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Firefighters will Occupy Modular Housing during Renovations

April 23rd, 2015 Comments off

fire_station__modular_mspaceholdings__credit__delray_beach_flaMHProNews has learned from tcpalm that firefighters in Stations 1 and 7 in Indian River County, Florida, will be temporarily housed in modular fire stations while renovations are being done on the stations. The county commission has approved spending $199,706 for modular housing on Old Dixie Highway for Station 1 and Station 7 near Indian River Mall. Both current facilities need mold remediation.

The county anticipates spending an additional $160,000 for cleaning furniture and connecting utilities at the temporary housing, and expects Station 1 firefighters will occupy the modular unit for about a year. The county wants Station 7’s permanent housing closer to I-95. ##

(Photo credit: mspaceholdings–Modular fire station in Delray Beach, Fla.)

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Manufactured and Modular Housing Exempt from Sprinklers

May 30th, 2014 Comments off

Mayor Senna Mosley and the Board of Aldermen of La Vergne, Tennessee voted 4-1 requiring all new homes to be built with a sprinkler system, according to dnj.com. The daughter, granddaughter, wife and mother of firefighters, Mosley, recalling seeing roofs fall on her father as a child, says, “ I understand what these guys and girls have to go through in having to fight these fires and having to pull out bodies of burnt children.” Codes Director Randolph Salyers says factory-built homes are exempt from the regulation, MHProNews has learned. The Rutherford County Home Builders Association president, Steve Jensen, says the interconnected smoke detectors in place since 1988 are sufficient, and the new ordinance will cost his customers $5,000 extra. Noting there was not a public hearing once the ordinance was written, Jensen says, “I still am really confused about their whole process of passing an ordinance at two meetings that had zero public comments. You would think it would be open to the public comment. What’s the purpose of reading it to the public if the public doesn’t get to comment. It appears to me to be no different than voting behind closed doors.” ##

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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 prescottenews.com. Started by lightning, 19 firefighters from Prescott, Arizona lost their lives on June 30, 2013 when the fire overran them.

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Firefighters Move into Modular Housing

September 9th, 2013 Comments off

While Fire Station 1 in Napa, California is undergoing a $700,000 seismic upgrade, most of the firefighters have moved to Fire Station 2, doubling up on the accommodations, likely only until the end of the year. The napavalleyregister reports one fire truck remains parked outside Station 1. The firefighters assigned to that truck are now living in a modular housing unit on property next to the station, as MHProNews has learned.

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Fire Spreads to Manufactured Home

August 1st, 2013 Comments off

A fire that started in a car in Largo, Fla. spread to the adjacent manufactured home but firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the blaze before it caused much damage to the home. The car was in a carport connected to the home at the Ranchero Village Co-op, according to tbnweekly, and the occupant of the home appeared to be uninjured, MHProNews has learned.

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Worker Injured at Palm Harbor Homes Plant

July 29th, 2013 Comments off

An electrical explosion and resulting fire at a Palm Harbor Homes facility in Fort Worth, Tex. sent a worker to the burn unit at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Monday, July 29. He was conscious and alert when he was transported by helicopter ambulance after the electrical panel exploded and caught fire. His injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, according to what star-telegram reports to MHProNews. The electrical panel continued to be energized until power to the building was cut. Firefighters did not find any other evidence of fire at the factory that produces manufactured homes.

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Smoke Alarms Compulsory in South Carolina Manufactured Homes

July 5th, 2013 Comments off

Citizen SAFE (Smoke Alarm and Fire Education) is a proactive program involving firefighters going door-to-door to check residential smoke alarms and batteries, and offer to do a free home safety inspection. The St. John’s Fire and Rescue Dept. conducts the inspections on the first and third Saturdays of each month for Kiawah Island, just south of Charleston. The South Carolina Code requires smoke detectors in all single and double family homes, including manufactured housing, as islandconnectionnews tells MHProNews. St. John’s recommends devices that are wired to each other so smoke in one room will sound alarms in the rest of the house. The firefighters will also install special smoke alarms for the hearing-impaired that utilize visual and movement devices to alert residents.

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Tight Credit Choking Recovery?

March 1st, 2013 Comments off

According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), even as the housing market begins to improve, the bottleneck of tight credit for builders as well as for consumers remains an obstacle to a much more robust recovery. Some materials producers closed plants and idled workers, and they are reluctant to expand as long as builders cannot obtain credit and prices are rising fast. As NAHB Chairman Rick Judson says to MHProNews, “Restoring the flow of credit to home builders with viable projects and fixing the residential appraisal process will not only help to put America back to work, it will strengthen communities across the land and provide badly needed tax revenues that local governments need to fund schools, police and firefighters.”

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MBA Wants the 20 Percent QRM Proposal Dropped

January 24th, 2012 Comments off

Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) chief executive David Stevens, noting the current 20 percent downpayment requirement is “a direct attack on first-time homebuyers, African-American borrowers and Latinos”, says it will make it more difficult to attract teachers, firefighters, and healthcare workers to new jobs in communities. NationalMortgageNews tells MHProNews.com Stevens says banking regulators want the QRMs (qualified residential mortgage) requirement, that it is not part of Dodd-Frank legislation. According to the MBA, 80 percent of first-time home buyers have downpayments of less than ten percent. Given the uncertainty of the future of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, it is vitally important that a private mortgage securitization process be developed. Dropping the down payment and debt-in-income requirement would insure that only owner-owner occupied, fully documented, and fully amortizing mortgages would be exempt from the five percent risk retention restriction.

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