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Hometown Trying to Preserve Manufactured Home Community in Washington

troy_new_york__auction_creditThe Kittitas County Commissioners approved a $1.45 million purchase agreement for the Shady Brook manufactured home community in April in order to expand the fairgrounds and event center, according to dailyrecordnews, reporting from central Washington state.

Although there was no entry on the agenda, several people spoke suggesting ways for the county or a non-profit to retain the community for the 30 families who live there.

Ishbel Dickens, former executive director of the National Manufactured Home Owners Association (NMHOA), suggested the Kittitas County Housing Authority buy the property, so residents could build equity in their homes and feel secure.

She said that King County works with Habitat for Humanity to help residents move into affordable, Energy Star-rated homes, as MHProNews understands.

Commissioner Paul Jewell said a consultant is on the case. “We’re getting suggestions from folks, chasing every lead, considering every possibility,” he noted. Two private property owners have also expressed an interest in affordable housing as well. ##

(Photo credit: auction.com–small manufactured home community)

matthew-silver-daily-business-news-mhpronews-comArticle submitted by Matthew J Silver to Daily Business News-MHProNews.

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