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How Many Manufactured Housing Units Will FEMA Use? Disastrous Opportunities, Knock

October 11th, 2017 1 comment
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Newer model FEMA MHUs were deployed in Louisiana, during their flooding. Credit: Yahoo.

Post-Hurricane Harvey, the Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA) has provided the Daily Business News with an update on the recovery steps in their state.

In trying to anticipate next steps, we expect vendors will be selected by the GLO [General Land Office} and soon to follow local Council of Governments (COGs) for temporary housing,” TMHA’s statement said.

TexasManufacturedHousingAssociationTMHADailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsNo one at this point knows how many MHUs [Manufactured Housing Units] will be used in temporary housing efforts,” the Austin-based trade association said. “Both state and local agencies are waiting for FEMA to vet the disaster registrants to determine eligibility, need, and type of temporary housing.”

FEMA has had over 900,000 registrants with some level of disaster claim. Expectations are that the total number of registrants will surpass one-million people,” TMHA stated, noting that in “prior disaster events, TMHA has been told approximate six percent of FEMA claims result in eligible persons in need of some form of temporary (18-month) housing, of which MHUs are one option.”

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It will be months before the details all become clear.

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Featured image credit, Hurricane Harvey Relief.

In the coming weeks and months, we anticipate contractors and vendors selected by federal, state and local governments to start deploying and building MHUs,” TMHA’s release stated. “We also anticipate more calls for adequate placement locations, such as on vacancies in MH Communities.”

A COG in the Machinery of Government…

For our industry to participate and demonstrate the role we can play providing some of the permanent replacement housing, you must get involved with the local COGs. We must appeal at the local COG levels to be included, and not excluded, when the permanent rebuilding efforts begin in 2018,” they said.

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TMHA is already working to advance this effort at the state level, but we have been told time and again the ultimate decision on housing and rebuilding will be controlled at the local level,” per the TMHA. “We ask our members to get involved early, participate vigorously, educate people about our homes, and advocate for yourself and our industry.”

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Manufactured Housing Units, designed for FEMA, called MHUs, where deployed in 2016 in Louisiana in response to their floods.  The score card for the effort wasn’t high, see story linked from the photo above. Photo credit, WAFB.

Enormous Opportunities Require Effort

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Reports from Texas have been that D.J. Pendleton and the TMHA team have been working long hours in the run up and wake of Hurricane Harvey on behalf of their industry members. Photo credit, MHProNews.

The permanent rebuilding efforts will be enormous and last for years,” per the TMHA’s research.

This effort is one that the manufactured housing industry must be a major contributor to. In the years to come we will have an opportunity to show not only what we can do,” the association said, “but also amaze would be detractors just how far we have come. It is on all the industry to make sure we are given opportunities to compete on a level playing field so recovering homeowners are presented our homes as a permanent housing option.” ## (News, Analysis.)

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Manufactured Homes Knock Tiny Homes Down to Size

April 13th, 2017 Comments off
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Kerstin Gillespie’s manufactured home. Credit: Stanwood Camano News.

While “tiny homes” may be all the rage, more and more people are finding that the real value is in a tried and true model.

According to the Northwest Housing Association (NHA) in Olympia, Washington, more and more people who look at tiny homes as an option have discovered manufactured housing not only offers affordability, but also meets meeting zoning, building and life safety standards that many tiny homes do not.

My home is really cute,” said Kerstin Gillespie of Allyn, Washington. She purchased a 586-square-foot manufactured home, placing it on family land to live in while she attends graduate school in nearby Tacoma.

Inside it has 9-foot ceilings, lots of windows and lots of light. I went with a manufactured home because I’d had a good experience buying one before and knew I could move in quickly and get more home for the money.”

Gillespie was able to customize her home, an option that often gets lost among the stereotypes surrounding “mobile homes” or “trailer parks.” HUD Code homes must be at least 400 square feet. The houses compete favorably with the cost of tiny homes; their lower price reflects the efficiencies of being factory built.

Per Stanwood Camano News, unlike tiny homes, which are still struggling with state and local regulations, buyers of manufactured homes generally avoid building code and zoning issues in Washington State, as it passed a law in 2005 preventing cities from discriminating against these manufactured homes.

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The inside of a Fourleaf Properties manufactured home in Dallas, Texas. Credit: Candy’s Dirt.

Manufactured homes are built to a national code that ensures homes meet basic structural, safety and energy standards,” said Craig Sedlacek, the program manager for the Factory Assembled Structures program at the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries. The organization conducts building inspections for manufactured homes.

There’s no real definition for a tiny home. It might be built to a local code, a recreational vehicle (RV) code or no code at all. It’s important for buyers to understand what standards a home is built to before they buy it.”

Sedlacek also points out that the standards cover important questions about where a home can be located and whether it meets health and safety standards.

One big trend we are seeing is an increased demand for smaller, well-designed floor plans,” said Kevin McShane, sales manager for the Fleetwood Homes plant in Oregon.

The tiny home term is used a lot, but we find that homes under 300 square feet are too small for most people. Floor plans with 500 to 1,000 square feet of living space are now about a third of our business and growing.”

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MHProNews and MHLivingNews have covered the “tiny home” movement extensively, including the potential for big legal trouble for owners and a detailed side-by-side comparison with manufactured homes, highlighting function and value versus fashion.

 

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