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Providing Stability for Manufactured Housing Residents

Manufactured housing is a high-quality, affordable choice for many homeowners and as such can play an important role in a community's continuum of affordable housing options. Half a million Pennsylvanians live in manufactured homes, mostly in manufactured housing communities. There are approximately 1,800 manufactured housing communities in the state. In some counties manufactured housing comprises 15% - 20% of the housing stock. In many rural counties, there are few alternatives for low- and moderate-income residents.
Residents in manufactured housing communities (mobile home parks), however, are in a unique situation in terms of their housing tenure. While most own their homes, they rent the land on which the home is situated. They are homeowners, but without the stability of homeownership, being subject to rent increases, changes in community rules, and in some instances being forced to relocate their homes when the community closes.
Pennsylvania needs policies that provide fair protections to residents of manufactured communities while at the same time supporting a healthy manufactured housing industry.

 

News

    • 2008-2017 State Budget Chart updated April 6, 2017

      Revised 4/6/17 Figures are rounded. 1 Tax Credit; part of the Tax code not the Budget. 2 Also included in HSDF Block Grant. 3 2012-2013 through 2016-2017 funded from the Homeowner Assistance Settlement Fund, not General Fund. 4 Funded from Act 13 Impact Fees. Minimum of $5 M but by formula the amount has been …more

    • Governor Wolf Announces New PHARE Funding to Support Affordable Housing across Pennsylvania

      Press Release from Governor Tom Wolf’s Office Published: April 13, 2017 Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced recipients of a new round of funding for housing programs made available through the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement (PHARE) fund. This funding is a portion of the Realty Transfer Tax earmarked through Act 58 …more

    • Governor Wolf announces recipients of PHARE funding

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRESS CONTACT Victoria Bourret, Communications and Project Manager Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania 215-576-7044 victoria@housingalliancepa.org Date: April 13, 2017 Harrisburg, PA- Today $12 million was awarded to 68 programs and projects across 38 counties in Pennsylvania to expand the availability of homes within reach of low wage workers and people on fixed incomes. …more

    • In Ohio County That Backed Trump, Word of Housing Cuts Stirs Fear

      By: Yamiche Alcindor Published: April 2, 2017 KINSMAN, Ohio — For years, Tammy and Joseph Pavlic tried to ignore the cracked ceiling in their living room, the growing hole next to their shower and the deteriorating roof they feared might one day give out. Mr. Pavlic worked for decades installing and repairing air-conditioning and heating …more

    • State and National News on the President’s Proposed FY18 Budget

      3/17/2017; updated April 3, 2017 Since the President’s budget came out yesterday, there have been many news articles published about what it means for Non Defense Discretionary programs and the people they serve. There has also been analyses published by National Groups digging deeper into long term impacts of such a budget. All related articles …more

    • Congress Decides What Happens with the Budget

      Posted March 16, 2017  YOUR ACTION IS CRITICAL In the past few weeks and months, we have seen more of you engage in conversations and meetings with your federal Members of Congress than ever before. It is extremely important that we continue to engage with our Senators and Representatives to advocate for resources for housing and …more

    • Net-zero affordable housing transforms a corner of VT

      By:  Daniel Cusick, E&E News reporter Published: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 Alexis LaBerge, a 27-year-old single mom with a 4-year-old daughter, used to pay $1,000 per month to live in a drafty old house in Vergennes, Vt., where the only thing standing between winter’s wrath and indoor comfort was a budget-busting propane bill. This week, LaBerge …more

    • PHARE Information- Updated September 2016

      Access an updated PHARE memo and a revised budget chart. Both reflect the new Realty Transfer Tax money and the memo describes the process for both RTT and the NHTF money.

    • Attorney general sues mobile home park for not helping tenants

      Centre Daily Times April 8, 2013 By Jessica VanderKolk The state Attorney General’s office filed a lawsuit Monday against the owners of Hilltop Mobile Home Park, alleging they violated their former tenants’ rights by not helping them with relocation costs after closing the park. Attorney General Kathleen Kane said Kenneth Mayes and his sister, Sharon …more

    • Just in Time for Christmas – Two New Laws Take Effect

      You asked, we advocated, and the legislature answered. The Manufactured Home Communities and Land Banks bills were passed and signed by Governor Corbett in October. Both bills had 60 day effective dates, meaning they did not go into effect as soon as they were signed but rather two months later. That time is drawing near. …more

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