Who We Are

MHAction is a growing national movement of manufactured home community residents who organize their neighbors, build campaigns to protect the affordability and quality of their communities, and fight to advance racial, economic, and gender justice. Our movement is built on a core belief that everyone should have a healthy, vibrant community and decent, affordable place to call home.

MHAction relies on the power of well-trained, committed grassroots leaders. Through a robust online to offline organizing program, MHAction staff recruit, train, and coach manufactured home residents to be leaders and organizers in their communities. MHAction leaders fight for corporate community owner accountability and for policy reform to protect their and other tenants’ housing, health, and economic security.

MHAction’s work began as a special project under the Center for Community Change in 2012. MHAction launched as an independent project in May of 2016 and is fiscally sponsored at Tides Center.

A National Core Team of manufactured home community residents from around the country lead campaigns in their own regions and states and come together to oversee the strategic direction of our movement. MHAction Core Team Leaders serve as an informal organizational board and work with staff and MHAction members to set the priorities and strategies for the organization.

MHAction Staff

Kevin Borden, MHAction’s Executive Director, began organizing in Missoula in 1995 with Montana People’s Action. He led their Bozeman and Missoula Chapter membership drives and housing justice campaigns. From 1996 to 2000, he was the founding Lead Organizer of Idaho Community Action Network. He was responsible for working with ICAN leaders to win the adoption and expansion of Idaho’s Children’s Health Insurance Program and to win Idaho’s first-ever charity care agreement with Boise’s largest hospital, St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center. In 2000, Kevin worked for the Northwest Federation of Community Organizations and led their income support ‘testing projects’ which were designed to analyze the racial barriers when signing up for public assistance programs. From 2001 to 2004, he was a National Field Organizer with the National Campaign for Jobs and Income Support (NCJIS). In 2007, Kevin became a lead organizer with Center for Community Change and in 2011 he launched Manufactured Home Owner Project, now known as MHAction.

Yvonne Maldonado, MHAction Community Organizer, is focused on building leadership teams and campaigns in New York. Yvonne is a resident of the Silver Stream Mobile Home Community in New Windsor, NY. Yvonne began organizing her neighbors when her community was bought by a predatory corporate owner, RHP Properties, in 2017. In 2019, she joined MHAction as a community leader. As a volunteer member, Yvonne built a powerful multi-racial leadership team in her community that successfully defeated an illegal rent increase. Through this work, she has served as a media spokesperson and engaged elected officials. She is bilingual in English and Spanish. In her professional life, Yvonne has worked as an administrative assistant in a real estate firm and as a manager at BJs.

Juan Nevarez started as a Community Organizer in March 2020 and works on building leadership teams and campaigns in California. Juan lives in the Siesta Mobile Home Community in Imperial Beach, CA, where they relocated after being forced from their home during the foreclosure crisis in 2008. Before joining MHAction, Juan built and ran his own concrete-pumping business. He also was a volunteer organizer in his community when there were threats of it being redeveloped. Juan engaged his neighbors to build a campaign to advocate with local officials and stop the sale of their community. Juan is bilingual in English and Spanish.

Elisabeth Voigt is MHAction’s Policy & Development Director. Before joining MHAction in 2018, Liz worked as a consultant to foundations and community-based groups around affordable and fair housing and climate justice. After working on President Obama’s 2008 campaign, Liz served as Special Assistant to the General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), where she focused on civil rights. Both before and after her time at HUD, Liz was with Public Advocates Inc. in San Francisco where she fought for equitable development, affordable housing, and consumer protections through litigation, policy advocacy, and community-based campaigns. Liz clerked for the Hon. Richard A. Paez on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in 2004-05, and before law school, served as a social worker.