OMHA Articles of Inc. & History


Oceanside Manufactured Homeowners Alliance, Inc. (OMHA) is a nonprofit public benefit corporation and is not organized for the private gain of any person. It is organized under the Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation Law for public purposes.

Purpose: This corporation is organized and operated exclusively for Social Welfare purposes within the meaning of 501 (c) (4) of the Internal Revenue Code.

History of OMHA
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History of OMHA: In the late 1980’s and through the 1990’s OMHA was very active and vocal on mobile home issues at both the city and state level. Rent control was established in Oceanside in 1984 (see history of Rent Control) when then council member, Melba Bishop returned from a conference with a penciled version of our current Rent Control Ordinance. With the leadership from Melba Bishop, and with the membership and volunteers from OMHA, Oceanside, CA, Code of Ordinances, “Chapter 16B–Manufactured Home Fair Practices” became a reality. Since then, our Rent Control Ordinance has served as a guideline of other mobile home communities. With a strong rent control ordinance now in place, OMHA faded to the background for a while.

In 1996 the park owners tried to abolish rent control with an initiative on the state ballot. Park owners sent over $1,000,000 trying to get the initiative passed. The initiative was defeated primarily by Golden State Mobile Homeowners League (please visit their website), founded in 1962.

In 2003, the same park owners tried once again to increase their revenues, this time going directly to the Oceanside City Council, asking for a change in the CPI from 75% to 100%, and to add 15% when the home became vacant.

Twenty members from twelve different mobile/manufactured home communities met with Melba Bishop and Tim Sheahan (former President of GSMOL) to discuss strategies to combat this move. Among various things discussed, Tim Sheahan suggested OMHA re-activate itself, to show OMHA would fight any changes to the ordinance.

Current facts: OMHA’s Board of Directors has continued to show leadership throughout the years, allowing the Alliance to partner with mobile/manufactured home communities, and the City of Oceanside, in order to keep our Rent Control Ordinance strong.

In 2011, the then-majority on the Oceanside City Council passed an ordinance that would begin “Vacancy Decontrol”, meaning that when a mobile/manufactured home changes hands, including most inheritances, rent control would be suspended and space rent could be increased without limit. A group of mobile/manufactured home owners from ACTION (Alliance of Citizens To Improve Oceanside Neighborhoods), OMHA, and GSMOL organized a referendum petition drive to collect signatures to stop the ordinance. They collected over 15,000 signatures, more than double the number required. The City Council by state law then had to reverse their Vacancy Decontrol ordinance or put it on the ballot. They chose to put it on the ballot in a special election at a cost to the city of $250,000. The millionaire park owners, almost all of which live OUTSIDE Oceanside, spent over $400,000, (most spent outside Oceanside) and the homeowners spent all they had, about $45,000 in the ensuing election campaign. Yet the homeowners won the election by a margin of 2-1 because of our extensive network of volunteers who telephoned voters, went door-to-door speaking with voters, stood on street corners with signs, and put bumper stickers on their cars. See more in the “History of Rent Protection” page on this website.

At the close of 2011, OHMA had over 500 paid members. Through the referendum process of 2011, the election of 2012, and to this day these members volunteer hundreds of hours to continue the fight to preserve Oceanside’s rent protection ordinance.
DISCLAIMER While every care has been exercised in compiling and publishing the data contained in these pages, OMHA and VOLUNTEERS accept no responsibility for errors or omissions of the information. Donna Cooper, Webmaster
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