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“California Dreaming” – TB, Disease Exploding – KOMO Spotlights Tragic Spread of Homelessness in City of Angeles

July 2nd, 2019 Comments off

There are an estimated one million rats in Los Angeles – L.A. – the largest city in the “Golden State” of California.


Diseases not common in modern times are coming back with a vengeance.

In the modern version being played out today on the streets of Los Angeles and almost every other major city in the state, tens of thousands of the homeless are desperate for shelter, services and of course, drugs,” says KOMO’s YouTube page. 

KOMO was the news station which produced the viral “Seattle is Dying” video report.

There are “Lots and lots of drugs. Eric Johnson reports on Paradise Lost: Homeless in Los Angeles.”

There are some 36,000 homeless in LA, about 59,000 in the county, per KOMO’s report.

The video shows you the result of what $620,000,000 spent by LA to ‘fight’ homelessness. $620 million. Where did that much money go, when there are so many homeless? That’s about $17,222 per homeless person.



Earlier today, the Daily Business News on MHProNews spotlighted President Trump’s interview with Tucker Carlson, and part of that interview focused on this explosion of homelessness on the streets of major cities, such as L.A., NY City, San Francisco, Seattle, and other metros.  The president says that a common denominator is that these are cities run by Democrats, a liberal “establishment.”


President Trump Mulls Federal Action Intervening on Homeless Crisis in U.S. Cities


During the recent Democratic debates, housing was brought up by a few of the candidates, but not all. In their defense, it wasn’t a question that NBC News asked, and given short times for an answer, it is perhaps not surprising that more didn’t speak out.

But what sources suggest is that housing will be a serious topic in the 2020 campaigns.  The president and the GOP is clearly laying the foundation for their case.  Democratic hopefuls have spoken outside of the debate arena about some huge proposed programs, but some in the industry say those plans could prove harmful to the interests of manufactured housing.

This will be a topic that MHProNews will monitor and report on. Until next time, while opportunity knocks, tragedy seems to be thumping much louder.

That’s tonight’s final – and troubling – report on “News Through the Lens of Manufactured Homes, and Factory-Built Housing,” © where “We Provide, You Decide.” ©. ## (News, fact-checks, analysis, and commentary.)

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Tiny Houses for the Homeless, The Controversy Over What Happened Next

January 2nd, 2018 Comments off

TinyHousesForHomelessDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsElvis Summers crowdfunded $100,000 to build dozens of tiny homes.”

But as this video by Reason spotlighted for over a million viewers, “City officials looking to pass a $2 billion housing plan tried to shut him down.”

It’s a classic example of what’s wrong with the challenges that are in some ways made worse by public policies.

It’s also an example of the push-back – NIMBY – from area residents, who felt that their neighborhoods were being dragged down by these houses on wheels.

In deep-blue California, in one of the wealthiest states in the nation, thousands are on the streets.

A non-taxpayer funded, private solution was shut down.

A “39-year-old struggling musician from South LA thought he had a creative fix,” reported Reason. “Elvis Summers, who went through stretches of homelessness himself in his 20s, raised over $100,000 through crowdfunding campaigns,” which used professional volunteer contractors to built the humble shelters.

No doubt these tiny houses met no building codes. But they were nevertheless safer, more secure and better looking then the tents, cardboard boxes or tarps that they were built to replace.

Homelessness in America, and Factory-Built Housing

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Will Various PreFab, Factory Built Homes Become Los Angeles’ Affordable Housing Solution?

August 21st, 2017 Comments off

Featured image credits, Timeout L.A., Dominique Vorillon, MHProNews.

The City of Los Angeles is officially the most unaffordable place to live in the United States, per a UCLA Anderson School of Management study.

With the number of jobs increasing, and the number of homes on the market unchanged, the need for affordable housing in the city has never been greater.

A recent Daily Business News article reported that the L.A. metropolitan area has the second most “worst case” renters in the U.S.

Worst case” renters are those spending more than half their income on rent, or living in substandard housing – and in some cases – both.

The PreFab/Factory Built Home Answer?

One solution the city appears to be leaning more toward is prefabricated or ‘prefab’ housing, according to TimeOut L.A.

Among the reasons prefab is being considered are:

  • reduced building times,
  • ability to withstand earthquakes,
  • and affordability.

Los Angeles is like the petri dish for experimentation,” says Jennifer Siegal, founder and principal of prefab company Office of Mobile Design. “The city is less dense than older East Coast cities, and our 72 °F -and-sunny climate allows for lots of indoor-outdoor design possibilities.”


Jennifer Siegal, founder and principal of prefab company Office of Mobile Design. Credit, Design Mobile.

Combatting NIMBY Attitudes to Solve the Affordable Housing Crisis

While it all sounds like a perfect plan there is almost certainly going to be resistance from NIMBY homeowners in the city.


However a growing number of prefabricated and modular projects in California – like Google’s plans to put up modular homes as temporary employee housing – along with the efforts of local prefab builders may persuade people to be more open minded.

In the L. A. metro itself, the Daily Business News has previously reported on several projects, such as the Potters Lane container housing project, linked here.

So Siegal is in good company.  She used modular building for a three-story addition to her Venice bungalow. The modules are stacked, with an Astroturf-covered roof deck.

We’re showing that you can do high-quality, highly sustainable, cost-effective housing, in half the time, using prefab,” says CEO of LivingHomes, Steve Glenn.


Steve Glenn, CEO of LivingHomes. Credit, Pier to Pier Brokers.

Glenn’s Santa Monica home is built out of 11 modules.  It is made to LEED certified platinum, solar standards.  It has a greywater recovery system. The walls in his home are also movable, which allows the family to “rearrange” the home as needed.

The home is also more “green” than most, made with recycled glass, steel, cement, and sustainably harvested wood.

Other Prefab Projects in L.A. and Greater SoCal

Siegel and Glenn are not the only ones who see the potential that modular and prefabricated housing has to offer for Los Angeles residents in the state the city is in currently.

According to Curbed L.A. a “new affordable housing complex may be on the way to Alvarado Street in Westlake, with the assistance of a bit of state funding.”


The location of the future Westlake prefab project. Credits, Curbed, Google Maps.

The idea for a 90 unit project to be completed using prefabricated materials was proposed by the Foundation for Affordable Housing, an Orange County based non-profit.

The Westlake project, if it is seen through to the end, expects to include both studio and 1-bedroom “open plan” units available to renters making less than 80 percent of the areas median income.


Distance between Los Angeles and Silicon Valley. Credit, Google Maps.

As mentioned previously, about five hours away in the Silicon Valley is Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc. They’ve made plans to use modular housing as temporary employee housing. As Daily Business News reported, they have placed their order for the modular units through Factory OS, so the plans are moving forward already.


The Blu Homes Factory that was taken over by Factory OS. Credits, Factory OS

Siegal was previously featured touting “mobile homes” – manufactured homes – in a story carried by CBS and MHLivingNews, linked here.


Jennifer Siegal, still from video on MHLivingNews, click the image above to see the interview and feature.

With the knowledge that affordable housing needs are at their highest in L.A. and the greater SoCal area it appears that at least some prefab professionals are making efforts to use this to their advantage, promoting the benefits of factory built homes. ## (News.)

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City Residents Make Unexpected Moves – Opportunity for MH?

March 31st, 2017 Comments off

Credit: Forbes.

New data shows an interesting trend – popular cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C., normally destinations for living, are actually losing people in mass.

According to a study by Bloomberg, in the 100 most populous U.S. metros, the New York City area ranked 2nd, losing about a net 163,000 residents, Honolulu came in fourth, and Los Angeles came in at 14th.

These areas also have the distinction of having some of the highest inflows of people coming in from outside the country, which has a net result showing a steadily growing population, despite people leaving.

I have an idea of what’s going on here,” said Michael Stoll, a professor of public policy and urban planning at the University of California Los Angeles.

Soaring home prices are pushing local residents out and scaring away potential new ones from other parts of the country.

And, when those people leave, most often those who move in from abroad fill vacant low skilled jobs. How? Stoll has an idea about that as well.

They are able to do so by living in ‘creative housing arrangements,’” said Stoll.

They pack six to eight individuals, or two to four families, into one apartment or home. It’s an arrangement that most Americans just aren’t willing to pursue, and even many immigrants decide it’s not for them as time goes by.”

High skilled foreign workers coming into the country, specifically in the technology industry, they earn enough to live in high cost areas.

They are compensated appropriately and can afford to live in these high-cost areas, just like Americans who hold similar positions,” said Stoll.

One example is Washington, D.C., which had a lot of people from abroad arriving to soak up jobs in the growing tech-hub.


Credit: Bloomberg.

Rust belt cities like Cleveland, Dayton and Toledo, didn’t fare so well.

Even though the cost of living is low, the cities did not get the same influx of people that the other major cities did, which potentially shows that locals were leaving for lack of jobs.

This is part of a multiple-decade trend of the U.S. population moving away from these manufacturing hubs to areas in the Sun Belt and the Pacific Northwest,” said Stoll.

Retiring baby boomers are also leaving the Northeast and migrating to more affordable places with better climates.


Opportunity for Manufactured Housing?

Credit: Yahoo.

Many of those retirees have chosen a familiar location.

According to the Census Bureau, The Villages, Florida, was the nation’s fastest-growing metro area for the fourth year in a row, with a 4.3 percent population increase between 2015 and 2016.” The Villages includes a significant amount of manufactured home communities.

The Daily Business NewsMHProNews and MHLivingNews have covered the case for manufactured housing as a viable solution to hope for the American Dream of home ownership at a reasonable price extensively, including Bloomberg making a statement to the same effect.

The myths, and the facts surrounding manufactured housing abound. To learn more, including why manufactured housing is the solution hiding in plain sight for many to achieve the American Dream, click here. ##


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Extreme Makeover: “Mobile Home Edition”

October 31st, 2016 Comments off

extrememobilehomemakeover-credit-latimes-postedmobilemanufacturedhomelivingnews-mhpronewsManufactured housing professionals know the benefits of living in a manufactured home.  But tens of millions in the public have little or no clue.

That high value proposition can include pre-HUD Code mobile homes, as well as post code manufactured housing.

So there is on ongoing need for manufactured housing professionals to get the word out about how transformational factory-built homes can be.

With extreme makeover stories, popular with the general public, the story of Los Angeles designer Amy Shock downsizing from her four-bedroom house in Beverly Hills to a 1964 double-wide mobile home she did extensive updates on is one that is sure to spark the imaginations of all those who see it.

You can see that story, with a photo spread and more – and share it via social media with others – at this link here. ##

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Golden U.S. Housing Opportunities for Chinese Investors

December 11th, 2014 Comments off

china-stars-map-credit=wikicommons-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-Chinese investors have their eyes set on trouble Detroit, Michigan and other American markets, seeing great opportunities for housing investments.

According to Financial Fuzz, Mainland China residents who invest in US property are motivated by a few things; profit potential of underpriced markets, educational opportunities for their children, and international diversification of investments.”

In Detroit, with distressed houses that can be purchased for $10,000, the opportunity to profitably re-build that city holds strong appeal.

Financial Buzz tells MHProNews that the Chinese are investing in more places throughout the U.S. then many realize.

According to the National Association of Realtors, Chinese investors spent $8.2 billion on U.S. property in 2012, generating approximately $492 million in commission for U.S. real estate agents. Among the preferred destinations for Chinese capital are New York, Los Angeles, Detroit and San Diego.

As was previously covered in MHProNews, China based international industrialized home builder LandSea has targeted $1 billion over 5 years in new residential construction in the U.S..

Can such facts spell possible opportunities for domestic factory homebuilders? Will more American firms reach out to these Asian and other sources of capital to see what housing deals might be struck?

With the surge by Chinese investors in the U.S., experts are watching their next move. ##

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No-frills Muji prefab designed for Tiny Urban lots

November 13th, 2014 Comments off

Muji-VerticalHouse-Exterior-mother-nature-network-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-Japanese variety store Muji is rolling out its pre-fabricated home, to be sold via its retail outlets. Unlike past Muji prefabs, there doesn’t appear to be a notable Japanese architect attached to Vertical House — perhaps it was designed in-house. Svelte and sleek, the three-story split-level residence is completely free of interior doors, partitions and walls.

Mother Nature Network (MNN) says Muji has close to 300 retail stores in Japan, including mega stores. But the chain has witnesses a spread into other parts of Asia, Europe and North America. New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco will soon be joined with a locaion in Toronto, the first Canadia Muji location.

MNN describes the Vertical Home to MHProNews in these terms:

Svelte and sleek, the three-story split-level residence is completely free of interior doors, partitions and walls. A nightmare for privacy-seeking teenagers, yes, but fantastic in terms of freeing up available space and creating an open floor plan with a very pared-down ambiance.”

MNN notes that in Japan, homes are often razed after 30 years, a trend some say is unsustainable for them, which also keeps homes from appreciating as they might in the U.S..


With locations in the U.S., and so Canada, will North American home shoppers soon be looking to Muji – or other popular retailers like Ikea – for their next home? ##

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LA Modular is Building of the Month

October 8th, 2014 Comments off

star_apartments_modular__ourmidland_com__creditThe Modular Building Institute has awarded Star Apartments in Los Angeles, California as the Building of the Month. The 51 modules by Guerdon Enterprises LLC of Boise, Idaho for the Skid Row Housing Trust provides 102 apartments, each about 350 square feet, created with a community-minded open design with rooftop spaces for recreation and pedestrian traffic. The 92,000 square feet complex features energy-efficient appliances, low-VOC finishes for air quality, bicylce storage in the building’s garage, and earned LEED Platinum Certification, according to The apartments were constructed above an existing retail building which was gutted and renovated to provide support for the modular apartments. Last month’s Modular Building of the Month was Ruth Lake Lodge in Alberta, Canada, as MHProNews reported Sept. 18, 2014. ##

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Multifamily Conference to Attract 2,000 Professionals

September 23rd, 2014 Comments off

multifamily modular   jackson green  in jersey city  GRO architects   creditThe RealShare Conference Series is sponsoring a RealShare Apartments conference of 2,000 multifamily professionals in Los Angeles, October 15-16, 2014, according to The following presenters at the conference represent companies that have all been involved in the manufactured housing industry: John Sebree, Vice president of Marcus & Millichap. Laurie-Lustig Bauer is executive vice president of CBRE, and Brian Eisendrath and Tyler Anderson are Vice Chairman of CBRE. Jeff Burns, senior vice president at Walker & Dunlop, and Scott Croul, Managing Director of Production and Sales at Freddie Mac. MHProNews understands the agenda for the numerous presenters does not include modular housing. ##

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Los Angeles Singing the ‘Rising Housing Cost Blues’

September 4th, 2014 Comments off

rent versus buy   rent-directResidents of Los Angeles use a larger portion of their paycheck for housing than people in San Francisco, New York or Miami. “They’re bottom earners living in a high-priced housing market,” said Dowell Myers, a policy, planning and demographics professor at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Lower-income households are moving to converted garages or to distant suburbs where the drive to work is more hours on the freeway. As Harvard University’s Joint Center on Housing Studies tells MHProNews, at least half of the area’s households spend 30 percent of their income on housing, including utilities and property taxes, the highest among U. S. metro areas. Thirty percent is the divide between “affordability” and “cost burdened,” according to

Renters suffer the most, says Zillow, Inc. (Z), with rents averaging 48 percent of the area’s median income, more than any other city. LA also has the lowest rate of home ownership of the 50 largest metro areas, according to U. S. Census data. Meanwhile, driven by rising housing costs, the city has received over 17,500 complaints of garages converted into illegal residences over the past ten years, often to provide for family members who cannot afford their own home, although in June a federal appeals court judge reversed LA’s ordinance barring people from living in vehicles on the street. New subsidized housing is negligible, communities are resistant to new projects, and 88 separate cities within LA County each have their own regulations regarding housing, leading to a lack of residential options. MHProNews understands stagnant income growth is also a prominent factor as rental costs and home prices continue to rise. While land availability is understandably at a premium in the LA area, manufactured housing could play a role in reducing housing costs for those who are suffering the most in the housing market. ##

(Editor’s Note: The Harvard’s Joint Center on Housing study can be found as part of a commentary in Industry Voices linked here.)

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