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Forbes: Building 3D-Printed + Mass Manufactured Homes Is 50% Faster, Produces 99% Less Waste, And Can Be 80% Automated

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The world needs two billion new homes in the next 80 years, the World Economic Forum said in 2018. The United States needs 3.8 million additional new homes just to meet existing consumer demand, Realtor.com estimated in 2020. And yet, with perhaps 600,000 people homeless in the U.S. and 40 million people living in poverty in the richest country on Earth, it isn’t just about quantity.

It’s also about price.

And, price to the planet. Construction is already the source of 40% of our carbon footprint globally. How do we house people effectively, efficiently, cost-effectively, and in a planet-friendly way?

According to innovative housing...

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Our thoughts on this story:

3D printed homes is a very interesting technology and I have no doubt it will one day be a big part of the U.S. housing market. But to get there you have to change a lot of ordinances and the Uniform Building Code. You also have to get the cost lower than $300,000 for a 1,500 sq. ft. house with 3D printing. I have seen articles on 3D printing in Europe that is really, really inexpensive. Don’t look at it as a cool way to build a beach house but instead find ways to create affordable housing with it and you’d have a winner.

Coloradoan : Water main break leaves Fort Collins mobile home park residents without water

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A water main break at a Fort Collins mobile home community left several of its residents without water this week, according to the city, the community's manager and a resident.

Residents of the eastern section of North College LLC Manufactured Housing Community — a 55-plus senior community with roughly 320 lots — learned of the main break early Tuesday morning when they were greeted with dry kitchen faucets and shower heads around 7 a.m., according to community resident Patti Rosenfelder.

While Rosenfelder, 69, lives on the unaffected western side of the mobile home community — the largest within Fort Collins city limits — she said she...

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So a part of a mobile home park had no water for two days because the water main broke. And the delay was caused by the city which mistakenly thought it was their main and told the park to stop work. And that intro leads the writer into a public shaming festival on the owner because he raised rents and enacted basic rules, like no beach towels in windows. What a world we live in.

CBS Sacramento: West Sacramento mobile home community with at-risk residents spent days without power

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WEST SACRAMENTO — During severe storms, utility companies prioritize power for schools hospitals and customers' medical needs, but one local mobile home park's power was out for too long and the equipment necessary to keep some residents alive failed.

Valhalla Mobile Home Park has hundreds of residents, some of whom can't live for more than a few hours without power.

"I had heat in one room of the house so I survived," said Tom Madsen, a resident of the mobile home park.

The community of senior citizens lost power for days.

"There's a lot of people on oxygen CPAP machines and that's what we're worried about. What are they going to do...

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This just goes to show the bias of the media against mobile home parks. The park lost power because the electric company had their lines go down. The park owner did nothing wrong. And the media is claiming that the park “has residents who cannot live for more than a few hours without electricity” and that somehow the park owner is responsible for that. If you truly can’t live for more than three hours without electricity you need to have a generator on your home in case the power goes out. If the tenant doesn’t buy a generator then that’s at their own risk. Don’t pretend that the park owner has any involvement in this story at all.

Roswell Daily Record: City rejects zoning for mobile home park

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LORDSBURG — The City Council shot down a zoning variance from Ed Kerr, who was asking the city to allow a 1977 mobile home to be placed in Pyramid Heights after residents who were at the Dec. 28 meeting voiced their opposition to the variance.

“The ordinance itself should prohibit this trailer from coming in,” resident Eddie Parra said. He added that there are already two abandoned trailers that need to be addressed by the city, and questioned a park area that is supposed to be maintained by the City.

“Don’t put us in the position where we have to challenge the fact that we pay taxes. For what? What are we getting in return?” Parra...

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Our thoughts on this story:

This title is wrong, This is not about a mobile home park but simply a single 1977 mobile home. The city says it can’t be brought in because it violates their ordinances. The minimum mobile home age they allow is 1982. You can buy a 1982 mobile home for about the same price as the 1977. Sell the older home and buy a newer older home and bring it on in. Case closed.

Maryland Coast Dispatch: Site Plan Approved For Mobile Home Park Expansion

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SNOW HILL– Plans for the expansion of a West Ocean City mobile home park moved ahead last week following approval by county officials.

The Worcester County Planning Commission last Thursday voted unanimously to approve a site plan for Salt Life Park. The project consists of a 34-lot expansion of an existing manufactured home park on Old Bridge Road.

“It’s really a nice continuation of the old park,” attorney Hugh Cropper said.

Cropper told the commission his client, Mark Odachowski, had purchased the existing park and started working to improve it. The 34-lot expansion is part of that improvement effort.

“It was really an eyesore,”...

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Our thoughts on this story:

This is exactly the way to get a park expansion approved – tie the expansion into an overall improvement in the original park. Then the trade off for the neighbors is that they can have a smaller but ugly property, or a slightly larger one that is not embarrassing to live nearby.

YES! Magazine: How Mobile Home Communities Are Adapting for Climate Change

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Charlotte Bishop was standing at her kitchen window in January 2019 when she saw water streaming into her yard. A block of ice had clogged the brook that snakes around the mobile home park where she and her husband Rollin live in Brattleboro, Vermont. Ice jams are not uncommon in Vermont, but the heavier rains and earlier winter thaws—both related to climate change—will likely cause more flooding in communities near rivers and streams. Bishop grabbed her keys and rushed outside to move their cars to higher ground. Within minutes, she was wading through knee-high water. 

Bishop lives in Tri-Park Cooperative, Vermont’s largest and...

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This article is so boring that I was about to fall asleep and then I suddenly saw that the town was going to spend $7.9 million to relocate 26 mobile homes out of the floodplain. I hope that’s a typo from the magazine, because that works out to $303,000 per home. Here’s a better idea. Buy each of those mobile home park residents a custom home on the golf course, give it to them debt-free, and demolish those $20,000 mobile homes they were living in. It’s a win/win for the earth and at least does not insult the intelligence of anyone reading this article who had basic algebra.

PA Homepage: Montour County mobile home park water woes

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COOPER TOWNSHIP MONTOUR COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Residents of a Montour County mobile home park say they have had it with the ongoing water problems and reached out to the I-Team for help after they claim their concerns were not being addressed by property management.

Eyewitness News spoke with residents who are frustrated, disgusted, and some are downright angry. They say they just want to have clear, clean water once and for all.

“It’s been a frustrating mess and it always goes on. We’re at our wit’s end,” said Robert Hayden, a Pepper Hills Mobile Home Park resident.

Robert Hayden lives at the Pepper Hills Mobile Home Park near Danville. He...

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Sounds like the park owner needs to replace the water lines. Needs to give the residents and the city and state the plan and timing, go to the lender and find a hardscrabble way to get it started. In the interim the tenants and authorities need to back off and give them time to get it done. Hiding from all of this doesn’t sound like it’s helping. But, to be honest, the reporter is so anti-business that you don’t really know if any of these assertions by the tenants are even true.

South Congaree landlord arrested for renting mobile home without a business license: South Congaree landlord arrested for renting mobile home without a business license

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SOUTH CONGAREE, S.C. (WIS) - A scrutinized South Congaree landlord was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly renting out a mobile home in a park that’s closing in two months.

Landlord Naomi Halter faces the misdemeanor charge of operating without a business license.

Tuesday morning a Lexington County judge granted her a personal recognizance bond, allowing her to await her court dates outside of jail without putting down any money.

The Town of South Congaree pulled her business licenses last August and her appeal failed in November.

In denying the appeal, the South Congaree Town Council triggered an ordinance-mandated eviction process for the...

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The city takes the park owner’s license away because her properties are a “drain on city resources” (translation: those kids in the park are costing $8,000 per year in tuition each) and then have her arrested when she is kind enough to rent a vacant home to a guy and his mother who need a cheap place to live. She needs a good attorney and then should sue the heck out of these bureaucrats – maybe personally and not just in their city capacity. Sure, the homes could be nicer and there’s no excuse for a leaking sewer connection from a home, but I see nothing in this video that would suggest anything that has occurred is in any way appropriate or proportional.

North Platte Bulletin: Council tables small RV park over concerns about stringent requirements

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The North Platte city council wrangled for about an hour Tuesday about a zoning permit for a proposed small RV park on South Willow.

Merlin and Kelle Dikeman would like to create eight camping spots at 3501 S. Willow and erect a 40’ x 80’ building that contains a night watchman living quarters. The site is a couple blocks south of Goforth Trailer and Trucking at the corner of Walker and Willow.

The Dikemans said in their application that the building could be used to renovate and store old vehicles. Four of the campers in the outside stalls would be privately owned. The other four spaces would be available to lease.

The Dikemans said the...

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The Dikemans just want to build a nice little RV park. They trusted the city bureaucrats and it blew up in their faces. This is a testament to not only the dangers of greenfield development, but also the need for tighter due diligence and not letting people tell you things as opposed to getting them in writing.

WFXR TV: 13 Massie’s Mobile Home Park tenants head to Montgomery Co. court; Suing owners for water cut-off

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CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — More than a dozen tenants at Massie’s Mobile Home Park and Christiansburg-based Southwest Virginia Legal are headed to Montgomery County General District Court on Friday, Jan. 6, for a scheduled hearing against their trailer park’s current owners.

“I’m looking for respect, and for people to be treated like human beings,” said Jacqueline Snyder, a tenant in the lawsuit.

Southwest Virginia legal aid attorney Kristi Murray says this is all happening after filing 13 unlawful exclusion suits. They say their water was cut off back in November after park owners didn’t pay the bill.

“First not being able to take your...

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This article is beyond stupid. Massey’s mobile home park sold because the long-standing mom and pop couldn’t manage the property any longer. The new owner paid a fortune for it and now requires people to pay their rent on time and keep up their property. And those 2% of the residents who take offense to living in civilized society don’t like it one bit. How is this news and why does anyone waste time on these type of stories?

Desert Sun: State funds safe drinking water at east valley's Oasis Mobile Home Park through 2023

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Residents of Oasis Mobile Home Park in Thermal will have access to safe drinking water through 2023 with a new $883,930 state grant. But the water won't come from the taps: The funds will be used to provide bottled water to households.

The State Water Resources Control Board began paying for bottled water at Oasis in October. Before that, the state, Riverside County and local community partners had been covering the cost since July.

The bottled water is not a long-term solution, officials acknowledge, but a stopgap while plans are drawn up for spending more than $50 million in state funding to both relocate Oasis residents and expand...

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OK, I understand that this park is in California. But let’s do the math here. There are roughly 300 mobile homes. They are going to spend around $80 million to relocate these people who are currently living in mostly pre-HUD trailers. That’s $266,000 per household. Has anyone in California travelled beyond the state lines and visited, for example, Arizona, where you can get a nice stick-built home with a garage – and throw in a new car – for less than $266,000? Just buy each household one of those houses for cash, give it to them, and tell them to move to Arizona. What are these bureaucrats thinking?

KTVQ: Legislators propose bills to help Billings mobile home residents

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Residents at the Meadowlark mobile home park in Billings continue to have dirty water, a boil order is in effect, they've had frozen and broken pipes, and the water has been shut down.

And now in the Montana Legislature, lawmakers have proposed bills they hope could help in the long run.

Last month's historic cold snap in Montana brought more problems to this Billings mobile home park.

About 20 pipes broke at the end of the year.

"Biggest thing is just the water shut offs, and, you know, not having water and it being turned off all night. Has caused a lot of stress out here for a lot of people," said Gary Deveraux, a Meadowlark resident.

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Our thoughts on this story:

Only a state bureaucrat would think that they are helping mobile home park residents by making a new law that stops park owners from “requiring a tenant to make unnecessary upgrades” to their homes. Essentially they’re dooming the 98% of park residents who take care of their property so that the 2% with five non-running cars piled in the yard, their home painted three colors and aluminum foil for curtains won’t have to bother cleaning up their act. Then you add on the new law that requires tenants to have first option to buy the park – something that they virtually never exercise and that slows down the sales process by months – and you have the kind of genius thinking that has made America the mess that it has become. Let me make it more clear for these legislators of Montana. If you pass these two bills you are going to simply have park owners tear more parks down and put in things that have less ridiculous restrictions – and nobody would blame them.

Weather Underground: Deaths In The South Amplify Extreme Danger Of Manufactured Homes During Severe Weather

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This week’s storms in the South that killed at least three people and injured nearly 25 more highlight the dangers of being inside a mobile home or manufactured home during severe weather. Most of the homes destroyed in the storm were manufactured. And at least one of the deaths occurred in a manufactured home.

In fact, of the 104 tornado fatalities in 2021, 23 were in manufactured homes, according to NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center. In 2020, 39 of the 76 tornado deaths that year were in manufactured homes. Through Nov. 30 of this year, more than half of tornado deaths — 13 out of 22 — happened in manufactured homes. That's a lot,...

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Apparently you have a 15% better chance of being killed in a mobile home than a stick-built home if a tornado hits. You also have a 15% higher chance of dying from boredom if you read this article.

The Facts: Residents express concerns regarding manufactured home community

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ANGLETON — A new manufactured home community will be developed in the city adjacent to the intersection of East Phillips Road and Gifford Road.

All of the homes in Angleton Park Place will require a concrete foundation.

“They’re going to have axles taken out from underneath them and they’re all going to have concrete slabs poured underneath the modular homes,” owner and developer Mike Morgan said.

Concerned citizens attended the Dec. 21 Board of Adjustment meeting to express their perspectives on the development.

The meeting was actually being held to discuss a possible variance for the drainage and utilities of Angleton Park...

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Angleton, Texas has a median home price of nearly $200,000. The developer is going to be sticking mobile homes that value at around $70,000 each on to those new lots. Can you possibly understand why the city residents are up in arms about this zoning catastrophe? I imagine the litigation will be flying soon, as every home owner near this planned development is about to see a 50% decrease in their home value. Again, bureaucrats at work who would never allow this to happen in their neighborhood but could care less as long as it’s not next to their property.

WBUR: A tale of two mobile home parks

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Large investors have been buying up mobile home communities at a rapid pace over the past few years, including here in Massachusetts. WBUR reporter Simon Rios dives into his reporting on two local mobile home communities that were faced with corporate buyouts, and the two very different outcomes they saw.

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The same boring story of how great the resident-owned community concept is without including the fact that the park in which the residents bought the park they paid $80,000 per space and are putting no capital back into it vs. the park where the corporate owner paid about $80,000 per space (after the residents refused to buy it) and then poured a ton of money back into the property to fix it up and raised the rents accordingly. At the end of the movie, the residents will be paying the same lot rent in both parks (because park #1 will still need all this work done eventually and the rent will have to go up to pay for it) only the quality of life in park #1 will probably be lower as they will have poor management and zero fiscal governance.

Iowa City Press Citizen: Guest column: Mobile home park owners making housing unaffordable

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If you have a favorite cashier at the store, or a favorite nurse’s aide at the nursing home who takes care of your mother, or you belong to a veterans association, you might know someone who lives in a mobile home park in Iowa. If you do, they, like me, are either already in trouble, or headed that way. Here’s why.

Mobile home parks are the largest source of unsubsidized affordable housing in the U.S. The residents own their homes, but not the land their homes are on. So, they must pay lot rent every month to the park owners. Therein lies the problem.

Several years ago, out-of-state investment firms started buying up MHPs in Iowa and...

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Our thoughts on this story:

Another story of how larger owners buy up failing properties, inject capital into them to bring them back to life, save them from the wrecking ball, and are now guilty of ruining the world by giving people a better place to live at a still highly affordable price. Maybe this writer should contact the folks at Lee’s Trailer Park and get their take on that.

Fast Company: ‘They never told us when we bought this place’: How mobile home communities are dealing with flood risk

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Charlotte Bishop was standing at her kitchen window in January 2019 when she saw water streaming into her yard. A block of ice had clogged the brook that snakes around the mobile home park where she and her husband Rollin live in Brattleboro, Vermont. Bishop grabbed her keys and rushed outside to move their cars to higher ground. Within minutes, she was wading through knee-high water. 

Bishop lives in Tri-Park Cooperative, Vermont’s largest and oldest resident-owned mobile home community. The co-op represents a crucial source of affordable housing for about 1,000 residents, but many of its lots are vulnerable to flooding. Bishop said her...

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Non-profits now want to fund ventures to elevate mobile homes in flood zones and even relocate these homes. Who is paying for all this stuff? It looks like non-profits are America’s fastest growing new industry. There’s probably even a non-profit to fund starting non-profits.

Post Bulletin: Agreement in works with Bob's Trailer Park tenants as they continue without running water

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ROCHESTER — A potential agreement with four residents at Bob’s Trailer Park is in the works more than a month after they lost running water in their trailers.

“Two weeks should be sufficient time to iron out a few details,” Rochester attorney Travis Ohly told Olmsted County District Court referee Erin Felten during an online hearing Tuesday.

Ohly, who represents the property owner, Pennsylvania-based TSJ Parks LLC, said work has started in an agreement, but final terms couldn’t be reached Tuesday.

Court staff said negotiations were the cause of an approximately one-hour delay for Tuesday’s hearing, which was attended by TSJ Parks member...

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Our thoughts on this story:

Boy, is this headline misleading. The park is being closed for redevelopment, and there are only five trailers still remaining because of bureaucratic blocks on removing them and homeless people have taken over the empty trailers during this bureaucratic delay. This is a story of low rents = redevelopment, and not some rogue park owner who turned the water off.

Yahoo: Corporate landlords are gobbling up mobile home parks and rapidly driving up rents — here’s why the space is so attractive to them

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The hunt for yield has pushed private equity firms and professional investors into new segments of the real estate market.

In recent years, sophisticated investors have snapped up multi-family units and single-family homes. Now, corporate landlords are targeting the most cost-effective segment of the real estate market: mobile home parks.

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Our thoughts on this story:

Another take on Lee’s Trailer Park, discussed above. And once again it makes the critical point that either rents go up or the wrecking ball comes in.

NPR: At a Mass. mobile home park, residents are evicted for a new housing development

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Residents of mobile home parks are losing their places to live as new investors buy up park land for redevelopment. Residents typically own their homes, but not the land they sit on.

A MARTÍNEZ, HOST: Mobile homes have long been an affordable housing option, but big investment firms have been buying up the land they sit on, causing homeowners to worry about whether they'll be able to stay. From member station WBUR in Boston, Simon Rios reports on how corporate ownership is upending the lives of people in one park.

SIMON RIOS, BYLINE: Outside John Piazza's trailer, the 84-year-old former harbor captain and amateur historian is sorting...

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Our thoughts on this story:

This is the argument that woke journalists can’t handle because it makes too much sense: if mobile home park lot rents don’t go up significantly then they will be torn down to make way for more profitable uses. How much more would the lot rent have had to be to keep this park from being redeveloped? I bet the residents would be happy to pay it now – but it’s too late.

News Center Maine: Professor at UMaine to research climate resilience of manufactured homes

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ORONO, Maine — For 50 years, researchers at the University of Maine's Climate Change Institute have had their finger on the pulse of Maine's changing environment, and what that might mean for its residents. 

To learn more about if manufactured homes, also known as mobile homes, will hold up in Maine's future climate, UMaine Research Assistant Professor Sean Birkel will soon team up with collaborators from the University of Vermont and University of New Hampshire for a one-year study on the climate resilience of manufactured homes. 

The study is made possible thanks to a $79,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

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Our thoughts on this story:

The NOAA spent $80,000 on a grand to see if Maine mobile homes can survive climate change. I could have done the same work for $8. The answer is: yes.

Inforum: Manufactured home park in Moorhead receives $2.6 million for infrastructure facelift

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MOORHEAD — For many Bennett Park Cooperative residents, news of $2.6 million to better the manufactured home park’s infrastructure came as a surprise.

But most knew how they wanted the money to be spent.

“The roads. I hope it will help the roads around here,” said Edwin Eumans, a resident of the park for 10 years.

Other residents said the streets inside the park are filled with potholes, which cause damage to vehicles.

Eumans said the roads have drainage problems; rain pools during summer. In the winter, when snow and ice cover the roads, the potholes aren’t visible.

Some of the manufactured homes aren't suitable for extreme cold. Back...

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Our thoughts on this story:

The Minnesota Housing Board of Directors has approved $166 million to help renovate 2,156 housing units. That works out to $77,000 per unit. Can you imagine anyone in the private sector spending that much?

WJCT News: Affordable housing faces challenges in Florida

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Rents and home prices rose dramatically in Florida over the past few years.

In an annual trends report published earlier this year, the Florida Housing Coalition documented the progress and challenges to achieving housing affordability in the state.

The incoming CEO of the housing coalition, Ashon Nesbitt, said there’s positive and negative indicators to note.

Housing instability is on the rise

Although fewer people are experiencing homelessness in Florida compared to a decade ago, residents are being exponentially squeezed by housing costs.

“Homelessness is decreasing throughout the state, but because of the cost-burden issue at the same...

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Our thoughts on this story:

So let me get this straight – the way to save affordable housing is for the government to buy it all up and give it away? Here’s a better idea, give those 60,000 people mentioned in the article $80,000 each and have them move to a state with lower real estate costs where they can buy anything they want with all cash. Mississippi is just a couple states over, you know.

WNEP: More than two weeks without running water for residents of mobile home park in Wayne County

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HONESDALE, Pa. — It's been 17 days since the residents of Sunrise Terrace mobile home park in Honesdale last had running water.

In early December, hundreds of gallons of heating oil spilled near one of two water wells located inside the park.

Since then, the water wells are still shut off, and crews have been brought in to contain and clean the area where the spill happened.

While progress has been made, there is still no running water.

"The wells that pump water to the park remain off to prevent drawing contamination from the dirt in the ground that has been contaminated with the fuel oil. So that was the decision done by the...

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Apparently two residents had leaking fuel oil tanks for their heaters. So the park owner has to shut the wells off and truck in water until the heating oil is cleaned up. Once again, you’ve got to love the media’s headline which makes it look like this situation is the park owner’s fault. Wouldn’t want to blame the two residents who created this mess, right?

Aspen Daily News: Nonprofit to purchase trailer park for pilot project

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Carbondale-based social justice nonprofit group this week went under contract to buy a 20-unit mobile-home park outside of Glenwood Springs for $2.4 million in an attempt to buck the trend of displacement and affordable-housing destruction at the hands of private-equity groups buying Colorado parks.

The Roaring Fork Community Development Corp. — the affordable housing arm of the nonprofit Manaus — intends to transfer ownership in coming years to 3-Mile Mobile Home Park’s residents, who own their trailers but pay rent for the land on which they sit.

The sellers are the children of the late Ben Krueger, a longtime Vail Valley resident who...

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Our thoughts on this story:

So the concept here is to pay $110,000 per space to keep 20 households living in an old trailer park near Vail, Colorado. Wouldn’t these residents be better served if the non-profit paid them each $110,000, telling them to move to Kansas and buy a new home for cash and with no mortgage, and then developing this property into a different use? Altruism has limitations and one is called sanity.