Just Released: Evidence Matters: Winter/Spring 2020 Issue
HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research
The Winter/Spring 2020 issue of Evidence Matters: Transforming Knowledge Into Housing and Community Development Policy, which focuses on factory-built housing, is now available. This issue examines the benefits of and challenges to factory-built housing; offers suggestions for overcoming those barriers; explores the market forces that may encourage growth in the industry; and dives into programs and laws in Vermont and Oregon intended to overcome some of the industry's challenges.
Federal, state, and local governments can take steps to mitigate the demand, regulatory, and financing barriers that have prevented wider adoption of factory-built housing.
While manufactured housing is the largest source of unsubsidized affordable housing in the United States, increasing the supply of other factory-built housing could similarly help address ongoing challenges to housing affordability.
Market pressures from increased land and labor costs could potentially lead to wider use of factory-built components, along with improvements in the quality, design, and cost-effectiveness of factory-built housing.
State laws and programs can help make housing tenure for residents in manufactured home parks more stable.
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Posted June 15, 2020
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