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Gentrification: A New Challenge for Manufactured Housing

May 29th, 2017 Comments off

Manufactured homes in Florida. Credit: Bankrate.

In Central Florida, Ro-Mac Lumber and Supply Inc. CEO and host of the “around the house” radio show Don Magruder, touched on a very important subject for those who live in, or are looking to live in manufactured housing.

There are an estimated 20,000-plus older manufactured homes with improper tie-downs in Florida, and the state has designated $2.8 million this year for a Mobile Home [sic] Tie-down Program. The issue for many homeowners is qualifying for the program,” said Magruder, in his commentary in the Daily Commercial.

Throughout Lake and Sumter counties there are thousands of older manufactured homes providing low-cost housing solutions to seniors with fixed incomes and middle-class working people.”

Magruder continued, calling out a significant issue.

Don Magruder. Credit: Ro-Mac Lumber and Supply Inc.

Through building codes and insurance regulations, there seems to be a coordinated effort to eliminate manufactured homes as a housing source for people with lower incomes so that properties can be turned into higher-end, single-family developments.

The problem for most is that a person living in a 30-year-old manufactured home cannot afford a site-built home. Some argue this is gentrification of lower income seniors and working people,” said Magruder.

As Daily Business News readers are already aware, manufactured housing communities often represent the most financially attractive pieces of property in large cities, with the opportunity to develop higher priced housing.

Magruder uses a common comparison to support his point on the issue.

Imagine if Florida implemented a code then pressed insurance companies not to issue policies for any car built before 1999. What would happen if every person owning an older car was told their car had to be upgraded to today’s new safety standards? It would mean adding computers, airbags, crash technology and seat belts,” said Magruder.

This is essentially what is happening of older manufactured homes, and it is being done under the guise of the health and safety of the homeowner. Shouldn’t that logic apply to old vehicles, since both are licensed by the same department?”

Magruder also points to the importance of verifying that a used manufactured home has been properly upgraded, and if it hasn’t what a potential buyer would need to do.

Before you buy a used manufactured home, it is imperative to verify if the home has been upgraded to the 1999 tie-down installation standards instituted by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles,” said Magruder.


A home at Lamplighter Village. Credit: Florida Today.

If not, you may not be able to purchase homeowners insurance. Installation standards for anchors and tie-downs is very specific, and it can be very expensive to retrofit on an older manufactured home. For example, an inspection to check the tie-downs on an older manufactured home normally costs around $300 and a prospective homeowner could spend anywhere from $1,800 to $3,000 to upgrade tie-downs to the 1999 code.”

Others around the country are working to assist owners of older manufactured homes to secure needed repairs, upgrades, or in some instances new homes. For more on those efforts in the state of New York, click here. ##


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21 FEMA MH Near Ready for Occupants in N. Calif.

January 7th, 2016 Comments off

Calif_fires_9_2015__kgo_tv_creditUpdating the story MHProNews last posted Dec. 12, 2015 regarding the clean-up of debris from the wildfires in northern California, Fire Recovery Coordinator Carol Hutchingson said 21 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) manufactured homes (MH) have been sited in Lake County. Most of them are at Lake Village Estates in Clearlake Oaks, and others are on private property in the Middletown and Hidden Valley Lake areas.

Utility upgrades have to be completed at the some of the home sites, and then FEMA has to finalize the installations, as lakeconews tells MHProNews. Occupants may be able to move in by early February.

Hutchingson said at one time officials were considering placing 40 of the MH at Clearlake, but only about half that many will in fact be needed, as people are finding other housing options. FEMA is connecting the displaced with available rental possibilities in the county.

Noting that debris has been removed from 800 sites, and is continuing at the rate of nearly 20 a day, she said the Community Development Dept. has approved four permits for MH, eleven for site-built homes, six temporary RV permits on private property and 16 new FEMA manufactured home units. It is also reviewing 20 other projects. ##

(Photo credit:kgo-tv–Sept, 2015, northern California)

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Manufactured Homes Arrive for Wildfire Survivors

October 23rd, 2015 Comments off

fema manufactured home furnished  colorado flood rescue 10-13MHProNews has learned from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that one of the first seven manufactured homes to house survivors of the Butte and Valley wildfires will be available for media members to tour on Friday, Oct. 23 at McClellan Park in McClellan, California.

Being installed by the state’s Office of Emergency Services (OES), representatives of FEMA will be present to answer questions about the MH units and the process of qualifying.

As MHProNews reported Oct. 14, 2015, FEMA was not certain how many MH would be needed. At that time, $7.49 million in FEMA funds had been disbursed to some of the 2,268 Lake County victims for household repair and replacement as well as for temporary lodging. FEMA was also seeking opportunities to site the manufactured homes, and have evidently been successful. ##

(Photo credit: 9news–FEMA manufactured home)

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Manufactured Homes may House Fire Victims

September 24th, 2015 Comments off

Calif_fires_9_2015__kgo_tv_creditOn the heels of the wild fires that have scorched areas of northern California in recent weeks and destroyed 1,230 homes, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) took an aerial view of the Valley Fire devastation following President Barack Obama’s declaration of Lake County as a disaster zone. FEMA has asked those whose homes were destroyed to file the necessary paperwork so that the cleanup can begin, as abc7news tells MHProNews.

FEMA administrator Craig Fugate said publicly to the Valley Fire survivors, “Get in contact with us so we can plug you in and find out how to best help you.Mark Ghilarducci, director of the California Department of Emergency Services, said, “We’re looking at everything from hotels to what rental properties may be available, to opening an old resort – the Konocti Harbor Inn – to also maybe putting manufactured housing on the ground.

Noting that their assistance goes to the most needy, fire victims must register with FEMA to obtain the assistance. 100 people had registered in one day at a Red Cross Center. Fugate made it clear that for people who lost their homes but had no insurance, FEMA will not rebuild their home, although their average payment per household is $7,000. ##

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Prayer Emanates from Manufactured Home

September 9th, 2013 Comments off

The Islamic Center of Clermont, Florida has been using a multisection manufactured home as a place of worship for five years, removing interior walls as the congregation has grown. Each Friday 150 people crowd into the structure, but with no more walls to remove, the leadership is seeking more space to accommodate a growing Muslim population in Lake County, east of Orlando. As informs MHProNews, the congregation has purchased four acres in Clermont where they intend to build a 16,650 square-foot Islamic Center and mosque.

(Photo credit: Tom Benitez/orlandosentinel–manufactured home serves as house of worship)