Bill Establishing Manufactured Housing Task Force Filed

Following up on an article published Feb. 18 regarding the possible closure of the Applewood Park manufactured housing community (MHC) in Midvale, Utah, state representative Tim Cosgrove (D-Murray) has introduced HB 108 that would establish a task force to identify issues dealing with manufactured home ownership. Noting 10,000 seniors retire every day, he says manufactured homes could be part of the solution for affordable housing for retirees, according to Cosgrove also says no new MHCs have opened along the Wasatch Front–the north central part of Utah concentrated around Salt Lake City where some 80 percent of the state’s citizens live—in 20 years, and he wants to open a dialogue consisting of home owners and community owners.

Rick Bills, owner of American Heritage Retirement Community, an MHC in West Valley, favors the task force but says the measure introduced by Cosgrove is lopsided in favor of residents. “We’re actually in favor of a task force,” he said. “We just want to make sure it’s balanced.” ##

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