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Nation Seeks Affordable Housing Solutions, Looks to Modular

March 22nd, 2017 Comments off

The delegation from Borneo. Credit: Borneo Today.

In its search for affordable housing solutions, representatives from the island of Borneo, which includes the nations of Brunei, Malaysia, and Indonesia, arrived in China this week to discuss potential options.

According to Borneo Today, a delegation from the Ministry of Housing and Urbanization, and Sarawak Housing and Real Estate Developers’ Association (SHEDA) has been tasked with searching for housing solutions, and their trip will include visits to several housing-related government bodies in China, as well as factories and production sites of several companies specializing in affordable housing solutions.

China has done a lot for their public housing sector and I hope we can adopt some of their knowledge from this trip. That is the purpose of this trip and I hope we can work together with them and learn from their experience,” said Urbanization Assistant Minister Datuk Talib Zulpilip.


Borneo (red marker). Credit: Google.

For the representatives from SHEDA, they have a particular interest in what can be done with factory-built homes.

We hope to learn from China the cost saving process and see the production of prefabricated modular building system in their factories. We hope to source for alternative affordable housing solutions that may enhance the variety of housing in Sarawak,” said SHEDA Kuching chairman Dr Christopher Ngui.

This study visit may provide us with the opportunity to do so and if we can successfully incorporate the technology into our housing developments, there is little doubt in my mind that the affordable housing situation in Sarawak will improve on the whole.

The delegation is scheduled to visit the Hong Kong Urban Renewal Authority (URA) to learn more about how the government agency has managed to revive dilapidated urban areas.

It also plans a visit to the Hong Kong Housing Authority (HKHA), which operates citizen home ownership and private sector participation programs.

While in Mainland China, the delegation is scheduled to visit several factories and sites of prominent prefabricated housing system manufacturers, as well as a briefing on housing and city planning by the Qingdao Municipal Government.

The group also expects to sign a number of agreements with manufacturers during the visit.

For more on nations around the world exploring modular housing, including British insurance giant Legal & General making moves building and lending, click here. ##

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Nation Looks to Shipping Containers for Migrant Housing

February 15th, 2017 Comments off

A makeshift migrant camp near the Serbian border. Credit: FOX News.

The nation of Hungary is looking to container housing to solve a growing problem at border camps, as migrants wait for their asylum requests to be settled.

According to FOX News, human rights advocates have noted that Hungary was already holding large numbers of asylum-seekers in closed camps and that the massive, indiscriminate detention of all asylum-seekers “has not been seen in decades in democratic Europe.”

Hungary’s Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, has been outspoken on the issue of immigration, echoing a sentiment similar to that of President Donald Trump.


Prime Minster Viktor Orban. Credit: Deutsche Welle.

Once new rules are in place, any migrants detained anywhere in Hungary without documents allowing them to be in the country will be returned across the border,” said Janos Lazar, Orban’s chief of staff.

The strong words from the Orban Administration have also drawn criticism.


Janos Lanzar. Credit: Morning Ag Clips.

The government would do better instead to improve the quality of the open reception centers and spend this money on the integration of people who have found asylum in Hungary,” said the Hungarian Helsinki Committee in a statement.

The committee has also vowed to sue Hungary at the European Court of Justice in every case where asylum-seekers are illegally kept in custody, which would likely force the country to make compensation payments.

Currently, asylum seekers with claims that are under appeal are housed in mostly open camps, and some leave for other destinations in Western Europe before their appeals are decided.

Any migrants detained within five miles of the border are routinely sent back across the fences Hungary has built on its southern borders with Serbia and Croatia.

Lazar says that the measures have to be enacted in instances like this, when Hungary has declared a state of emergency due to mass migration.

It is clear that the security situation in Europe has deteriorated, not improved,” said Lazar.

Turkey is presently defending the borders of Europe. We would like to strengthen the Hungarian border.

Lazar also said that the country was ready to build a second, stronger fence if needed, on its southern borders, in addition to building several small bases along the fence for the thousands of border police.

Hungary granted asylum or some form of protection to 425 people in 2016. It received 29,432 applications.


A Svenska Containerhus. For the full article on containers being used for housing in Sweden, click below or on the photo.  Credit: Twitter, Sputniknews.

As Daily Business News readers are aware, other nations have also turned to shipping containers as a potential solution to their housing crises due to an influx of immigrants.

Sweden has looked to Peter Eriksson, CEO of Svenska Containerhus to repurpose surplus shipping containers, and in Canada, the city of Vancouver is turning containers into single suites to battle their housing crisis.


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Future Looks Bleak for MHC

February 13th, 2017 Comments off

Credit: WIBX.

In the Mohawk Valley of New York state, an ongoing battle between a manufactured home community and the town it’s in, one side landed what could be a knockout blow.

According to the Times Telegram, Bill and Virginia Jaquish, owners of the Creekside Mobile Home Park in German Flatts have been in a battle to keep the community open since 2013, and last Thursday, State Supreme Court Justice Norman I. Siegel denied a motion by the couple to set aside a judgment he issued in November.

The November ruling called for the Jaquish’s to close down the community, which is located in a flood zone. The couple applied for a floodplain development permit, and the town of German Flatts denied their permit. The town also claimed that Jaquish’s have “encroachments built in the floodway” of the creek that the community sits near.

According to town officials, the “floodway” is defined by law as the area where all development is generally prohibited due to the danger of flooding, according to a statement issued by the town.

As a result of the ruling, the Jaquish’s must close down and vacate their property, along with the residents, by May 31st, 2017.


Bill & Virginia Janquish. Credit: Utica OD.

The floodway is defined by law as the most dangerous area, where all development is generally prohibited,” said German Flatts Supervisor, Frank Spatto.

The town board is encouraged by the Judge’s ruling again upholding our denial of the Jaquishs’ floodplain Development Permit.  We now look forward to the Jaquishs’ compliance with the Judge’s order to close the Creekside Park and move the residents of the Park out of harm’s way by May 31, and before another flood should occur.

Even with the denial of motion, it appears that the Jaquish’s plan to keep fighting however they can.

We brought this motion to ask the judge to reconsider based on evidence we believe he did not consider in earlier decision,” said Attorney Mark Wolber, who represents the couple.

The reason we brought the motion is that when you do an appeal you can only bring what was brought before the trial judge.


A sign at the Creekside Mobile Home Park. Credit: WKTV.

Wolber stated that there is another notice of appeal on this order and he expects the appeals will be consolidated and brought before the Appellate Court. He plans to ask the Appellate Court to stay the judge’s order until it makes a decision and to file the application for the stay in the next 30 days.

The appeal itself will probably take about a year,” said Wolber.

This mobile home park [sic] has been there for 50 years,” said Wolber. “It was flooded on only one occasion when the rest of the town was also flooded. To close it does not make any sense to me at all.


A home at Creekside Mobile Home Park. Credit: Scoop Nest.

But Spatto contends there’s more to the story.

We all remember the storm of 2013 when residents of the park were evacuated to safety by town personnel and equipment. The flood law that the town board must enforce is important for public safety, and to maintain the town and its residents’ eligibility for federal flood insurance and flood relief,” said Spatto.

The Jaquish’s have refused to comply with this flood law, even though their property is clearly in a regulated flood zone defined by the federal government. The town cannot sacrifice programs, which are of benefit to the entire town and its residents, especially others who live in the flood zone, both upstream and downstream, to favor one single property owner. We would be shirking our public duty and responsibility if we did that.” ##

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