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California Utilities Upgrading Service to Manufactured Home Residents

November 19th, 2015 Comments off

electric_meter_fotoseach_2_comFollowing the San Bruno natural gas pipeline explosion in California, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation to improve safety of the lightly regulated natural gas and propane distribution piping systems at manufactured home communities (MHC), of which there are 5,000 in the state housing one million people.

The first conversion of Sempra Energy’s Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) was completed at Mt. Slover Trailer Village in Colton, CA as part of a pilot program begun last year by the California Public Utilities Commission. The MHCs are having their master-metered gas and/or electric systems converted to direct utility service under the pilot program, as naturalgasintel informs MHProNews.

A CPCU spokesperson said there are no immediate safety hazards at MHCs due to master-metered systems, but the program intends to improve the safety and reliability of utilities going to MHC residents, and provide individual billing. “[The conversion] also provides customers greater access to services, money-saving rebates and energy-saving programs,” said Jimmie Cho, SoCalGas senior vice president of gas operations and system integrity.

The California Alternative Rates for Energy program and no-cost weatherization service offers a 20 percent discount through the utility energy savings assistance program to income-qualifying customers, according to Cho.

The CPCU said the aim of the initiative is to provide “safe, reliable and fairly priced delivery of natural gas and/or electricity service to residents of mobile home parks. ##

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Pilot Program will Provide Energy Efficient Manufactured Homes in DE

June 20th, 2015 Comments off

solar_panels_on_manufactured_homes__wdel107_fm__creditThe Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility says thousands of Delawareans are living in energy inefficient manufactured homes whose residents are spending twice as much per square foot on energy costs, according to wdel107fm.

Tony DePrima, executive director of the state-created organization, said his staff is working on a pilot program that would bring zero net energy manufactured homes to residents in need. He envisions energy efficient appliances and HVAC systems with solar panels that could generate enough energy for the entire year.

In the high use summer months, it would be producing more energy than needed and selling it back to the utility and that will make up the difference in those months when you’re not generating a lot of solar but there’s still an electric load,” said DePrima. MHProNews understands the solar panels would be installed on the roofs of the homes.

The organization is trying to determine sources of financing and grants for those who want to participate in the pilot program, and hopes to have a few of the homes set up by next summer. ##

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Vacant Lots in Chicago Selling for One Dollar Each

July 2nd, 2014 Comments off

According to a report on NPR.org, the city of Chicago owns nearly 5,000 empty lots in the greater Englewood area on the South Side due to the foreclosure crisis that resulted in the demolition of many homes. Having limited success with affordable housing and urban garden efforts, the city is now offering lots in Englewood for $1 each, providing the applicant lives on the same block. Although the city is supposed to maintain them, they often become overgrown and mini garbage dumps, sometimes play areas for children and occasionally taken over by drug gangs. Older residents have passed away or moved, and many of the decent jobs have also left. Illinois University Urban Affairs Professor Phil Ashton says the Large Lot Program is a way to tap into an underutilized resource. “Existing homeowners are sometimes some of the best assets these neighborhoods have. They have a lot of energy, and they are fully invested in their neighborhoods,” he informs MHProNews.

Sonya Harper, 32, an employee of a nearby urban farm, has always lived on South Wood Street in Englewood. Now occupying her grandmother’s home, she and some neighbors want to repurpose the vacant lots. She says, “We want to be a block club. It turns from, ‘We care about gardening and food and nature and open space, and yet this is all brand new to us,’ to, ‘Hmm, what’s going on down the street?’ ‘Oh, look at that vacant lot over there, should we do something about that?’ ‘Oh, Ms. Thompson needs help cutting her grass.’” Mayor Rahm Emanuel, neighborhood leaders and corporate officials recently broke ground for a Whole Foods Market in Englewood. The city has already received 400 applications to purchase 500 vacant lots as part of a pilot program. HUD Code and modular homes could provide affordable housing in the neighborhood. ##

(Photo credit: David Schaper/NPRNews.org–Sonya Harper tending a community garden on a vacant lot in Chicago.)

Modular Housing May Fill Need

November 1st, 2012 Comments off

LoanSafe says the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Louisiana officials are considering modular housing in their search for post Hurricane Isaac solutions to a housing shortage. The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) oversaw a number of housing programs following Hurricane Katrina, including one called Mississippi cottages in Pass Christian, MS. Part of a FEMA pilot program, the modular homes are in a community mix with site-built homes of similar architectural style. Dan Carmon, HUD field office director in New Orleans, says, “I’ve heard a lot about Mississippi cottages, but I’ve never seen them. If it’s a successful model that can meet the needs of people subject to disasters, then we want to know about it and make that information available to governments and citizens.” The energy efficient homes sit on pilings 21 feet above sea level, with supports that run from the roof down to the foundation. MHProNews has learned the homes are built to withstand 145 mph winds.

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Workforce Housing for Hawaiian Farmers

September 10th, 2012 Comments off

Hawaiireporter says Honolulu City Council member Tom Berg is proposing a five-year pilot program to erect temporary modular housing for farm workers on the Leeward Coast of Oahu, noting $1,600 a month rents make it difficult to keep long-term employees. Considerable resources are spent training new workers, but the availability of nearby affordable housing is limited, and the workers move elsewhere. The proposal would allow farmers to place the modular units anywhere on their property as long as the occupants work for that farm. MHProNews has learned the proposal passed the Zoning and Planning Committee last month and will be on the agenda before the entire council at their next meeting Sept. 12.

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USDA Offering Refinancing to Homeowners

June 12th, 2012 Comments off

ModularHomeCoach reports the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has instituted a program through its Rural Development Housing division to lower interest rates and monthly payments for thousands of borrowers who have loans made or backed by the USDA. The pilot program, designed to improve the housing market, is being tested in 19 states stretching from Rhode Island to California to the Midwest and on to Georgia and North Carolina. Tammye Trevino, USDA administrator says, “USDA will work with industry stakeholders, citizens and other federal officials to build upon the administration’s goals to help responsible homeowners refinance loans stay in their homes and shore up the nation’s housing market.” MHProNews.com notes the article expresses hope the program is not just another government drain that takes money away from new home construction.

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SBA Re-launches Dealer Floor Plan Loan Program

February 13th, 2012 Comments off

SBA logoA U.S. Small Business Administration pilot loan program aimed at increasing access to inventory financing for auto, boat, RV and other dealerships was re-launched this week and will be effective through Sept. 30, 2013. The Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 included a provision for re-launching SBA’s Dealer Floor Plan (DFP) Pilot Loan program, which first became available in July 2009. The pilot is part of the SBA’s overall 7(a) loan guarantee program. The Jobs Act also increased the maximum size for 7(a) loans to $5 million, up from $2 million, which includes loans made through the DFP pilot program. Floor plan financing is a revolving line of credit that allows a dealership to obtain financing through SBA’s 7(a) program for inventory that can be titled, such as autos, RVs, manufactured homes, boats and trailers. As each piece of collateral is sold by the dealer, the loan advance against that piece of collateral is repaid. As the loan is repaid, the dealer can borrow against the line of credit to add new inventory. SBA has issued a new maximum alternative size standard to allow businesses with $15 million net worth and $5 million in net income measured over two years to have access to the program.