Ishbel Dickens Consulting
Manufactured Home Owner Policy Strategist
Helping mobile home owners for thirty years
My name is Ishbel Dickens, and I was the Executive Director of the National Manufactured Home Owners Association (NMHOA) from November, 2010 to May 2016.
Prior to this I was a staff attorney at Columbia Legal Services in Seattle. I went to law school specifically to become an even stronger advocate for people who own their homes but not the land under them.
I've helped homeowners’ associations purchase their communities as resident-owned co-operatives. I'm involved in changing policy at the local, state and federal levels that will help manufactured homeowners preserve their lifestyle choice. I've spoken at numerous conferences around the country on issues facing manufactured homeowners and offered a range of possible solutions.
In 2007, I was awarded a Washington State Housing Finance Commission “Friend of Housing” Award and in 2009 received the first ever “Housing Hero of the Decade” award at the 2009 Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day held in Olympia, WA.
I also completed the “Achieving Excellence Program” at Harvard’s Kennedy School in March 2010 with a focus on expanding manufactured housing community preservation efforts in Washington.
A crowning glory of my 27 years of passionate work with and for manufactured home owners was receiving the Margaret M. Sevy Affordable Housing Lifetime Achievement Award from the Washington State Housing Finance Commission on October 7, 2014.
AMHO board members and I celebrate me receiving the Margaret M. Sevy Award.
Addressing the attendees at AMHO’s 10th Anniversary and Annual Meeting, Bow Lake Clubhouse, Sea Tac. July 8, 2017.