Manufactured housing communities are one of the only sources of affordable market-rate housing for lower-income households. However, these communities are increasingly at risk of closure and redevelopment, which frequently result in resident displacement.
This Resource at a Glance
- Cities and counties across the country are developing policies and practices for preserving their manufactured housing communities and promoting sound infrastructure maintenance.
- An estimated 18 million people in the United States live in manufactured housing.
- Community land trusts can be a preservation model for at-risk manufactured home parks though implementation is difficult.
This bundle contains one report and three links.
The 36-page “Promoting Infrastructure Maintenance in Manufactured Communities,” authored by Wendy Sullivan, Karen Bauer, and Beth Sorce, discusses manufactured housing communities (also referred to as mobile home parks). The authors conducted a first-of-its-kind national scan of manufactured housing to help local decision makers identify strategies for improving infrastructure in private, investor-owned manufactured housing communities in order to preserve and enhance these critical community assets.
“Moving Beyond the Mobile Myth” is a 12-page report by Renia Ehrenfeucht. It offers an introduction to manufactured housing, the role that it plays in our communities, and what it takes to prioritize preservation over the long term.
The links included here go to three groups that organize manufactured housing communities: National Manufactured Home Owners Association, I’M HOME Network, and ROC USA.