Housing Activists Float Idea for Mobile Home Replacement Fund

The DesMoines Register reports that Iowa lacks any statewide program to upgrade housing or relocate families who live in older mobile homes, but momentum at least may be picking up. The report indicates many residents live in fear of rising lot rents and fees. Moreover, Iowa law currently allows home owners to be evicted for almost any reason. The buyers of older mobile homes then lose their investment. The article reports that half of these homes in Iowa are more than 30 years old. Built before safety and construction standards contained in the HUD Code in 1976, these homes pose higher risk for injuries and death from fire and windstorms. Advocates would like to see a state fund be made available to help communities buy the most problem-plagued communities and move residents to safer housing. Joe Kelly at the Iowa Manufactured Housing Association tells MHMSM.com that in a state with a $500 million- to $750 million budget shortfall, coming up with such a fund would be difficult at best. “There’s no money for that,” he says. Any suggestions?
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