California City Backs Green, Affordable Manufactured Homes

The Santa Monica Daily Press reports that eleven new manufactured homes are being showcased as examples of green technology applied to manufactured housing.  Built with a combination of federal funds and local redevelopment dollars as part of an affordable housing initiative, the units have solar cells for energy and water heating, and energy-efficient appliances that draw very little electricity.  The City Council approved $9.2 million to help fund up to 54 dwellings in the Mountain View manufactured home community.  The homes are available with a rent-to-own option, and eligible residents may take advantage of a 50 percent deferred loan option.  When the project was first announced, Cavco West of Arizona submitted the lowest bid.  However, due to a stringent Arizona immigration law, the Santa Monica City Council passed a protest resolution to refrain from doing business with Arizona companies.  Golden West Homes got the nod for manufacturing the homes, and Marmol Radziner Prefab of Santa Monica did the architectural work.

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