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Putting the Cart Before the Horse—Er, House—in Montana

June 26th, 2017 Comments off

Cartoon Credit: Missoula News

For several years, MHProNews has been following the booming growth of the Bakken oil field in western North Dakota, as in the example that is linked here.

The boom created an influx of thousands of job seekers, and their need for prompt availability of homes was primarily met with factory-built, or workforce housing.

That surge slackened when oil prices have fell.  It left a glut of empty housing.

Not far away in Missoula, Montana, the director of nonprofit Homeword, Andrea Davis, has long seen small manufactured homes as a gateway to homeownership for low income people.

When she saw the price tag of $35,000 for each home, appliances included, she ordered ten and figured she would determine how best to use them. (Most low-income housing projects start with demand.)

It was such a good opportunity that we didn’t want to let it go,” she says, but we didn’t have a project yet.”

Those 450 to 550 square foot homes were shipped to Missoula, per the Missoula News, and Homeword just received a $270,000 federal HOME grant awarded by the city this month.

New Frontier Tiny Home, 242 square feet, Credit: New Frontier

According to the Missoula Organization of Realtors, only eight percent of the homes sold last year in Missoula were priced under $150,000. Missoulians need an annual income of $63,000 to afford a median-priced home in the city. The HOME grant will allow five of the homes sold to people earning less than half that amount.

In many cases involving factory-built housing, zoning can be a problem as can objecting neighbors. Through discussions with other nonprofits, Davis has discovered an acre plot of land adjacent to the Missoula Food Bank where six of the units can be clustered on permanent foundations.

Including purchase of the property, installation of the homes and a little sprucing up, Davis figures the homes can be sold for $100,000 or less. “There’s just an opportunity to make these cute,” Davis says.

For purposes of comparison, $270,000 divided by five equals $54,000 for each home, if the total HOME grant is used for the total cost and installation of the homes. As MHProNews reported in a recent article, linked here, the Census Bureau reports that the average price in Dec. 2016, for a new single section, 14X70′ HUD Code manufactured home is $49,900.

Presuming that typical home in the Census Bureau reporting is a 924 square foot 14×70′ – consider the comparison. Granted, it’s nearly $15,000 more than the used Bakken oilfield home then Homeward paid, but that ‘average’ single sectional is also shiny, new and considerably larger.

Missoula, are you listening? ##

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Housing Summit to Address Workforce Housing, Showcase Manufactured Housing

November 12th, 2016 Comments off

Credit: IMPACT20/20.

IMPACT 20/20, an influential group of northwest Minnesota leaders representing diverse interests created to advance the region’s economic success, formed a task force in 2016 to address housing needs of the region.

The group will host a housing summit on Wednesday November 16th, with a focus on workforce housing.

According to IMPACT 20/20, many communities in northwest Minnesota are facing shortages in workforce housing, which is limiting the growth of business and industry. There is no “one size fits all” solution for housing needs. Every community is different and has unique challenges and opportunities.

Modular Workforce Housing. Credit: Modular Villages.

Modular Workforce Housing. Credit: Modular Villages.

During the all-day event, the role of modular and manufactured housing in solving the workforce housing challenge will be discussed, along with housing rehabilitation and redevelopment.

A panel of housing developers will share models they are using successfully inside and outside of northwest Minnesota.

Representatives from Minnesota Housing, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, and the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund will also be in attendance to help participants learn about state-level resources available to communities, along with sessions on community-based housing solutions and downtown development.


Housing Summit Logo. Credit: IMPACT20/20.

The Daily Business News has covered workforce housing recently, including the role that it played in the Alberta, Canada fires. That story is here.

The event runs from 8am to 4pm and will be held at the University of Minnesota Crookston, 2900 University Ave in Bede Ballroom. Cost is $45 per person, which includes a light breakfast and lunch. ##

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RC Williams, for Daily Business News, MHProNews.

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Fisher River Cree Seek to Build Own Modular Homes

June 14th, 2016 Comments off

canadian modular   stuart gradon  calgary herald  great plains modular housing for flood victimsAs a means to provide more housing for First Nation peoples in Manitoba and teach them a saleable skill, Fisher River Cree Nation Chief David Crate is lobbying the federal government in Ottawa, Canada to fund a program teaching residents home construction and home maintenance.

The proposal includes partnering with modular workforce housing builder Atco Sustainable Communities, Inc., to construct a training center in Fisher River for training, with the end goal of the workers building modular homes to be shipped to their own communities for siting. Fisher River is a little over 100 miles north of Winnipeg.

Fisher River and Atco already have resources for the training center, but are seeking funding for the training, which they say will require about 40 instructors, adding, the first year of building they anticipate 150 new modular homes, according to winnipegfreepress.

MHProNews understands nearly one-third of Manitoba’s indigenous people live in substandard housing. Crate said his community alone needs 200 new homes, but it may receive only ten this year. ##

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Workforce Builder Horizon Logistics Acquires Modular Home Builder Karoleena of British Columbia

May 9th, 2016 Comments off

Canada__karoleena_modular_2_dot_1_million__infotel.ca__creditMHProNews has been informed by ottawacitizen that award-winning modular home designer Karoleena of Okanagan, British Columbia, Canada has been acquired by Horizon North Logistics, Inc., a builder of relocatable modular workforce housing in remote areas, as well as camp management accommodations and catering.

To meet the growing need for a viable alternative to site construction, objectives for the combined companies include development of a full line of modular homes and multifamily residential, as well as retail and commercial buildings. The combination is also expected to drive the growth of modern modular opportunities, especially in Western Canada.

Kris Goodjohn, co-founder and CPO of Karloeena, said, “The construction industry is ripe for change and we are excited to infuse our brand, culture and style into the Horizon North model to ultimately deliver that change. This is an exciting transaction that will result in a one of a kind offering, being a broad range of modern modular solutions and a real ability to deliver.”

As MHProNews posted May 8, 2015, Karoleena was selected to build the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) show’s prize home. The 3,800 square-foot, $2.1 million dollar modular home took six months to build and 30 days to assemble on-site. ##

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Alberta Wildfires have Driven Residents to Safety in Workforce Housing

May 5th, 2016 Comments off

modular camp canada    global regina creditWhile the wildfire engulfing Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada has burned 1,600 buildings and forced 80,000 people to flee their homes, stocks for companies that produce temporary accommodations have shot up as much as 35 percent, according to what bloomberg tells MHProNews, although Andrew Bradford of Raymond James, Ltd. says there is absolutely no evidence of profiteering as evacuees are being housed in available workforce housing in the area.

One of the issues the market is grappling with is the degree to which some of the idle assets that all camp providers own right now will be redeployed into the Fort McMurray area to house people for the rebuilding process,” said Bradford.

WesternOne Inc., a Vancouver-based company focused on acquiring and operating businesses in the construction and infrastructure industries, rallied as much as 41 percent.

The stock for Horizon North Logistics Inc., a Calgary-based support-services company, which markets both temporary, movable modular structures and permanent full-service guest lodges, was up 35 percent in trading. Horizon has two lodges 19 miles north of the fort. CEO Rod Graham said from the company headquarters in Calgary their first concern is the safety of residents in the area.

No deaths or injuries have been reported yet. The Alberta government evacuated two communities over 21 miles south of Fort McMurray. Bradford added, “So far none of these companies that are housing evacuees are invoicing anybody as far as I can tell. But I don’t think companies will do that forever, by any stretch of the imagination.”

Morgan Stanley estimates oil production has fallen by 400,000 barrels a day as producers have opened their modular workforce housing to refugees from the fierce blaze. ##

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Rezoning Requests Approved for MH and RV sites

April 27th, 2016 Comments off

rezoning_bing_imagesFollowing a story MHProNews posted July 24, 2015 regarding the need for workforce housing in southwest Louisiana where up to 54,000 workers will build an ethane cracker and gas-to-liquid facility, americanpress reports Calcasieu Parish officials are dealing with multiple requests to accommodate recreational vehicles (RV) and manufactured homes (MH).

At its April 21 meeting, the Police Jury approved seven rezoning requests that will allow for 470 RV sites and 44 manufactured housing sites in the parish in an attempt to meet temporary housing needs. In Jan. 2014 the Police Jury approved a new zoning classification that created development standards for new RV parks in the parish, differentiating them from the RMHP, manufactured home park.

Wes Crain, parish planning and development director, said that is why they are seeing more applications for RV sites. “People know what (RV parks) look like,” he said. “It’s a typical land use we are used to in this area. Most people are not used to temporary worker villages or don’t know what it is or what it means. An RV park is not considered a man camp.##

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National Real Estate Guru Affirms Manufactured Housing to meet Affordable Demand

April 20th, 2016 Comments off

levittown__state_museum_of_pennsylvania__creditWriting in nreionline, R. Byron Carlock, Jr. of Price WaterhouseCoopers reminds MHProNews of the “invention” of the suburbs 70 years ago when Bill Levitt returned from the war and steered his family home construction business into building tract housing, appealing to the millions of returning veterans.`He envisioned mass-produced housing, eventually creating multiple planned communities called Levittown throughout the eastern U. S.

Before the war he and his family built subdivisions outside Manhattan, and in support of the war effort built workforce housing for war workers, and Seabees construction units. This work fed into the ability to mass produce homes, says Carlock.

Trucks delivered materials for each new home at exactly 60 foot intervals. At its height a new house was built every 16 minutes. With the build divided into 27 steps, each worker had a specialized task, from pouring foundations to sweeping dust, reducing labor costs by as much as 40 percent.

Carlock said that was a breakthrough in housing, there was a definite housing shortage, crating a huge demand, and vets could access the GI Bill. While there is nothing quite like a GI Bill in today’s market, the growing demand from Millennials and Baby Boomers for affordable housing may lead to another breakthrough in housing, inspiring new innovations.

He suggests factory-built housing as an option to deal with the demand: “Today’s development community is exhibiting resilience in finding appropriate and relevant housing solutions in our cities and our suburbs. From new innovations in manufactured and modular housing, to increased density in our cities, intergenerational housing and college residences, our industry continues to recognize and seize new opportunities of its own.” ##

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Allowing Manufactured Homes in all parts of County being Considered

January 18th, 2016 Comments off

mhmsm stock mfg homeThe agenda for the Buncombe County Board of Commissioner’s (North Carolina) retreat scheduled for Tue., Jan 19 includes planning this year’s goals and reviewing progress made on goals from last year reports mountainx.

Held in the county building in Asheville, increasing affordable housing was on the agenda last year and will be on this year’s docket. Topics under consideration include housing bonds, incentive grants, public-private partnerships, zoning density changes and land donation to add to affordable housing stock in the county.

One of the goals from last year, as reported by MHProNews March 18, 2015, was to allow HUD Code manufactured homes in all residential districts of the county. The commissioners will continue to work on this issue as well as increasing density for affordable and workforce housing. ##

New Manufactured Homes on Drawing Board in Arizona City

November 28th, 2015 Comments off

arizona mfg home  trulia ceditAs in many areas, finding affordable housing in Payson, Arizona is beginning to pose a looming crisis, even more so if the area gets a four-year university that will draw several thousand more residents, according to paysonroundup.

Berkshire Hathaway real estate broker Cliff Potts stated housing for middle class workers, like police officers, firefighters and medical technicians may soon be tough to find.

Our community base has grown some in the past few years and we need workforce housing,” he said. “It is one of the areas that we really need to pay intense attention to and find solutions.

Bob Hamer, who owns several rental properties in Payson, said rents for a three-bedroom house have increased from $850 a month four years ago to $1,300 now, and that few rental properties have been built in recent years in this town northeast of Phoenix.

Hamer met with town officials last week with plans to site four manufactured homes on property he owns, built around a central courtyard. He adds they look like site-built homes with double pane windows and decorative trim, and he intends to keep existing trees and boulders, and add landscaping to give the feel of an open, park-like area. MHProNews understands the three-bedroom, two-bath homes would rent for $1,000.

Hamer said the city needs to agree by altering some provisions, as well as change the zoning to higher density. We want our school teachers to live in nice neighborhoods in a safe, clean home,” he said. ##

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CBRE to Auction off Modular Workforce Housing

November 18th, 2015 Comments off

montana_modular_workforce_housing__sydney__bakken__creditA 100-unit full service modular lodging complex in Sydney, Montana will go on the online auction block Dec. 3, 2015, with the bidding starting at $2,000,000, conducted by CBRE. Built in 2013, Eagles Lodging housed oilfield workers in the Bakken Shale and Williston Basin in North Dakota, according to bakken.

The property is being sold subject to a land lease, which the lessee may cancel. The new owner may operate the business or terminate the lease and move the modular buildings elsewhere. In Jan., 2015 the 100 units were appraised at $7 million. Daily, weekly and monthly rentals are available.

In addition to the one and two bedroom fully-furnished modular homes, there are laundry facilities, recreation and fitness areas, a restaurant as well as internet and cable access.

MHProNews understands online bidding lasts for two hours, all done by the internet. Bidders will be required to send a registration deposit of $75,000 in advance of being eligible to bid. The sale may be related to the downturn in demand for domestic oil production. ##

(Photo credit: bakken–Eagles Lodging, modular workforce housing in Sydney, Montana)

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