Posts Tagged ‘occupants’

Modular Apartments Set for Long Island

September 24th, 2013 Comments off

While New York City’s first modular apartment building, the six-story, 28-unit Stack recently opened its doors, Hempstead, Long Island in Nassau County will field its first occupants of a modular apartment building next month (October, 2013). The 29-unit complex, Village Lofts, will feature wide plank maple floors as well as Energy Star appliances, a courtyard, elevator, parking, a media screening room and on-site storage. Newsday reports the apartments range in size from 810 square feet to 1,557 square feet with monthly rental rates of $1,400 to $2,550. MHProNews has learned six of the modular units will be set aside as affordable housing.

(Photo credit: Village Lofts–Hempstead, Long Island NY)

Millennials not Quick to Buy Home

September 19th, 2013 Comments off

A USA Today survey of Census Bureau data reveals the Millennial Generation, those between 25 and 34, buoyed the renters’ ranks by some one million from 2006 to 2011, while homeownership dropped nearly 1.4 million. For some of that generation renting is a result of liftstyle and finances—they may take another job elsewhere, and in some cases do not want the ties that come with homeownership. Rental agents say occupants are older, more often single and are staying longer than they have in the past. Equity Residential has left behind properties in smaller markets like Detroit and Minneapolis and delved into major markets like New York, Boston and San Francisco. “I think they are embracing the social lifestyle of high-density urban living,” says Equity Residential CEO David Neithercut of the young adults. However, as MHProNews has learned, a Trulia survey in June revealed that 94 percent of renters 18-34 still plan to own a home someday.

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Program to Help Residents Replace Aging Factory-built Homes

August 21st, 2013 Comments off

According to the Curry County Assessor in Oregon, 25 to 30 percent of all the housing stock in the county is manufactured housing (MH), and roughly half of those were built before 1980. While the Housing and Urban Development—HUD Code–standards took effect in 1976, minimum regulations that initially covered MH were hardly sufficient to make the homes last three decades, especially in an area like Curry that gets a lot of moisture. Rotting floors, extensive mold and poorly insulated homes create health risks for the occupants, according to the local health department. The Environmental and Energy Study Institute reports manufactured homes built before 1980 use 53 percent more energy than other types of homes. In July, the county forged a partnership with non-profit NeighborWorks Umpqua to begin an initiative called reHome Oregon, with the goal of replacing 25 aged MH with new, Energy Star models. The collaboration will use grant funds to remove and demolish the old units, and will seek discounted home prices and transport costs from manufactured home producers, as informs MHProNews. Finally, reHome Oregon aims to help residents purchase the new homes through the U. S. Department of Rural Development Housing Program and the Network for Affordable Housing.

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Goliath Expanding in Texas

April 3rd, 2013 Comments off

MyWestTexas tells MHProNews housing supplier Goliath Industries, responding to the urgency one year ago for oilfield housing, quickly sited 21 leased modular housing units to accommodate 50 workers southwest of Odessa, Texas. From clearing the land to welcoming the first occupants took a mere four weeks, but now the company will be removing those structures while installing new two and three-bedroom units that will be more permanent. Ed Parker, Goliath’s regional sales manager, says, “That particular customer’s lease is up, and it’s an opportune time to upgrade the facility and to get another tenant coming in.” Goliath has a 200 unit facility in Pecos, also serving the workers for the Eagle Ford Shale oilfield, but that will be expanded to 600 units. Based in Grand Junction, Colo., Goliath has a mancamp in the Bakken oilfields of North Dakota, as well as facilities near its home in Colo.

(Photo credit: Associated Press–modular mancamp in Williston, ND)

Government Releases Housing Data for First Time

January 11th, 2013 Comments off

MHProNews has learned the U.S. Census Bureau and the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have for the first time made public their findings on the quality of housing in the U.S., available on the Census Bureau’s American FactFinder. The survey of the nation’s 115 million households includes apartments, manufactured housing, single-family homes, new construction, and vacant housing units, and documents information about everything from sewage and value to mortgage, safety features and socioeconomic status of the occupants. Statistics include: The median year the homes were built is 1974; owner occupied single-family detached and manufactured homes’ median size is 1,800 square feet, while renters units are 1,300 square feet (newly constructed homes are 2,200 square feet); 71 residents have a high rating of their homes, while residents of newer constructed homes gave their homes an 84 rating; 52 percent of the homes surveyed have two or more bathrooms, and 83 percent have a washing machine; and households pay on average $927 a month for housing, while the median of new construction residents pay $1,340 a month—both take 24 percent of household income. To access the full report click here.

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Another MOD Player in the Bakken Oil Field

January 7th, 2013 Comments off

BillingsGazette reports nine workers at the newly-opened System Building Solutions (SBS) in Laurel, Mont. are getting on-the-job training building a two-story 20-room modular man camp for the Bakken oil field build-out in western North Dakota. Utilizing resources in the Billings area, SBS is working out of a building previously occupied by Boise Cascade which was used to build modular homes, about which SBS President Daniel Borman says, “I can’t even imagine a better place to do what we’re doing here.” Borman has been a builder for Nationwide Custom Homes for ten years; his plant manager, Jim Auth, has been involved in modular homes over 35 years. Their prototype building consists of four modules with ten rooms on each of two floors. MHProNews has learned each 12 X 12-foot room has a full bath with bed, closet and desk, and is designed for the occupants to share a living room and dining facilities.

(Photo credit: Associated Press–modular man camp)

Rental Market may Face Challenge

December 19th, 2012 Comments off

According to David Abromowitz of the Center for American Progress, while housing prices improve, indicating recovery in the housing market, one third of the U.S. population rent living quarters and face long-term affordability issues. With middle-class incomes stagnant and rents rising four percent this year because of a rental shortage, he says legislators should focus on privately-funded financing for multifamily housing with a limited guarantee on multifamily mortgage-backed securities from private firms. The loans need to meet strict requirements in terms of size, underwriting, and loan type. As MHProNews has learned, Abromowitz further suggests 51 percent of the rentals should meet the affordable criteria, with rents below 30 percent of the income of the occupants whose incomes are at or below 80 percent of the local median income.

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Cavco Building MH for Hurricane Sandy Survivors

December 17th, 2012 Comments off

Following up on an article we last posted Dec. 13, 2012, a Cavco Industries facility in Rocky Mount, Virginia is providing a foundation in New Milford Conn. with 30 manufactured homes. Named for a firefighter who died at the Twin Towers Sept. 9,2011, the Stephen Siller Tunnels to Tower Foundation is offering a free place to live to Staten Islanders displaced by Hurricane Sandy who are willing to locate to Conn. The Franklin News-Post says six of the homes have left the factory en route to Faith Church, where they will be sited and provided at no cost to occupants. The contract includes discounts of $300,000 off the retail price. Fifteen of the homes are scheduled to arrive before Christmas. As MHProNews knows, earlier reports have said the homes designated for the foundation were modular.

(Photo credit: Stacey Hairston/The Franklin News-Post–Assembly line at the Cavco plant in Rocky Mount, VA)

MHC Closing

December 3rd, 2012 Comments off

The Province in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada says the last of four seniors at Abbotsford’s Garden Village MHC, which once was home to 101 residents will be moving before the official closure of the community Jan. 15. While provincial law requires owners to give residents 12 months written notice plus 12 months free rent before eviction, Garden Village management went door-to-door 18 months in advance to tell occupants of the intention to close. In addition, the owner provided some with two years free rent plus $4,000 in moving expenses, and assisted them in finding new places to live. Garden Village is closing because its water system is 50 years old and replacing the plumbing would be too costly. As MHProNews has learned, although the property may be redeveloped, there are currently no plans on file with city hall.

(Photo credit: Gerry Kahrmann/The Province—Sonja Ros on the porch of her home.)

FEMA Homes Still Needed in ND

November 27th, 2012 Comments off

As follow-up to a story we posted June 12, 2012 concerning 2,000 manufactured homes the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) brought in to Minot, North Dakota to house survivors of the Souris River flooding in 2011, the homes may now become a permanent addition to the housing stock. The minotdailynews says the Minot Planning Commission is recommending approval be given to zoning changes that will allow the FEMA area, now called the Virgil Workman Village, to remain as an MHC, and for 150 sites to be developed as affordable housing. 450 of the units are still occupied, and next June occupants will have the option to buy their homes as FEMA’s mission comes to an end. Unpurchased homes will be donated by FEMA to the Minot Housing Authority to increase their inventory of affordable housing, if the authority can obtain the necessary funding. Despite the objection of some neighbors, the commission approved the plan, full knowing that some details need to be ironed out. As MHProNews has learned, the Minot City Council still has to approve the overall project.

(Photo credit: minotdailynews/Souris River flooding)