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Residential Eyesores to be Renovated with Federal/Local Tax Dollars for Affordable Housing

August 22nd, 2014 Comments off

google-street-view-1111-cardova-lane-clearwater-fl-may-2014-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-_001Clearwater (FL) Housing Authority will begin repairs on two single family houses and a building that will be used for multi-family housing use, that should be ready next year for low-income households. Jacqueline Rivera, the housing authority’s CEO, and Deborah Woodard, chairwoman of the housing authority board, said clean up of a neglected 13-unit apartment building, known as Paradise Trail, is under way.

It’s a quaint neighborhood that has some nice homes,” Rivera said, “But the property looks like garbage, really,” the ClearwaterGazette told MHProNews.

$575,000 was the purchase price in July 2013 for the 10,960 square foot two story building at 1111 Cardova Lane in Clearwater, FL. The Google street view photo above was from May 2014.

Once finished, Rivera says that rental property will feature nine one-bedroom and four two-bedroom units.

The Gazette states that the housing authority plans to renovate two troubled public housing properties, both single-family homes purchased in 2008. The property at 1537 Palmetto St. cost $210,000, while the residence at 1541 Palmetto St. was bought for $219,000. This is pending HUD approval to convert these into public housing units for affordable ownership, according to Rivera.

For 73 years, the housing authority has overseen projects, which currently include 215 public housing units and 529 mixed income “affordable” housing units, with 45% of those properties dependent on federal tax dollars.

The homes are expected to be available once the Federal Housing and Urban Development approves a request by the housing authority to covert these public housing units into affordable home ownership, according to Rivera.

The 73-year-old housing authority oversees 215 public housing units and 529 mixed-income affordable housing units in the city, she said. About 45 percent of those properties are dependent on federal dollars.

The Clearwater Housing Authority website states that there are currently 1,340 Section 8 vouchers, beyond the housing units they oversee.

From a PDF on their website, is their mission statement, which reads as follows.

Mission. State the PHA’s Mission for serving the needs of low-income, very low-income, and extremely low income families in the PHA’s jurisdiction for the next five years:

To lead in creating housing opportunities to enhance the lives of those we serve.

We will:

– Build communities with innovative programs.

– Sustain a dignified and desirable environment.

– Create alliances to nurture self-sufficiency.

Similar to the Daily Business News’ WilCo report, the irony is there are Florida based manufactured and modular home building centers which could fill these needs faster, greener and at a lower cost than the renovation projects that are in process. ##

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Modular Cottages Going up for Seniors

August 15th, 2013 Comments off

The city of Saco in southern Maine near the Atlantic Ocean is partnering with the Biddeford Housing Authority to develop modular homes on a donated three acre parcel of land for seniors who are seeking to downsize. Because the land has an industrial past going back to the 19th Century, the city received $200,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to clean the brownfield site and make it suitable for housing. With a price tag of $140,000, the homes would be marketed to over-55 seniors seeking affordable housing who cannot afford to move out of their current homes. As keepmecurrent reports, the development is in its early stages and plans have yet to be submitted to the Saco Planning Board. The single-family homes would be individually owned and the land would be common land. MHProNews has learned the goal is for each modular cottage to be pre-sold prior to the actual development to keep the costs low.

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Modular Home Sited over Neighborhood Objections

June 12th, 2013 Comments off

MHProNews has learned from brandoninfo the Brandon (Minn.) City Council has upheld the decision of the city’s Planning and Zoning Board of Adjustment to approve the siting of a modular home. Neighbors, claiming the residence will harm property values, had complained that the structure was a manufactured home and was not a new home as stipulated by city ordinance. Planning and zoning commissioner Bob Serk says he received written confirmation from the Minnesota housing authority that the home is modular, constructed by Dynamic Homes in 2005, and meets the same criteria and standards as site-built homes. Building inspector Dave Swier, admitting it is not new construction as noted on the application, says the fact that it is not a new home does not change his ruling.

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Modular Homes on Tap for Native Americans

May 29th, 2013 Comments off

After nearly seven years of planning, tworiverstribune tells MHProNews ground was finally broken May 17 for the Hoopa Valley Tribal Housing Authority project in northwestern California. Comprised of ten apartments and 13 single-family modular homes, the housing will be built in the Campbell Field Subdivision.  The initial phase for the $7 million project will include clearing the land followed by preparing the infrastructure, and the houses will then be ordered from Hoopa Modular Homes. Targeted for low income residents, the single-family homes will be available for sale after the project is completed in about 2-3 years.

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Alleged Funds Mismanagement may Mar Affordable Mods

May 29th, 2013 Comments off

The tri-parishtimes informs MHProNews that alleged overpayments to several staff members and other wrongdoing by the Morgan City Housing Authority (MCHA) in Morgan City, Louisiana may be investigated by the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which would likely forestall a planned modular public housing community. Federal civil service guidelines restrict bonuses to no more than ten percent of salaries, but one staffer received nearly double the salary. The authority’s board chairman, Victory Ho, says an audit revealed payments above $90,000 were made to four employees, and non-monetarily, the files of 25 tenants in Section 8 housing showed 20 violations. Some of the buildings operated by MCHA had failed inspections, and the bookkeeping for the authority was incomplete. He says, “Last year, HUD awarded us $417,243 to make large-scale improvements to our community. Is there any money left? I just don’t know. And sadly, we have a waiting list of at least 100 families who are in need of public housing.” With this money misspent, Ho fears the modular public housing community that has been approved to replace run-down Brownell buildings will not be built.

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More Modulars Needed on Reservations

May 3rd, 2013 Comments off

The huffingtonpost says an over-used two-bedroom one bath modular home that once housed 13 Oglala Sioux on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation now graces the National Mall in Washington, D.C. after being placed in front of the U. S. Capitol April 17 as part of Trail of Hope for Indian Housing. In an attempt to raise awareness about the terrible conditions of housing in Native American communities across the country, Paul Iron Cloud, of the Oglala Sioux Housing Authority, says Pine Ridge has 1,100 adequate homes, needs 4,000, but because of government budget restrictions can only add ten homes a year. While the population grows and housing conditions continue to deteriorate, federal funding for Native American housing has been flat the last several years, and will likely see cuts this year due to sequestration. MHProNews has learned independently that Allen, South Dakota, on the Pine Ridge Reservation has the lowest per capita income in the U.S.

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Modular Housing for Vets Up in the Air

April 29th, 2013 Comments off

MHProNews has learned from gainesville.com a planned 38 unit modular housing complex to accommodate 112 homeless veterans may be scuttled by the Veterans Administration because the Alachua Count Housing Authority (ACHA) has made “minimal progress toward completion,” according to a letter received by the authority from Jeffrey L. Quarles, director of the VA’s Grant/Per Diem Program. The letter said the project was supposed to be completed by May 1, 2013, but ACHA Director Herbert Hernandez says he became director in Feb. of this year and cannot find documents purporting to show the completion date. He has until May 10, 2013 to explain why the VA should continue with the plan, noting the paperwork has been finalized to break ground. While the exact date for completion has been a matter of uncertainty for the housing authority, Hernandez says he has heard second hand that completion must be by Aug. 1, 2013 because the VA cannot fund projects after that date due to fiscal year concerns. Chairman of the housing authority, Kali Blount, says the problem may stem from inaccuracies on a form submitted to the VA. ACHA has appealed to elected officials to help save the $20 million project, which is designed to provide transitional housing for veterans to help rebuild their lives, and includes funding for 20 years of programming.
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Modular Homes to Meet Affordable Housing Needs

April 17th, 2013 Comments off

PrairieBizMag reports from Grand Forks, ND, not long after a Blue Ribbon Commission on Housing determined the city has a housing shortage, especially affordable housing, plans for new developments have been announced and a home-buyers assistance program has been created for the city. The commission determined the housing shortage was propelling prices out of reach for those of more modest means. The market is now correcting itself, as plans for the next few years include nearly 200 single-family homes, 90 townhomes and 1,300 apartments. On the city’s northside, a developer purchased property from the Grand Forks Housing Authority where utilities are already in the ground for a planned development of 71 modular homes, single-family and multifamily, to help meet the need for affordable housing. MHProNews has learned ten homes could be ready for occupancy within two months. Grand Forks borders Minnesota on the opposite side of the state from the booming oil fields in western ND.

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Modular Mixed with Stick-built

March 18th, 2013 Comments off

MHProNews has learned from grandforksherald Genco Bakken Development is planning 200 affordable housing units in Grand Forks, ND in the northeast corner of the state. Genco finalized the purchased of 71 lots, named Thames Court, from the Grand Forks Housing Authority this month and intends to begin as soon as the ground thaws. The development will be a mix of modular homes from Champion Homes and stick-built, with 10 single-family, 16 twin, and 45 townhome lots. Single-family homes will range from $140,000 to $230,000. Genco previously built similar developments in Williston and Minot, ND nearer the oil fields where the demand for housing is very strong.

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Sioux Tribe Seeks Bids for Modular Housing

February 7th, 2013 Comments off

MHProNews has learned the Standing Rock Housing Authority of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota will be accepting bids for multifamily modular housing to be transported and set on foundations at three different locations within the Standing Rock Reservation. The specifications call for (4) four plex and one duplex in Fort Yates, ND; one four plex in Porcupine, ND; and two four plex in Cannonball, ND. Sitework, infrastructure, and concrete foundation are not part of this contract. The multifamily units shall be constructed in accordance with plans prepared by EAPC architects of Bismarck, ND. Bids will be received until Tue., March 5, 2013. For further information, please click here.

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