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Bark Worse than Bite? Manufactured Housing Institute Slams Trump Administration Lumber Tariffs

April 27th, 2017 Comments off
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Comments from Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on CNBC yesterday regarding proposed anti-subsidy tariffs on Canadian goods raised quite a stir.

The tariff is not the beginning of a trade war with Canada,” said Ross.

It shows President Trump is making good on promises to hold Canada accountable for unfair practices such as those that have hurt American dairy farmers.”

And, for lack of a better term, one “shark” was swimming in the waters and shared his feelings on the matter.

By the time it’s over softwood lumber, automotive parts, milk would all need to be renegotiated,” said investor and star of the TV show Shark Tank, Kevin O’Leary, who is also running to lead Canada’s Conservative Party.

If all of a sudden we have to say let’s get rid of supply-side management in Canada, you have to do it in Vermont. You have to do it in Wisconsin. And by the way, the milk market in the United States is 10 times bigger. You will wipe out millions of farmers and the supply chain and all the people they work with.”

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland pointed out that the actions by the U.S. had not started a trade war, but instead mentioned that Washington D.C. needed to better understand the situation.

You need our lumber. You need our lumber to build your homes,” said Freeland.

Lumber prices are already very high in the United States. They’ve gone up about $3,000 per house this year, and for every $1,000 in increase of the price of a house, U.S. homebuilders estimate that means another 150,000 U.S. families can’t afford a home.”

 

MHI Weighs In – Who’s Manning the Train?

The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) weighed in on the matter.

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MHI has long advocated that consumers need access to a stable, dependable and affordable lumber supply. Canadian imports of softwood lumber account for as much as one-third of the lumber used in the construction of manufactured homes,” said MHI in a release.

MHI is concerned that these tariffs on softwood lumber will have negative repercussions for consumers because of the increased cost of materials. According to the Department of Commerce, imports of softwood lumber from Canada in 2016 were valued at an estimated $5.66 billion.”

MHI has said in recent weeks that they have wanted to head off a potential tariff issue, and also announced that it has joined the American Alliance of Lumber Consumers (AALC), a coalition of business groups who support open trade in lumber and building materials.

AALC members include the National Association of Home Builders, the National Retail Federation, and the National Lumber & Building Material Dealers Association.

The American Alliance of Lumber Consumers believes that unilaterally imposing punitive tariffs is counterproductive and could create large and unpredictable swings in the cost and supply of lumber. We urge the U.S. and Canada to work quickly and cooperatively to achieve a long-term solution to resolve this ongoing trade conflict,” the organization said in a statement.

It is important to note that pro-Trump Administration industry sources are concerned that MHI’s staff don’t understand President Trump’s America First, American Jobs thinking.

Those same sources point out that about half of MHI team members, by design, are Democrats. MHI says that they want this mix, in order to give them “balanced access” to either party in Washington D.C.

One week before the U.S. Presidential election in November, MHI hosted two featured speakers at their meeting in Chicago, who were pro-Clinton.

This fact poses an interesting question: are the Democratic voices conducting the train on MHI’s handling of the tariff topic?

 

Another View of the Story – More Bark Than Bite?

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An analysis from Breitbart News digs deeper, and shows that there may be more bark than bite in President Trump’s move.

For one thing, lumber prices actually declined after the tariffs were announced. Lumber futures fell on Tuesday by the $10 exchange limit in Chicago, a 2.5 percent drop. The prices of Canadian lumber companies rose, some sharply. Shares of Canfor Corp were up by 8.09 percent on Tuesday and West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. rose by 2.37 percent,” said writer John Carney.

John Carney. Credit: Breitbart News.

As it turns out, the 20 percent tariff was smaller than what the market expected. The Trump administration has actually adopted a gentler policy on Canadian lumber than analysts and investors had forecast.”

Carney also points out that the lumber tariff is more accurately understood as a symbolic gesture by the Trump Administration, aimed at giving its “America First” stance additional face time. It’s intended target, says Carney, are trading partners in Europe, Japan and Mexico. The move sends a message without impeding larger trade flows.

The Trump administration also hoped the move would be welcomed by economic nationalists, first announcing the tariffs at a meeting with conservative journalists on Monday night,” writes Carney.

Many of Trump’s economic nationalist supporters have become increasingly concerned that the administration may be backing away from America First trade stance that was central to its electoral victory in November.” ##

 

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Modular Home Builder Faces the Music

April 21st, 2017 Comments off
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In Penticton, British Columbia, Canada, modular building manufacturer Britco laid off most of its employees earlier this month, in what the company is calling a “curtailing.”

According to Infotel CA, Western One, Britco’s parent company, announced the sale of Britco’s rental and U.S. manufacturing businesses on March 6 to Black Diamond Group, along with a group of investors led by Britco USA’s management team.

Black Diamond Group provides workforce accommodation, modular buildings, energy services, and full turnkey lodging and major project solutions including planning and management, logistics, and catering to customers in Canada, the United States and Australia.

Western One is evaluating strategic options for Britco’s Canadian manufacturing operations, which continue to be negatively impacted by the recent downturn in western Canadian markets,” the company said in a press release at the time.

About one month later, Western One announced an agreement with Triple M Modular Ltd. to buy Britco’s Canadian operations.

The layoffs in Penticton were announced the same day.

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Britco installs the first of 480 modules for a large energy company in Northern Alberta. The modules, which are currently being manufactured in Britco’s Agassiz and Penticton plants, consist of 200 square foot executive style accommodations for 880 employees, featuring private washrooms, flat screen TV’s and high-end hotel quality finishes. (Credits: CNW Group/WesternOne Equity Income Fund)

I can’t say how many employees are affected by the layoff, but a few employees are still at work reconfiguring production lines at the facility,” said Meghan Cairns, Britco Manager of Marketing and Communications.

We have curtailed our production line at the moment because we’re reconfiguring the plant to build both single family homes and commercial projects.”

Cairns was also careful to point out that the company hopes to bring back employees in the future, based on need.

We’re not shutting the doors, just a curtailing for now. We’re still committed to the Penticton community,” said Cairns.

The intent of the company is to reopen the plant, the future date of which is unknown at this point.”

More on Britco’s work in Canada, including their buildout of a workforce housing project in northern Alberta, Canada for Devon Energy Corp., is linked here.

For more on the Canadian Modular Market, including Enerdynamic Hybrid Technologies Corp. (EHT) and their goal to deliver 50,000 homes in the nation of Ivory Coast for a branch of its military, click here. ##

 

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Move to Reclassify RV’s In Community

April 13th, 2017 Comments off
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In Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, a move by the owners of the former Seacrest Motel and RV Park to redevelop was met with strong opposition. Interestingly, the opposition didn’t come from residents.

According to Peace Arch News, Lark Group, the owners of the community want to redevelop the land into 21 single-family lots.

During the third reading of the application last week during a meeting, 31 people opposed the move, but only one Surrey resident spoke against the application.

The heart of the opposition appears to be around the need to protect residents of the RV community, where a majority of the residents are permanent. Last August, year round residents were given eviction notices and told that they had one month to vacate.

The city needs to adjust its manufactured home park redevelopment policy to classify recreational vehicles as manufactured homes if used as a primary residence,” said Grant Rice, a self describe concerned citizen who previously ran for city council and mayor.

Shortly after the eviction notice was provided, South Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner said city staff advised the Lark Group to obtain a ruling from the Residential Tenancy Branch (RTB), which would determine if the RVs could be considered manufactured homes, which would afford the RV owners more benefits.

Regulations in the province require that manufactured home community residents be given one year’s notice of the final moving date, from the time that approvals are granted. They are also entitled to the equivalent of one year’s worth of site rent.

Residents of Seacrest started a committee to take the issue through the RTB process, but after six months, they agreed to accept a settlement package from the Lark Group before a ruling was made.

According to Rice, the residents felt as if their choices were limited.

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Grant Rice speaking at the reading. Credit: Peace Arch News.

One of the problems is you’re asking people who are already stressed and on the verge of being evicted from their home to go to the RTB and roll the dice on whether or not they’re going to get a favorable ruling,” said Rice.

Prior to a vote on the matter, Councilwoman Vera LaFranc stated that she was initially concerned about the displacement of low income residents, and thanks both city staff and the Lark Group for their handling of the process.

We saw that people were treated with respect and that’s what we would expect to see in (the) future if there are any development applications on manufactured homes and that would also include those that are tourist accommodation,” said LaFranc.

The council then approved the application.

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. This includes assistance for residents, and opportunities to purchase the community, including the case of residents in Dover Point, New Hampshire, who purchased their community right before Christmas. That story is linked here. ##

 

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City Makes Moves to Preserve Affordable Housing

April 6th, 2017 Comments off
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In Colorado, city officials in Louisville are working to solve a growing affordable housing crisis.

According to the Daily Camera, the focus is on the sole manufactured home community in the city, the 94-unit Parco Dello Zingaro Mobile Home Park, which has served as a cost effective alternative for a number of decades.

The city is weighing city-funded incentives – tax breaks, loans or grants to promote maintenance of the community.

Affordable housing is certainly something that is critical,” said Councilman Chris Leh.

It’s something that everyone recognizes as increasingly difficult in Louisville, and it’s not going to get any easier.”

Also on the table is the potential for a resident-owned community, similar to nearby Boulder’s Mapleton Mobile Home Park. In this scenario, residents would purchase the community and form a co-op.

Community owners in the area and beyond face intense pressure to sell or redevelop their properties as the community around them grows and land values increase. The Daily Business News recently covered a similar scenario in Calgary, Canada, in a story linked here.

In the area over the last three years, the number of single-family homes for sale under $250,000 has dropped 72 percent, and the number of attached dwellings for less than $150,000 has declined by 87 percent.

And in these desperate times, city officials are looking to manufactured housing as a practical solution.

Generally we can say that in addition to the work we do all over Boulder County, the Boulder County Housing Authority is supportive of efforts that can help preserve existing affordable housing where and when possible,” said Jim Williams, a spokesman for Boulder County Housing and Human Services.

These are complicated issues,” said Councilman Jeff Lipton.

There’s lots of balances that need to be weighed. If there was a way to kind of have those interests come together and the area be designated somehow as an area where we want affordable housing, it could be better for us.”

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Louisville, shaded in red. Credit: Google.

In an affordability study done by Amy Aschenbrenner, CEO of the Longmont Association of Realtors, and Kyle Snyder, of Land Title Guarantee Company, the average single-family home price in Louisville last year was $627,938.

There are no entry level housing options left in Boulder County,” said Snyder.

And, as the dream of homeownership moves further out of reach, housing authority officials have shifted to preserving manufactured housing communities like Parco Dello Zingaro.

City officials recognizing a lack of affordable housing often leads to a chill on development,” said Parco Dello Zingaro owner Keith Cowan.

After dealing with several cities, there are times something is said about lack of affordable housing and the very first thing (the city says) is that you can’t build anymore.

Cowan says that there are fears of him opting to raze the community in favor of more costly townhomes. But as a proponent of affordable housing, he’s actually looking to double down.

My plans are exactly the opposite of redeveloping the park [sic],” said Cowan.

I want to build more, but council and city zoning will not allow that to happen. If you want to restrict it and not allow it to expand, then don’t stand and say we need more affordable housing.”

For more on similar situations, including a case in Melbourne, Australia, click here. ##

 

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Flight and Fight: MHC Residents Making Choices

April 4th, 2017 Comments off
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In Calgary, Alberta, Canada, residents at the now city- owned Midfield Mobile Home Park are heading towards the end of a three year journey – that concludes with the community closing down.

It’s very depressing. I don’t want to see it,” said resident Cindy MacDonald, who also shared that she can hear demolition crews tearing down her neighbors’ homes.

According to the Calgary Sun, six months before the community is scheduled to be shuttered, it now looks like a ghost town, as residents are moving out.

Nearly half of the trailer [sic] pads in the 183-pad park [sic] are today vacant,” said Doug Cassidy, director of real estate and development services for the city.

We continue to work with residents to facilitate where we can. Many of the residents have worked independently, in terms of either moving their units or making plans to move otherwise.

While Cassidy is confident all 183 spots in the community will be empty by the end of September, some longtime residents have said they have no plans to move from the community, which is central to key services.

There are people that are going to fight to the bitter end,” said MacDonald.

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Midfield, identified by red marker. Credit: Google.

Beginning in May 2014, residents of the Midfield community received letters stating that the community would close on September 30, 2017, because aging water and sewer pipes were unsalvageable.

They were told by the Calgary City Council that they would be relocated to the soon-to-be-built East Hills Estates on the outskirts of the city.

Then, the council told them that wasn’t going to happen.

With few options, as many communities are full, many community residents who opted to move their homes versus demolishing them, have decided to relocate their homes outside of city limits.

The city of Calgary offered eligible residents tenants a lump-sum payment of $10,000 to leave and a maximum of $10,000 toward the costs incurred to move their factory-built home, as well as counseling services.

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All residents that have moved have received money, in accordance with the Midfield Closure Program,” said Cassidy.

The remaining residents continue to receive assistance from the city in finding a new place to live, and a housing fair is scheduled for June.

Cassidy shared that after the community closes, the city will start working to remove underground utilities and prepare the land for grading work.

The future plans for the land, which is located in a highly desirable inner-city area, have not been revealed.

Similar cases continue to play out not only in Canada and in the U.S., but also in Australia, where residents of the Wantirna Caravan Park must move as a property firm plans to build high rise towers. That story is linked here. ##

 

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MH to the Rescue in Rural Housing Shortage

March 6th, 2017 Comments off
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In the first people’s community of Fort Chipewyan in Northern Alberta, Canada, the manufactured housing cavalry is coming to the rescue to solve a housing shortage.

According to the CBC, sixteen manufactured homes are on their way to the community, to tackle a chronic overcrowding challenge that has families living with other relatives.

The first six homes will be delivered via the community’s winter road in March, and the remaining 10 will be delivered by barge in the spring,” said Ed Shirran, an acting director with the Wood Buffalo Housing Development Corporation.

The corporation already owns two single-family homes and a 12-unit seniors facility in Fort Chipewyan.

The homes being delivered were originally used to house people displaced by the 2011 Slave Lake fire. In September of last year, the province announced it would send 65 manufactured homes to Fort McMurray to help house people who lost their homes during the May wildfire.

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The wildfire destroyed over 2,400 homes and buildings. The Daily Business News provided extensive coverage of the fires, which is linked here.

The homes, designated as rentals, were priced between $2,500 to $2,650 each, and were positioned as such, due to an anticipated high demand for three- and four-bedroom rental accommodations in Fort McMurray after the wildfire.

The program was eventually shelved because of a lack of need, and two residents who lost their homes during the wildfire said that those homes were overpriced and they were better off finding market rentals anyway.

 

A Voice From the Community 

Mikisew Cree First Nation Chief Steve Courtoreille welcomes the homes to the Fort Chipewyan community, and says that they are a long time coming. Courtoreille said that he has called on the Wood Buffalo Housing Development Corporation and the province to address the lack of housing in the community in the past.

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Mikisew Cree First Nation Chief Steve Courtoreille. Credit: CBC.

It took the fire for them to hear our voices,” said Courtoreille.

I hope the housing corporation doesn’t make the same mistake as in Fort McMurray, charging high rents for the homes. If they try to do that here, it’s going to sit empty,” said Courtoreille.

Don’t overcharge.

Shirran says that the Wood Buffalo Housing Development Corporation still does not know how much it will cost to rent the homes, because it is still working out the details with the province. But Shirran is certain about one thing.

The prices will be below market rates,said Shirran. ##

 

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Sun Communities Reports Q4 2016 Earnings

February 25th, 2017 Comments off

suncommunitiesquarterlyresults-creditssunmhpronews-manufacturedhousingindustrydailybusinessnewsmhpronewsSun Communities, Inc. (SUI) has reported its Q4 2016 earning results.

Total revenues for the quarter increased $50.4 million, or 30.0 percent, to $218.6 million compared to $168.2 million for the same period in 2015.

Net loss attributable to Common Stockholders was $1.6 million, or $0.02 per diluted common share, as compared to net income attributable to Common Stockholders of $89.4 million, or $1.56 per diluted common share, for the same period in 2015.

For the year ending December 31, 2016, total revenues increased $159.1 million, or 23.6 percent, to $833.8 million compared to $674.7 million for the same period in 2015. Net income attributable to Common Stockholders for the year ended December 31, 2016 was $17.4 million, or $0.26 per diluted common share, as compared to $137.3 million, or $2.52 per diluted common share, for the same period in 2015.

For the quarter, funds from operations (FFO) excluding certain items was $0.91 per diluted share as compared to $0.81 in the prior year, an increase of 12.3 percent.

For the year, FFO excluding certain items was $3.79 per share as compared to $3.63 in the prior year, an increase of 4.4 percent.

Home sales for Sun Communities increased by 27.8 percent as compared to the year ended December 31, 2015, and revenue producing sites increased by 301 sites for the quarter, bringing total portfolio occupancy to 96.2 percent.

Sun’s most recent results demonstrate the ongoing power of our platform. We achieved industry leading internal growth, increased or maintained occupancy for the 20th consecutive quarter and sold a record number of homes into our communities, while integrating our largest acquisition to date,” said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Gary A. Shiffman.

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Sun Communities CEO Gary Shiffman, photo credit: Glenn Triest.

As we proceed through 2017, we are keenly focused on continuing to deliver exceptional results to our shareholders. Along with continuing to drive NOI growth from our core portfolio, we anticipate the most meaningful opportunities will come from value-add assets that we can reposition to deliver superior returns over the long term. Sun is well positioned to continue our track record of value creation.

Sun Communities Q4 and year-end 2016 earnings report linked here. ##

As Daily Business News readers are already aware, Sun owns and operates 338 manufactured home and recreational vehicle communities located in 29 states throughout the United States and Ontario, Canada. Sun Communities’ portfolio consists of approximately 117,000 developed sites. The firm has one of the largest portfolios of manufactured home communities in the United States.

Sun is also one of the industry stocks monitored each business day on the MH Industry’s leading professional news resource, the Daily Business News, on MHProNews.  For the most recent closing numbers on all MH industry-connected tracked stocks, please click here. ##

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MHC Community Planned

February 21st, 2017 Comments off
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A home in the Aspen Creek neighborhood in Leduc, Canada.

In Calmar, Alberta, Canada, a plan for a manufactured home community is making some progress.

According to County Market, representatives from Avillia Developments visited the Calmar council last week, in hopes of moving the town closer to approval for amendments to the Thomas Creek Area Structure Plan (ASP) and land-use bylaw to allow for a manufactured home development.

 

Avillia Developments needs these amendments to be passed in order for the ASP to accommodate our proposed 18 acre manufactured home community within the Thomas Creek development,” said Patrick Shaver, president of Avillia Developments.

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Patrick Shaver. Credit: LinkedIn.

Shaver shared that the development will be nothing like the “mobile home parks [sic]” of the past, instead, it will be very similar to the Aspen Creek neighborhood, which is home to a number of manufactured homes located in the City of Leduc.

The Thomas Creek ASP has been a number of years in the making – Avillia bought the land back in 2007, and, due to several factors, development on the land has been slow.

Challenges, including economic downturns, competition in the area, lack of confidence by builders related to the house fires in the Southbridge neighborhood, and a slow timeline of approvals were all factors that contributed to a lengthy process.

I wanted to make the presentation to council to not only put a face to the company name, but also to ensure the next steps of the plan can move forward more quickly,” said Shaver.

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A home in the Aspen Creek neighborhood in Leduc, Canada.

The Calmar Council accepted the presentation from Avillia, and noted town officials have received the applications for the amendments to the land-use bylaw and Thomas Creek ASP.

After discussion, the council voted in favor of supporting the proposal in principal, and noted that any amendments will come back to council at a later date.

Any changes will need third reading from council in order to become law. ##

 

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New Modular Housing Project Unveiled

February 17th, 2017 Comments off
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In Vancouver, the city has unveiled its latest tool in the effort to end homelessness and increase affordable housing options: modular housing.

According to The Tyee, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, federal minister Jean-Yves Duclos, and Vancouver Affordable Housing Association’s interim CEO Luke Harrison officially opened 220 Terminal Avenue this week, which is a three-story, 40-unit temporary housing building renting for $375, which is the income assistance shelter rate for the city.

Residents were selected from city-owned, single room occupancy hotels, in an effort to open up hotel beds for others who are in shelters or on the street.

The development was made possible with a land donation from the city, and also received $1.5 million from the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s $200 million Affordable Rental Innovation Fund.

Operational funding from Vancity Credit Union was also provided.

The temporary housing is set to remain at the Terminal Avenue location for at least three years, and then disassembled and utilized elsewhere. The plan is to eventually develop the location, and utilize the modular system as a “stop gap” aid in housing the homeless.

Kamloops based Horizon North, known for their industrial camp work-force housing, built and delivered the modular units in six months, and more units can be added as needed.

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Federal Minister Jean-Yves Duclos, left, speaks at the official opening of 220 Terminal Ave. Credit: The Tyee.

This is an example of where a more creative partnership is working,” said Mayor Robertson.

We haven’t been able to achieve that on some other sites that are more permanent. They require more ongoing subsidy, and we certainly expect that from the B.C. government and BC Housing, who typically participate in the permanent projects.

The city is also on the hunt for more potential modular housing locations around Vancouver, which will allow it to continue to solicit federal and provincial governments for more housing funds.

The numbers work: it’s minimal cost to the city; it’s something that generates enough income to operate with a small subsidy,” said Robertson.

This is an example of the kind of creative and innovative ideas that we need more of.

The Daily Business News initially covered this project in October, when the city had a model modular unit from Horizon North on display at the Vancouver art gallery. This story is linked here. ##

 

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Nation Looks to Shipping Containers for Migrant Housing

February 15th, 2017 Comments off
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The nation of Hungary is looking to container housing to solve a growing problem at border camps, as migrants wait for their asylum requests to be settled.

According to FOX News, human rights advocates have noted that Hungary was already holding large numbers of asylum-seekers in closed camps and that the massive, indiscriminate detention of all asylum-seekers “has not been seen in decades in democratic Europe.”

Hungary’s Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, has been outspoken on the issue of immigration, echoing a sentiment similar to that of President Donald Trump.

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Prime Minster Viktor Orban. Credit: Deutsche Welle.

Once new rules are in place, any migrants detained anywhere in Hungary without documents allowing them to be in the country will be returned across the border,” said Janos Lazar, Orban’s chief of staff.

The strong words from the Orban Administration have also drawn criticism.

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Janos Lanzar. Credit: Morning Ag Clips.

The government would do better instead to improve the quality of the open reception centers and spend this money on the integration of people who have found asylum in Hungary,” said the Hungarian Helsinki Committee in a statement.

The committee has also vowed to sue Hungary at the European Court of Justice in every case where asylum-seekers are illegally kept in custody, which would likely force the country to make compensation payments.

Currently, asylum seekers with claims that are under appeal are housed in mostly open camps, and some leave for other destinations in Western Europe before their appeals are decided.

Any migrants detained within five miles of the border are routinely sent back across the fences Hungary has built on its southern borders with Serbia and Croatia.

Lazar says that the measures have to be enacted in instances like this, when Hungary has declared a state of emergency due to mass migration.

It is clear that the security situation in Europe has deteriorated, not improved,” said Lazar.

Turkey is presently defending the borders of Europe. We would like to strengthen the Hungarian border.

Lazar also said that the country was ready to build a second, stronger fence if needed, on its southern borders, in addition to building several small bases along the fence for the thousands of border police.

Hungary granted asylum or some form of protection to 425 people in 2016. It received 29,432 applications.

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A Svenska Containerhus. For the full article on containers being used for housing in Sweden, click below or on the photo.  Credit: Twitter, Sputniknews.

As Daily Business News readers are aware, other nations have also turned to shipping containers as a potential solution to their housing crises due to an influx of immigrants.

Sweden has looked to Peter Eriksson, CEO of Svenska Containerhus to repurpose surplus shipping containers, and in Canada, the city of Vancouver is turning containers into single suites to battle their housing crisis.

 

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