Although they are generally well-researched and professionally-crafted documents, virtually all cities’ comprehensive plans fail to adequately identify and address the needs of manufactured housing residents, and remain silent regarding the many real benefits that manufactured housing can and does bring to the table.
Very few of the comprehensive plans we reviewed recognize that manufactured housing is affordable housing, or that having manufactured housing in the community raises the affordable housing rate, potentially enabling cities to obtain funding for infrastructure improvements under the 2011 Livable Communities Act.
Given this widespread lack of awareness of manufactured housing communities, APAC has launched a letter-writing campaign to city planners and councils in the Metropolitan Region, and we encourage residents and members of the public to reach out to their representatives, council members, and planners, asking for language and policy changes in support of the following issues:
1. Use manufactured housing to address affordability without new large-scale multifamily construction.
2. Change ordinances to allow manufactured homes to be sited in residential districts outside existing parks.
3. Improve your City’s level of affordable housing by reducing loan barriers to move residents into currently vacant manufactured housing units.
4. Generate funding opportunities for repair and maintenance, and set standards for infrastructure in manufactured housing parks.
5. Encourage resident purchase of communities through local tax incentives and first refusal rights.
6. Promote manufactured housing within your comprehensive plan and other city outlets as a primary unsubsidized affordable home-ownership option for low-income working residents.
7. Actively reduce stigma against manufactured housing.
For more detailed descriptions of these points, please review our advocacy letters tailored to particular cities below.