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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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Modular Unit to Keep Seniors Safe and Close

May 2nd, 2012 1 comment

As follow-up to an article we published Feb. 17, 2012, The New York Times reports the first MEDCottage will be delivered this month to a family in Alexandria, Virginia. As an alternative to placing aging family members in a nursing home, this 12-by-24 bedroom-bathroom-kitchenette modular unit, designed to fit in a backyard of a family home, is outfitted with high-tech monitoring and safety features comparable to those found in nursing homes. The special rubber floors provide a relatively soft landing in case of a fall, and 24-hour video cameras sweep an area 12 inches from the floor up, affording residents’ privacy while monitoring their movement. A floor mat from the bed to the bathroom lights up when stepped on for nighttime trips to the toilet, and tracks on the ceiling can accommodate a lift. MHProNews.com has learned more elaborate medical equipment can also be installed with information fed into the primary residence, and a voice will tell the resident if they have forgotten to take medication on time. Developed by N2Care in collaboration with the Virginia Tech College of Engineering, the MEDCottage sells for $85,000 and N2Care will repurchase it after two years for $36,000.

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