About The Project:
Starting in the fall of 2022, the MHCCV began engaging with and archiving the experiences of Virginians living in manufactured home communities in the City of Richmond and Chesterfield County in central Virginia.
An oral history is a way of collecting and studying historical information by conducting a sound recording of people with personal knowledge of the past. Read more here.
The MHCCV is collecting oral histories to challenge the stigma that surrounds manufactured home communities and their residents, by publishing the experiences of residents in their own words.
This oral history project also aims to elevate residents’ grassroots recommendations for policies while also highlighting the immediate and practical needs of their community. The MHCCV will take these recommendations and concerns expressed by residents in their oral histories, and bring this vital input to the attention of lawmakers and industry personnel who frequently overlook perspectives of manufactured home community residents in their work.
- Resident Oral History Audio Archive
- The Historical Contexts of the Oral Histories (under construction)
- Grassroots Recommendations for Politicians and Industry (under construction)
Are you a Virginia MHC resident and want to tell us your story?
If you are interested in participating in the MHCCV’s ongoing Resident Oral History Project, and you have lived in a manufactured home community at some point, please use the form below to contact us about the project.
If you are interested in participating in the Resident Oral History Project but are concerned about your privacy, or about being retaliated against by a third party, please contact us and explain your situation. We give all project participants the choice to participate in the project anonymously and have their identity protected.