Posts Tagged ‘transitional housing’

Modular Housing for Vets Up in the Air

April 29th, 2013 Comments off

MHProNews has learned from a planned 38 unit modular housing complex to accommodate 112 homeless veterans may be scuttled by the Veterans Administration because the Alachua Count Housing Authority (ACHA) has made “minimal progress toward completion,” according to a letter received by the authority from Jeffrey L. Quarles, director of the VA’s Grant/Per Diem Program. The letter said the project was supposed to be completed by May 1, 2013, but ACHA Director Herbert Hernandez says he became director in Feb. of this year and cannot find documents purporting to show the completion date. He has until May 10, 2013 to explain why the VA should continue with the plan, noting the paperwork has been finalized to break ground. While the exact date for completion has been a matter of uncertainty for the housing authority, Hernandez says he has heard second hand that completion must be by Aug. 1, 2013 because the VA cannot fund projects after that date due to fiscal year concerns. Chairman of the housing authority, Kali Blount, says the problem may stem from inaccuracies on a form submitted to the VA. ACHA has appealed to elected officials to help save the $20 million project, which is designed to provide transitional housing for veterans to help rebuild their lives, and includes funding for 20 years of programming.
(Image credit: County Housing Authority

Homeward Bound Partners with Blu

October 15th, 2012 Comments off

A Novato, Calif. non-profit that operates Marin’s three homeless shelters will partner with modular builder Blu Homes to site 14 one and two-bedroom compact homes to be rented to low-income, formerly homeless families with children. According to marinij, Marin-based Homeward Bound, which also operates transitional housing, has raised one third of the $3 million needed to complete the project. As MHProNews noted Jan. 16, 2012, Blu owners Bill Haney and Maura McCarthy moved its operations from Mass. to a 250,000 square foot hangar in Vallejo, Calif. last Dec.The company makes a steel-framed foldable unit that is easy to transport and set-up. Recently, the firm has been hit with charges of unfair labor practices at its 100 + worker facility.

(Photo credit: Blu Homes/The Republican)

Modular Homes may House Isaac Victims

September 7th, 2012 Comments off

nola informs MHProNews from LaPlace, Louisiana, on the western outskirts of New Orleans, some 7,000 homes have been inundated by Hurricane Isaac, leaving thousands homeless. 10,000 residents have registered for assistance with various local agencies, but because the high flood waters caused such widespread damage to possible transitional housing like hotels and shelters, many people have been relocated to Shreveport, Alexandria, and New Orleans. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) no longer provides trailers that became so prevalent following Hurricane Katrina, but may bring in modular homes for displaced residents.

(Photo credit: Brett Duke/The Times-Picayune–Tracy Naquin sorts through belongings following Isaac.)

Indian Tribe Develops Community

September 3rd, 2012 Comments off

The Republic reports the Associated Press says the Three Affiliated Tribes (Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation) of New Town, North Dakota developed a new manufactured housing community after the 45 site Prairie Winds Trailer Court was sold to oil development company United Prairie Cooperative for employee housing. The tribe invested over $2 million to build the new community, according to tribe CEO Dennis Fox, as well as move homes and help owners of units that could not be moved obtain mortgages to buy new homes. Seven manufactured homes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) were purchased by the tribe as transitional housing until the new community is complete. MHProNews has learned the residents received notice last December of Prairie Winds closing.

(Photo credit: Amy Dalrymple/Forum Communications–Christine Danks in front of new manufactured home)