Posts Tagged ‘collaborative effort’

Collaborative Effort will Improve Lives of Manufactured Home Residents

July 31st, 2013 Comments off

Realizing the importance of manufactured home communities as supportive social networks, Karen Chase helped organize the Housing Stock Upgrade Initiative—now a non-profit called ReHome Oregon—to repair, rehabilitate, and replace manufactured homes. With help from a variety of federal, state and local public and private entities, residents of manufactured homes in Curry County, Ore. will be eligible to receive loans at zero interest rates for rehabbing and, in some cases, replacing their homes. The county assessor’s office reports there are 3,876 factory-built homes in the county, 604 of which are in poor condition. A tarp covering part of a home keeps one man from being homeless; another home is accessed via a ladder through a window. Annette Klinefelter, who does grassroots work in health and economic development, says, “I have not talked to one person who lives in a manufactured home who doesn’t have an upper respiratory problem. With a small investment, the entire burden on the whole system is decreased. We can do better by them. Life hasn’t been very good to some of them, so they think that anything that is this good must be too good to be true. Many times they don’t trust government programs. We can make it in such a way there is no wrong door.” Weatherization and installing energy saving devices can make a huge difference; counselors will be available to assist people in adjusting to new homes and taking advantage of resources to improve their living situation when the program goes into high gear in January. As MHProNews has learned from, the program will also create jobs for many of those unemployed.

(Photo credit: thetimesnews–refurbished manufactured home)

Williams, Allen and others give Thumbs Up

June 16th, 2013 Comments off (1)Manufactured housing professionals have long known that an image building campaign would benefit the industry in many ways. So it’s no surprise that First State Manufactured Housing Association’s Jennifer Allen, Tim Williams from the Ohio Manufactured Homes Association and a number of other industry executives and professionals have expressed encouragement for version 2.0 of as a serious starting place for an industry image campaign. Tim Williams told MHProNews, “Well done Tony…you are one of the top innovators in our industry!” Jennifer Allen said, “Hi Tony – I checked out the site and I must say very nice.  I found it to be a good resource for me to use and to share with others.  Industry image is truly important….!” MHProNews publisher, industry consultant and co-founder L. A. “Tony” Kovach said, “NAR studies say some 94% of housing shoppers do part – or all – of their shopping online before looking at homes. That’s a huge opportunity for manufactured housing. We started by listening to industry professionals, researched past image efforts, plus looked at our and the experiences of other Internet savvy pros. So this truly is and will be a collaborative effort. We appreciate the thoughtful commentary and the okay of these various leaders to quote their thumbs-up comments. We welcome feedback and support from those interested in advancing the sales of more factory-built homes and attracting more good customers via such an image and educational effort. We appreciate too the sponsors who are making this new effort possible.” More comments from other industry professionals who provided comments for publication can be found at this link. ##

(Image Credit: LifeStyle Factory Homes, LLC)


Like a Phoenix from the Ashes…

April 25th, 2013 Comments off

Updating a story MHProNews last covered April 27, 2011 regarding the wildfire that destroyed 488 of the 600 manufactured homes at the Oakridge Mobile Home Park in Sylmar, Calif. in Nov. 2008, 60 spanking new manufactured homes have risen from the ashes and are now rentals. The dailynews says the original community, known for its luxurious amenities, and called the “Beverly Hills of mobile home parks,” only allowed higher end owner occupied MH, and it was the worst single loss of homes in Los Angeles history. Following the fire and the fall of the housing market, many residents could afford to buy a traditional home for less than a manufactured home, and did not move back, and the owners, Continental Mobile Housing, were scrambling to find residents. Residents who did return initially opposed allowing renters in, fearing it was Section 8 housing, but now with 350 of the 600 homesites occupied, residents say the units are well maintained. Residents must sign a 12-month lease for the two and three bedroom units, built and landscaped to blend with the more expensive homes. Rents are $831 to $1,063 a month, and there are 400 people on a waiting list. The $13 million project was a collaborative effort on the part of federal, state, city, and non-profit groups.

(Photo credit: Michael Owen Baker/dailynews–MH being readied at Oakridge MHP)

Modular Apartments Dedicated in Conn.

September 20th, 2012 Comments off

The news-times reports from Danbury, Connecticut a dozen new modular apartments built with high-efficiency insulation featuring Energy Star utilities and fixtures is a collaborative effort of the city, the state’s General Assembly, Connecticut’s Housing Development Fund, as well as the builders and three local banks. “The utility bills in these apartments will be 35 percent lower than others,” said builder Paul Scalzo of Westchester Modular. The $1.1 million project has six two-bedroom townhouses and six one-bedroom units. Of these, three meet the Americans for Disabilities Act (ADA) specifications, and four are affordable housing. MHProNews has learned the Housing Development Fund is a revolving fund to build affordable housing in the state.

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Modular Housing part of Collaborative Effort

September 14th, 2012 Comments off

piquenewsmagazine reports from Pemberton in British Columbia, Canada north of Vancouver, a 22 unit modular building will provide affordable housing for seniors and people with disabilities. Pemberton Villas meet EnerGuide 80 standards and contain features designed for seniors and people with disabilities. The four million dollar project was funded by the Canada-British Columbia Affordable Housing Agreement along with the Village of Pemberton and the Pemberton Lions Activities Society. MHProNews has learned the Lions Society will manage the new modular facility.

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Affordable Modular Housing Program for Missouri

September 10th, 2012 Comments off

connecttristates reports a collaborative effort between the North East Community Action Corporation (NECAC) of Bowling Green, Missouri and Louisville, Kentucky-based Next Step will put low income people in modular homes in the NECAC area. The non-profit works with a variety of other non-profits, businesses, and governmental entities to deliver social service, community health, and affordable housing programs to the disadvantaged and elderly in northeast Missouri. Next Step builds and trains a network of non-profits nationwide to provide access to affordable factory-built housing, while educating home buyers and providing them with fair, fixed-rate mortgages and energy efficient homes for sustainable living. The new modular homes, ranging from 1,000 to 1,500 square feet with major appliances installed, will range in price from $40,000 to $50,000. MHProNews has learned there are no income guidelines for this particular program.

(Photo credit: Next Step)

Olympic Village Modular Units Recycled

March 20th, 2012 Comments off

As a follow-up to a story we published Feb. 28, 2011, TheNowNewspaper in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada tells modular units used for housing athletes at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler, just north of Vancouver, have been converted into 52 rental apartments for seniors and people with disabilities. Timber Grove Apartments is a collaborative effort between the province, City of Surrey, Coast Mental Health, and Fraser Health. Coast Mental Health will manage the three-story apartment complex and will provide supportive services to the residents. Six different communities in British Columbia have inherited 156 modular units from the Olympics that are now being used as affordable housing.

(Image credit: Wikipedia–City of Surrey Coat of Arms)

Houseboats to Homes

January 2nd, 2012 Comments off

Following up on a story we posted Feb. 14, 2011, Stardust Cruisers in Wayne County, Kentucky, finished two prototype modular homes recently sited on foundations. Boat sales have declined with the drop in the economy, and the company was seeking an alternative product. In a collaborative effort with the University of Kentucky College of Design, UK’s Center for Applied Energy Research, and Kentucky Highlands Investment Corp., Jerry Rickett, president and CEO of Kentucky Highlands, proposed building an energy-efficient modular home that could be heated and cooled for $1 a day, costing under $100,000, and made from Kentucky materials. Kentucky tells that the two finished prototypes came in at about $1.65 a day HVAC, 85 percent of the materials came from within the state, but they could not stay below the 100k cost. Having received a $1.25 million federal grant, they are working on energy and cost saving designs for the next prototype. Rickett sees the homes as an alternative to aging houses and pre-HUD Code homes in disrepair in this southeastern area of the state.

(Photo credit: Kentucky)