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HUD Announces Post Disaster Assistance for Hurricane Recovery

October 15th, 2018 Comments off

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Save for the first word, what follows below could be a mission statement for the manufactured housing industry.

 

HUD’s mission is to create strong,
sustainable, inclusive communities and
quality affordable homes for all
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Those mission statement words are a routine part of press releases from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to the Daily Business News on MHProNews.

They ought to serve as a reminder that manufactured housing professionals also need their own mission statement.

 

Tragedy Brings Opportunities for Motivated Manufactured Housing Industry Professionals

The HUD release below is followed by additional information from MHProNews that reflects what should be obvious.

While the storm is tragic, and the deaths, injuries and harm done is lamentable, rebuilding now awaits.  The recovery opportunities could include manufactured and modular housing.  This is something that forward thinkers, prepared to navigate the loops and hoops, could profit handsomely from, while serving others in need.

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But you can’t skim this information.  For example, the last link from HUD is part of the key.

On our 9th anniversary of industry-leading trade publishing, it is worth noting that no one else in manufactured housing trade media shares more content from third-party sources than MHProNews.

No one else even comes close.

The Daily Business News curates third party content to ensure that it’s pertinent to manufactured housing industry professionals, researchers, and investors. Perhaps these are among the reasons that MHProNews is the runaway number one read trade media in the industry’s modern history.

Before getting to the HUD Press release, our initial report on the aftermath of Hurricane Michael is linked below.

 

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The release from HUD is found below, the “guts” of it published in full.

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HUD ANNOUNCES DISASTER ASSISTANCE FOR FLORIDA STORM VICTIMS

Foreclosure protection offered to displaced families

WASHINGTON – U.S. Housing and Urban Development today announced HUD will speed federal disaster assistance to the State of Florida and provide support to homeowners and low-income renters forced from their homes due to Hurricane Michael.

Yesterday, President Trump issued a major disaster declaration for Bay, Franklin, Gulf, Taylor, and Wakulla counties.

The President’s declaration allows HUD to offer foreclosure relief and other assistance to certain families living in this county.  HUD is:

 

  • Providing immediate foreclosure relief– HUD’s automatic 90-day moratorium on foreclosures of Federal Housing Administration (FHA)-insured home mortgages commenced for the Florida counties covered under yesterday’s Presidential declaration on the date of the declaration. For assistance, call your loan servicer or FHA’s Resource Center at 1-800-304-9320.

 

  • Making mortgage insurance available – HUD’s Section 203(h) program provides FHA insurance to disaster victims whose homes were destroyed or damaged to such an extent that reconstruction or replacement is necessary and are facing the daunting task of rebuilding or buying another home. Borrowers from participating FHA-approved lenders are eligible for 100 percent financing, including closing costs;

 

  • Making insurance available for both mortgages and home rehabilitation– HUD’s Section 203(k) loan program enables those who have lost their homes to finance the purchase or refinance of a house along with its repair through a single mortgage. It also allows homeowners who have damaged houses to finance the rehabilitation of their existing single-family home;

 

  • Information on housing providers and HUD programs – The Department will share information with FEMA and the State on housing providers that may have available units in the impacted counties. This includes Public Housing Agencies and Multi-Family owners. The Department will also connect FEMA and the State to subject matter experts to provide information on HUD programs and providers.

Read about these and other HUD programs designed to assist disaster victims.

 

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Note that the video above was not part of their release, but is an example of one of several ways that the Trump Administration is retooling federal agencies to speed recovery, in a business-like fashion. A related report to a disaster recovery related litigation involving manufactured housing and a gentleman named Nathan Smith is linked in the related reports, further below.  Note that HUD Secretary Ben Carson promised a new ear of cooperation with manufactured housing.

That Nathan Smith article that follows below reveals a this program has been used previously to create a new subdivision using manufactured housing.  Is there any reason why HUD under Carson’s leadership won’t do the same today?

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MHC Residents Look to Lawmakers for Assistance

April 19th, 2017 Comments off
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In the Southern California city of Brawley, families who have been displaced by the closing of the Brawley Mobile Home Park are looking to their local representatives for help.

According to KYMA, more than 40 families are seeking assistance, and 10 community residents were in attendance at a legislative update last week at the Brawly Chamber of Commerce.

 

Because the majority of residents are Latinos, we have been treated unfairly and stepped on after living here for more than 15 years,” said one of residents in attendance.

Assembly member Eduardo Garcia, on hand with council members from the city to address questions and concerns, said that they are aware of the situation, and had asked for wheels to be put into motion to assist residents.

We’ve also requested from the county to consider doing a workshop after work hours in Brawley, come to the people that are in need of these services and information, to help walk individuals through this process,” said Garcia.

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A city council member also pointed to other issues for the former community and its residents.

Unfortunately the mobile home park [sic] is not in conditions where they can continue living there, so the county of Imperial and the city of Brawley have been working together to try to assist them with relocating, but it has been an issue because a lot of these people do not qualify,” said Council Member Norma Kastner-Jauregui.

Jauregui also pointed out that a potential lack of qualification could be as simple as residents not understanding what resources are available to them.

I believe there is still about 40 families that have not been able to be accommodated, so they find themselves in a situation where they cannot live there and yet they haven’t found another place to live,” said Jauregui.

Residents and officials say that the new owner of the property is in the process of assessing the value of residents’ homes, so that he can make an offer with the hope that it assists them with their relocation.

As Daily Business News readers are aware, redevelopment, for any number of reasons, is a natural course of business, and most owners and operators follow rules and standards to the letter.

As with this instance, this also includes assistance for residents, and opportunities to purchase the community. Residents in Dover Point, New Hampshire, were able to purchase their community right before Christmas. That story is linked here. ##

 

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MHC Residents to Receive Assistance for Home Repairs

April 15th, 2017 Comments off
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In a follow up to a story that the Daily Business News originally covered in December, residents of the Trailer Haven community in San Leandro, California, will be receiving assistance for home repairs, via a one-time $150,000 grant, approved unanimously by the San Leandro City Council last month.

Per the East Bay Times, the grant is being funded by city tax revenue collected from the community, and it will be administered by Rebuilding Together Oakland East Bay.

Rebuilding Together plans to establish an on-site presence in the weeks to come,” said San Leandro Community Development Director Cynthia Battenberg.

They will be reaching out to all residents and handle all aspects of managing the program. The minor home repair program is being offered to the residents as a way to assist them in needed repairs.”

Cascade Corporate Management, a Sacramento, California-based manufactured home community and RV park Management Company that oversees the Trailer Haven operations, notified residents of the rent increase in September, which averages about $117 per site, along with a $45 sewer and water charge.

Based on the response and the communication between our resident meetings, I can understand the impact that it’s going to have,” said Cascade Corporate Management quality control director Brock Kaveny to the city council back in December.

I think it’s going to be nominal compared to some of the public concern. I think some of the concern was amplified with residents who weren’t even residents of our mobile home community.”

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Almost $100,000 in city taxes collected from the property’s transfer to the new owners, along with almost $50,000 in projected property tax revenues for the next three years, will be used to fund the minor home repair program exclusively for Trailer Haven residents.

I think that people deserve to have help, and I think that folks who work in the nonprofit area, as well as people in government, are the new safety net,” said Rebuilding Together Oakland Executive Director Lisa Shulman Malul.

People do everything right; they bought their mobile home [sic] and they live there but then, all of a sudden, something happens — their savings goes away, they have health issues or whatever that is. People need help, and I think they’re really rightly entitled to it.”

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Malul says that the Rebuilding Together staff plans to meet with Trailer Haven residents in the coming weeks, and conduct assessments of possible repairs and make recommendations on the scope of the city’s home repair program and number of projects that can be done.

Repairs for individual mobile homes [sic] likely will be ranked based on available funds; there are no plans to subsidize the program beyond $150,000,” said Malul.

The Daily Business News covered resident protests at Trailer Haven, including the push for rent control as a solution. That story is linked here.

For an industry legal commentary on why rent control is the wrong move for local governments to enact, please click here. ##

 

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MHC Gets Assistance From Town Council

March 1st, 2017 Comments off
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In Hampton, South Carolina last night, Mayor John Rhoden and the Town Council extended a hand to a group of manufactured home community residents in an effort to make the best of an unfortunate situation.

According to the Hampton County Guardian, residents of L&L Trailer Park got word late last year that they would be forced to relocate their homes.

 

The Town of Hampton obtained the property from the Forfeited Land Commission during a December delinquent tax sale.

The town then sold the property to a group that plans to use the land to generate solar power.

Residents were then given 30 days to relocate, which is required by South Carolina law.

The council gave the residents a 30-day extension after hearing their concerns last month, but a handful of residents were at last night’s meeting to ask for additional time.

We are trying to find out where we stand as far as time,said resident Natasha Thomas, a spokesperson for the group.

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I still haven’t been able to move my mobile home [sic] and I need more time. Most of us haven’t been able to move.

Thomas also said that she has found space in another community, but the cost of moving her home is $3,500, which she does not have.

I’m just a cook,” said Thomas.

We are just trying to find out if there is any kind of assistance.

What happened next surprised some of those in attendance.

Unlike their last meeting, Hampton officials had more answers and ideas this time, including assistance from a Palmetto Electric Cooperative community trust fund.

I have talked to Palmetto Trust and I have the applications, but you all will have to fill them out,said Rhoden.

If you fill it out and bring it back to me, I will hand deliver it for you.

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Officials told residents that they they could pick up applications at the town hall, and that they had been in touch with the Lowcountry Council of Governments to see if there were any assistance funds available from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The mayor and council then took an additional step. They unanimously approved a second 30-day extension for the remaining trailer park residents.

We will work with you,said Rhoden.

We aren’t going to leave you out in the cold,” said Mayor Pro Tem Pete Hagood. ##

 

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Mobile and Manufactured Homes Gets Federal Grant Money

January 5th, 2014 Comments off

lynn-friedman-manufactured-home-flickr-630x472-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-.jpgOstego County New York was awarded a Federal Community Development Block Grant to rehabilitate the “mobile homes” of low and moderate income families. CNYNews tells MHProNews that the County has recognized how “important and widespread” the need is for manufactured housing as a form of affordable home ownership. Key points in the program included 1) to ensure the long-term viability of existing mobile homes as permanent and affordable housing, and 2) to provide accessibility modifications for disabled individuals and to help household members aging in place. Interested parties should contact the project manager Otsego Rural Housing Assistance (ORHA) at 607-286-7244.

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