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Modular Housing for Native Americans

February 14th, 2013 Comments off

RedLakeNationNews informs MHProNews the first modular housing development in Portland, Ore. opened move-in ready to fanfare Wed., Feb. 13. Commissioner Nick Fish greeted those gathered at the opening ceremony of Kah San Chako Haws (East House in Chinook), a LEED Gold-certified energy-efficient modular apartment complex. Since Native Americans living in poverty are reluctant to use public housing and tenant vouchers, the project is a step in addressing that problem in their community. The nine-unit complex is comprised of three studio apartments, three one-bedroom and three two-bedroom apartments. Total time for design through financing and construction was 13 months, as compared to the 18-24 months site-built construction would have required. Collaboration for the section 8 modular housing included the Native American Youth and Family Center, the Portland Housing Bureau, Meyer Memorial Trust, State Housing and Community Services, and Capital Pacific Bank.

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MHC Residents Oppose Nearby Industrial Development

November 16th, 2012 Comments off

PortlandTribune reports from Portland, Oregon a plan by the city to annex west Hayden Island and build three marine terminals on the Columbia River has run into opposition from residents of a nearby manufactured home community as well as environmentalists and island residents. Lame-duck Portland Mayor Sam Adams had the measure on his bucket list before leaving office at year’s end, and has been seeking quick approval of the annexation and zoning change from the City Council. The plan would preserve 500 acres of urban forest and create a 300-acre industrial zone with hundreds of high-paying industrial jobs. To ease his critics, Adams proposed the Port of Portland put up $32.6 million to ease environmental and health impacts, something the Port is reluctant to do without a guarantee of tenants paying rent. Only a half mile from the MHC, a health impact study says diesel fumes from trains and trucks could triple the amount of cancer causing toxins in the air, which could be especially harmful to the 1,200 residents of the MHC, many of whom are older and on fixed incomes. Adams suggested the Port pay $3.6 million to the city’s Housing Bureau to relocate or replace some of the MH, or to better insulate the homes as a way to solve the potential health risks, MHProNews has learned. Residents are also concerned the marine terminals would devalue their homes, making them more difficult to sell, and more likely to be abandoned if the occupants decide to leave.

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