The KentReporter in Kent, Washington, reports as part of a project to preserve 600 units of affordable housing in King County, the Bonel Mobile Manor manufactured housing community in Kent will receive $1.53 million from the King County Housing Finance Program to renovate the community and maintain low-income housing. Located just sousth of Seattle, of the 107 homesites, 60 units will be for households at or below 50 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI), 26 units are designated for households at or below 80 percent of the AMI, and the remainder are unrestricted. Greg Blount, executive director of Seattle-based Manufactured Housing Community Preservationists, which owns the community, says, “The community was purchased and is preserved, avoiding any future closure or sale of the community. Closure of manufactured housing communities such as Bonel always cause tragic displacement and loss of equity for most of the homeowners that live in them.” He says the main building, which includes community offices, a restroom,laundry, community room and apartment will be renovated along with the infrastructure. The water and storm drainage systems have already been replaced. Funding comes from a variety of federal and local resources.
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