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Manufactured Home Community Residents Receive Helping Hand

April 17th, 2017 Comments off

A home in the Golden Wheel community. Credit: Redfin.

In California, the recent floods have wreaked havoc throughout the state, causing issues for businesses and homeowners alike.

Manufactured home communities throughout the state were affected as well.

According to the San Jose Mercury News, residents of the Golden Wheel Mobile Home Park were hit hard. Resident Lam Tran, a part-time teacher who is caring for her disabled husband, was in a particularly bad spot and wasn’t sure how she was going to get their home fixed, as muddy flood waters ruined the stairs and the front yard.

It was so scary,” said Tran. “I just worried. I was worried for the flood, and the worry didn’t go away.”

Other residents had similar stories, and were not sure what was next.

Until last week.

Golden Wheel Mobile Home Park was among the first communities to benefit from charitable efforts of the Silicon Valley chapter of Rebuilding Together and Bank of America, designed to help the poorest city residents who were flooded out with the costly repair work needed to restore their homes.


Flood damage in the community. Credit: Santa Cruz Sentinel.

We’re helping people who don’t have the ability to do the work themselves, or can’t afford to pay someone to do it for them,” said Beverley Jackson of Rebuilding Together.

We’ve got 40 homes lined up in this park [sic] that we’re going to fix. Mobile homes [sic] are the last affordable housing there is in Silicon Valley.”

Thirty-nine buildings throughout the city of San Jose remain so damaged from floods, that they were unfit for habitation. That number is down from more than 1,300 in February.

Property owners have to take certain actions like have a damage survey done, and the city is here to help get the property moved out of yellow-tag status,” said San Jose spokeswoman Cheryl Wessling.

But we need the property owners to work with us.”


A resident wades through flood waters. Credit: Pinterest.

Jackson says that those receiving help from her organization are all low-income homeowners who didn’t have flood insurance.

Golden Wheel community manager Erin McGuire says that about 150 of the 221 units in the community suffered some sort of damage.

A lot of people were able to just let it dry out underneath, many people did what repairs they needed themselves,” said McGuire.

But some were pretty bad.”

In an interesting twist, Wessling says that many owners of flood-damaged property do not live in the area, and have not responded to attempts to contact them.

Surprising, given the Silicon Valley real estate market.

You would think they would want them anything but sitting vacant in disrepair,” said Wessling.

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MHC Residents Asked to Evacuate

February 20th, 2017 Comments off

Floodwaters at the Driftwood Mobile Home Park in Modesto, CA. Credit: Twitter.

Residents of the Driftwood Mobile Home Park in Modesto, California, were issued voluntary evacuation orders on Friday.

The community sits along the Tuolumne River, and with another major storm system due to hit the area; officials were not taking any chances.

While some of the homes in the community sit on higher ground, there are also some that sit closer to the river – literally in their backyard.

According to News 10, resident Raymund Lee says that he has lived in Modesto for more than two decades and was there during the 1995 floods. He doesn’t think the water will get as high and is opting to stay, putting sandbags around his home.

The water is coming up on the backside and sinking many of the mobile trailers [sic] in the mud,” said Lee.

While some residents opted to stay, many of the areas that used to have homes are now empty, especially the ones right next to the river. Heavy winds from earlier in the week have knocked down parts of the fence, which was the only thing guarding the community from the river.

They’re telling us it’s mandatory. They want this whole row gone,said resident Riley Utley, whose home was one of the closer ones to the river. “[Other officials] say we don’t have to…let’s just do it.


The Driftwood Community. Credit: Apartments.

In light of the situation, several towing companies volunteered their services to get homes out of danger as quickly as possible, and neighbors worked to help each other despite the conditions.

Neighbors also came despite gusty winds and heavy rain to help each other out.

We just want to make sure they’re safe. We’ve got kids here and that’s the most important thing,” said resident Carla Pongio, who lives on higher ground.

I can hear the roar of the water. [The storm’s] coming.

Many parts of California are struggling with effects from winter storms, including the Balls Ferry Fishing Resort & Mobile Home Park in Anderson, California, where residents were trying to avoid the Sacramento River as it flooded the area. That story is linked here. ##


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As Community Floods, Residents Prepare to Leave

February 10th, 2017 Comments off

Residents at Balls Ferry Fishing Resort & Mobile Home Park wading through flood waters. Credit: Record-Searchlight.

The residents of Balls Ferry Fishing Resort & Mobile Home Park in Anderson, California, were dealt a blow by heavy rains this week, which caused the nearby Sacramento River to crest and flood the community.

According to the Record-Searchlight, heavy rain slammed into the area on Monday and into Tuesday, flooding countless areas throughout Shasta County, including the community.


I slept in this morning and management notified us the water level was coming up and we should get ready to leave just in case,” said resident Jonathan Williams.

Water continued to creep up to the skirting of at least a dozen homes, rising 14 inches in less than 12 hours.

I’ve never seen it do this,” said Richard Bremer, 75, who has lived in the community for about 11 years. His home was safe from the flooding, just a few feet from the water’s edge.

It crested one time about 10 years ago but not like this.


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Even with sandbags lining the entrances of most homes in the community, some still had damage.

For Williams, whose home sits at a high point away from the floodwaters, he said that management has made a real effort to help residents out.


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I’ve lived in a lot of trailer parks [sic],” said Williams.

This park [sic], because of management’s efforts and the owner’s efforts, is a really tight-knit community.

Neighbors also pitched in on Tuesday, helping those who could move their homes and belongings away from floodwaters to higher ground.

When this started happening, a lot of people don’t have trucks that will pull their unit, their RVs. So it’s kind of important we all pull together,” said Williams.

We’re kind of like a family here. It’s not a trailer park [sic], it’s a family park [sic].”

Heavy rain is in the forecast for the area through Saturday, with 24 areas under advisories, watches or warnings for flooding. Winter storms in the region have delivered heavy rains and flooding from the San Francisco Bay Area to the Nevada state line. ##

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Kashechewan First Nation Return Home, New Modular Housing Welcomes Them

December 7th, 2016 Comments off

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The two-and-a-half-year saga for the Kashechewan First Nation of Northern Ontario, Canada is finally over.

According to the CBC, four hundred evacuees have now started to return home after flooding in May 2014 of from the Albany River forced them to evacuate.



The evacuees have been staying in apartments, paid for by the government, while new homes were built to replace the damaged ones.

A total of about eight families have moved back and into new modular homes delivered over the summer. Families are expected to continue to return through the winter and spring months with all 104 modular homes full by August 2017.

The plan is to fly a handful of families back to Kashechewan every few weeks, with the goal of having everyone home by the end of the summer,” said Kapuskasing fire chief Gerry Desmeules.

When they left Kashechewan two and a half years ago now, they basically left with a small duffle bag with some clothes. They’ve basically rebuilt their memories and all their personal property and stuff while they were here in Kapuskasing.


Flood damaged modular homes. Credit: CBC.

While the modular homes could be moved in the event of severe flooding in the future, some residents are thinking that they may have to leave again.

Some people are saying as they get on the plane, well, we’re going to see you again in the spring, because obviously the problems they have with flooding up the coast,” Desmeules said, “so, it’s always a roll of the dice for them.

Daily Business News writer Matthew J. Silver first covered the modular homes being delivered in a story linked here. ##

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FEMA Disaster Relief Deadline Extended in Louisiana

October 17th, 2016 Comments off
Louisiana Flood damage, August 2016. Credit: BBC

Louisiana Flood damage, August 2016. Credit: BBC

According to a report from KATC TV, the deadline to apply for Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) disaster benefits in the wake of the floods in Louisiana has been extended to November 14th.

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60 days after the historic flooding, FEMA provided updated statistics revealing that an estimated seven trillion gallons of rainwater was dumped across southern Louisiana from the August storms. That is more than four times the amount of water in Lake Pontchatrain, according to KATC.

As Daily Business News readers are aware, we have provided extensive coverage of the storm, the fallout from it and the MH industry response.

More than 150,000 individuals and families have registered for FEMA disaster assistance to date. Survivors can register with FEMA by going online, calling the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362, or downloading the FEMA mobile app.

Over $695 million in disaster assistance has been provided by FEMA, with $559 million of that being housing assistance to help flood survivors with temporary housing solutions and rebuilding of their home.

To date, 448 applicants have been reportedly licensed into manufactured housing units.


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As the Daily Business News reported last week, FEMA issued a formal solicitation for “off the lot” manufactured homes.

The concern for FEMA in seeking manufactured homes from retailers is that manufactured homes being produced by FEMA contractors may not be finished in time to meet the current demand in Louisiana and the potential need in multiple states due to Hurricane Matthew. ##

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Manufactured Homes to House Flood Victims

October 24th, 2013 Comments off

In the wake of last month’s devastating floods in Colorado, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will offer temporary manufactured homes to those who have been unable to find housing. As the informs MHProNews, with more than 400 families still living in hotels, the 50 Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-approved homes will provide much needed housing. The dwellings will be sited on concrete pads.

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MHC Residents Protest City, FEMA Decision

August 26th, 2013 Comments off

credit-daily-herald-fox-points-residents-protest-wheeling-il-posted-daily-business-news-manufactured-housing-professional-news-Residents of Fox Point manufactured home community in Wheeling, IL protested the town and FEMA’s actions that could keep them from re-occupying homes damaged in floods last April. The dailyhearld tells MHProNews that about two dozen picketers carried signs reading, “Stop discriminating” and “We are poor, not stupid,” as they delivered a letter to Wheeling village’s president, Dean Argiris, demanding their homes not be destroyed for economic development. “We feel that the damage (in last April’s floods) was minimal and that this is an excuse for the village of Wheeling to force our 41 families out of our homes to be displaced,” said resident Javier Barrera in the letter. A village news release stated that the village’s community development department, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials, along with county and state emergency management agencies performed damage assessments after the April flooding. As a result of the floodway designation, the homes may not be repaired or replaced. ##

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Modular Homes for the Inundated Down Under

February 1st, 2013 Comments off

NewsMail tells MHProNews 1,000 homes in the Bundaberg, Australia area will need assistance following floods that inundated Queensland in eastern Australia and shut down 300 roads, including two major highways to the state capital in Brisbane. Minister for Housing and Public Works Tim Mander says, “Right now we’ve got enough temporary camp buildings on their way to provide beds for up to 340 people and cooking facilities for roughly 650. Those buildings will start to arrive in Bundaberg over the weekend.” He says modular homes will be brought in within the coming weeks to provide more permanent housing until people can build or rebuild their own homes. Bundaberg is in east central Australia on the South Pacific coast.

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MH Producer Appeals Tax Assessment

June 6th, 2012 Comments off

The RepublicanHerald reports from Schuylkill County in Pennsylvania that Pine Grove Manufactured Homes Inc. has asked the Schuylkill County Court to reduce the fair market and assessed value of its property that was damaged by the floods of Sept. 2011, forcing the company to close the facility and move production elsewhere. The county Board of Assessment Appeals rejected Pine Grove’s appeal of the $829,890 fair market value and the $414,495 assessed value on May 8, 2012. The company asked the court to reduce the fair market and assessed values of the property. The reduction would lower tax receipts for the county and Pine Grove township. has learned Schuylkill County is in eastern PA.

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Tax Relief for MH Flood Victims

April 24th, 2012 Comments off

StateJournal in West Virginia reports Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin authorized tax relief to flood victims of two additional counties, bringing to eleven the number of counties included. The executive order suspends the consumer sales and service tax and the use tax on purchases that would “substantially improve efforts to provide needed housing” to victims of the late Feb. 2012 floods. Purchases exempt from the taxes include manufactured homes, house trailers, modular homes, and certain building materials and supplies. has learned the order also suspends the taxes on purchases related to the restoration of housing damaged due to the floods. “Storm-damaged communities around the state continue to rebuild and therefore, we must provide needed tax relief to help them move forward,” says Tomblin.

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