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Sunday Morning Weekly Recap Manufactured Housing Industry News August 13th to August 20th, 2017

August 20th, 2017 Comments off
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Week of Aug 13 to Aug 20, 2017.

Our new August issueOur theme for this month: Awful, Awesome August 2017 in MHVille

featured articles will be available on the MHProNews.com home page. Our May theme will be available mid-week this week.

 To see the line-up of over 2-dozen featured articles for this month, along with the headline commentary, please click the link above.

Manufactured, modular and prefabricated home professionals know that how a home got to its location should not define a person or their dwelling.

What the Daily Business News spotlights day-by-day are the tragedies, triumphs and struggles for acceptance of the obvious solution for millions for the growing affordable housing crisis in the U.S. and beyond.

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When you read the lineup for the month found on the home page, you can reflect on another motto as you chart your own professional path ahead: “We Provide, You Decide.”  ©

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City Makes Moves to Preserve Affordable Housing

April 6th, 2017 Comments off
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In Colorado, city officials in Louisville are working to solve a growing affordable housing crisis.

According to the Daily Camera, the focus is on the sole manufactured home community in the city, the 94-unit Parco Dello Zingaro Mobile Home Park, which has served as a cost effective alternative for a number of decades.

The city is weighing city-funded incentives – tax breaks, loans or grants to promote maintenance of the community.

Affordable housing is certainly something that is critical,” said Councilman Chris Leh.

It’s something that everyone recognizes as increasingly difficult in Louisville, and it’s not going to get any easier.”

Also on the table is the potential for a resident-owned community, similar to nearby Boulder’s Mapleton Mobile Home Park. In this scenario, residents would purchase the community and form a co-op.

Community owners in the area and beyond face intense pressure to sell or redevelop their properties as the community around them grows and land values increase. The Daily Business News recently covered a similar scenario in Calgary, Canada, in a story linked here.

In the area over the last three years, the number of single-family homes for sale under $250,000 has dropped 72 percent, and the number of attached dwellings for less than $150,000 has declined by 87 percent.

And in these desperate times, city officials are looking to manufactured housing as a practical solution.

Generally we can say that in addition to the work we do all over Boulder County, the Boulder County Housing Authority is supportive of efforts that can help preserve existing affordable housing where and when possible,” said Jim Williams, a spokesman for Boulder County Housing and Human Services.

These are complicated issues,” said Councilman Jeff Lipton.

There’s lots of balances that need to be weighed. If there was a way to kind of have those interests come together and the area be designated somehow as an area where we want affordable housing, it could be better for us.”

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Louisville, shaded in red. Credit: Google.

In an affordability study done by Amy Aschenbrenner, CEO of the Longmont Association of Realtors, and Kyle Snyder, of Land Title Guarantee Company, the average single-family home price in Louisville last year was $627,938.

There are no entry level housing options left in Boulder County,” said Snyder.

And, as the dream of homeownership moves further out of reach, housing authority officials have shifted to preserving manufactured housing communities like Parco Dello Zingaro.

City officials recognizing a lack of affordable housing often leads to a chill on development,” said Parco Dello Zingaro owner Keith Cowan.

After dealing with several cities, there are times something is said about lack of affordable housing and the very first thing (the city says) is that you can’t build anymore.

Cowan says that there are fears of him opting to raze the community in favor of more costly townhomes. But as a proponent of affordable housing, he’s actually looking to double down.

My plans are exactly the opposite of redeveloping the park [sic],” said Cowan.

I want to build more, but council and city zoning will not allow that to happen. If you want to restrict it and not allow it to expand, then don’t stand and say we need more affordable housing.”

For more on similar situations, including a case in Melbourne, Australia, click here. ##

 

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County to Buy Manufactured Home Community, to Preserve Affordable Housing

December 27th, 2016 Comments off
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Philips Mobile Home Park. Credit: Aspen Daily News.

Pitkin County, Colorado commissioners have elected to advance their planned acquisition of the 76.3 acre Phillips Mobile Home Park in Snowmass, with a focus on preserving affordable housing options.

According to the Aspen Daily News, current owner, Helen Noyes, and her son, Hiram, have continued to maintain the property as affordable housing “to this day without any county requirement to do so, but, rather, by offering rents well below the midvalley market price to residents,” said county attorney John Ely.

The family can no longer afford the costs involved in continuing to operate and maintain the property in its current status, and has determined to sell the property.

Ely estimates that about 60 residents call the community home, and that if Noyes were to put the property on the open market that new owners would likely re-develop it, which would displace current residents and take a significant chunk of affordable housing out of the local market.

The county plans to purchase the land with proceeds from the county’s affordable housing fund.

The county could use the property as it sees fit,” said Ely. “It could be tasked all or in part to other departments, like open space, or leased out for agriculture.

But, as the Daily Business News recently reported with a similar situation in Manassas, Virginia, there are issues in the community that need to be addressed, including the septic system.

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We need to incorporate language into the ordinance that says we will do the best we can on these issues given the circumstances, said Commissioner Patti Clapper.

We might need a person to manage the property,” added Ely. “Hiram has indicated an interest in staying on for a year.

The opportunity also exists for additional affordable housing projects.

There is the potential of subdividing the property so that we could allow the construction of stick-built or modular homes, or even tiny homes,” Ely said.

The acquisition represents a deep commitment by the county to its citizens. I am proud to be part of that commitment,” said Commissioner Michael Owsley.

The community will be coming together to imagine what this property could be. It presents infinite possibilities for the betterment of Pitkin County.

The vote to purchase the property by commissioners was unanimous, and it will be considered on final reading in January.

A report by MHLivingNews comparing Tiny Houses to manufactured homes is linked here.  A report that compares site-built, manufactured and modular homes, is linked here. ##

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