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Developer Plans to help MHC Residents Transition

April 21st, 2017 Comments off

A view inside the Chesterfield Mobile Home Park. Credit: STL Today.

Just outside of St. Louis, Missouri, a developer is dealing with the reality that sometimes, trying to do the right thing isn’t always enough.

In a story the Daily Business News originally covered here, the city of Chesterfield’s only manufactured home community, Chesterfield Mobile Home Park, had rumors swirling about a potential sale of the community, and the development of almost 300 apartments where it currently sits.

According to STL Today, Mike Lang, who leads developer Amerwest Development LLC of West Palm Beach, Fla., wants to minimize disruption of the families in the community and provide the help necessary for residents to transition should his bid to buy the site go through.

We would be as equitable as possible,” said Lang.

I’m sensitive to the fact that they’re there. I’m not interested in creating huge upheaval.”

The area has become a hot bed for developers, as large companies such as Monsanto, Bunge, Reinsurance Group of America and Pfizer are building new employment centers in Chesterfield. The city is one of the region’s most affluent suburbs.

Yes, we’re going to disrupt people’s lives,” said Lang. “But the question is: Am I going to do it, is someone else going to do it?”


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With zoning hearings coming in the near future, Lang’s ability to purchase the community is still far from a done deal. And some residents in the community are gearing up for a fight.

Some residents gathered last week at one of those zoning hearings at Chesterfield City Hall to state their case.

We’re trying to get a solid front,” said Edward Ernstrom, a chiropractor who has lived in the community for 10 years. “They didn’t give us a whole lot of time to mobilize.”

Ernstrom says that many of his neighbors may struggle to afford another home in town.

There’s people there that don’t have an exit plan,” said Ernstrom. “That was the living style they could afford.”

Ernstrom also said that while community residents understood that something like this might happen because they don’t own the land under their homes, he wants to see some form of compensation to help residents relocate.

As situations like the one in Chesterfield continue to play out around the country, leaders in the manufactured housing industry provided MHProNews their take.

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As communities become surrounded and engulfed by restaurants, Hilton Hotels, stadiums, big box stores, airports, residential and commercial developments,” Jay Hamilton, Georgia Manufactured Housing Associations’ executive director told MHProNews, “property taxes begin exceeding the total revenue from renting spaces.”

The struggle over community owner’s property rights vs. land-lease community resident rights continues. Equity LifeStyle Communities Chairman Sam Zell’s view, published exclusively on MHProNews on that topic, are linked here.

In commenting on such cases, ROC USA President Paul Bradley told MHProNews,  “How can we promote homeownership and sell new homes on leased land and at the same time close communities? It’s like selling tickets to a zoo where ‘only 1 in a 100 are eaten by the lions!’”

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Paul Bradley. photo credit: Fosters.

Bradley believes that the community sector should identify those communities that may be subject to closure and redevelopment, and differentiate them between those land-lease locations that have no plans to be anything but a manufactured home community. See his statement, linked here. ##


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Ohio Manufactured Homes Association Calls for Help

March 7th, 2017 Comments off

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The Ohio Manufactured Homes Association (OMHA) tells MHProNews that the Ohio General Assembly House of Representatives Finance Committee is currently reviewing proposed language in House Bill 49.

The bill proposes to abolish the Ohio Manufactured Homes Commission, delivering a potentially devastating setback to the industry in the state.

If the Commission is abolished, the Ohio Department of Commerce would regulate the industry in the state, resulting in bureaucratic delays, according to the OMHA .

The organization is asking for help from those in the state of Ohio, by calling and emailing state representatives and urging them to contact members of the House Finance Committee.

OMHA has set up links for ease of use in making contact and spreading the word.

You can have an email letter sent on your behalf here, or you can go here and enter your zip code to get contact information for representatives in your area to call.

A script that can be utilized is linked here.

As Daily Business News readers already know, the Ohio Manufactured Homes Association (OMHA) is a not for profit organization whose strategic vision strives to make manufactured housing a standard way of life in Ohio.

For additional commentary from OMHA Executive Director Tim Williams, including his take on actions by President Donald Trump that affect the manufactured housing industry, click here. ##


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Modular Tapped to Help City With Housing Needs

March 3rd, 2017 Comments off

A rendering of one of the modular homes. Credit: Belgrade News.

In Belgrade, Montana, the Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) has looked to modular housing as a solution to what the organization calls “immense affordable housing needs.

According to Belgrade News, the HRDC will add 20 small modular homes to land that they already own.

The soon-to-be housing development will be on the plot of land just west of Family Dollar in Belgrade,” said HRDC Special Projects Officer Tracy Menuez.

The HRDC has owned the land for years and decided to move forward on development plans with the city of Belgrade last summer after finding suitable homes to put on it.


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Menuez says the organization purchased 75 two-bedroom, two-bathroom modular homes from a real estate company in Sidney, and some of the homes have been sold to partner organizations, while others will be placed later when more land becomes available throughout the communities the HRDC serves.

Menuez also provided additional details on the importance of keeping prices in reach for those who need the housing most.

One of the challenges we’ve found with these modulars is finding affordable land to put them on,” said Menuez.

Without affordable land, even the cheapest homes can become unaffordable. By utilizing land the HRDC already owns, we can be sure the homes will remain within the financial reach of lower income families. We want to make sure these are affordable to households who are underserved by our current market.

The plot of land that will be used for the homes will also include some office space and a new Head Start building with four new classrooms. Menuez said that those are critical, as Belgrade has been a high growth area for the Head Start program.

Groundbreaking is expected to take place later this spring and the homes, along with the Head Start program, should be up and running over the summer after the city sorts out issues with infrastructure for water delivery to the area.

In development time, the delay’s really not that much,” said Belgrade City Planner Jason Karp.

It’s frustrating, but the homes will happen.”

Menuez said that there will be an application process of some kind through the HRDC to live in the modular homes, but it is not available yet.

The Daily Business News covered the HRDC last year, in what ended up being a rumor that manufactured housing the organization had was for Syrian refugees. That story is linked here. ##


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Modular Construction Helps to House Veterans

February 16th, 2017 Comments off

The entrance to Potter’s Lane. Credit: OC Register.

In Midway City, California, American Family Housing and GrowthPoint Structures have come to the rescue to help house the area’s homeless veterans.

Potter’s Lane, which consists of 16 studio-apartment units refurbished from cargo containers, is said to be the first example in the nation of a multi-unit permanent housing complex fashioned in this way.


Thinking outside of the box is what we have to do to get these veterans housed,” said Timothy Wilson of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Long Beach, speaking to a crowd of about 300 visitors at the unveiling of the nearly completed complex.

According to the OC Register, the “box” at Potter’s Lane is each of the 8-by-20-foot containers that once transported dry goods to California ports but have been converted into insulated living quarters by the Los Angeles-based GrowthPoint Structures. Three modified containers make up each studio apartment.


A look at the inside of one of the units at Potter’s Lane. Credit: OC Register.

Fifteen of the sixteen units are set for homeless veterans, with an on-site manager occupying the other unit. Amenities include a common room, a central patio with a barbecue and a garden with raised beds to grow vegetables. The VA and non-profit Orange County’s Illumination Foundation will subsidize rents and provide wrap around services.

Oh, I love it,” said Paul Leon, Illumination Foundation founder and president prior to the start of the event. “I feel this is going to be the campus model.

James “Jimmy” Palmiter, a Vietnam War-era veteran who served stateside, took his first look at the fully furnished units in the complex during the event, and was floored.


James “Jimmy” Palmiter looks at one of the rooms. Credit: OC Register.

I can’t believe all the stuff they put in there,” said Palmiter, who moved last month from his van into temporary quarters at American Family Housing’s main building.

Did you see the coffeemaker? It’s gigantic.

Each unit is furnished with a double bed, easy chair, dresser and flat-screen TV, small dining table and fully equipped kitchen. A women’s church group in Westminster contributed handmade red, white and blue-themed quilts.

Move in day is expected to be some time this week.


Donna Gallup addresses the crowd. Credit: OC Register.

Donna Gallup, president and chief executive of American Family Housing, reflected her pride in the project in her comments during the event.

Who would have guessed that Orange County would be the leader in this nation, on this front?” said Gallup. “But, we are.” ##

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Christmas! Business Donates Manufactured Homes to Those in Need

December 24th, 2016 Comments off

Credit: Dalton Daily Citizen.

The Christmas spirit is alive and well around the nation in the manufactured housing industry this season.

Michael A. McClendon runs a nonprofit outreach organization, Whatever It Takes, that was designed to help homeless men.

Then, a woman approached him in need with her two children.

Her husband had beaten her.

We didn’t know what to do at times like that because we’ve only dealt with men,” said McClendon.

That’s when Crawford K. McDonald, vice president of ECM (Ernest Crawford McDonald) Real Estate in north Georgia, stepped in.

He donated four manufactured homes so that McClendon has a place to house those in need.

They are designed to be temporary accommodation during critical points in life such as getting out of prison or escaping an abusive relationship,” said McDonald.

McClendon told the Dalton Daily Citizen that he plans to use two of the homes for felons who are out of prison so that they can more easily readjust to society. The remaining two are for battered women and the homeless.

McDonald is excited to give back in a meaningful way.

Our business has been successful in the past year and this is my way of giving back. The community has given us a lot. In addition to this we realize there are certain ways you can help communities,” said McDonald.

When someone is incarcerated and comes back in society there is a 75 percent chance that person may reoffend. I am very impressed with what Michael is doing, because there is little support for people in these situations.


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McClendon learned of the offer from McDonald through a mutual friend on Facebook. Once they connected and McClendon shared his plan, McDonald was on board with it, but stated that McClendon could only use the homes to help his fellow man.

What most people are not aware of is if felons have a support system the reoffending number is cut in half,” said McDonald. “They want to work and contribute to society.

McDonald agrees. While he has a passion for helping people, he also says that they need to be proactive. Within two weeks of his organization helping someone with housing, he requires them to find a job.

You have to pick yourself up,” said McDonald. “I’m not going to put someone on my shoulder and carry them, I’ve got too many more to carry.


Other examples of holiday cheer in MHVille are linked here. ##

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