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MRI’s Software Adapts well to non-profit Operator of MHCs

May 9th, 2016 Comments off

mfg homes  nbcsandiego creditCaritas Corp., California-based non-profit affordable housing corporation, will adopt MRI Software’s multifamily solutions to keep track of 20 manufactured home communities (MHC) in its goal of maintaining quality, affordable housing for low income persons.

With the dearth of reliable, long-term reasonably-priced housing, Caritas attempts to create vibrant communities where resident involvement and caring are the critical ingredients. As benzinga informs MHProNews, non-profits have specific requirements in terms of financial reporting.

Penny Serna, CFO of The Caritas Corporation said,Caritas’ use of bond financing requires very specific compliance to regulatory agreements and MRI Software will bring simplicity to the compliance process.”

Patrick Ghilani, CEO of MRI Software added, “The unique, and often complex, business needs required of Caritas to excel in manufactured home communities are a perfect match for MRI’s flexible software solutions.” ##

(Photo credit: nbcsandiego–manufactured home community)

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Money Taken for Modular Homes, Promises Broken

February 27th, 2016 Comments off

Anthony_hemphill__scam_in_fla__media_dot_graytvinc__creditOkaloosa County, Fla. Sheriff’s Deputies say 58 year-old William Hemphill and his son, Anthony Hemphill, 38, have admitted their guilt in a conspiracy to defraud non-profits, according to wjhg.

The Crestview father and son told organizations that the company they represented would provide new modular homes if the non-profit would pay for shipping and setup. Money would be wired to their account but the homes would not be delivered.

The Department of Justice tells MHProNews the scam earned the two men $300,000. ##

(Photo credit: media.graytvinc–Anthony Hemphill)

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Sun Communities gets Slapped with Discrimination Complaint , Settles

June 28th, 2013 Comments off

A complaint lodged against Scio Farms Estates that their policies violated the U. S. Fair Housing Act has resulted in a $39,500 out-of-court settlement that will go to two non-profits in southeastern Mich. Renaissance Community Homes helps developmentally disabled and mentally ill people find housing and live independently, and Scio Farms manufactured housing community denied their application in 2011. Renaissance contacted the Fair Housing Center of Southeastern Mich. which subsequently discovered discrepancies in policy application. A complaint filed with the U. S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) against Scio Farms and its owner, Sun Communities, Inc. of Southfield, Mich. for discrimination ended with a monetary settlement: $30,000 will go to Renaissance and the Fair Housing Center will use $9,500 to monitor Sun Communities for fair housing compliance in the coming year. As annarbor.com informs MHProNews, Sun employees will have to undergo training on fair housing procedures. Sun owns and operates 185 land lease communities comprised of over 67,000 developed home sites.

(Photo credit: Alan Warren/annarbornews–Scio Farms Estates, Mich.)

Massachusetts Adding Cooperatives

April 9th, 2013 2 comments

A coalition of non-profits and consumer organizations are encouraging residents of often modest means to seek co-op ownership as a means to increase equity in their property and control rents in Mass. The patriotledger reports of the 250 manufactured home communities in the state, only 25 have become cooperatives, but a coalition of non-profits and consumer organizations are encouraging residents of often modest means to seek co-op ownership as a means to increase equity in their property and control rents. The Ford Foundation backs communities in becoming cooperatives, and Mass. is one of only 18 in the nation that gives MHC residents first right of refusal should their community come up for sale. George McCarthy, a director at Ford, says, “These are people who went from being of lower stature than renters, pilloried in the community and then suddenly managing a multimillion dollar enterprise. It’s not a trivial event in their lives.” At the other end of the spectrum, residents of Westwood Village in Plymouth, Mass., where homes have sold for $270,000, teamed up with an affiliate of ROC USA to acquire the 23 acres on which their homes sit for $3.8 million. MHProNews has learned five states offer MHC owners a tax incentive if they sell to a residents’ cooperative.

(Photo credit: Greg Derr/patriotledger–two residents of Westwood Village stop to chat.)

Inmates Prevented from Building Modular Homes

March 26th, 2013 Comments off

According to what cjonline tells MHProNews, the Kansas House of Representatives passed SB 74 that restricts prison programs in which inmates build modular homes, with proponents saying the correctional system should not compete with private enterprise. The vote was 87-32 in favor of the restriction. An amendment to permit the homes to be donated to non-profits was also defeated.

(Photo credit: CorrectionalNews–modular prison)

Academia Partners with Private Industry

January 2nd, 2013 Comments off

Archinect tells MHProNews as part of a settlement between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act, the University of Kentucky College of Design in cooperation with two non-profits will build four more energy efficient modular homes with photovoltaic generated energy systems. Following up on a story we published April 19, 2012 about houseboat builder Stardust Cruisers converting to modular homes construction as the watercraft business declined with the economy’s downturn, the $504,000 the College of Design receives will go towards researching and building the new dwellings. Two modular homes built last year were sold to area residents who met low income guidelines. The Houseboat to Energy Efficient Residences (HBEER) initiative is creating green jobs and bringing back some of the 575 employees who originally worked in the southeastern Kentucky marine industry. Future projects will include energy efficient multifamily housing and classrooms to replace outdated portable units.

(Photo credit: Whitney Hale/UKNowNews)

HS Students Build Modular Homes

October 25th, 2012 Comments off

Fosters reports from Somersworth, New Hampshire students at Somersworth High School and Career Technical Center are putting the finishing touches on a 1,500 square foot modular home that will likely go to a local needy family. Many of the 30 modular homes built over the years have gone to non-profits, including four that shipped to New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. Construction on the current home began in the school shop in Feb. 2012 with 35 students working in 2 one-and-a-half hour classes each day to build the home. Director of the career center Bette Chamberlain says, “We’re fortunate to have a large facility where we can do most of the work. It gives students the whole experience of what goes into building a house.” MHProNews has learned the students next project is a shed for a food pantry, and then another modular home.

(Photo credit: Oliver Jenkins/FostersDemocrat)

Affordable Modular Housing Program for Missouri

September 10th, 2012 Comments off

connecttristates reports a collaborative effort between the North East Community Action Corporation (NECAC) of Bowling Green, Missouri and Louisville, Kentucky-based Next Step will put low income people in modular homes in the NECAC area. The non-profit works with a variety of other non-profits, businesses, and governmental entities to deliver social service, community health, and affordable housing programs to the disadvantaged and elderly in northeast Missouri. Next Step builds and trains a network of non-profits nationwide to provide access to affordable factory-built housing, while educating home buyers and providing them with fair, fixed-rate mortgages and energy efficient homes for sustainable living. The new modular homes, ranging from 1,000 to 1,500 square feet with major appliances installed, will range in price from $40,000 to $50,000. MHProNews has learned there are no income guidelines for this particular program.

(Photo credit: Next Step)

Passages: Chelu Travieso

April 9th, 2012 Comments off

Long-time MH industry member and state association executive Chelu Travieso passed away March 30, 2012 in Orange, California. A native of Cuba, Ms. Travieso served as a trade association executive representing MHC owners and managers, as well as with non-profits to promote the industry through education since she began in 1983. She received numerous awards for her dedication to the industry. MHProNews sends its deepest condolences to her family.

(Photo credit: DignityMemorial)