Posts Tagged ‘community frameworks’

Private, Public Alliance Provides Efficient Factory-built Homes to Low Income Americans

May 2nd, 2014 Comments off

Next Step Homes is the factory-built home distribution channel for parent company Next Step Network, which mobilizes nonprofit resources to provide affordable and ENERGY STAR homes for low income residents across the nation. Next Step couples its 25 nonprofit community housing development organizations with heavy hitters in the factory-built housing industry—Cavco Industries, Inc., Champion Homes, Clayton Homes and Kit HomeBuilders West. Champion built and installed 17 new manufactured homes in five months at the Pine Tree Manufactured Home Park in Monmouth, New Jersey following Hurricane Sandy, working with the Affordable Housing Alliance, a Next Step member.

Community Frameworks, a Next Step member in Washington, has ordered homes from Cavco’s Palm Harbor Homes plant in Millersburg, Oregon. Mark Wilson of Community Frameworks, says, “We have been extremely pleased with Palm Harbor Homes, not only with the quality of their work and their state-of-the-art facility, but more importantly with their staff.” MHProNews has learned Clayton and KIT are the two newest members of the Next Step Network, as the profit and nonprofit worlds meet in empowering those of modest means to achieve the American dream of homeownership and independence from the cycle of poverty. For more about NextStep, click here.##

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Multigenerational Living Returning?

October 28th, 2013 Comments off

Mark Wilson of non-profit affordable housing developer Community Frameworks in Spokane, Washington, noting that multi-generational living is coming back, is seeking a family to purchase an elder cottage as a model for the organization. He says, “An elder cottage is a small, energy-efficient, self-contained home designed to be placed adjacent to an existing home for” to keep family nearby but independent. Utilities are shared with the main house, according to says in 1947 over 25 percent of homes had three generations living under the same roof, but that dropped to four percent by 2000. He also suggested as boomers age, they may want to be in a cluster of old friends and like-minded people with their own homes and some shared space, like a senior village. Palm Harbor Homes, a division of Cavco Industries (CVCO), builds 400-600 square foot elder cottages at their plant in Millersburg, Oregon ranging from $43,000 to $50,000, not including the $10,000 to $15,000 to prepare the site. Each home has a kitchen, bedroom, bath, and living/dining combination with extra wide doorways and halls. MHProNews has learned earlier laws prohibited detached dwellings, but Wilson says in 2004 Spokane County adopted an ordinance to allow them providing they are not over 800 square feet and within 150 feet of the primary residence. He cautions that not all areas of the city allow the homes.

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