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MHLivingNews says Massachusetts is Smacked with Shortage of Mid-range Homes

June 27th, 2016 Comments off

Mary_McBrady__exec_dir_mass_MHA__MHLIvingNews__credit__Chicago_skylineMary McBrady, executive director of the Massachusetts Manufactured Housing Association (MMHA), noting the shortage of mid-priced housing in Mass., and a plethora of schools and researchers interested in housing policy within the state, says, “We, as an industry, need to be part of that conversation and dialogue.”

As in many places, “the middle class is being squeezed out of home ownership,” pressreleaserocket tells MHProNews. A Boston Globe editorial in 2014 noted the sharp distance between the homes of the very wealthy and the subsidized housing of the very poor.

The building trades want to stick with stick-built, says the Globe, and likely jeer when they see manufactured and modular homes on flatbeds passing through their towns, coming in from out of state.

But Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has an interesting idea: “Manufactured homes could be built in Massachusetts factories with unionized labor. Then, as more area communities take advantage of the economies of scale, construction prices would drop even further.” McBrady says when Walsh was a state legislator he sponsored legislation on behalf of MMHA.

The Globe reports that Boston, alone, will need an additional 30,000 mid-priced housing units over the next ten years to meet current demand. Additionally, a family earning $80k annually could afford only 1.7 percent of the homes sold in downtown Boston.

For the interview with Mary McBrady and the link to the Boston Globe editorial, click here. ##

(Photo credit: MHLivingNews–Mary McBrady, exec. dir. Massachusetts MHA)

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Trump Support Strong among Manufactured Home Residents

March 21st, 2016 Comments off

trump_rally_valdosta_georgia_speech__marie_miller__mark_wellheiser__getty_images__creditAs newsmax informs MHProNews, The New York Times reports Donald Trump supporters defy typical, political norms. A demographic study released by The Times said, The places where Trump has done well cut across many of the usual fault lines of American politics — North and South, liberal and conservative, rural and suburban.”

What does characterize the Trump backers? William Frey of the Brookings Institution said, “It’s a nonurban, blue-collar and now apparently quite angry population. They’re not people who have moved around a lot, and things have been changing away from them, but they live in areas that feel stagnant in a lot of ways.”

When asked if they would support Donald Trump for the GOP nomination, responses revealed while Trump won a large share of college-educated votes in New Hampshire and Nevada, data reveals strong support for him from areas of voters who did not complete high school. Secondly, when asked of their heritage, Trump supporters say “American”–which correlates with 61 percent of Trumpeteers who do not believe President Obama was born in the United States.

The third correlation lists people who live in manufactured homes, which the NYT/newsmax, not knowing the difference between MH and mh, erroneously calls “mobile homes,” as supporters of the Republican billionaire.

Fourth, the overwhelming majority of Trump supporters earn under $50,000. The Republican frontrunner blames bad trade, immigration and health care policies that have taken away jobs.

Next, “Trump territory showed stronger support for the segregationist George Wallace in the 1968 election than the rest of the country, and substantially weaker support for the liberal-leaning former Republican John B. Anderson in 1980,” says NYT in the study.

While union leaders have expressed concerns about Trump, a Boston Globe survey indicated 54 percent of union Republican households support him. Immigrants are the fewest where he has the strongest support, and evangelicals do not seem dismayed by his stance on gay issues and abortion, or that he is twice-divorced.

Nor are Trump’s supporters swayed by attempts by opponents to paint him as liberal-leaning; and WASPS, a traditional Republican base, are more likely to support Sen. Ted Cruz. Religion News reports a survey of Republican ministers revealed only five percent supported Trump. ##

(Photo credit: Getty Images/Mark Wellheiser–Marie Miller reacting to a speech by Donald Trump at Valdosta State College in February, 2016.)

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Boston Considering Massive Modular Housing

April 6th, 2015 Comments off

modular  shutterstock  creditIn response to Boston’s Mayor Marty Walsh’s goal of adding 53,000 affordable housing units in the next 15 years, in order to keep up with a growing population, Boston Globe’s Mike Ross suggests modular construction techniques.

A team of local studio architects called studioMAUD proposes Boston build its own modular production facility to save time and money, instead of importing prefab units from Pennsylvania or the Brooklyn Navy Yards. Not just spouting theory, the two couples who founded MAUD share a two bedroom apartment.

As Ross tells MHProNews, with the possibility of Boston landing the Olympics in 2024, a modular housing facility would fit right in. Cambridge architect Kyu Sung Woo, who worked on the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul, constructed 5,500 housing units in 18 months, including three schools and a community center.

David Manfredi, the architect for Boston’s Olympic bid, envisions re-purposing buildings used during the games for housing, and is relying on engineers and housing experts from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Harvard Graduate School of Design for assistance in the planning. ##

(Photo credit: shutterstock–modular housing being sited)

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High Dollar Modular

July 10th, 2012 Comments off

The Boston Globe reports prefabricated housing, once thought of as somewhat lowly, is going upscale. A $2 million modular home in Wellesley, Massachusetts boasts four bedrooms, granite marble kitchen, mahogany floors, six bathrooms, second-floor decks, and a spacious living room with fireplace in the 5,900 square foot home. Haven Custom Homes of Selinsgrove, PA shipped the home in modules to the site. The general contractor for the house is planning a $3 million modular home also in Wellesley. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) says modular homes account for 2.5 percent of all new construction, and notes that in 2010 a factory-built house averaged $138,125 as compared to $204,533 for a site-built home. As we at MHProNews know, as additional MH and MOD homes go up in higher end neighborhoods, the stigma long associated with factory-built homes begins to disappear.

(Photo credit: Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe)