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Residents of NE Portland mobile home park band together to buy the property

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Residents of a northeast Portland mobile home park are on the road to housing independence, albeit with a few hurdles yet to clear.

Tenants at the Oak Leaf Mobile Home Park formed a housing cooperative in June, with the intention of buying the property they live on from its owner, who had put it up for sale.

With help from neighborhood groups like Living Cully, and a verbal commitment of assistance from Housing Commissioner Dan Saltzman, they were able to make an offer to the owner. The sale is now under contract.

"It feels real strong, like they're really going to do it. But we haven't seen a check yet," said Victor Burch, a co-op board member and resident of the park.

Saltzman publicly said he would do everything in his power to make sure the sale goes through.

Residents would need a substantial financial commitment from the city to complete the sale, which is set to close in the next two months.

Oak Leaf would be the 10th manufactured housing co-op in the state of Oregon, and the first in Multnomah County.

"It would be an important precedent to set both for the other mobile home parks in this neighborhood, and also for throughout the rest of the county," said Cameron Herrington, Anti-displacement Coordinator for Living Cully.

If the sale goes through, residents of the park said they are committed to making upgrades and improvements, which they said the owner has neglected for years.

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