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Siting, Appearance of Manufactured Homes Proposed

July 22nd, 2013 Comments off

Updating and adding to a story posted by MHProNews July 16 concerning restrictions on manufactured housing (MH) placement in Magnolia Ark., the Magnolia City Council will consider the second part of the ordinance, which deals with the particulars of each manufactured dwelling. All homes must have a perimeter foundation enclosure or skirting, shingle or metal roofs, and a built-in porch or a four foot by eight foot landing with steps and a handrail. Concrete, asphalt, or SB-2 or better gravel driveway of no less than a 20 foot width is required, plus off-street parking space for four vehicles. Unless a home is brand new and under warranty, it is subject to a thorough inspection inside and out, including the utility hook-ups, according to magnoliareporter. A manufactured housing community must be at least three acres in size, and each dwelling is to have a minimum of 200 square feet of recreational area, be no taller than 15 feet and sited at least 15 feet away from the nearest home.

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School District may Lease Homesites in Manufactured Housing Community

June 19th, 2013 Comments off

Updating a story MHProNews posted June 12, 2013 regarding manufactured homes for teachers in housing-strapped Midland, Tex., the Midland Independent School District (MISD) trustees authorized up to $3.5 million to create a 70-unit temporary housing development. While the trustees originally thought they would have to develop infrastructure for the new manufactured homes, the owners of the recently renovated Stonegate Mobile Home Park contacted Superintendent Ryan Warren about leasing up to 100 home sites in the community that is currently vacant. If it is less expensive to site the homes in Stonegate, which already has utility hook-ups, as opposed to developing MISD property, the trustees may contract with the manufactured home community. MISD originally thought rent of $500 a month would be sufficient to recoup the expenditure of $32,000 per unit, but have now upped that figure to $750 a month. As mywettexas reports, with the buy-back option on the homes at 40-50 percent, the MISD hopes to regain their outlay in four years.

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West, Tex. Considers Modular Housing

June 11th, 2013 Comments off

The wacotrib informs MHProNews the city of West, Tex., that was hit with the April 17 fertilizer explosion, is exploring the feasibility of bringing modular units to house the residents displaced by the blast. Each structure would house two families, but would cost $10,000 to haul from Killeen, Tex., not including utility hook-ups. Each dwelling has three bedrooms and a bath, and would be owned by a private company as rentals. Residents could occupy them while their own homes are being rebuilt. Forty are immediately available, each requiring a quarter of an acre, steering the city to seek a ten acre plot where the homes can be sited. West would also have to provide infrastructure for the modular units, including utility lines and roads, both of which are major expenses. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will not help because of the abundance of hotel rooms in the area.

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FEMA Plans for Disaster Housing

January 24th, 2013 Comments off

Homeland Security Today tells MHProNews the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is holding two half-day briefings Feb. 19 to, one, discuss the construction of temporary manufactured housing with industry officials the first half, and the hauling and installation of the units the second half. FEMA intends to hold a design competition for these disaster survivor homes. The common design chosen would standardize construction so utility hook-ups would be in the same place with each unit regardless of house size. An exact pattern is easier and quicker to replicate when the available supply is short and the need is great following a disaster.

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Foundation Offers Homes to Islanders

November 23rd, 2012 Comments off

A Connecticut foundation with roots in Staten Island (SI) is offering 20-30 fully furnished modular homes to SI residents displaced by Hurricane Sandy sited on four acres of land the Faith Church owns in New Milford, Conn. Frank Siller, of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Tower Foundation, John Hodge, director of operations for the foundation, and Pastor Frank Santora of Faith Church laid out the offer at a news conference, as StatenIslandLive tells MHProNews. The foundation will pay about $1 million for the homes from the Sandy relief fund, and the church will charge one dollar a year for the land. Local utility companies have offered hook-ups on a pro bono basis, and the church will provide food to the families as well as schooling for the children, and a gymnasium to play in. Siller will site the homes on Staten Island if a free space if offered there. Santora and Hodge are both original Islanders and have family affected by the storm. Each 14′ by 48′ modular home, built by Factory Expo Homes of Virginia, has two bedrooms. If there are more applicants than homes, a lottery system will determine who gets them. If Islanders do not take the offer, the homes will be used elsewhere for Victims of Sandy. Once they are no longer being used, the homes will be sold and the funds will return to the relief fund.

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Enter, Manufactured Housing?

June 19th, 2012 Comments off

Community development lenders and investors might be eligible for $200,000 grants each from the departments of Agriculture, Treasury and HUD to replace some of the worst housing in the nation—worse than urban slums or some Indian reservations: It’s the “colonias” areas of the U.S. border with Mexico. Likely to be in rural areas or just outside big cities, the residents are largely Hispanic, mostly American citizens, with a cultural propensity to own land. Often sold by shady landowners who tend to confiscate the land if one payment is missed, the residents too frequently have no money for a house after acquiring the land, so the “homes” tend to be of leftover wood, tar paper, and other scrounged materials. In some instances there is no water or sewage hook-ups, providing a breeding ground for disease. In fact, NationalMortgageNews tells MHProNews, Bubonic plague has even been detected at some sites. The funding will be targeted for infrastructure and construction to provide healthful and safe conditions.

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