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Grants to Replace Manufactured Homes Announced

February 2nd, 2017 Comments off
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From Sunshine Homes website, provided under fair use guidelines.

The Western Catskills Community Revitalization Council, Inc. (WCCRC-New York) announced last week that they will be hosting a Homeownership Academy for residents who are interested in the WCCRC manufactured home replacement program.

A number of topics associated with homeownership will be covered at the academy, including information for owners of older manufactured homes who are interested in a manufactured home replacement.

The WCCRC recently secured two grants to put on the academy and replace dilapidated manufactured homes, in the Delaware County town of Stamford and the Schoharie County town of Conesville.

General eligibility for these grants will be based on household income, ownership of the property  where the existing home is located, and the condition of the home. The home must be the permanent, year-round residence of owners and/or applicants.

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Mike Triolo. Credit: Watershed Post.

We are pleased that the town has received this grant funding and this can be a great opportunity for residents who qualify for the program,” said Stamford Town Supervisor Mike Triolo.

The Daily Business News has covered recent moves in both New York State with NYS Homes and Community Renewal and nationally with legislation put forward by Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) to assist owners of older manufactured homes in replacing them with safer, more efficient ones.
Owners of homes that are residents in other parts of WCCRC’s service area are also encouraged to consider enrolling in Homeownership Academy. Classes are expected to begin in February 2017, and space is limited. Contact Kelly at (607) 652-2823, extension 101. ##

 

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HUD Announces Record $1.9 Billion in Grants to “End Homelessness”

December 26th, 2016 Comments off
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On December 20th, the Department of Housing an Urban Development (HUD) announced that it has awarded a record $1.95 billion to numerous homeless assistance programs across the U.S., including Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

As part of the Obama Administration’s effort to prevent and end homelessness, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded a record $1.95 billion in grants to nearly 7,600 homeless assistance programs across throughout the nation, including Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands,” HUD said in a prepared statement.

The awards, know as “Continuum of Care” grants, are intended to “prevent and end homelessness.

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Per CNS News, HUD is urging states to spend the grant money on their “highest-performing local programs that have proven most effective” in reducing homelessness.

Today marks another critical investment in support of those working each and every day to house and serve our most vulnerable neighbors,” said HUD Secretary Julian Castro.

We know how to end homelessness and will continue to encourage our local partners to use the latest evidence to achieve success. These grants support proven strategies to end homelessness once and for all.

Among the states receiving grants, California will get the largest share a total of $352,946,617 for 933 local homeless-assistance projects, followed by New York with $195,920,284 for 621 projects, Illinois $104,862,190 for 416 projects, and Pennsylvania $100,357,941 for 515 projects.

Among the states receiving the least in grants are: Wyoming, $291,611 for 5 projects, South Dakota with $1,264,095 for 10 projects and North Dakota receives $1,903,991 for 20 projects.

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Screen capture from the 6 page document by Dr. Carson, posted on a commentary linked here. Carson has been named by the Trump transition team as the president-elect’s pick to lead HUD, which is the primary regulatory agency for the HUD Code manufactured housing program. Will Dr. Carson work to merge, for example, DOE’s energy program back into HUD? The document download linked from the commentary above offer clues.

The Solution for Homelessness, Hiding in Plain Sight

As Daily Business News readers – and forward looking manufactured housing professionals and investors know –  manufactured homes provide a quality, affordable solution to the housing challenges that the nation faces.

A growing number of mainstream media, as well as federal public officials and politicos in both major parties agree on that fact, as is reflected in the Julian Castro video posted below.

MHI and MHARR have both welcomed incoming HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson.

Dr. Carson has been invited in an open letter by our publisher to better understand the potential for manufactured housing to save on federal budgets, while offering free market solutions that can cut homelessness and increase independence rather than dependence.

With the U.S. Census Bureau reporting an average manufactured home price of $66,000 (see 2016 manufactured housing fast facts report, linked here), the manufactured housing industry could provide 29,545 homes with the $1.95 billion in grants that HUD has made available. Leveraging that same sum could raise that by a factor of 10 to 20. Using a more modest model manufactured home than the median or average size would further increase the potential impact the total numbers served by such government programs.

Over time, following that pattern, federal and any matching state/local spending could be cut, while dramatically improving the lives of each of those touched.

The solution to affordable quality housing is hiding in plain sight. ##

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Manufactured Home Owners of Moonachie Miffed in Jersey

October 7th, 2013 Comments off

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy last October that ravaged over 100 factory-built homes in Moonachie, New Jersey’s Vanguard and Metropolitan Mobile Home Park, of the 3,500 people statewide awarded rebuilding grants, only ten were for manufactured homes. The 400 residences in the two communities comprise one of the most concentrated areas of damage in Bergen County. Many residents of the two low income communities do not speak English or are large families living on a single income, and are drawn by the low rents. While the state says manufactured homes are not excluded from receiving grants, in fact the state is reluctant to replace homes on land not owned by the homeowner. In addition, it can be more expensive to repair a factory-built home than to replace it, plus the added expense of elevation of the foundation if the home is in a flood plane. Although the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) said in a January report damaged Moonachie neighborhoods have a high incidence of factory-built homes, of the 35 grants coming to Moonachie only a few are for manufactured homes (MH). As northjersey.com tells MHProNews, many residents of land lease communities were initially informed they were not eligible to receive any of the $1.8 billion from the federal government for rebuilding, including Lori Dibble, of the Manufactured Homeowners Association of New Jersey. Initially told she was not eligible because, living in a manufactured housing community, she did not pay taxes, she discovered nearly a year after Sandy that manufactured homeowners were indeed eligible. The state expects to receive another chunk of money in coming weeks to assist the roughly 9,000 additional applications.

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Homeownership Lending to be Maintained in Rural Areas

April 19th, 2013 Comments off

As the population growth in rural communities is challenging the parameters set by the U. S Dept. of Agriculture’s rural housing programs, Senators Tim Johnson (D-SD) and Pat Roberts (R-KS) have proposed a bill to raise the population cap from 25,000 to 35,000 so homeownership continues to be available for low-income households. Sen. Johnson said, “Providing these loans, grants, and loan guarantee programs helps younger generations stay in the communities they’re from, and ensures rural housing markets have access to private credit.” As HousingWire informs MHProNews, a Senate bill similar to this one last year was not approved by the House, but Congress recently approved a bill to extend current rural housing until Sept 30, 2013. The proposed bill will extend funding an additional seven years.

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Proposed Measure would Challenge Conversions

April 4th, 2013 Comments off

Updating a post from March 22, 2013, we reported on the legislation in the state house the Golden State Manufactured-Home Owners League (GSMOL) in California is promoting, and what has been added. As we stated, AB 1205 would provide mediation services between resident and management to resolve disputes; and AB 692 provides grants and loans to make repairs to MH and/or add accessibility features. As lompocrecord reports to MHProNews, the newest, SB 510, will protect homeowners from unfair condo conversions.

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Legislative Agenda of Manufactured Home Owners

March 22nd, 2013 Comments off

The santamariatimes tells us the Northern Santa Barbara County Manufactured Homeowners Team (NSBCMHT), which promotes the welfare of MHC residents, is linked to the legislative action arm of the Golden State Manufactured-Home Owners League (GSMOL). This year’s legislative agenda includes AB1205, a measure that would provide mediation services to resolve disputes between homeowners and management, funded by a per-site fee. AB 692 provides grants and loans to residents whose homes need repair or accessibility features added. MHProNews has learned it is also funded by a fee imposed on manufactured home owners.

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Program Will Run another Year

March 18th, 2013 Comments off

Updating a story we posted March 8, 2013 concerning a program to demolish abandoned factory-built homes in Onslow County in southeastern North Carolina, MHProNews has just learned from jdnews the program will run through Feb. 2014. The initiative is funded jointly by grants from the state’s Manufactured Home Demolition Assistance Program and the home’s owner, who, because of financial inability, cannot afford to remove it. The owner receives assistance based on a sliding scale upon proof of resources, and the state picks up the remaining tab.

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Manufactured Housing for Hurricane Survivors

January 30th, 2013 Comments off

The Asbury Park Press reports the federal government has sent $780 million in grants and loans to New Jersey for Hurricane Sandy relief. The figure includes over $300 million in housing assistance for 52,000 people and $338 million in loans from the Small Business Administration (SBA) for individuals and businesses. In addition to homeowners being helped with low-interest disaster loans, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is installing 84 manufactured homes in commercial MHCs. MHProNews has learned a total of 115 apartments at Fort Monmouth are being rehabbed for survivors.

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Funding for Senior Affordable Housing

December 24th, 2012 Comments off

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announces it has awarded $26 million in grants to the owners of non-profit owners of multi-family housing developments to convert their units into dwellings outfitted to accommodate the needs of the elderly seeking to age in place. With funding from HUD’s Assisted Living Conversion Program, the goal is to provide seniors who prefer to live independently but need assistance in the activities of daily living—dressing, eating, bathing, etc., much like what is provided in an assisted living facility. MHProNew has learned the 11 facilities represent nine states. As HUD’s Assistant Secretary for Housing Carol Galante says, “ We’re getting older as a nation and with that demographic shift, there is a growing demand for affordable housing that will allow our seniors to live independently in their own homes.”

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Students to Build Modular Home

October 4th, 2012 Comments off

Neweraprogress reports Amherst County High School students will build a Habitat for Humanity modular house at the school in Amherst, Virginia and site it in Madison Heights, just outside Lynchburg. Funded by grants, the more experienced students will instruct the newer ones in producing the two modules under the watchful eye of building trades teacher Roy Prior. Noting the involvement of many disciplines, he says the agriculture students will help with landscaping, the arts students with painting, and the building trades students with design. As MHProNews has learned, the house will take five months to complete. Prior says, “One of the best things I can do for them is to help them accomplish something positive and be proud of it.”

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