justice at the Capitol! Legislative Victory!
  • Bennett Park Cooperative: Residents Take Over Their Park!
  • Skyline Village Residents Push 'Fix-it Campaign,' Oppose Rent Increase
  • Arden Manor Resident Association Remains Vigilant in Battle to Save Homes
  • Future of Four Parks in Chaska and Shakopee Still Uncertain
  • Governor Pawlenty Declares "Manufactured Home Park Week"
  • Sunrise Estates Residents Win New Storm Shelter
  • Residents Work to Gain Control in Madelia Park
  • Minnesota's First Park Co-op Has Another First
  • APAC Opens Northwest Regional Office and Welcomes Sureshi Jayawardene to Community Organizer Position
  • APAC Opens Southeast Regional Office and Welcomes Martha Hernandez to Community Organizer Position
  • Mobile Justice Comes to Lake Village Resident Association!
  • Lobby Day at the Capitol - Sandy Boone, Resident of Lowry Grove in St. Anthony Village
  • 45-Year Old Mother and Community Leader Arrested for Exercising Her First Amendment Rights
  • Freedom of Expression
  • APAC Hosts 2007 MHOAA National Convention
  • Northwest Region
  • APAC Sees Changes, Growth In Its Staff
  • APAC Puts Many Important Resources On Its Web Site
  • APAC Mourns the Passing of Stephen Block
  • APAC Returns to Midway Stadium
  • APAC Invites Your Community to Become a Chapter
  • Why become an APAC Member?
  • Rolling Hills Residents Oppose Rent Increase

Summer 2007

  • They Voted Yes! New State Law Guarantees Relocation Compensation
  • It’s Not A Trailer, It’s My Home: An Intro to Park Prejudice
  • Powerful Leaders in Arden Hills Organize
  • Skyline Village to Challenge Rent Increase
  • Parks on the Chopping Block for Highway Expansion in Chaska and Shakopee
  • Edgewood Park to be Sold to Affordable Housing Non-Profit
  • Organizing Continues in Blaine: Centennial Square Forming a Resident Association
  • Stacy Residents Shake Up City Hall: Five Member City Council Has 3 Park Residents
  • Bennett Park Cooperative, Moorhead: Update - Residents Working Hard to Become 3rd Co-op in Minnesota
  • Expanded Right to Purchase Bill Doesn’t Pass, But Makes Progress
  • Senator Mike Jungbauer: From Park Resident to State Senator
  • Park Week Right Around the Corner
  • Tenants Remedies Action: What is it?
  • Q&A with Margaret Kaplan: In Park Sales
  • Leadership: Build a Vision, a Base, and a Movement: National Convention will be hosted by APAC
  • Five State Summit Held in Saint Paul: Residents Voice Importance of Park Unity
  • APAC Developing an Organizer’s Manual
  • Mark Your Calendars! APAC’s Annual Meeting and Legislative Summit on August 18th
  • APAC Welcomes Jay Clark: He Joins the Fight on the National Level
  • APAC Honored by Headwaters Foundation: Receives Allies for Justice Award
  • Saint Paul Saints Fundraiser: A Success for APAC

Spring 2007

  • Residents Across the State Rally at Capitol
  • Two Bills, One Problem
  • Capitol Update: Both Bills Making Progress
  • Please Support APAC! Call Your Legislators Today!
  • There Oughta’ Be a Law, and Here’s How to Get ‘Em Passed
  • Park Residents Come Together for a Legislative Summit
  • Meet Scott Kranz, a New Politician in Town

Winter 2007

  • Minnesota Celebrates “Mobile Justice” During Manufactured Home Park Week
  • APAC Argues Freedom of Expression Before Minnesota Supreme Court
  • Wave of Metro Area Park Closings Rob Hundreds of Their Homes
  • APAC Returns to Blaine
  • Latino Organizing
  • Saint Anthony Village Passes Ordinance
  • Skyline Village Unites
  • Rosemount Becomes 19th Ordinance
  • Tyranny Makes an Appearance in Glencoe
  • Message to the City of Stacy: There’s a New Group in Town
  • Residents Get Together in Stacy for a Leadership Summit
  • Mobile Justice Comes to Moorhead for Park Week 2006
  • Big Changes to Come in 2007
  • 2006 Elections: Park Residents Had Enough
  • A Change of Scenery
  • Ed Landrum Retires After 10 Years of Dedication
  • Don Pierson Recovers from Auto Accident
  • A Change in Faces at APAC
  • Documentary Sheds Light on the Reality of Park Closings
  • APAC Celebrates 25th Year Anniversary
  • Best of Park Week Pictures

Spring 2006

  • Shady Lane Park Closing in Bloomington Gains Statewide Attention, Reactions
  • APAC Launches “Coalition for Manufactured Home Park Preservation,” 2006 Legislative Push
  • APAC’s First Director, Beth Newkirk, Reflects on the Organization She Founded 25 Years Ago
  • Mora park owned by MMHA attorney goes into foreclosure, residents organize for a better future
  • APAC Highlights Racial Disparities in Parks at Latino Housing Forum
  • Hot Topics in Manufactured Housing with Valerie Sims
  • MMHA president decides to close Maplewood park, sells to nonprofit developer
  • APAC Receives Funding to Support Voter Outreach, Election Organizing in 2006

Fall 2005

  • Paul Revere Community Carries Message to Twin Cities: You Can Own Your Park!
  • Moorhead Residents Face Both Risk of Park Closure and Possibility of Park Ownership
  • APAC Begins its 25th Year of Resident Organizing and Advocacy, Plans Celebration
  • APAC Develops Racial Justice Organizing Approach, Hires First Latino Community Organizer
  • APAC begins evaluation, planning for the next three years
  • APAC expands organizing efforts to Duluth
  • Court Upholds “Right of First Refusal,” but Shady Lane Residents Unable to Purchase Park
  • Hot Topics in Manufactured Housing with Valerie Sims

Summer 2005

  • Minnesota to Gain Second Resident-Owned Manufactured Home Park in Anoka County
  • Brainerd Adopts Park Closing Ordinance
  • Shady Lane Residents Fight to Save Homes, Park Owner Sued for Violation of Park Closing Law
  • APAC Board, Staff and Members Extend Thanks to Former Director Jim Paiste
  • State Capitol Update: 2005 Session Ends
  • Manufactured Home Park Summit Convenes in March 2005
  • APAC Hires Bilingual and Bicultural Organizers for Latino Park Outreach and Organizing
  • APAC Asks for Your Support Through St. Paul Saints Fundraiser and Walk for Justice
  • APAC Annual Meeting Looks "Toward a Future of Resident-owned Manufactured Home Parks"

Winter 2005

  • Minnesota’s First Resident-Owned Manufactured Home Park Co-op Launched
  • State Capitol Update: APAC’s 2005 Legislative Agenda
  • Manufactured Home Park Summit scheduled March 2005
  • APAC Advocacy Gains Park Closing Relocation Funds for Hermantown Park Residents
  • Washington County HRA Announces Closing of Oakdale Park
  • Residents Win Lawsuit Over Water Metering in Lake Elmo, Settle in Apple Valley and Lexington
  • Authorities Lay Siege to Southern Minnesota Mobile Home Parks, Latino Residents Organize to Demand Respect
  • APAC Works with Residents to Pass Park Closing Ordinances in Brainerd, Lakeville and Lexington
  • APAC Welcomes New Staff, Bids Farewell to Familiar Faces

    APAC Launches Strategic Planning for 2015-2018

    St. Paul, MN—In August, the APAC board of directors approved launching a strategic planning and implementation process covering 2015 to 2018. The process will be led by consultant Stacy Becker, executive director Dave Anderson, and board president Henry Miller.

    The goal is to develop a practical plan for APAC that answers three key questions:

    What is APAC’s highest value-added and what activities should APAC pursue to ensure greatest impact?
    What are the options for building sustainable revenue sources; which are likely to be the most successful for APAC; and what is needed to cultivate these?
    What are the key leadership skills and attributes needed to support APAC’s transition into the future?

    This process is being supported with funding from Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Greater Minnesota Housing Fund, and the St. Paul Foundation’s Management Improvement Fund.