MHI Supports Section 8 Rental Housing Program

The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) says it is urging Congress to support the use of a rental voucher for the full cost of purchasing a manufactured home sited on leased land, by permitting funds to be used for both the cost of leasing the land, and for the monthly home purchase costs including property taxes, insurance, and tenant-paid utilities. On January 19th, Congressman Bob Filner (D-CA51) introduced H.R. 326, the “Mobile Home Protection Act.” The bill would amend Section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937 and provide rental assistance payments to assist certain owners of manufactured homes who rent the lots on which their homes are located. This assistance comes in the form of rental subsidies, usually limiting the monthly rent payment to 30 percent of household income.  Currently, the law only permits a Section 8 rental housing voucher to be used to pay the cost of leasing the land. The legislation has been referred to the Committee of Financial Services.
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