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State Program to Replace Older Manufactured Homes

April 5th, 2017 Comments off
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Help is on the way for manufactured home owners in need in the Catskills of New York State.

According to The Daily Mail, the Catskill Mountain Housing Development Corporation received $400,000 to replace a dozen dilapidated manufactured or mobile homes, from the Mobile Manufactured Home Replacement Pilot Program.

The nonprofit organization was one of five in the state to receive the award last week.

Older homes replaced by the organization will be replaced with new, energy efficient, manufactured or modular homes.

This is the first time the state has made funding available to help replace manufactured homes,” said Lawrence Krajeski, Executive Director of the Catskill Mountain Housing Development Corporation

We have already received three inquiries about the program.

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Krajeski says that the state originally decided to create a separate fund for manufactured homes last year.

Prior to that we applied to the state for federal home funds and received grants from the Affordable Housing Corporation. Last year, with $700,000 we were able to replace eight homes.”

State Senator Elizabeth “Betty” Little, R-Plattsburgh, made a big push for the funding to be included in last year’s state budget.

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Not only will this program help address the problem of unsafe and inadequate mobile and manufactured homes, it will provide a boost with some new local building activity,” said Little.

The end result will be higher quality homes that last longer and are much more energy efficient.

To qualify, applicants have to be from Greene County and own their home as well as the property on which it sits. The home must be considered in poor condition, and the household income must fall below 50 percent of the area median income.

We knew there are many more applicants than we had space in the program, but we are hoping next year’s budget will include additional funding,” said Dan MacEntee, a spokesman for Senator Little.

To apply for the program, manufactured homeowners can call the Catskill Mountain Housing Development Corporation at 518-943-6700.

The Daily Business News recently covered NYS Homes and Community Renewal and their announcement of a $2 million pilot program to address the needs with numerous pre-HUD Code mobile homes as well as older manufactured homes in disrepair to preserve an important source of affordable housing in New York. That story is linked here. ##

 

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Grants to Replace Manufactured Homes Announced

February 2nd, 2017 Comments off
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The Western Catskills Community Revitalization Council, Inc. (WCCRC-New York) announced last week that they will be hosting a Homeownership Academy for residents who are interested in the WCCRC manufactured home replacement program.

A number of topics associated with homeownership will be covered at the academy, including information for owners of older manufactured homes who are interested in a manufactured home replacement.

The WCCRC recently secured two grants to put on the academy and replace dilapidated manufactured homes, in the Delaware County town of Stamford and the Schoharie County town of Conesville.

General eligibility for these grants will be based on household income, ownership of the property  where the existing home is located, and the condition of the home. The home must be the permanent, year-round residence of owners and/or applicants.

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Mike Triolo. Credit: Watershed Post.

We are pleased that the town has received this grant funding and this can be a great opportunity for residents who qualify for the program,” said Stamford Town Supervisor Mike Triolo.

The Daily Business News has covered recent moves in both New York State with NYS Homes and Community Renewal and nationally with legislation put forward by Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) to assist owners of older manufactured homes in replacing them with safer, more efficient ones.
Owners of homes that are residents in other parts of WCCRC’s service area are also encouraged to consider enrolling in Homeownership Academy. Classes are expected to begin in February 2017, and space is limited. Contact Kelly at (607) 652-2823, extension 101. ##

 

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Bill Introduced to Replace Outdated Manufactured Homes

January 20th, 2017 Comments off
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Keith Ellison (D-MN) has introduced The Energy Efficient Manufactured Homes Act of 2017 (H.R. 515), which proposes to enable economically vulnerable families to live in safe, affordable and energy-efficient homes.

There are as many as two million families who live in outdated energy-inefficient manufactured homes built more than two decades ago,” said Ellison.

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Keith Ellison. Credit: Wall Street Journal.

Unfortunately, the price of a new energy efficient manufactured home is out-of-reach for too many people already struggling to make ends meet. My bill enables them to upgrade to a new Energy Star manufactured home thus improving their health, housing and financial stability.

The Act creates a new program to provide families the ability to replace their outdated home with a new Energy Star manufactured home, and it creates a new $50 million per year program at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The bill provides grants or loans to decommission and replace these homes with newer manufactured or modular homes. The program would be administered by state housing agencies, non-profits, and local governments to offer affordable, energy-efficient manufactured and modular housing options to millions of Americans.

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As an organization active with residents and industry leaders of manufactured housing for the last fourteen years, Northcountry Cooperative Foundation believes in seeing the potential of prefabricated housing more effectively realized with today’s energy-efficient inventory,” said Warren Kramer, Executive Director of Northcountry Cooperative Foundation (NCF), a nonprofit that assists affordable housing cooperatives.

This legislation, in committing resources for the replacement of older homes with today’s ENERGY STAR homes, better enables residents to provide for their families, and build their assets for the long-run.

 

An earlier version of the bill, the Energy-Efficient Manufactured Housing Act of 2010 (H. R. 1749) was introduced in the 111th Congress and passed the House as part of the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (H.R. 2454.)

A similar bill did not pass in the Senate.

 

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With the appointment of Dr. Ben Carson pending as HUD Secretary, the bill introduced by Ellison puts manufactured housing front and center.

As Daily Business News readers are aware, we have covered the appointment of Dr. Carson closely, including an open letter penned by MHProNews and MHLivingNews Publisher L.A. “Tony” Kovach, which lays out the case for manufactured housing as a viable, vibrant solution. That letter is linked here. ##

(Editor’s Note: MHProNews contributor Matthew J. Silver covered Keith Ellison’s prior attempt to issue funding to owners of manufactured homes for the replacement of those homes with Energy Star-rated manufactured or modular homes in 2015. That story is linked here. )

 

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VP Elect Pence Vows Promises Will Be Kept, Jobs, ObamaCare and Regs in Video

January 4th, 2017 Comments off
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We are in the promise keeping business, said Vice-President-elect Mike Pence at a Capitol Hill News conference today.

Pence told reporters that in keeping with President-elect Donald Trump’s classic three-part agenda for the American people, “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs” that the House and Senate Republicans were already planning moves to scale back on regulations that kill jobs.

Much of the press conference focused on repealing and replacing ObamaCare, which Pence reminded viewers that he and others recalled the broken promises that the health care legislation was passed upon.  He vowed that a market-oriented replacement solution would be put in its place, that would save taxpayers money, as well as protect those who were currently covered under that law.

Democrats have vowed to battle some issues – such as ObamaCare and Dodd-Frank, but could cooperate on others – like infrastructure.  See politically related article, linked here.

The video on this page covers the balance of the details for the start of the Trump agenda.

The Daily Business News has been following post-election results closely, for its impact on stocks, the dollar, builders, small business and consumer confidence.  ##

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