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MHC to Receive Public Sewer Lines

October 30th, 2012 Comments off

With the soil long inundated with septic systems, residents of Greensprings Mobile Home Park in James City County, near Williamsport, Virginia implored the Board of Supervisors to extend public sewer lines to the community, according to Virginia Gazette. Owner Franklin Management Co. has been pumping and hauling sewage for years, but some backs up into yards, and threatens residents’ health. As MHProNews has learned the supervisors hesitated to pass the measure, fearing the owner would pass the $600,000 cost of the hook-up on to the residents, or develop the property into single-family homes, since the sewer lines would increase the value of the land. An agreement was eventually signed preventing the owner from passing the cost onto residents.

(Photograph credit: Virginia Gazette)

High Income Residences for Low Income Residents

October 26th, 2012 Comments off

Philly reports low-income housing in a section of Philadelphia called Logan rivals high-income housing elsewhere. The three modular rowhouses are stylish and modern, and among the most energy efficient homes anywhere, with solar paneled roofs that reduce the energy consumption level to near zero, crucial for the poorest of the poor who will be living there. Developed by Onion Flats, the homes are the first in Pennsylvania to be certified by the Germany-based International Passive House Institute because their energy consumption is near zero. Stuffed with insulation and outfitted with Bosch appliances and European windows, a heat exchanger maintains a comfortable temperature inside the homes. Partnering with the nonprofit Raise of Hope, Onion Flats  set 25-foot deep piers to stabilize the modules because of Logan’s shifting soil. Costing $250,000 apiece, the five-bedroom homes will be occupied by families with incomes below $25,000 annually, MHProNews has been informed.

(Photo credit: Philly/Onion Flats)