“America may be the land of 2,600-square-foot starter homes with massive walk-in closets, but many people living in the United States will go to sleep tonight without a roof over their heads,” said the Culture Cheet Sheet.
“Although the total homeless population has fallen almost 14% since 2010, there are still close to 550,000 people in the U.S. who don’t have a fixed abode, according to estimates from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development,” wrote the column’s author, Megan Elliott.
Charles Payne on Fox Business said tonight that California, the richest state in the Union, also has the most homeless.
“The one issue that will prohibit affordable housing in the future – not only manufactured homes, but site-built – is local zoning and covenants.” – Jay Hamilton, executive director of the Georgia Manufactured Housing Association Armed with facts, figures and studies, he explained that manufactured homes were as well or better built, more fire resistant, more wind resistant – and far more affordable – than their site-built counterparts.
NIMBY and land use – read zoning – are among the factors that have contributed to this problem.
What 2017 has demonstrated is that there are several initiatives underway that propose various forms of prefab housing as a solution.
Some of those prefabs are coming from China.
U.S prefab, modular, and container builders have also been active in chasing opportunities to serve cities with affordable housing, including for the homeless.
The causes and solutions for homelessness are complex, as Cheat Sheet reported about Philadelphia and the other top 10 cities with thousands of homeless.
“A 26% poverty rate, low wages, high housing costs, and a lack of affordable transportation all contribute to the problem of homelessness in Philadelphia, according to Project Home, a local nonprofit group. An opiate addiction crisis is also causing the homeless population in the city to grow, Philly.com reported,” wrote Elliott.
But certainly one issue that manufactured home professionals should keep in mind is that the HUD Code is supposed to be preemptive.
As the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR), JD Harper with the Arkansas Manufactured Housing Association (AMHA), and other industry have told MHLivingNews and MHProNews, the solution ought to include enhanced access to the nation’s most affordable housing. ## (News, analysis, commentary.)
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