Posts Tagged ‘dwellings’

Military Modulars Repurposed in Tornado Torn Texas

September 30th, 2013 Comments off

The May 15, 2013 tornado that tore through a Hood County, Texas neighborhood left six people dead, and damaged or destroyed nearly 270 homes. MHProNews has learned many of the dwellings were older factory-built units, and 60 were Habitat for Humanity homes in Rancho Brazos. While rebuilding efforts are continuing, including 11 planned Habitat homes, at last count 12 families are set to receive modular homes that were used in the military, and states more are expected to arrive in coming months.

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BBC Checks Out Manufactured Homes in U. S.

September 24th, 2013 Comments off

Following on the heels of Miss South Carolina’s line in the Miss America Beauty Pageant about factory-built homes in her home state, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) asks rather rhetorically why so many Americans live in these dwellings. Based on U. S. Census figures, 20 million Americans occupy 8.5 million manufactured homes, 57 percent of which have a full time employed head of household, and 23 percent are retired. As MHProNews knows, seventy percent of all new homes sold priced under $125,000 are manufactured homes. Household income of MH residents is roughly half the national average, and the top five states with the most factory-built housing are South Carolina, New Mexico, West Virginia, Mississippi and Alabama. Mississippi is the only one of the five that is also among the poorest states. While the stigma of manufactured homes persists in much of the country, elaborate homes in some Florida retirement communities and along the southern California coast certainly defy that image.

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Volunteers Replace Homes Destroyed by Fire

September 24th, 2013 Comments off

The all-volunteer Yarnell Hill Recovery Group was formed specifically to assist the 11  uninsured homeowners whose homes were destroyed in the Yarnell Hill Fire to rebuild in Yavapai County, Arizona. Of the eleven residences, four were manufactured homes, and they will be replaced with manufactured homes; the stick-built homes will also be replaced with similar if not identical homes. Additionally, there were 25 underinsured dwellings, and six rental units, one of which was partially insured. Materials and labor are being donated, MHProNews has learned, and to date $1.6 million has been received towards the estimated $6 million project. The Recovery Group was formed from representatives of five service organizations in nearby Prescott. Mennonite Disaster Services, Habitat for Humanity as well as church groups and individuals are providing the labor. Once the homes are completed, the residents will receive free household goods, according to Started by lightning, 19 firefighters from Prescott, Arizona lost their lives on June 30, 2013 when the fire overran them.

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FEMA may Bring in Modular Homes for those Displaced by the Flood

September 17th, 2013 Comments off

MHProNews has learned over 6,400 Colorado flood victims have applied for federal aid, and $430,000 has been approved in individual assistance. President Obama made an “emergency” and a “major disaster” declaration for Colorado based on the flooding, which opens the door to tens of millions of dollars in reimbursement to local government as well as to individuals. While the notes the possible Sept. 30 shutdown of the government, there is enough funding available in the disaster relief budget. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Director Craig Fugate states the housing programs to assist those displaced include repairing existing homes, renting dwellings, and the use of modular homes.

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Clayton Provides Homes for Next Step

September 4th, 2013 Comments off

The nation-wide nonprofit Next Step has assisted over 100 families obtain new, energy-efficient manufactured homes, often replacing energy-sucking, deteriorating factory-built homes from pre HUD-Code days. The organization has partnered with industry giant Clayton Homes to open the door to home ownership of Energy Star qualified dwellings, projecting residents will save nearly $4 million on their energy bills, and $12.5 million in interest over the life of the 30-year loans. Founder and CEO of Next Step Stacey Epperson grew up in rural Kentucky where dilapidated manufactured homes (MH) were much the norm, and she decided to do something about it, initially steering people away from buying MH. After hooking up with Clayton, she realized the value of quality, affordable homes for the people she served, according to the Christian Science Monitor. In one case, the utility bills of an elderly woman who received a Next Step home fell so dramatically from her old factory-built home the power company thought she had passed away. MHProNews has learned the homes the organization has provided so far has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 9,000 pounds.

When is a Manufactured Home not a Dwelling?

July 17th, 2013 Comments off

The definition of a dwelling in the Sussex County Code in southern Delaware is, “A building or portion thereof containing cooking and housekeeping facilities, designed or used exclusively for residential occupancy…,” but it excludes hotels, motels, lodges, tourist courts as well as manufactured housing (MH). An editorial in capegazette.villagesoup asks why MH is not included, above all in light of an ongoing discussion of a recreational vehicle (RV) community proposed for Massey’s Lake. The code has attracted attention since attorneys for the development say residents of manufactured homes are not entitled to the same protection as other homeowners. Inconsistent in the code, ordinance 2512 refers to manufactured and modular homes as dwellings, MHProNews has been informed. The editorial states: “Everyone who lives full time in a residential structure deserves equal protection under county code no matter how the home was built.”

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Extensive Housing Data from 2011

July 12th, 2013 Comments off

In a 2011 survey conducted by the U. S. Census Bureau and the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), covering approximately 132.4 million housing units, 90 million are single-family homes, 9.07 million are manufactured homes, and 10.7 million are sited in two to four family buildings. 10.3 million of the units are condominiums or cooperatives, and just over five million are in larger apartment structures of 50 units or more. One third of the roughly 76 million owner-occupied dwellings are owned fee and clear, while 43 million have a single mortgage lien on the property and 6.5 million have two. In addition, as mortgagenewsdaily tells MHProNews, the median price for a home acquired in 2011 was $110,000, a 2.3 percent increase over 2009. The median monthly mortgage payment for homeowners was $1,015 in 2011.

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Champion Champions Detroit

July 11th, 2013 Comments off

Champion Homebuilders of Troy, Mich. has been selected to provide 36 modular homes as part of phase two of Detroit’s Penrose neighborhood rebuild. The initial 36 homes in the effort, orchestrated by developer Star Development Corp. of Ann Arbor, Mich., were also Champion products, as is Penrose Art Center, an art and community center in the neighborhood. Phase two is comprised of 14 single-family homes and 12 duplexes, all affordable rentals. As MHProNews has learned from, the units are energy efficient and include appliances, vinyl double hung windows and Energy Star lighting. The single-family homes have either two or three bedrooms and 1,400 to 1,500 square feet. All the dwellings include a basement and single car garage, and are built in a style reminiscent of the turn of the original neighborhood. Said Penrose Architect, Steven Flum, “We worked closely with Champion and Star Development to ensure the new homes resembled the existing turn of the century style of the old neighborhood. We find it deeply gratifying to be part of a project of this caliber and to work with two companies that prioritize the needs of the neighborhood in conjunction with business goals.” The neighborhood has a strong focus on Detroit’s urban farming initiative in its attempt to restore a sense of community. Champion Homebuilders manufactures factory-built structures at 30 facilities in the U. S., Canada, and the United Kingdom.

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National Homes Sold Thousands of Prefabricated Dwellings

July 1st, 2013 Comments off

After World War II prefabricated home builder National Homes of Lafayette, Ind. supplied affordable homes for thousands of people between 1945 and 1965. Two to four-bedroom homes with 1,000 to 1,600 square feet costing $7,000 to $16,000 with down payments of $900—less for veterans—put homeownership within range of the majority of Americans. Canandaigua, New York saw 400 new homes built in this period, 250 of them were National Homes erected by the GWF Homes Corporation. The exterior walls, interior partitions, roof trusses and gables all came from a National branch factory in Horseheads, NY and were assembled on a prepared site within hours of arrival. As MHProNews has learned from, the remainder of the homes were then finished by local businesses to the company’s specs. in 2-3 weeks. In 1965 National began building its own subdivisions.

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Mod Producer Growing

May 30th, 2013 Comments off

Modular housing builder Northstar Systembuilt will be relocating its assembly line to an existing 53,000 square foot building in Redwood Falls, Minn. in the southwest part of the state from its current facility in Marshall, Minn., according to redwoodfallsgazette. It had  received a tax abatement to construct a 36,000 square foot plant, but the existing warehouse already has a crane to move the modules around, as well as insulation pumps and blowers. The current plan calls for eleven stations along a U-shaped assembly line, as MHProNews has been informed, with space to expand. Rick Zitzmann, director of Northstar Systembuilt, says the company will begin moving June 17, and noted the change in their business plan which requires more space: “We’re going to be targeting the hospitality industry rather than single dwellings. We’ve just finished building a 154-room motel in North Dakota, and are currently building a 216 unit building.”

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