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National New HUD Code Manufactured Home Production Data Summary, September 2018 Analysis

November 8th, 2018 No comments

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The most recent data collected on behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) reflects a small dip in new manufactured home production.

 

According to information and analysis provided by MHARR, the following are the totals for September 2018.

Just-released statistics indicate that HUD Code manufacturers produced 7,519 homes in September 2018, a 0.8% decline from the 7,580 HUD Code homes produced during September 2017. Cumulative industry production for 2018 now totals 74,207 homes, an 8.4% increase over the 68,419 HUD Code homes produced over the same period in 2017,” said MHARR.  Their full report is found at the link below.

 

September 2018 Manufactured Home Production Data Shows Slight Flatline

 

The following graphic reflects the top 10 states, since the date shown.

 

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Sobering Regional and State Data

As MHProNews alone has spotlighted in national manufactured housing trade media, several states are still sliding in shipment levels.  That includes some of the top producing states in the nation.  The industry’s professionals needs to ask and answer the question in their own market(s), with an affordable housing crisis, how can the industry not be doing much better?

 

New Shipment Data, Top Manufactured Home State, Other MH States Continue Slide

 

ICYMI, or need a refresher, see those 2 new, separate-but-related regional reports and analysis, at the links above and below.

 

Another Top Manufactured Home State is Sliding on New HUD Code Home Shipments, More New Data

 

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Fight Club, Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, JP Morgan, and the Coming Crash Cities Near You

October 6th, 2017 Comments off

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To appreciate some of the dark analysis – and similar humor – found on Zero Hedge about the coming crash of several American cities, it is useful to get some background.

Zero Hedge and ‘Tyler Durden’

Zero Hedge is an English-language financial blog that aggregates news and presents editorial opinions from original and outside sources,” says Wikipedia. “The news portion of the site is written by a group of editors who collectively write under the pseudonym “TylerDurden” (a character from the novel and film Fight Club).

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Rick Perry spotted waiting to fly commercial (good news for tax payers) at an airport, reading the Drudge Report.

For those some readers in the West Wing – or like former Texas Governor, GOP presidential hopeful, and now Secretary of the Department of the Treasury, Rick Perry – who read the Drudge Report, Zero Hedge is a periodic selection by the eclectic Drudge team of content worth considering.

Wikipedia, regarding the character from the movie, says – “The Narrator, also known as Tyler Durden, is a fictional character appearing as both the central protagonist and antagonist of the 1996 Chuck Palahniuk novel Fight Club, its 1999 film adaptation of the same name, and the comic book Fight Club 2.”

Uproxx provides some thoughtful quotes from the 20th Century Fox movie Fight Club.

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Against that backdrop, Zero Hedge analyzed a recent report by J.P. Morgan about the looming financial crisis coming an American city, likely one or more of which is not far from you.

We harp on the massive, unsustainable, yet largely unnoticed, debt burdens of American cities, counties and states fairly regularly because, well, it’s a frightening issue if you spend just a little time to understand the math and ultimate consequences,” writes Zero Hedge’s editors under the pen name, Tyler Durden.

Luckily, for those looking to escape the trauma of being taxed into oblivion by their failing cities/counties/states, JP Morgan has provided a comprehensive guide on which municipalities haven’t the slightest hope of surviving their multi-decade debt binge and lavish public pension awards,” says the Zero Hedge editors.

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If you live in any of the ‘red’ cities below, it just might be time to start looking for another home…” ‘Tyler Durden’ snarks.

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Zero Hedge’s editors explain the context of the JP Morgan sobering research.

JP Morgan ranked every major city in the United States based on what percentage of their annual budgets are required just to fund interest payments on debt, pension contributions and other post retirement benefits,” writes ‘Tyler Durden.’

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The results are staggering,” Durden says. “To our great ‘shock’, Chicago residents win the award of “most screwed” with over 60% of their tax dollars going to fund debt and pension payments.  Meanwhile, there are a dozen municipalities where over 50% of their annual budgets are used just to fund the maintenance cost of past expenditures.”

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Zero Hedge’s editors explain that, “As managers of $70 billion in US municipal bonds across our asset management business (Q2 2017), we’re very focused on credit risk of US municipalities.”

These multi-billion-dollar fund managers are hedging their bets, pardon the pun, against cities and towns near you.  So, in some form or fashion – either risk or opportunity (or both) – this wave of debt will impact numerous bottom lines in cities or town in the  near you.

Manufactured Housing Industry pros need to be aware, and prepare.

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One way or another, factory builders will be part of the solution in PR. Will it be the Chinese? Americans? Who? Will they do it well, or properly, or will those who go pull another Clinton/Clayton Haiti? Click the above for more.

Puerto Rico, yes, you have your own tragic conditions. As politicos of both major parties are flocking to the island now spotlighted by Irma’s devastation, another crisis is getting less attention.

Debt

That debt isn’t just federal.  Its lurking in a city, town, and state near you.

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Given the data, do you see why MHProNews has editorially supported a pro-growth economic policy, regulatory reform, tax reform, cutting of budget waste? And, of course – manufactured homes – as a vital part of the solution hiding in plain sight. 

With 20 trillion and counting in D.C., isn’t it time to consider how that will impact the U.S., and global economy?  And thus, your business interests, in local markets? 

Government debt.  It’s a crisis. It creates risks.  But applying Sam Zell’s thought process, do you see how it also can be opportunity knocking for those in the affordable housing industry?

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State Adds Requirements for Manufactured Home Community Owners

May 6th, 2017 Comments off
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In Oregon, the recently passed House Bill 2008 adds a number of new responsibilities for manufactured home community owners when residents are required to relocate.

According to KTVZ, the bill increases the fees MHC owners are required to pay residents if they require residents to relocate, and mandates the Office of Manufactured Dwelling Park Community Relations to recalculate those relocation fees annually and in line with inflation.

Representatives Julie Fahey (D-Junction City) and Pam Marsh (D-Ashland) were the co-chief sponsors of the bill.

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Despite being called mobile homes [sic], these homes are not actually easy or affordable to move,” said Fahey.

If it is even possible to move a home, it can cost thousands of dollars. This bill provides more financial stability for the residents of these communities.”

Aldo included in the bill is the requirement for community owners, upon a community sale, to notify the states’ Manufactured Communities Resource Center and make adjustments to co-op membership requirements, allowing MHC non-profit co-ops to better take advantage of a federal Rural Development program. Information on the Rural Development program is linked here.

With more than 1,000 manufactured home communities in the state, Marsh says that 62,000-sited homes serve as a vital affordable housing option for many working individuals and families.

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In my community, I have seen how financially disastrous these events can be in the lives of hardworking people,” said Marsh.

At a time when affordable housing is at a premium in communities throughout Oregon, this bill provides needed protections.”

House Bill 2008 passed the house by a 54 to six vote, and will now move on the Oregon Senate.

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As Daily Business News readers are already aware, the state of Oregon has been a hotbed of activity for manufactured housing over the last year, including a discussion about affordable housing in Portland, Oregon, and four “surprising facts” raised by OregonMetro’s Craig Bebbe.

The panel discussion at the Metro Regional Center shared hopeful signs for preserving and possibly even expanding access for manufactured housing and manufactured home communities in the future.

Bebbe called manufactured homes “Oregon’s largest source of unregulated affordable housing.”

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State Moves to Ease Restrictions on MH Sellers

May 5th, 2017 Comments off
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The state of Arizona has taken steps to ease restrictions on the transfer of manufactured homes to simplify the process for potential sellers.

According to the Arizona Business Daily, the decision is tied to an effort to better compete with surrounding states in the manufactured home sales sector. Until the move at the end of March, anyone who wanted to sell a manufactured home was required to obtain a separate broker or dealer license from the Arizona Department of Housing (ADH) Manufactured Housing Division.

The Arizona Association of Realtors says that there are very few ADH licensed dealers remaining in the state, and that many sellers found themselves on the wrong side of deeply discounted prices in other states, where sellers fared better.

The measure will permit a real estate broker or salesperson to perform sales duties on behalf of a licensed manufactured housing dealer for units located in a mobile home park if the dealer complies with required fees and paperwork,” the associate said in a statement.

Additionally, such a professional will be allowed to act on behalf of a private party as long as the person remains in compliance with the Arizona Department of Real Estate.”

The legislation for the action, HB 2072, was introduced by state representative Jeff Weninger (R-Chandler) and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed the bill into law in late March. It is slated to become effective later this year.

As Daily Business News readers are aware, manufactured housing continues to provide a cost effective and efficient solution to affordable housing with high quality.

The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) tells MHProNews that, according to official statistics compiled on behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), year-over-year manufactured housing industry production increased substantially again during March 2017.

These statistics indicate that HUD Code manufacturers produced 8,245 homes in March 2017, a nearly 16 percent increase over the 7,110 HUD Code homes produced during March 2016.

Cumulative industry production for 2017 now totals 23,384 homes, a 22.4 percent increase over the 19,101 HUD Code homes produced over the same period in 2016. The full report is linked here. ##

 

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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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State Signs Key Homebuyer Provision Into Law

April 5th, 2017 Comments off
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There’s excitement in the state of Mississippi, with the signing of HB 1601 into law late last month by Governor Phil Bryant.

According to the Star Herald, the law is helping lead the way to home ownership, by establishing a First-Time Home Buyer Savings Account, allowing Mississippi residents to create monetary savings accounts for down payments or other home purchase related expenses.

With this law, more Mississippians will be able to invest in themselves and their communities,” said REALTORS President David Griffith.

One of our priorities as REALTORS is to provide every Mississippian the opportunity to own a home. Through the leadership of Gov. Bryant, Speaker Philip Gunn and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, Mississippi has created a smoother path to home ownership.

The new law allows individual state residents to deduct up to $2,500 from their state adjusted gross income annually, and couples filing jointly are able to deduct up to $5,000 annually from their state adjusted gross income.

Also exempt from state gross income is interest earned on the account. There is no cap on the aggregate amount that can be saved.

State representative Jeff Smith originally introduced the bill, which the state house passed unanimously, and the Senate passed it 51-1.

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A manufactured home in the state. Credit: Mississippi Farm Bureau Insurance.

On behalf of all Mississippians, Mississippi REALTORS would like to thank Ways and Means Chairman Jeff Smith, Finance Committee Chairman Joey Fillingane, Rep. Jason White and Sen. Barbara Blackmon for helping to make the dream of home ownership a reality,” said Griffith.

The law results in state projections indicating about 379 new homes being constructed to meet demand. The law goes into effect immediately, and state residents can begin taking the tax deduction in tax year 2018.

Eligible homes include manufactured, modular, existing homes, condo units or cooperatives. Account holders will be responsible for maintaining their funds in a separate account and reporting that to the Department of Revenue. Use of funds for unrelated items will result in a 10 percent penalty and all back taxes associated with the account.

Mississippi now joins Montana, Virginia, and Colorado as one of only four states to have a First-Time Home Buyer Savings Account program. The other three states passed similar laws in recent years. ##

 

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State Agency to Assist Low Income MH Residents

March 30th, 2017 Comments off
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In Delaware, homeowners in need are going to get some help.

The Delaware State Housing Authority (DSHA) tells MHProNews that qualified homeowners in need of assistance to keep their homes livable can now apply for assistance from the new Statewide Emergency Repair Program.

Governor John Carney and the Housing Authority made a formal joint announcement this week.

No one should live in a home with broken plumbing or a leaking roof. We can help our families in need by making their homes safe and healthy, which also strengthens our communities,” said Governor Carney.

This is not a hand out, but a hand up by helping those in emergency situations. Public-private partnerships like this help leverage our resources to assist as many people as possible.”

The new program is being administered by the Milford Housing Development Corporation, which received a $600,000 award to streamline the application process. A portion of the funding will go toward assisting residents of manufactured housing.

DSHA had previously funded repairs through a number of partners, depending on jurisdiction, while the Statewide Emergency Response Program has a single point of contact and operates in all three counties.

The DSHA says that it conducted extensive research and received partner input to develop the program.

Repairing roofs, fixing heating systems and solving accessibility issues are simple jobs that can be out of the reach of many people due to financial circumstances,” said DSHA Director Anas Ben Addi.

We’re pleased to be able to help with that by partnering with the Milford Housing Development Corporation and its statewide network of nonprofits and agencies that is helping reach people in need.

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The Statewide Emergency Repair Program is designed to tackle emergency conditions that threaten the health and/or safety of eligible Delaware homeowners and members of their households.

Qualified applicants must own their home and have lived there for at least one year, and must meet income guidelines. Situations that qualify include immediate health or safety threats such as heating system repairs, plumbing repairs, electrical repairs, roof repair or replacement, or major structural repairs.

We have been involved in emergency repairs for more than two decades, and know how important it is to make sure homes are kept in good condition,” said David Moore, president and CEO of the Milford Housing Development Corporation.

Our goal is to help as many people as possible with true emergencies that threaten residents’ health or safety.

Homeowners can apply to the Milford Housing Development Corporation at 302-491-4010 or toll-free at 844-413-0038. ##

 

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State Makes Move to Combine Housing Divisions

February 14th, 2017 Comments off
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In the state of Nevada, the Department of Business and Industry presented a plan last week to combine the manufactured and state housing divisions. According to administrators, the move will improve efficiency and responsiveness to the public.

The merger would provide better service and open up resources for the agency,” said Steve Aichroth, administrator of the Nevada Division of Manufactured Housing.

Aichroth shared his comments with a Senate Finance and Assembly Ways and Means joint subcommittee. The Nevada Division of Manufactured Housing currently has 14 employees and is responsible for all manufactured homes, and insures that they are safely constructed and properly installed.

As least one member of the committee was curious.

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Senator Aaron Ford. Credit: Review Journal.

This merger has been proposed several times over the past few years. Why is it being pitched again this year?” asked Senate Majority Leader Aaron Ford (D-Las Vegas).

The timing is right. It’s the right thing to do for good government,” said Bruce Breslow, director of the Department of Business and Industry

According to the Review Journal, the manufactured housing division also helps resolve consumer and landlord-tenant complaints, and administers a program to help low-income residents pay for rental spaces in mobile home parks.

That program is currently funded through a $12 annual per-space fee collected from manufactured home communities.

The meeting provided a brief overview of the agency’s funding request, but the subcommittee will dive more deeply into the housing division’s various budget accounts at future meetings.

And for one of the committee members, that deep dive is important.

I want a bill detailing how the combined divisions would work before budget action is taken,” said Assemblywoman Teresa Benitez-Thompson (D-Reno).

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Agency Offers “Mobile Home Improvement Loans” for Communities and Homes

January 6th, 2017 Comments off
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A  Montana and Idaho nonprofit agency has launched a program to help people who live in what they called “mobile homes” to make repairs and improvements without having to resort to taking out high interest loans.

Missoula based Montana and Idaho Community Development Corp. (MICDC) is rolling out the new Mobile Home Improvement Loan Program, per the Missoulian.

As Daily Business News readers are aware, most references to “mobile homes” by publications are incorrect, as the last mobile home was built in the U.S. in 1976.

In this instance, about 20 percent of the homes in Montana and Idaho are pre-HUD code homes, which means that they technically are mobile homes. Of course, that means the other some 80 percent are manufactured homes. For a more detailed history on the journey from mobile to manufactured homes, please click here.

Missoula resident Laila Huson was the first person to be approved for the program, and took out a loan of 3200 dollars. The amount the borrower pays monthly on the loan is on a sliding scale and based on monthly income and expenses.

Every year, we go up on the roof to try to seal the leaks, but it’s an aluminum roof with the hot and cold expanding and contracting, it’s a regular problem,” said Huson.

Most places where I could get a loan would charge a 36 percent interest rate and require me to use my car as collateral. If I missed a payment due to illness, I could lose my only means of transportation.

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Dave Glaser, President of the MICDC, says that mobile home owners tend to have a significantly harder time with financing for home repairs, which can lead to uncomfortable and unhealthy living conditions.

He also decided to take the extra step of having his staff go door to door in Huson’s community to share information with residents about the program. The loans can also be used by communities for things such as playgrounds, lighting, signage, and landscaping.

These are really low interest rate loans,” said Glaser. “The exact interest rate depends on the borrower, but it’s far better than what they could expect to find elsewhere. The idea is to help them afford these upgrades and make them affordable to their cash flow on a case by case basis. We take a look at the family’s income and help them decide upon an interest rate and a loan amount they can afford.

The program is available to residents in Montana and Idaho. For more information, homeowners and communities can contact Julie Ehlers at 844-728-9235 ext. 225. ##

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Manufactured Housing Leads the Way for State Encouraging Innovation

December 5th, 2016 Comments off
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In Oregon, Douglas County has a challenge.

The home ownership rate in the county is lower than that of the state and the country, per 2014 census data.

It also has a higher level of poverty — about 20 percent of people are living below the poverty level, compared to 17 percent in the state. The county also has a significant senior population. Nearly a quarter of Douglas County residents are 65 years or older, compared to 16 percent in the state.

According to The News-Review, manufactured housing solves that challenge and allows those who may not otherwise be able to achieve the American dream of home ownership the opportunity to do so. For low-income workers and retired seniors on a fixed income, a manufactured home promises home ownership at an affordable cost.

Also referenced is the sense of ownership that community residents feel when they purchase their home and pay a relatively modest amount for pad rent. With this, ownership becomes limited and landowners can have the final say in a number of areas.

When the state was hit with several manufactured home community closures due to the recession, laws were changed. Now when a community is up for sale, owners need to give residents the opportunity to purchase the land and run it as a cooperative (co-op).

A cooperative may provide residents the power they might have lacked before they “owned the dirt” beneath their homes. As a collective, they can vote on space rent increases, infrastructure improvements and general community rules.

While adoption has been limited, one Douglas County community has acted.

Residents of the Forrest Ranch Mobile Park in Idleyld Park purchased their community last year and converted it to a co-op. With assistance from CASA of Oregon, they have taken on over $2 million in health and safety infrastructure improvements.

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In order to save our homes and not have them be demolished, we had to do the best we could,” said resident and co-op board member Sharry Ison. The purchase of the land assured that the 110 spaces were safe from being sold to a corporation or business developer.

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Google Earth view of Umpqua Ranch Cooperative manufactured home community.

Non-profit NeighborWorks Umpqua took on a similar project this spring, purchasing Sterling Mobile Home Park.

The nonprofit organization purchased the park [sic] to save it from potential closure,” said chief executive officer Merten Bangemann-Johnson.

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These manufactured homes provide their owners with the same comforts as conventional housing, only at a fraction of the cost. Google street view of Umpquara Ranch Cooperative manufactured home community.

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Merten Bangemann-Johnson. Credit: NeighborWorks.

Our goal is to rebuild the park [sic]. It’s seen a lot of deferred maintenance over a decade now. We want to provide a place where folks can live that is safe and nice and clean and functions well. And, at the same time, remains affordable.

The community has been renamed Newton Creek Manor and NeighborWorks plans to rebuild its water lines, sewer lines, roads and roadway lighting.

The nonprofit plans to fund infrastructure improvements through grant dollars while keeping rent prices at $365 a month.

This approach appears to not only be working, but also empowering community residents.

After NeighborWorks purchased the park in April, residents were invited to a pizza night dinner where improvement plans were discussed.

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Credit: NeighborWorks.

They were the kindest to all of us,” said resident Phyllis Davis. “I imagine most of the people living in the park [sic] had not had much respect shown to them in years and years and years.

The best part for me was when they sent letters to residents addressing them as ladies and gentlemen. When I saw that, it gave me goosebumps,” said Davis.

 

As the Daily Business News are aware, manufactured housing provides in increasingly recognized, viable solution to the dream of homeownership. ##

(Editor’s note: for a prior story on CASA of Oregon, click the link here.)

(Image credits are as shown above.)

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RC Williams, for Daily Business News, MHProNews.

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