Posted on January 25, 2008

A lot of people want to know how many people live in manufactured homes. I think it is because there is a sense that the figure is large, but also not known. In many communities, parks are located in out-of-the-way places. In North Carolina, about one-in-six families lives in manufactured housing. Yet here in Durham, it is unusual to see even one mobile home during the course of daily life. The parks are there, just on the outskirts of town. I have a friend who lives in some remote land north of Chapel Hill. There are two parks, straddling a highway overpass, near his home.

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Posted on January 22, 2008

This editorial from the Virginia Gazette, in Williamsburg, expresses the strange contradiction in public opinion.  The public wants more affordable housing.  They don't want more manufactured housing, at least not in their neighborhood.

It is not a tsunami of public opinion, but it is nice to see the idea emerging.

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Posted on December 21, 2007

I spend a lot of time looking at statistics on loans. That includes loans on manufactured housing. Most people, if they ever think about it, can guess what the predominant nature of manufacturing housing lending is. That's right -- most of the loans are not so great. A lot of them have very high interest rates. When you consider that many also come with shorter terms than are commonly associated with site built homes, you realize that financing constrains the claims of affordability

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Posted on December 18, 2007

In the process of sending out emails about my book, a few people that I met while out on the road have contacted me. One of those people was Suzanne Ise, from the City of Watsonville's Department of Community Development.

I first met Ms. Ise when I visited a dilapidated park within Watsonville, California. Watsonville is located in a large

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Posted on December 14, 2007

One of the best pieces of advice to come out of the latest CFED I'm Home Conference was news that the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) will supply its homes to nonprofits virtually without cost.

FEMA has a lot of homes in staging areas in three cities in the Southeast. They are considering another in New Jersey. One reports says that in all, FEMA has more than 16,000 units.

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Posted on November 13, 2007

A new model of mobile home park ownership has emerged in North Carolina.

Vecinos Unidos, a resident group at the Mark Park in Burnsville, North Carolina, has organized and successfully purchased its mobile home park through a nonprofit land trust model.

CRA-NC worked with the residents and the Center for Participatory Change, an Asheville non-profit, to bring about the new arrangement.  The 14 unit park, on 7 acres of land in the North Carolina mountains, was sold for approximately $300,000.  CRA-NC provided some equity. BB&T stepped in for a two-year loan.

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Posted on October 1, 2007

News of a Wake Forest mobile home park facing penalties for water contamination provokes several responses.

The incident in question refers to a WRAL report in Raleigh, North Carolina. The NC Division of Environmental Health, upon testing well water in Ponderosa Mobile Home Court, found levels of radium that exceed acceptable levels. The report says that radium is often found near uranium deposits.  This is the ninth time that the well water in the park has been in violation in the past two years.

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