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Mobile Home Replacement Plan Offers Upgrade to Manufactured Homes

January 9th, 2019 Comments off


The Minnesota Valley Action Council (MVAC) and city of Mankato officials met with mobile home owners, community owners and management, plus representatives of the United Community Action Partnership to discuss the initiative second phase of a project to replace older mobile homes there.


MVAC and Mankato hope to replace at least five more “run-down mobile homes” over the next 18 months using $110,000 in federal and state dollars, per the Free Press.

The program provides forgivable loans for eligible homeowners to purchase a newer HUD Code manufactured home.

We should not have people living in substandard housing,” said Judd Schultz, housing services director for MVAC. “This program is a small step but it’s doing a good job getting people into a better house, which is stabilizing their lives and making them healthier.”

Another goal of the program, aid the Free Press, is to remove blight in the mobile home parks. The vacated homes are demolished.”

It all comes down to building a better quality of life in these mobile home parks,” said Mankato Department of Public Safety Cmdr. Dan Schisel.



A pilot program in 2017 replaced four homes in three communities. Five of the six manufactured home communities in the city signed on to participate in phase two. Discussions are underway to expand the plan in other parts of their county.



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Some in manufactured housing have expressed a desire to push this type of project more broadly.  There are variations of this concept in different parts of the U.S. That’s MH “Industry News, Tips, and Views Pros Can Use,”  © where “We Provide, You Decide.”  ©  ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)



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Movie Stars & Quality Affordable Homes – How a Park became a Community and “City”

December 30th, 2016 Comments off

ACityWithOnlyManufacturedHomesEdShukleCityofLandfallMNManufacturedHomeLivingNews-MHProNewsEd Shukle is the City Administrator of the City of Landfall, in Oakdale Township, near the Twin Cities.

With an eye to history and the future, Shukle has weaved an account that points-the-way that affordable housing was created and preserved, first with pre-HUD Code mobile homes, and later with post-code manufactured homes.

The narrator brings together how movie stars, politics and solution-oriented action were all a part of this fascinating story.

Thanks to Mark Brunner, President of the Manufactured & Modular Home Association of Minnesota, this insightful story has been made available on, at this link here.  ##

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WCTrib Says Improvements Appreciated by Manufactured Home Community Residents

August 25th, 2014 Comments off

082514-regency-mobile-home-park-credit-wctrib-mn-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-Evictions of problematic residents and the removal of dilapidated homes are among the valued improvements the Churchill Group of Carbondale, Colorado have made at the Regency East and West manufactured home communities (MHCs) in Willmar, MN. “We’ve gotten rid of a lot of the (problematic) people that the former manager let in. They’ve been evicted,’’ said Kim Fedders to the Willmar City Council’s Community Development Committee. Fedders has managed the Willmar communities during the last three years.

The WCTrib tells MHProNews that: “Bruce Peterson, city planning and development director, said live electric meters and pedestals that were no longer needed have been cleaned up.” Peterson also said the state electrical inspector came in and worked with management to get everything electrical to meet code.

Fedder’s easily explained the value of having and following procedures for approving new residents and for following the guidelines for living.

But now that we’re following procedure, everybody that comes in gets credit checked. Everybody that comes in gets a criminal check. If you don’t pass it, you don’t pass it. I don’t bend the rules and the tenants have responded. They’re so grateful. They want their community to look just as nice as I want their community to look. They’re open with us. They’re fair with us. We’re fair with them.’’

Stories like this from Willmar, MN are more the rule nationally rather than the exception touted in local headlines, such as “From Moscow, With Love” published last week.

More sophisticated consumers of news know the media’s unspoken mantra, ‘if it bleeds, it leads.‘ “Bad news” stories tend to dominate, while good news in manufactured home community living is all too often overlooked. David Little’s WCTrib account of improvements and resident appreciation reveals that good management and residents working together to resolve issues results in nicer and still affordable living for all involved. ##

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