Posts Tagged ‘substandard housing’

HUD Calls for Affordable Housing—but not MH

February 27th, 2013 Comments off

The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) report to Congress Feb. 22, 2013, which focuses on housing problems faced by very low-income families, found in 2011 almost 8.5 million families either paid more than half their income in rent and/or lived in substandard housing. MHProNews has learned this is 19 percent more than in 2009 and 43 percent over the levels in 2007. As the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) points out, “affordable manufactured housing that HUD itself regulates on a comprehensive basis, remains almost completely absent from the Department’s strategic vision to prevent homelessness and expand access to affordable homeownership in a fiscally responsible manner.”

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State: MHC Sold Unlivable Home

January 24th, 2013 Comments off

DesertDispatch reports from Barstow, Calif. in San Bernardino County a factory-built home sold to a family at the Hacienda Mobile Home Park was alleged to have black mold, running sewage, an open electrical panel and a leaking water heater. Deemed uninhabitable by the Dept. of Housing and Community Development, Hacienda was cited for selling a substandard housing unit and has 30 days to repair the damaged home before trying to sell it again. MHProNews has been informed the Dept. of Housing noted 16 violations, including holes in the floor in two bathrooms, two bedrooms, a hallway and water heater compartment. The community manager claims the family inflicted the damage to get out of the contract.

(Photo credit: Brooke Self/desertdispatch–family with uninhabitable home)

Pre-1988 HUD Code Homes may Receive Variance

August 27th, 2012 Comments off

gobogolusa reports the Washington Parish Planning Commission in Louisiana is considering amending parish regulations that prevents any manufactured home made before 1988 from being sited in the parish. That ordinance was instituted to prevent decrepit homes from being sited in the parish and rented as substandard housing, but the Louisiana Manufactured Housing Association said the 1988 date was arbitrarily selected, and the correct date should be 1976, when homes were built to HUD Code standards with the correct wind zone rating. MHProNews has learned any HUD Code home can be sited anywhere in the parish. Parish Councilman Michael Fussell suggested leaving the 1988 ordinance date as-is, and add the condition that a variance could be requested for older manufactured homes on a case by case basis. The commission appointed a committee to consider the recommendation.

(Image credit: Mississippi Manufactured Housing Association)