Posts Tagged ‘housing and community development’

State: MHC Sold Unlivable Home

January 24th, 2013 Comments off

DesertDispatch reports from Barstow, Calif. in San Bernardino County a factory-built home sold to a family at the Hacienda Mobile Home Park was alleged to have black mold, running sewage, an open electrical panel and a leaking water heater. Deemed uninhabitable by the Dept. of Housing and Community Development, Hacienda was cited for selling a substandard housing unit and has 30 days to repair the damaged home before trying to sell it again. MHProNews has been informed the Dept. of Housing noted 16 violations, including holes in the floor in two bathrooms, two bedrooms, a hallway and water heater compartment. The community manager claims the family inflicted the damage to get out of the contract.

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County to Repair Modular Homes

January 16th, 2013 Comments off

The inyoregister reports the board of supervisors of Inyo County in eastern Calif. will consider repairing two modular homes the Inyo County Sheriff’s Dept. purchased to house resident deputies in the town of Shoshone, near the Nevada border. The Inyo County Public Works Dept. proposes to use the county building maintenance fund to replace the roof, the windows and make other improvements. As MHProNews understands, the two buildings were originally constructed to Housing and Community Development standards which allowed single-pane windows and reduced insulation in the walls.

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Experimental Home Set for Occupancy

December 27th, 2012 Comments off

As Grist reports, students at the New School and Stevens Institute of Technology designed a super efficient home that won an award at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathalon collegiate competition held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. last fall. Developed in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity and the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development, the Empowerhouse, one of thirty entrants, will become the permanent home of State Dept. employee Lakiya Culley and her family in Deanwood, a predominantly working class, African-American neighborhood in Washington, D.C. Many homes in the neighborhood previously fell to foreclosure. The net zero energy home, one of thirty entrants from around the world, features water cachement for green roofs and small plot urban gardening. The parking spots on either side of the two-unit structure have permeable pavers to allow water to soak through; and the “green street” has a deep trough with plants and dirt to absorb the oily runoff pollutants from the street. While the German model cost over $2 million, the Empowerhouse tied for first place in the financially feasible category at $250,000 per unit, realistic for the D.C. area. As MHProNews reported Oct. 2, 2011, a French team won the overall competition with a modular home. Six more are being planned in the D.C. area.

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CO Detectors Required in Manufactured Housing

July 17th, 2012 Comments off

MHProNews has learned that of a new state regulation requiring approved carbon monoxide detectors to be installed in all new and existing manufactured homes and multi-family manufactured homes effective July 1, 2012, whether occupied or sitting in inventory on a dealer’s lot. According to the law firm of Hart, King & Coldren of Santa Ana, California, RC (residential code) 315 , adopted by the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), requires all MH with a fuel-burning appliance to have the detectors, including those designed to have an attached garage, exempting only totally electric homes. Existing law requires all rental single-family dwelling units intended for human occupancy with a fuel-burning appliance or attached garage to have approved carbon monoxide detectors as of July 1, 2011; and all multi-family rental units must have the CO detectors in place by Jan. 1, 2013.

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Modular Apts. Rising for Temple U. Students

April 16th, 2012 Comments off

The Diamond Green Apartments being built in Philadelphia near the Temple University campus will be the largest modular project in the city. Built by Mosaic Development Partners, the 92 unit complex will be home to 350 students. The apartments are part of a larger $20 million mixed-use complex with retail on the first floor, funded by two banks, private equity, and the city’s Office of Housing and Community Development. Philly tells With solar panels on the roof, this marks the first Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) project to be LEED Certified. Manufactured by Professional Building Systems of Middleburg, PA, the mostly four-bedroom, two-bath units with fixtures and furniture intact, and comprised of 106 modules, are being sited by crane. Construction is set to be complete Aug. 15 2012.

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Forum to Review MH Guidelines for Residents

March 27th, 2012 Comments off

WickedLocal tells Massachusetts State Sen. Marc R. Pacheco has scheduled a forum March 30 in Middleborough in the southeastern part of the state to review manufactured housing laws. In coordination with the attorney general’s office and the Department of Housing and Community Development, this forum will be for Plymouth County residents; a second one will be held in neighboring Bristol County at a future date. Says Pacheco, “There has been a significant increase in individuals living in manufactured housing communities throughout my district and many have expressed an interest in learning more about the laws for manufactured housing living. Manufactured housing residents have a unique tenant/landlord/ community relationship and we put this forum together to allow citizens an opportunity to review the manufactured housing law guide and help answer questions they may have.” Specific problems that a MHC may be experiencing will not be addressed.

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