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America, Manufactured Housing & Debate Over Minimum Wage$

July 7th, 2017 Comments off

 AmericaManufacturedHousingDebateMinimumWageFightFor$15DailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsThe truth is, low-wage workers are making real gains in Seattle’s labor market. In almost all categories of traditionally low-wage work, there are more employers in the market than at any time in the city’s history.”

Quoted from UW minimum-wage study doesn’t reflect reality of work in Seattle, posted in the Seattle Times  (1)

It is a fact, an economic fact, that when you raise the minimum wage, the people that are hurt the worst are minorities and kids.

U.S. Senator Rand Paul (2)

The minimum wage argument has been in full force on both sides of the coin for years now.  The issue of the minimum wage is tightly connected to affordable housing, and thus to manufactured housing professionals.  There are industry professionals who would run the spectrum on this topic.

The so-called “Fight for $15” movement has made this a hot-button issue.  Manufacturers and others have told MHProNews that getting cost-effective wages to do the work needed by the industry is an issue.

One factory builder for some time has had homes produced in Mexico, to the HUD Code Manufactured Housing standards.  They do so in part to get the labor cost for good labor down.

Another HUD Code home producer has told MHProNews that they import some of their components from China, which has nominally lower wages.  Again, they do so to give them a competitive advantage in the U.S. marketplace.  Note how that fact relates to the Daily Business News report, linked here.

Retailers and communities are no stranger to the issue of minimum wages either.

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A resident in front of her home at Corona La Linda Mobile Home Park. Credit: Press Enterprise.

Time has passed since some cities and states implemented their own version of higher minimum wages, ones that differ and are ‘more generous’ from the federal wage laws.  Those experiences of the realities vs. the theories of minimum wage hikes is the hinge that this debate should turn on.

Because it is now possible to begin assessing the realities of wage laws, and how they impact businesses, jobs and workers.

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Fight for $15  protest- Credit, CommonDreams. 

Two Sides of the “Fight for $15” Coin

Seattle, WA was the first city to enforce a $15 minimum wage, which is being phased in with gradual increases since the law was passed in 2014.

Depending on which reports and news outlets one reads, there are broadly two:

  1. Seattle’s Minimum Wage Experiment is a Complete Success
  2. Seattle’s Minimum Wage Experiment is a Total Failure

Without doing a formal study, using Google as a reference tool, there is not much obvious reporting on a middle ground between these two poles.

The above quote (1) from the Seattle Times (ST) is followed by the author talking about how there are more coffee shops, restaurants, and hotels than ever before in Seattle.

The Economist begins their review of the minimum wage discussion with the chart and the words below.

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Chart credit, The Economist, and is shown under fair use guidelines.

JUST what is the point of a minimum wage? It seems a straightforward enough question to answer. Minimum wages are designed to protect vulnerable workers who might otherwise lack the bargaining power to command a decent pay package. They are a means to limit severe poverty among those in work.” (3)

But is that claim spin? 

Rand Paul and those like him might answer that question, “yes.”  Because the minimum wage is the start of the ladder, not a negotiating position for someone years into their career.  The video discussion below sheds light on the issue.

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There are people on both sides of the minimum wage debate that believe that the goal of wage growth is one that should be favored. The question is method, how does one get to wage growth without harming business, workers or others? President Trump has promoted policies that his supporters say will cause wages to rise, without negative economic impact.

What the chart the Economist published (shown above) clearly reflects is what the University of Washington and other studies have shown.

Namely, that minimum wage is harmful to the very working class pool it claims to help. It may benefit some, but it does so at a cost to others in the labor force.

Further, it drives some marginal businesses, out of business, as the video discussion above suggests.  Note that even the progressive in this video admits they have to ‘tinker with this’ minimum wage law, and then he blows past his own admission to make a point that is not related to these actual case studies.

You are entitled to your opinion. But you are not entitled to your own facts.” – Daniel Patrick Monaghan (4).

The Trumponomics Approach to Raising Wages Without Harming Businesses

It is still just 6 months and a few days into the new administration. Consider President Trump’s policy plans, and those who view the world in similar ways. They can be summarized like this:

1)    Cut off illegal immigration into the U.S. – effect, that will cut off a supply of even less than minimum wage workers.  The result?  Wage growth for others here legally.

2)    Slow/stop the H1B program, as much as possible – same as #1 the above.

3)    Get better trade deals (Bernie Sanders favored something similar) – cheap goods from overseas only hurts U.S. workers and businesses in that same field.

Those steps, says the president’s backers, will allow the free market to work in the U.S. to the benefit of American businesses and workers alike. 

Two noted economists, not necessarily fans of the president, say this on the subject of the minimum wage.

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Walter E Williams, Economist, George Mason University.

Reduced employment opportunities is one effect of minimum wage legislation. The minimum wage law has imposed incalculable harm on the disadvantaged members of our society. The only moral thing to do is to repeal it.” – Walter Williams, Ph.D. and economist from George Mason University. (5)

The real minimum wage is zero: unemployment.” Thomas Sowell, an economist from Stanford University, has said.

Sowell has an interesting way of phrasing a supposedly complex issue, and making it seem simple.  An example of that is the graphic of Sowell below, featuring a quote from him on another hot button topic.

Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good.” Dr. Sowell has said.

Unfortunately, the real minimum wage is always zero, regardless of the laws,” Sowell said.

“…and that is the wage [zero] that many workers receive in the wake of the creation or escalation of a government-mandated minimum wage, because they lose their jobs or fail to find jobs when they enter the labor force. Making it illegal to pay less than a given amount does not make a worker’s productivity worth that amount—and, if it is not, that worker is unlikely to be employed.”

Thomas Sowell, Ph.D. Economist, Thinker,

Collage credit, Wikipedia and MHProNews.com.

Back to the Factory Built Housing Industry…

One manufactured home producer is in an area where there is considerable demand for qualified labor.  The result?  They are paying more for good labor, and those better paid workers have created a more stable workforce.  That company in turn reportedly has lower service costs on their homes than competitors in that same market, and also reports higher customer satisfaction.

To summarize that differently, “The Law of Supply and Demand” works in labor, as in any other aspect of economic life.

Furthermore, when wages go up naturally – as opposed to artificially – that’s also a signal that businesses are making enough to pay more.

Higher wages means more people can afford homes, and those include manufactured homes too.

Sowell’s point – and the facts from the study above – explain why in New York City, they too have seen a similar problem from their minimum wage hike as Seattle has. (6)

In the state of Missouri, they are rolling back their minimum wage hike, because they have seen negative economic consequences from it. (7)

Dr. Sowell’s point about nice sounding, compassionate words, vs. the economic realities that they cause are important to consider in this debate.

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So too the unique – and supporters say, common sense – approach that President Trump is bringing to the worker issue debate.  The administration is trying to get to the root cause of the problems that cause lower employment and lower wages.  The facts – not feelings – ought to dictate the direction of the nation. ## (News, Analysis)

Footnotes & Sources:

(1)  http://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/uw-minimum-wage-study-doesnt-reflect-reality-of-work-in-seattle/

(2)  https://americanbridgepac.org/splash/the-real-rand-paul/minimum-wage/ 

(3) https://www.economist.com/news/finance-and-economics/21724802-two-studies-their-impact-seattle-reach-opposite-conclusions-economists-argue

(4) GoodReads.

(5) http://harmful.cat-v.org/economics/minimum-wage/ 

(6) https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2017/06/28/minimum-wage-hike-fever-also-screwed-new-yorks-workers-n2347478 

(7) The Daily Caller story – http://dailycaller.com/2017/07/06/missouri-rolling-back-minimum-wage-from-10-to-7-70-video/ – also pointed to a CBS News video on the topic.

8) Thomas SowellBasic Economics: A Citizen’s Guide to the Economy

(Publisher’s notes: Julia Granowicz popular first guest column with MHProNews has drawn a wide range of responses, it is linked here.

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Analysis and other columns that reflect an opinion should be construed as that of the writer, and may or may not reflect the views of the publisher, or sponsors. Other well-reasoned perspectives are welcomed via iReportMHNewsTips@MHMSM.com.  Note, the author questioned her own headline and asked for help with it.  Editors historically pick the final headline. She submitted it as: “The Hope of Economic Freedom is Lost on Our Current Government.”)

 

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Manufactured Modular Home Business Plans New Location

June 6th, 2017 Comments off
Manufactured Modular Home Business Plans New Location

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Bryan Crump, owner of Cedar Creek Homes in Columbia Missouri, is making plans to relocate his business to the 4900 block of North Baltimore street in Kirksville, MO.

Crump’s development and site plan for the lot will be considered by the Kirksville Planning and Zoning Commission at its June 14 meeting, says the Kirksville Daily Express.  The meeting is set for 6:30 PM that day.

Documents report stating that the site plan includes construction of a 2,000-square-foot modular office building, a proposed new entrance from Baltimore Street, a hard-surface driveway and 10 parking spaces.

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Local Celebrity

A radio ad about 18 months ago drew a public rebuke from someone who opposed Crump’s message. Danny Wicentowski mocked Crump in a column on the River Front Times on  Nov 25, 2015, for what Wicentowski thought to be a politically incorrect style of advertising.

But no doubt thousands cheered these same thoughts shared by Crump, who was commenting on hunger protests at a local university.

Effective immediately,” Crump said as part of his ad, “I will not eat after supper every night, all the way until breakfast the next morning, unless my wife meets my demands. I know this is drastic, and I’m scared of what this could do to my health, the popcorn industry and possibly the dairy farms from lower ice cream sales. But I must do this for all mankind. I’m starving for men all across Missouri.”

Not only is Cedar Creek Homes recognized as a leader in manufactured housing, but now I will be leading a whole new way of life for men in negotiating with their wives,” Crump concluded. “Maybe I can get the football team to boycott with me.”

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The humor is apparent, but Wicentowski clearly did not want to acknowledge it.

Cedar Creek’s website states that, “Our company is built on the principles of selling quality homes and providing reliable service. 

Our diversified home selection continues to grow by following trends, improving our quality homes, and listening to the customer.

Over 40 years of combined knowledge has established our place in this industry. This allows us to make a distinctive and substantial impact for our clients.”  Crump’s website says he’s a retailer for Sunshine Homes, and other HUD Code manufacturers. ##

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Developer Plans to help MHC Residents Transition

April 21st, 2017 Comments off
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A view inside the Chesterfield Mobile Home Park. Credit: STL Today.

Just outside of St. Louis, Missouri, a developer is dealing with the reality that sometimes, trying to do the right thing isn’t always enough.

In a story the Daily Business News originally covered here, the city of Chesterfield’s only manufactured home community, Chesterfield Mobile Home Park, had rumors swirling about a potential sale of the community, and the development of almost 300 apartments where it currently sits.

According to STL Today, Mike Lang, who leads developer Amerwest Development LLC of West Palm Beach, Fla., wants to minimize disruption of the families in the community and provide the help necessary for residents to transition should his bid to buy the site go through.

We would be as equitable as possible,” said Lang.

I’m sensitive to the fact that they’re there. I’m not interested in creating huge upheaval.”

The area has become a hot bed for developers, as large companies such as Monsanto, Bunge, Reinsurance Group of America and Pfizer are building new employment centers in Chesterfield. The city is one of the region’s most affluent suburbs.

Yes, we’re going to disrupt people’s lives,” said Lang. “But the question is: Am I going to do it, is someone else going to do it?”

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With zoning hearings coming in the near future, Lang’s ability to purchase the community is still far from a done deal. And some residents in the community are gearing up for a fight.

Some residents gathered last week at one of those zoning hearings at Chesterfield City Hall to state their case.

We’re trying to get a solid front,” said Edward Ernstrom, a chiropractor who has lived in the community for 10 years. “They didn’t give us a whole lot of time to mobilize.”

Ernstrom says that many of his neighbors may struggle to afford another home in town.

There’s people there that don’t have an exit plan,” said Ernstrom. “That was the living style they could afford.”

Ernstrom also said that while community residents understood that something like this might happen because they don’t own the land under their homes, he wants to see some form of compensation to help residents relocate.

As situations like the one in Chesterfield continue to play out around the country, leaders in the manufactured housing industry provided MHProNews their take.

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As communities become surrounded and engulfed by restaurants, Hilton Hotels, stadiums, big box stores, airports, residential and commercial developments,” Jay Hamilton, Georgia Manufactured Housing Associations’ executive director told MHProNews, “property taxes begin exceeding the total revenue from renting spaces.”

The struggle over community owner’s property rights vs. land-lease community resident rights continues. Equity LifeStyle Communities Chairman Sam Zell’s view, published exclusively on MHProNews on that topic, are linked here.

In commenting on such cases, ROC USA President Paul Bradley told MHProNews,  “How can we promote homeownership and sell new homes on leased land and at the same time close communities? It’s like selling tickets to a zoo where ‘only 1 in a 100 are eaten by the lions!’”

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Paul Bradley. photo credit: Fosters.

Bradley believes that the community sector should identify those communities that may be subject to closure and redevelopment, and differentiate them between those land-lease locations that have no plans to be anything but a manufactured home community. See his statement, linked here. ##

 

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Manufactured Home Community, Residents, Face Uncertain Future

March 30th, 2017 Comments off
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The Chesterfield community. Credit: Patch.

In Chesterfield, Missouri, residents of the town’s only manufactured home community received some very shocking news this week.

According to News 4, residents of the Chesterfield Mobile Home Park could be losing their homes, if developers get their wish – they want to build 300 apartments where the community currently sits.

 

It would uproot a lot of people. I don’t know where they would go. This is an affluent area,” said resident Cambria Ernstrom. She is worried about where her family will go after initially being attracted to the area for the good schools and cheap rent.

I’m concerned over possibly having to start over,said resident Winnie Hingherwitz, who turns 87 in May.

I recently relocated to Missouri from New Jersey to be closer to family.”

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The residents of Chesterfield own their homes, but they lease the land underneath it.

Even though rumors of potential changes have been floating around, none of the residents appeared to be aware of the plan.

The company that is managing the community said that it is still under contract, but the owners did submit a rezoning request to build the apartments.

Chesterfield city officials said that they were unaware of what developers might offer residents to move out.

Officials say that a public hearing will be scheduled, but no date or time has been announced.

 

MH Industry Professionals Speak

As situations like the one in Chesterfield continue to play out around the country, leaders in the manufactured housing industry provided MHProNews their take.

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Jay Hamilton, Executive Director, Georgia Manufactured Housing Associatoin (GMHA).

As communities become surrounded and engulfed by restaurants, Hilton Hotels, stadiums, big box stores, airports, residential and commercial developments,” Jay Hamilton, Georgia Manufactured Housing Associations’ executive director told MHProNews, “property taxes begin exceeding the total revenue from renting spaces.

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The struggle over community owner’s property rights vs. land-lease community resident rights continues. Equity LifeStyle Communities Chairman Sam Zell’s view, published exclusively on MHProNews on that topic, are linked here.

In commenting on such cases, ROC USA President Paul Bradley told MHProNews,  “How can we promote homeownership and sell new homes on leased land and at the same time close communities? It’s like selling tickets to a zoo where ‘only 1 in a 100 are eaten by the lions!’”

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Paul Bradley. photo credit: Fosters.

Bradley believes that the community sector should identify those communities that may be subject to closure and redevelopment, and differentiate them between those land-lease locations that have no plans to be anything but a manufactured home community. See his statement, linked here. ##

 

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Future Community Site for Those in Need Prepared

March 7th, 2017 Comments off
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A volunteer helps with the cleanup. Credit: Springfield News-Leader.

In Springfield, Missouri, more than 50 volunteers did some very important clean up work this weekend.

The volunteers were cleaning up the future site of Eden Village, which is a “tiny-home” community being designed for disabled, chronically homeless people.

As the Daily Business News originally covered here, Eden Village is a project of nonprofit organization The Gathering Tree, which operates an evening drop-in center for homeless people.

The organization purchased the 4.5-acre tract of land in north Springfield last year.

According to the Springfield News-Leader, Gathering Tree founders Linda and David Brown say they hope to eventually have 30 tiny homes in the planned gated community.

The homes, which are being manufactured in Athens, Texas, are about 400-square feet with one bedroom, one bathroom and a kitchen.

All we have to do is roll them in and plug them in. And they are good to go,” said Linda Brown.

There will be a shared community building with laundry facilities and a large kitchen for entertaining up to 30 guests.

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Volunteers assist with the cleanup. Credit: Springfield News-Leader.

The Browns also said that they hope to have the first home set up by the end of April, and once they have about 10 homes and the community building in place, people can begin moving in.

The plan for Eden Village is to specifically house individuals who qualify as “chronically disabled homeless” by standards of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Residents will pay their own rent.

The inhabitants will have dignified homes in a community infused with respect and hospitality,” said the Browns.

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Judy Huntsman presents the Browns a $30,000 check. Credit: The News-Leader.

The Gathering Tree’s Eden Village will radically transform Springfield’s approach to homelessness and provide a model that can be replicated elsewhere to help address the issues of homelessness.

The total cost for the project, including the community center and 30 homes, is $1.8 million, and The Gathering Tree originally raised about $90,000 for a down payment on the property. ##

 

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As Winter Approaches, Fire Safety Facts and Myths Take Center Stage

December 2nd, 2016 Comments off

I, MarcusObal [GFDL (www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia CommonsAs another winter arrives and the weather cools, people make a mad dash for heaters and fireplaces.

This of course can be dangerous if those options are not used or maintained properly.

According to News-Press Now, an example of that danger occurred early Wednesday morning In St. Joseph, Missouri when firefighters responded to a blaze in what was described as a “mobile home.

Investigators believe the woman who lived in the home was heating it with candles. One of the candles fell onto a mattress, igniting a fire at about 5 a.m.

Battalion Chief Russell Moore said the home did not have electrical service and firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze.

The resident and her pets were not injured in the incident.

Fire Inspector Steve Henrichson said such incidents are not uncommon.

Frequent factors in winter home heating fires were space heaters and extension cords,” said Henrichson.

The big thing is with space heaters, nothing within 3 feet, and don’t use an extension cord. Most extension cords aren’t rated for the amount of electricity going through, and the extension cord itself gets overheated and sets something on fire.

Facts versus Myths

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It is important to note that carelessness, in this instance and many others, is often the cause of home fires as opposed to the home itself.

Manufactured homes tend to get a bad rap as a cause for such incidents, even though the facts show that HUD code manufactured homes can be more fire-resistant than comparable conventional homes.

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Fires in housing of all prices and types often increase during the winter months. The report linked below from the NFPA documents the fact that mobile homes are more fire prone and more likely to involve death by fire than HUD Code manufactured homes are. There have been no mobile homes built in the U.S. since June 15, 1976 – see link here. Conventional house ablaze, photo credit, Genius-com.

According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking.

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From NFPA Fire Analysis and Research Report, found as a download from the article linked above.  Manufactured housing – as opposed to mobile homes – have a safety record against losses of life in fires that are lower than far more costly conventional housing.  While the source material in the story cited above is not clear, in general, stories about losses of life in an older unit that a reporter or editor is saying is a mobile home, may well in fact be a mobile home.

MHLivingNews provides in-depth coverage of the facts – and myths – surrounding manufactured housing to set the record straight. You’ll find one of those featured stories here. ##

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After Land Deal, Tiny Manufactured Homes to the Rescue for the Homeless

November 23rd, 2016 Comments off
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Judy Huntsman presents the Brown’s a $30,000 check. Credit: The News-Leader.

Linda and David Brown are founders of The Gathering Tree, a nonprofit organization that operates an evening drop-in center for homeless people in Springfield, Missouri.

They had a vision to be able to do more. And they did.

The Gathering Tree has purchased a 4.5-acre tract of land in north Springfield to create a tiny-home community for disabled and chronically homeless people.

The new community will be called Eden Village and will eventually include 30 homes and a community center.

Linda and David Brown invited the public and media to an event on November 21st to announce the plans for Eden Village. During the event, Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realtors owner Judy Huntsman presented a check for $30,000 to pay for the first tiny, manufactured home at Eden Village.

It’s time for us to step up to the plate,” said Huntsman. “When I saw these tiny houses, I just said, ‘we have to do this.‘”

Linda Brown, also a real estate agent, has been looking for property for the tiny home community for some time. She recently found a former manufactured home community that is complete with concrete pads and utility and sewer hook-ups for the tiny factory-built homes.

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A tiny home model. Credit: The News-Leader.

I took that back to the city and they gave me the thumbs up. They said, ‘OK, this is good,” said Linda Brown. “We don’t have to rezone. It’s already a mobile home park [sic]. That is what we are going to do.

The homes are 400 square feet with one bedroom, one bathroom and a kitchen.

All we have to do is roll them in and plug them in. And they are good to go,” said Brown.

There will be a shared community building with laundry facilities and a large kitchen for entertaining up to 30 guests.

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Outside of The Gathering Tree, Springfield Missouri. Credit: The News-Leader.

Per the Springfield News-Leader, Eden Village will specifically house individuals who qualify as “chronically disabled homeless” by standards of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Residents, many of whom are on disability, will pay their own rent.

The inhabitants will have dignified homes in a community infused with respect and hospitality,” a press release said. “The Gathering Tree’s Eden Village will radically transform Springfield’s approach to homelessness and provide a model that can be replicated elsewhere to help address the issues of homelessness.

We hope to have the first home on the site in early 2017,” said David Brown.

Once we have about 10 homes and the community building ready, people can begin moving in.

The Daily Business News has covered rise of “tiny homes” recently, including the city of San Jose, California, bypassing state building codes to provide homes for the homeless. ##

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Sales Tax Rescinded on used Manufactured Homes

June 24th, 2015 Comments off

mh refurbished burlington nc  credit  thetimesnewsA Missouri Supreme Court decision from two years ago that made the sale of used manufactured homes (MH) taxable has been reversed and signed into law by Governor Jay Nixon. Introduced by Rep. Sandy Crawford as HB 111, the sale of used MH had not been taxable for the 20 years prior to the court ruling, according to buffaloreflex.

Noting that the change will allow more Missourians to become homeowners, Crawford said, Manufactured homes represent an affordable option for many low-income Missourians and seniors, but the sales tax could be enough to keep some from becoming homeowners. By putting HB 111 into law we can prevent this tax on Missourians who can least afford it, and put more folks in position to obtain affordable, quality housing.

MHProNews understands with Gov. Nixon’s signature, the bill becomes law Aug. 28. ##

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Missouri’s “Mobile Home Mile” a Casualty of the Economy

December 21st, 2011 Comments off

Manufactured Home Wikimedia Dec 21 11From KY3News in Springfield, Missouri, MHProNews.com learns about the demise of a strip of roadway known as Mobile Home Mile. The report says the current decline in sales is easily the worst in decades. Don Whiteman of Granny’s Mobile Homes told the reporter his business has gone from probably delivering more houses in a month to probably what we deliver in a year now. Granny’s is one of the lucky ones. Many of his competitors have closed. Business owners say it was a decade ago when the manufactured home business was booming in Springfield with at least 25 dealers. Today three remain. The report sites IBIS World, which lists the business as one of the fastest dying industries in America, right up there with DVD rental stores and record stores. A slight rebound is predicted in the next five years. The article misidentified the product as mobile homes throughout.

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Modular Moving in Midwest

November 25th, 2011 Comments off

Omaha reports Rod Tompkins, who operates Heritage Homes in Wayne, Nebraska, in the northeast part of the state, says business is picking up and he plans to add 16 production workers to the current roster of 64. The maker of custom modular homes and apartments says the biggest demand is coming from the oil fields of North Dakota, but he also serves rural areas of Missouri, Iowa, and Kansas where the economy is more robust than other parts of the country. Tompkins says, “We’ll probably double our production here in the next year, and then we may try to grow it some more in 2013.” Manta, which provides company profiles and market research online, estimates Heritage has annual revenue of $11,800,000.

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