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.