The affordable housing state law Chapter 40B that requires ten percent of a municipality’s housing stock in Massachusetts to be considered affordable, does not now include manufactured homes (MH), even though the income eligibility of MH residents is met.
Officials of Carver, MA are seeking an exemption from that rule because 30 to 35 percent of the town’s housing is manufactured homes, 1,115 units, the largest number of MH in the state, as wickedlocal tells MHProNews. Town Administrator Michael Milanowski says this makes the town’s situation unique, even though other towns have tried to obtain support from legislators for the same exemption without success.
“We are asking purely on merit, purely on a logistical or a logical standpoint that we should be exempt,” he said. “That’s the argument.” Saying, “I think it’s certainly worth a shot,” Selectman Ron Clarke agreed it is a claim that only Carver can make.
Selectmen are to take a vote Thurs., March 31 on the home rule petition to ask for the exemption from state law. ##
(Photo credit: patriotledger/Greg Derr-Westwood Village, Plymouth, Mass.)
Article submitted by Matthew J. Silver to Daily Business News-MHProNews.