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Veteran Gets Assist from Manufactured Home Community Residents

May 26th, 2017 Comments off
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Auer’s home in the Lakeview Community. Credit: FOX 11.

As we head into a holiday where we honor those who’ve made sacrifices, the spirit is alive and well in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

According to FOX 11, Martin Auer, who is an Army and Marine Corps reserve veteran, and also a 30-year resident at the Lakeview Mobile Home community, needed some help.

His home was in need of some TLC. I needed a new shed, plus I needed new skirting,” said Auer.

The company that owns the Lakeview Community, RV Horizons, selected Auer to receive a renovation, and community residents got together to volunteer their time and deliver on that promise.

It’s back-breaking, but it’s worth it,” said resident and volunteer Edith Simpson.

It’s going to be really nice, and when we get it done, it should look like a really nice place,” said community manager Donna Hodges.

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Volunteers work on the home. Credit: FOX 11.

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As the renovations got under way, Auer, in true military fashion, was grateful.

I’m very appreciative, and relieved. I didn’t have to try to get it done myself,” said Auer. “There’s a lot of good people out there.”

The feeling from the volunteers is reciprocal.

Freedom is not free, and it takes a lot of sacrifice from people like Mr. Auer,” said Hodges.

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Credit: FOX 11.

I know what it’s like to struggle. It’s nice to be able to help somebody in the community that really needs the help,” Simpson added.

As the house skirting, hammering and building took place, Simpson and Auer reflected on the deeper meaning of taking action for good.

This is good, people’s attitudes have really changed about the military,” said Auer, while discussing that the treatment of veterans has not always been as good as it is now.

We’re all together, chipping in and helping, and doing what we can,” said Simpson.

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Our vets deserve to be helped out with every little thing that they need, and this is a big thing, more people should get out there to help our vets.”

RV Horizons says it would like to continue doing projects like this for residents in need in the future.

For more on manufactured housing doing well by doing good, including assisting victims of Superstorm Sandy, click here. ##

 

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Minority Manufactured Home Builder Helps Sandy Victims

May 15th, 2017 Comments off
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Poospatuck General Store. Credit: Panoramino.

In New York State, the Governor’s office of storm recovery (GOSR) has been hard at work assisting property owners who have been impacted by Superstorm Sandy.

According to BlackNews, the Poospatuck Reservation, the smallest reservation in the state, is one of those groups, having eight families that were in needed.

For Walter Oden, owner of Oden Development LLC, a certified manufactured home dealer and developer, he felt the need to jump in. Oden has his own experience with devastation from Hurricane Andrew in Florida in 1992. Oden assisted eight families with new manufactured homes, leveraging storm mitigation strategies to ensure survival for future storms.

Manufactured housing makes so much sense, especially here in New York,” said Oden.

Manufactured homes are typically more affordable than site-built homes. Constructing the housing structure off-site provides the inherent and economic advantages of a shorter build time, limited inspections, and energy efficiency. There is hardly any other construction method as versatile, practical, and applicable for any situation and environment.”

For Poospatuck Reservation Chief Harry Wallace, extreme gratitude was high on his list.

Those eight families selected Oden Development to rebuild their homes, ultimately because Walter has a great heart, his team cares and it shows in their craftsmanship!” said Wallace.

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Oden says that he committed to replacing homes on the Poospatuck Reservation with manufactured homes as opposed to traditional stick-built homes, to expedite the speed to market. His team also has another project in Brooklyn under development, utilizing intermodal shipping containers.

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The entrance to Ba Mar MHC in Stony Point, New York. Credit: Bayshore Home Sales.

Other recovery efforts in New York State involving manufactured housing include the Ba Mar Manufactured Home Community in Stony Point, New York.

In that case, limits on what can be offered and spent by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is capped, but under the new proposal, those with a family of four or more would receive up to $125,000; three people, up to $115,000; for one or two people, up to $105,000.

That story is linked here. ##

 

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70,000 Claims for Assistance Filed Following Louisiana Flooding

August 19th, 2016 Comments off

Louisiana_flood_Baton_Rouge_waterline_nola_Chris_Granger postedDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsUpdating a post MHProNews published Aug. 17, 2016 about the flooding in Louisiana that has cost 12 lives and damaged some 40,000 homes resulting in 70,000 registrations for assistance, U. S. Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA) avows there will not be the red tape and bungled missteps that plagued residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The need is going to be massive, especially when you consider there were so many homes that were not required to have flood insurance because they had never flooded,” Richmond said. 

9,000 homes did not have flood insurance because they were living in a 400-700 year flood plane, and considered the gamble worth the risk, according to nola.

Following Katrina, Congress established a disaster relief fund, which now has $2 billion in it. Individuals can apply for as much as $33,000, but most do not receive that much.

A money-saving lesson learned from Superstorm Sandy is to rip out and replace soggy drywall, carpeting and flooring so the family has, at least temporarily, a place to stay, and it is their own home in their own neighborhood.

While the decision to bring in manufactured homes may be in the offing, no definite plans have been made. ##

(Photo credit: nola/Chris Granger–water line on a car in Baton Rouge, LA following flooding)

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New Jersey Citizen suggests Manufactured Homes for Hurricane Sandy Survivors

September 16th, 2015 Comments off

hurricane_sandy_aftermath__cnn_news_creditIn a letter to the editor of Asbury Park Press in New Jersey, Joan Finn, noting the loss of housing for 55,000 Ocean County residents due to Hurricane Sandy, many of whom were low-income renters who did not receive rebuild assistance, she asks where did they go.

She says over 40 percent of those displaced were renters, and of these, 41 percent earned less than $15,000 annually and 67 percent earned under $30,000. She says: “Where have these working families gone? Or, better yet, where can they go in Ocean County? A two-bedroom rental in the county runs about $1,373 a month, for which households must earn $4,362 monthly, or $52,547 annually — the equivalent of three full-time minimum-wage jobs.

She adds that 59.1 percent of renters are paying over 30 percent for housing, causing a drain on local food banks. Assistance from the government only provided for 72 affordable housing units.

She offers manufactured homes as one type of housing for the displaced workers, but says, “For any of this to happen we need land and municipal zoning for these homes, and the moral and political will on the part of each of us to speak out for housing for those who serve us, those who make our lives easier, those whose voices are so often silenced.

As MHProNews has noted in several stories, many damaged and destroyed homes were replaced with modular homes, but this does present an opportunity for manufactured housing advocacy. ##

(Photo credit: CNNNews–aftermath of Hurricane Sandy)

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NYC Students Entering a Modular Home in Solar Decathlon

August 28th, 2015 Comments off

DURA_home_by_nyc_tech_students__their_credit_and_nbcnewyorkUndergraduate students at the New York City College of Technology are busy building a modular, environmentally conscious solar home to enter into the U. S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon competition this fall, according to nbcnewyork.

The DURA house—diverse, urban, resilient, adaptable—is an open-concept, one-bedroom, net zero weather-resistant living space that almost 60 students have worked on over a two-year period. “To go from having to draw it to seeing it live is an amazing experience for them,” says Alexander Aptekar, the City Tech professor overseeing the project.

With the devastation wrought by Superstorm Sandy still in their minds, Chantal Manning, a recent graduate from Brooklyn who was part of the original design team, emphasized the plan revolved around the concept of creating a home that could withstand a superstorm. She said, “If we’re going to design something, we want to make sure it’s going to be resilient against future storming and weathering.

Solar panels provide energy, and the stackable unit sports three layers of breathable membrane and air-tight sealing. Materials were donated from suppliers around the world.

Beyond the competition, the students want to grab the attention of NYC Mayor de Blasio. “We really thought about something that’s authentic for New York City,” said Manning. “We want to make sure we’re improving the lifestyle of people who live here and we want to make sure we’re doing it in a sustainable way. Best case, the city says great design, we want to build a whole complex of these in Brooklyn, in Manhattan.

Following the competition, the students would like to return the modular home to NYC so they can evaluate their project and then donate it, possibly to a disable veteran.

As MHProNews knows, the decathlon will be held in Irvine, California in October, 2015, with 20 entries from students around the world. The last competition, in 2013, was won by the Vienna University of Technology. ##(Image credit: nbcnewyork/New York City College of Technology–DURA Home)

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Modular Homes Still Rising in Wake of Hurricane Sandy

July 27th, 2015 Comments off

Connecticut_modular__the_news-times__autumn_driscoll__john_mcnamara_with_modular_homeMany people have likely forgotten Superstorm Sandy, as the third anniversary of that devastating storm that ripped up the Eastern Seaboard approaches, but in Connecticut, Westchester Modular Homes of Fairfield County has opened an office in Bethel, CT to continue dealing with the victims of that storm. As courant informs MHProNews, residents are receiving assistance from the government.

Company president Paul Scazlo said, “Our New Jersey branch started shortly before us, but we quickly began getting calls from Connecticut residents to help with their homes. It led into our involvement with the Connecticut Department of Housing’s Community Development Block Grant and the Superstorm Sandy disaster recovery program, which provided funding to victims of the storm, and we became one of the two authorized modular home builders for the fund.

The company has finished over a dozen modular homes ranging in price from 240,000 to $1.4 million, and from 800 square feet for a postage stamp size lot up to nearly 6,000 square feet, depending upon customization and the customer’s budget.

Much to the surprise of the state, they can complete a house in four to eight weeks, much quicker than the six to eight months it normally rakes for a comparable stick-built home. The company provides 3-D renditions of the home so customers can clearly see a model of exactly what they want. One customer, John McNamara, said “The longest part of the whole process was the application and forms from the town.” ##

(Photo credit:thenews-times/Autumn Driscoll-John McNamara with new modular home)

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Shoreline Modular Home set on Ten-Foot Pilings

August 1st, 2014 Comments off

Conn_modular_shoreline_home--Tim_Martin__the_day__com__creditFollowing damage from Tropical Storm Irene in 2011 and Superstorm Sandy in 2012, Peter and Lorraine Grader decided to replace their 74 year-old house in Groton, Connecticut with a modular home set on 10-foot pilings, out of the flood zone and constructed to better withstand severe storms. According to theday.com, the four modules that comprise their new home should be ready for occupancy by the end of August. While they did not sign up for the state’s “ShoreUpCT” loan program for owners of shoreline properties announced by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, MHProNews has learned they are suggesting that others may take advantage of the program and adapt to the realities of climate change. ##

(Photo credit: Tim Martin/theday.com–one of four modules comprising the new home)