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Founded in 1997, Hometown America is a privately held company that owns and operates manufactured housing communities across the country. Today, the company operates more than 66 communities in ten states.

UNIVERSITY LAKES: COMING TOGETHER FOR A “DRIVE-THROUGH” FOOD DRIVE

[April 2020]

Across the country, families are struggling with food insecurity and wondering how to stay connected during the COVID-19 pandemic. In April, University Lakes, a Hometown America community in Miami, teamed up with the Miami-Dade Commissioner to coordinate a “drive-through” food drive to foster a sense of community while encouraging families to lend a had to their fellow neighbors. Through the coordinated efforts of the County Commissioner’s office, the Hammock Police Department and the Hometown America team, over 1,000 University Lakes residents received two bags of food each, including meat, fruits and vegetables.

HOMETOWN AMERICA WINS MHI EXCELLENCE IN MANUFACTURED HOUSING AWARDS

We are proud to announce that Hometown American is the recipient of two awards from this year’s MHI Excellence in Manufactured Housing Awards. Hometown America Communities is the 2020 Manufactured Home Community Operator of the Year, and Oak Tree Ranch, located in Ramona, CA, is the 2020 Land-Lease Community of the Year – West. It is an honor to be awarded Community Operator of the Year. At Hometown America, we believe that everyone should have the opportunity at affordable home ownership with a high standard of living. This vision has led us to continuously provide responsive service and personal respect for our residents, day after day. We are proud to lead with our values and appreciate all of our team members who share our company values and collaborative culture. As industry leaders, we work hard to secure partnerships that drive our vision forward and take on initiatives to create positive social and environmental impact. To those who know Oak Tree Ranch well, it comes as no surprise that this community was chosen as Land-Lease Community of the Year – West. The community’s low-density site plan and homes challenge all preconceptions of what manufactured homes can look like.

All residents of Oak Tree Ranch enjoy high-quality living, whether it is through resident activities, onsite amenities, or by experiencing the surrounding natural beauty. We look forward to reaching higher standards of living for years to come! As we soldier on together through uncertain times, it is no question that we, as a team, earned these awards. It is our dedication to our team members, our residents and living our core values that made this achievement a reality. Congratulations to the entire Hometown America community!

The Highlands at Scotland Yards

Febraury 2020

In February, the furry residents of The Highlands at Scotland Yards were treated to a space of their own when the newest community amenity opened – a brand new dog park! Dogs and their owners gathered on February 2nd to celebrate the new park with a Grand Opening event, where every dog in attendance received a free treat.

Known as the “Bark Park,” the new space includes a staging area and holds two separate zones for big and small dogs. Highlands Community Manager Scott Brown noted that the park was a great project to take on, as it provides community dogs with a designated space to run off-leash and serves as a gathering space for dog owners to meet. Providing a friendly space for all members of our communities is just one part of what makes Hometown America great!

Dog park full of people and dogs

Florida Hometown America Communities: Spreading Holiday Cheer

December 2019

This holiday season, Hometown America communities around Florida came together to give back to a local elementary school. Across the state, neighbors collected school supplies, toys, clothes and personal items for donation. At the December Florida Regional Meeting, a Hometown team collected all of the items donated – so many items were collected that several cars were needed!

When the team dropped off the supplies at the elementary school, it was clear to see that the donation drive would make a big difference to students with the greatest need. All of the gifts will be shared among students experiencing hardships, including those who may be struggling with homelessness or in transition. Thank you to our residents and staff who made this possible and helped spread some holiday cheer throughout Florida.

Holiday gift drive

Hometown America Communities Honor Resident Veterans

November 2019

From New Jersey to California, Hometown America communities across the country came together on November 11 to honor their neighbors who served across the armed forces. Each community put their own twist on their celebration, and we’d like to share a few stories with you!

Palm Valley, located in Oviedo FL, held a ceremony at the community Walk of Honor, a pathway laid with bricks in memorial and honor of the Armed Guards. Seminole County’s Honor Guard presented the flag, and the community watched as bagpipes played and the Palm Valley choir performed.

In Ramona, CA, residents enjoyed a Veterans Day Lunch from the Oak Tree Ranch community. The team came together to decorate the room and provide a great meal – complete with a special tiramisu.

The Oaks of Weymouth & Liberty Village community in Mays Landing, NJ hosted a celebration featuring special readings and special thank you cards with flag pins for veteran residents. The community honored veterans who were prisoners of war or missing in action with a moment of silence and an educational exhibit.

These events are just a small representation of the dozens of ceremonies held at Hometown America communities. It was great to see how residents came together to support and honor their neighbors on Veterans Day. Thank you to the staff and residents who organized these efforts – and thank you to the men and women who have served in our armed forces!

Veterans benefit party

Florida Hometown America Communities: Boo Baskets

October 2019

Every year, Hometown America communities across Florida start spreading the Halloween spirit early. At the very beginning of October, community members fill Jack-O’-Lanterns with all kinds of Halloween treats. Each pumpkin contains a note asking residents to ‘Boo’ their neighbors by creating a pumpkin themselves!

The pumpkins are placed through the entire community, so every street joins in on the fun. All residents enjoy having the chance to give – or receive – these Halloween surprises to their neighbors!

Halloween gift drive

University Lakes: Tools for School

August 2019

Years ago, several all-age communities in Florida started a “Tools for School” program, collecting school supplies for residents in need. The program was discontinued when most of the all-age communities were sold, however, the region brought the program back this year for the only all-age community in Florida, University Lakes. It has a unique demographic, with over 90% of the residents of Cuban decent, many of whom came from Cuba to enjoy the freedoms and opportunities in the U.S., but who do not know anyone or have family here to help.

The Florida region collected approximately 317 various back to school supplies from its age-qualified communities. Each community collected one or two items; for example one community collected 3-ring binders, while another collected rulers and crayons.

Franco Antia, Community Manager, and his team advertised the event to their residents and held an open house for parents and students to stop in and pick up what they needed free of charge, thanks to our phenomenal, giving residents from our 55+ communities. We are thankful for the generosity of our residents.

School supplies and toy drive

Eastride Estates: Sound the Alarm of Success

July 2019

Earlier this year, a resident asked community manager Donna Peterson of Eastridge Estates for help installing new fire alarms in their home. Donna stepped up and called the local San Jose Fire Department, where she learned about the “Sound the Alarm” education program. Run in partnership with the Red Cross, “Sound the Alarm” provides home safety and smoke alarm installation information.

116 volunteers came to Eastridge Estates to install 269 smoke/carbon monoxide alarms to 309 residents. All alarms were donated by the local fire department and Red Cross. Not only was it a fun and educational day, but homes in the Eastridge Estates community are now safer.

Exterior shot of school with group of people smiling
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