As follow-up to a story we posted June 12, 2012 concerning 2,000 manufactured homes the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) brought in to Minot, North Dakota to house survivors of the Souris River flooding in 2011, the homes may now become a permanent addition to the housing stock. The minotdailynews says the Minot Planning Commission is recommending approval be given to zoning changes that will allow the FEMA area, now called the Virgil Workman Village, to remain as an MHC, and for 150 sites to be developed as affordable housing. 450 of the units are still occupied, and next June occupants will have the option to buy their homes as FEMA’s mission comes to an end. Unpurchased homes will be donated by FEMA to the Minot Housing Authority to increase their inventory of affordable housing, if the authority can obtain the necessary funding. Despite the objection of some neighbors, the commission approved the plan, full knowing that some details need to be ironed out. As MHProNews has learned, the Minot City Council still has to approve the overall project.
(Photo credit: minotdailynews/Souris River flooding)