The register-guard reports from the Springfield City Council in Oregon, city officials are trying to determine their obligation for the residents of the 441 occupied manufactured homes in the city’s eight MHCs if development uproots them. The state legislature passed new rules in 2007 requiring MHC owners to give residents one year notice before closing a community and pay departing tenants between $5,000 and $9,000, depending upon the size of their homes. In addition, some residents may be eligible for a $5,000 state tax credit. The council agreed to consider offering incentives to developers or nonprofits to build replacement housing, or develop new manufactured home communities. MHProNews has learned city staff will also begin interviewing MHC residents for feedback to determine what types of alternative housing they might prefer.
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