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Emerging Building, Construction Technologies Poised to Disrupt Housing, Developing, and More

May 29th, 2018 Comments off

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This 10-minute video will show you some technologies that you will be familiar with, such as 3D Printing.

 

But it will also introduce you to technologies that you may not be familiar with at all.  This new TechZone video was posted earlier in May 2018, and it already boasts over a million views.

From:

  • patio and road paving systems,
  • to tear down tech,
  • 3D printing,
  • to wall building drones,
  • robots that build walls faster than humans,
  • and more

this is a video that forward thinkers in the manufactured and modular housing industry will want to carefully digest.

We have a follow up Daily Business News report pending on a related process that is poised to launch later this year, or early in 2019.  It is a must for factory builders.  Stay tuned. ## (News, analysis, and expert commentary.)

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City Expanding Affordable Housing

June 24th, 2017 Comments off

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In a move reflecting a growing trend across the nation, the city of San Bernardino, CA is partnering with Neighborhood Partnership Housing Services “to ensure that persons of all walks of life have opportunities to find suitable and affordable housing in San Bernardino,” according to a report from the city’s housing consultant, Edward Flores.

The report continues, “The Infill Housing Program will allow the city to take blighted and/or underutilized residential properties within the city and turn them into quality and energy efficient housing for qualified low- and moderate-income households.”

The city council voted to approve the partnership using $650,000 of HOME funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to build up to three more modular homes on lots owned by the city and sold to first-time homebuyers. This brings the commitment to $1,275,000 following s similar vote in September, according to what SBSun tells MHProNews.

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SC Town Adding to Affordable Housing Stock

As MHProNews reported June 9, 2014, the town of Bluffton, South Carolina is promoting 22 Small Home Series modular units under an Affordable Housing Initiative to Bluffton residents who earn no more than 120 percent of the area’s annual median income.

The units will range from a 600 square-foot unit to a four-bedroom model with 2,000 square feet, priced from $58,000 to $84,000. In this case the city owns the land but will sell it to residents private developers. Buyers will be responsible for 60 percent of the expenses and for demolishing dilapidated pre HUD Code homes now on the sites.

Residence in New Housing Based on Income

In San Bernardino, the modular homes will be sold to first-time homebuyers whose annual income is below $50,560—under 80 percent of the area median income with an adjustment for family size.

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According to the agreement the modular homes will include solar panels, energy efficient appliances and drought tolerant landscaping in keeping with insuring the costs of ownership remain low.

What’s Missing From Such Projects?

What is missing from several such projects are a willingness to consider what HUD’s PDR research revealed, in a report linked here.

There are projects – such as high-rises – that are better suited to modular or prefab construction.  By using HUD Code homes, more housing could be created for the same dollar. ##

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Manufactured Home Community Best Practices Debate, Rentals vs. Sales and Accounting Methods

May 26th, 2017 Comments off
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A recent post from Eric Enloe, Managing Director of JLL Valuation and Advisory Services has revved up debated topics in the industry – home rentals versus sales – as well as a look at various best practices regarding accounting and corporate structure methods.

Most participants in the manufactured housing industry know that the best way to add value over time to a land lease community is to drive maximum rental growth rates while holding expenses to a lower growth rate,” writes Enloe.

But, did you know you can often add value to a community without investing any time or capital?”

Enloe then provides three “tricks” to maximize community value, as viewed through what he calls the eyes of a lender:

  • Ensure that your leases allow for a pass-through of increases in real estate taxes and other government assessments.

Enloe writes that this lease clause will ensure that, as your property rises in value, a hypothetical increase in real estate taxes doesn’t impair the underwritten value of your property.

  • If you have community-owned homes, make sure you charge yourself the same rent as your third-party pad tenants.

If you charge yourself—or a related entity— below-market pad rent, you could be reducing the value of your property from a lender’s perspective because they are often limited to underwriting rents supported by the rent roll,” Enloe said.

Alternatively,” says Enloe “the lender is not likely to allow you to count community-owned pad rents in excess of unrelated third-party pad rents, but be sure not to short change your community by failing to ensure that community-owned pad sites depict rental rates at least in line with other tenants.”

  • If you have community-owned homes, some of your payroll, as well repairs and maintenance expenses, is likely associated with maintaining these homes rather than the actual land lease community.
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Enloe writes that, “if you can track these labor and materials expenses separately, or at least make a reasonable estimate of them at the end of each month, many lenders will allow you to deduct these expenses from your property’s operating expenses, thereby increasing the underwritten value of the community.”

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He continues, “if the lenders can’t give you credit for your personal property (chattel), you shouldn’t be penalized by counting the expenses for maintaining such chattel as a community operating expense, reducing the underwritten value of your property.”

Following these three simple suggestions,” writes Enloe, “will maximize most lenders’ underwritten value of your community, ensuring the best possible financing terms for yourself or a potential buyer.”

 

Gathering Industry Feedback

As the manufactured housing industry’s trade publication of record, MHProNews asked for industry feedback from professionals in the community sector on Enloe’s article.

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I agree with all three points made. I think the most important one has to do with segregating all expense attributable to the home operation separate,” says Richard Nodel of Nodel Parks.

As we know lenders do not like to count the ‘home rental income.’ To help offset that, we need to clearly show all the expenses that could be cut if the rental homes were not there.  Again, nothing controversial there, just good common sense.“

I am in favor of more attention being paid to the ever-growing segment of our business, which is rental housing,” said Nodel.

Sun, ELS and UMH are among those community operators that turned to rentals as a faster way to fill vacant home site.

Bucking the Rental Trend with Home Sales

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Scott Roberts of Roberts Resorts, is one community professional who is “bucking the trend” in the tide of rentals in communities.

Roberts says that his operation is focused on selling homes, rather than renting them.

Other industry professionals point out that renting homes routinely results in a drop in new manufactured home sales.

While some renters may, over time, decide to buy the home they lease/rent, the total conversions reported to MHProNews typically hover in the low single digit a year range when it comes to the percentage of buyers that become renters.

Other Views

I disagree with the first bullet – rising real estate taxes would be a reflection of rising site rents or occupancy – both of which should cover increases in RET. I assume owners are already charging what the market will bear for site rent,” said one industry professional, off the record.

Other comments included this from a Midwestern operator.

If the owner is at that max, and the RET finally catches up, does it really make sense to go to residents and say, “I just increased your rent for 2018 by $15.  That was before I knew I’d pay an additional l $5 per pad for increased RET.  So I’m passing that on too? Isn’t the increase in RET reflective of the ongoing increase in site rent?”

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Brian Gallagher, Chief Operating and Financial Officer Santefort Real Estate Group, LLC, shared his take regarding point number three in the Enloe article.

Rather than record all home and site expenses on the books of the entity which owns the community and is the borrower on the mortgage, and then ‘deduct’ home related expenses from site operations, it’s much better to establish a separate LLC to account for all home operations, separately from site operations,” Gallagher told MHProNews.

 

A Closing Disclosure

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On the consulting side of MHMarketingSalesManagement, there are companies our sister operations work successfully with that fall into each of these camps.

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MHProNews is not taking a public position on these questions.

Instead, as the industry’s trade publisher of record, we’re highlighting the evolving discussion and debate in the important manufactured home community sector on how these issues are viewed by professionals.  This fuels the useful discussion of what are the best practices for community owner/operators?

The Daily Business News will continue to track these and other industry debates and discussions. ##

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Veteran Gets Assist from Manufactured Home Community Residents

May 26th, 2017 Comments off
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As we head into a holiday where we honor those who’ve made sacrifices, the spirit is alive and well in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

According to FOX 11, Martin Auer, who is an Army and Marine Corps reserve veteran, and also a 30-year resident at the Lakeview Mobile Home community, needed some help.

His home was in need of some TLC. I needed a new shed, plus I needed new skirting,” said Auer.

The company that owns the Lakeview Community, RV Horizons, selected Auer to receive a renovation, and community residents got together to volunteer their time and deliver on that promise.

It’s back-breaking, but it’s worth it,” said resident and volunteer Edith Simpson.

It’s going to be really nice, and when we get it done, it should look like a really nice place,” said community manager Donna Hodges.

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As the renovations got under way, Auer, in true military fashion, was grateful.

I’m very appreciative, and relieved. I didn’t have to try to get it done myself,” said Auer. “There’s a lot of good people out there.”

The feeling from the volunteers is reciprocal.

Freedom is not free, and it takes a lot of sacrifice from people like Mr. Auer,” said Hodges.

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I know what it’s like to struggle. It’s nice to be able to help somebody in the community that really needs the help,” Simpson added.

As the house skirting, hammering and building took place, Simpson and Auer reflected on the deeper meaning of taking action for good.

This is good, people’s attitudes have really changed about the military,” said Auer, while discussing that the treatment of veterans has not always been as good as it is now.

We’re all together, chipping in and helping, and doing what we can,” said Simpson.

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Our vets deserve to be helped out with every little thing that they need, and this is a big thing, more people should get out there to help our vets.”

RV Horizons says it would like to continue doing projects like this for residents in need in the future.

For more on manufactured housing doing well by doing good, including assisting victims of Superstorm Sandy, click here. ##

 

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When You Manage a Community Long Enough

May 24th, 2017 Comments off
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Both residents and operators of manufactured home communities will tell you that, if you’re around long enough, you may see anything.

That was the case this past weekend in the hometown of MHProNews, Lakeland, Florida.

According to The Ledger, a 19-year-old driver lost control of his vehicle while speeding on a state road, and crashed into an unoccupied manufactured home in Lakeland Harbor.

Officials from the Lakeland Fire Department say no one was at home at the time of the incident Sunday morning, and the driver was taken to Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center with minor injuries.

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Other Recent Strange, But True MH Stories 

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In our Daily Business News periodic series, we’ve covered a number of strange-but-true stories, including the case of a theft in Purcell, Oklahoma, for a man and woman charged in McClain County District Court with knowingly concealing stolen property.

Tana S. Lang, 41, and Michael G. Slay, 43, are accused of stealing appliances from a model home on the Mid-State Manufactured Housing retail sales center during a June burglary. A Whirlpool refrigerator, range and dishwasher were taken.

Other strange but true stories include:

 

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Manufactured Home Community Faces the Music

May 23rd, 2017 Comments off
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In Maryland, a number of residents are losing a place to live.

According to the Star Democrat, the owners of the Talbot Trailer Park in Easton informed the county council of its plans last week, due to financial and regulatory challenges surrounding sewage disposal.

The majority of the community is due to be closed by June 30th.

 

Local officials and the Maryland Department of Environment (MDE) said that they have been working with the owners to come into compliance with state regulations.

While hoping a resolution could be found, local agencies have proactively developed a plan for how to best help residents relocate,” said Talbot County Council President Jennifer Williams.

The council fully supports and will assist agencies with efforts underway in meeting the needs of the displaced residents and recognizes that this can be a very unsettling time for those involved.”

The community currently has 47 home sites, with 35  of them occupied.

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Talbot Trailer Park will close by the end of June 2017, according to the county,” said Lorraine Claggett, chief operating officer for Norris E. Taylor Contractors Inc., speaking for the owners.

Those residents of the park [sic] owning their own mobile home [sic] units, by law, have longer to make alternative living arrangements and have been told to remove their units from the premises by midnight June 30, 2018.”

One of the major challenges for the community is that it has been operating with an interim wastewater treatment system since the 1980’s. MDE says it has been working with the community owners for an extended period, trying to come up with a solution for what had become an ongoing public health issue.

Community officials from the health department, social services and the non-profit Neighborhood Service Center have teamed up to assess the housing needs for residents who will be displaced.

The Talbot County Health Department and Department of Social Services began planning how we might assist residents of the trailer park [sic] when we received confirmation of the closure of the mobile home park [sic],” said Dr. Fredia Wadley, health officer for Talbot County Health Department.

We stand ready to assist the residents, recognizing that relocating is never easy when low income housing is needed as part of the solution.”

For more on sewage challenges for communities around the country, including the case of the Oak Hollow Mobile Home Park in San Antonio, Texas, click here. ##

 

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Manufactured Home Community Dealing With Serious Flooding

May 19th, 2017 Comments off
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In Eagle, Idaho, residents at the Riviera Estates community are dealing with, floodwaters, and looking for answers.

According to KBOI, more residents were forced to evacuate yesterday due to floodwaters, which began on Wednesday. Initial flooding of two to three feet has now spread several more feet, and county officials still are uncertain as to where the water is coming from.

The Eagle Fire Department has been on site at Riviera Estates since Wednesday working to pump water out of the community’s shed pumps, which provide potable water to residents.

The community is also on a septic tank system, and both the Eagle Police Department and the Ada County Sheriff’s office have asked residents to limit their use of the system. Officials are concerned that any standing water could be contaminated.

And that concern has residents leaving, and taking their things with them.

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They’re going to still have to release more water, more water means deeper flood water,” said J.R. Schooley, who is working with a family to move out of the community.

Deeper flood water means there’s a point where you can’t get out of here and that’s what we worry about the most, you get to a point where it’s two, three feet deep.”

While there is no mandatory evacuation in place, the sheriff’s office visited each home and strongly encouraged residents to leave.

Eagle Police say nine people were forced to stay in a Red Cross shelter or with family members last night.

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The Daily Business News will continue to follow this story and provide updates.

For more on manufactured home communities dealing with the effects of flooding, including those at the Balls Ferry Fishing Resort and Mobile Home Park in Anderson, California, click here. ##

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Generation Buy? Millennials and Home Ownership

May 16th, 2017 Comments off
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New figures out from HSBC show some unexpected and interesting figures on how millennials around the world are dealing with homeownership.

And according to one billionaire, the big barrier for some includes avocados and coffee.

When I was trying to buy my first home, I wasn’t buying smashed avocado for $19 and four coffees at $4 each,” said Tim Gurner, a billionaire luxury real estate developer in Australia.

According to the Daily Caller, while adults in America born after 1980 are slower to buy their first home than their parents, even with access to better rates and more credit, the situation in Australia is worse: millennials are second to last worldwide in homeownership.

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And Gurner has some serious “dad” style advice to help them along.

You have to start to get realistic about your expectations,” said Gurner.

There is no question we are at a point now where the expectations of younger people are very, very high. The people that own homes today worked very, very hard for it, saved every dollar, did everything they could to get up the property investment ladder.”

Young people want to eat out every day, they want to travel to Europe every year,” Gurner continued. “This generation is watching the Kardashians and thinking that’s normal. Thinking that owning a Bentley is normal, that owning a BMW is normal.”

 

China Winning?

The study from HSBC, entitled “Generation Buy,” breaks out millennial homeownership figures from countries around the world, showing that an average of 40 percent of millennials own their home, and a whopping 83 percent intend to buy within the next five years.

The nation that’s leading that charge may surprise you: China.

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70 percent of Chinese millennials already own their homes, with 91 percent planning to buy a house within the next five years. Mexico came in second in the study at 46 percent and France finished third with 41 percent.

This study challenges the myth that the home ownership dream is dead for millennials around the world,” said Louisa Cheang, HSBC’s Global Head of Retail Banking.

With four in ten already owning their home, the dream of home ownership for millennials is definitely alive and kicking. The greatest challenges are in those countries where there is a perfect storm of stagnating salaries and rising house prices – for millennials in those countries, the dream, while not dead, looks set to be deferred.”

 

Millennials and Manufactured Housing

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Many of the challenges and desires of millennials read like a list tailor-made for modern manufactured homes. Greener, more affordable, a choice of sizes, styles and customizable floor plans.

Millennials “represent an ‘Oh, shift’ moment in housing,” said Jonathan Smoke, chief economist for Realtor.

Many desire to move from renting to owning, but often struggle to find that a real possibility in the current site-built market. The manufactured housing industry can offer a solution to that problem,” said millennial Lindsey Bostick of Bostick Homes.

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Bostick has lived in several kinds of housing, and now is a manufactured homeowner herself, so she knows.

Today’s manufactured homes can look and live like a conventional, site-built house, and can be half the price of new construction. Additionally, many manufactured homes are Energy Star rated, so they are more efficient than older, existing homes,” the university-graduated Bostick said.

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Town Takes Up Manufactured Home Ordinance

May 8th, 2017 Comments off
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In Kilgore, Texas, an ordinance that has stopped the inclusion of new manufactured homes outside of specific communities is now under scrutiny.

According to the Longview News-Journal, the ordinance was front and center for officials during a council workshop last week.

In 2008, the city council approved an ordinance that restricted new manufactured homes from being placed outside of select communities. But according to City Manager Josh Selleck, manufactured homes have been allowed outside such communities during the past nine years anyway.

Unfortunately, we’re bound by state law to enforce our code as written,” said Selleck.

And city staff no longer will allow exceptions to the code.”

Selleck suggested that the council hold a joint meeting with the planning and zoning commissions to discuss clearing up zoning ordinance issues. A date for that meeting was not set.

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Aside from mobile home parks [sic] that are licensed with the city, there are at least three other locations that appear to be mobile home parks [sic] but aren’t licensed,” said Selleck.

The question is whether they can expand or replace, and that’s part of what I think what we’re going to have to go through is how are they able to replace a mobile home [sic] if one burns, and what are the rules for the permit process.”

Based on discussions at the workshop, Selleck believes that the City Council could be in a position to formally pass any proposed changes as early as their June 27th meeting.

 

A Trend?

The case in Kilgore potentially provides hope for manufactured housing, and could signal a stop to a recent trend of limiting manufactured homes to select communities.

In December, the Linton, Indiana City Council voted to move forward with a manufacturing housing ordinance, which will require all future manufactured homes to be in a manufactured home community. The Daily Business News covered this in a story, linked here.

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Too many cities and towns have an outdated view of manufactured homes, or are being pushed by residents who don’t understand the modern MH reality into taking actions like those noted in this town in IN. When more of the public understands what inspector Becki Jackson does about modern manufactured homes, the incidents of such cases will continue. To see the Becki Jackson video and interview, click here or above.

The controversial motion passed with a 3-2 vote.

Shortly after, Indiana Manufactured Housing Association (IMHA) President Ron Breymier responded.

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IMHA sent a letter to Mayor Wilkes and members of the Linton City Council advising them that their proposed ordinance would not be permissible under Indiana law.

Breymier shared Indiana Code IC 16-41-27-32 (b) which states the following:

A governmental body other than the state department of health may not regulate mobile homes or manufactured homes regarding habitability or minimum housing conditions unless the regulation is applicable in the same manner to other forms of residential housing in the jurisdiction.

Rather than an outright ban on the future placement of manufactured homes in Linton, which would be counter to Indiana law,” said Breymier, “IMHA recommended the city enforce the existing state law and make certain any additional manufactured homes seeking placement in Linton meet the same regulations that apply to other forms of residential housing.

Obviously, Mayor Wilkes and the Linton City Council chose to ignore that advice and adopted the new ordinance. IMHA will discuss the matter with its board of directors and determine if there is anything further we can do to address this situation.”

The Daily Business News has covered a number of NIMBY (Not-In-My-Back-Yard) cases recently, including one in Hutchinson, Kansas here.

It should also be noted that a close reading of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 provides for enhanced preemption, which ought to limit such local zoning efforts.

MHARR and state associations are often raising this issue, with one example in a case linked here. ##

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State Adds Requirements for Manufactured Home Community Owners

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In Oregon, the recently passed House Bill 2008 adds a number of new responsibilities for manufactured home community owners when residents are required to relocate.

According to KTVZ, the bill increases the fees MHC owners are required to pay residents if they require residents to relocate, and mandates the Office of Manufactured Dwelling Park Community Relations to recalculate those relocation fees annually and in line with inflation.

Representatives Julie Fahey (D-Junction City) and Pam Marsh (D-Ashland) were the co-chief sponsors of the bill.

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Despite being called mobile homes [sic], these homes are not actually easy or affordable to move,” said Fahey.

If it is even possible to move a home, it can cost thousands of dollars. This bill provides more financial stability for the residents of these communities.”

Aldo included in the bill is the requirement for community owners, upon a community sale, to notify the states’ Manufactured Communities Resource Center and make adjustments to co-op membership requirements, allowing MHC non-profit co-ops to better take advantage of a federal Rural Development program. Information on the Rural Development program is linked here.

With more than 1,000 manufactured home communities in the state, Marsh says that 62,000-sited homes serve as a vital affordable housing option for many working individuals and families.

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In my community, I have seen how financially disastrous these events can be in the lives of hardworking people,” said Marsh.

At a time when affordable housing is at a premium in communities throughout Oregon, this bill provides needed protections.”

House Bill 2008 passed the house by a 54 to six vote, and will now move on the Oregon Senate.

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As Daily Business News readers are already aware, the state of Oregon has been a hotbed of activity for manufactured housing over the last year, including a discussion about affordable housing in Portland, Oregon, and four “surprising facts” raised by OregonMetro’s Craig Bebbe.

The panel discussion at the Metro Regional Center shared hopeful signs for preserving and possibly even expanding access for manufactured housing and manufactured home communities in the future.

Bebbe called manufactured homes “Oregon’s largest source of unregulated affordable housing.”

That story is linked here. ##

 

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