(March 30, 2017) New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) today announced 28 dilapidated manufactured or mobile homes in eight counties will be replaced with new manufactured, modular, or site built homes under a $2 million pilot program aimed at maintaining an important source of affordable housing in New York. The Mobile and Manufactured Home Replacement Pilot Program (MMHR) assists individual owners of mobile or manufactured homes in replacing their dilapidated home with a new manufactured, modular, or site-built home. Eligible homeowners must own both the land and the unit being replaced.
RuthAnne Visnauskas, Commissioner of New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) said, “Through this new program New York State is now able to fund the removal of an unsafe, inadequate mobile or manufactured home and completely replace it with a new, safer, more energy-efficient home. It’s one more way that Governor Cuomo is creating high-quality housing opportunities for families across the state.”
Awards were made through HCR’s Housing Trust Fund Corporation to local municipalities and not-for-profit corporations with experience providing residential affordable housing services in their communities. Award recipients will provide eligible homeowners with grants up to $100,000 to fully fund the removal and replacement of their substandard home.
“I am very pleased this program, which I spearheaded in last year’s budget, has moved forward quickly to address an important need we see in the North Country and in other communities across the State,” said Senator Betty Little, chair of the Senate Housing, Construction and Community Development Committee. “Not only will this program help address the problem of unsafe and inadequate mobile and manufactured homes, it will provide a boost with some new local building activity. The end result will be higher quality homes that last longer and are much more energy efficient.”
“The Mobile and Manufactured Home Replacement Program helps to address a critical shortfall in the availability of safe, affordable housing for low-income families in rural areas of New York State," said Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, Chair of the Assembly's Housing Committee. "These awards will make a significant difference in the lives of residents who now live in dilapidated or dangerous mobile and manufactured homes and lack the financial resources to maintain them. All New Yorkers deserve a safe place to call home, and I commend this program for helping to make that goal possible for so many families.”
More information and list of awardees, go to: http://www.nyshcr.org/Funding/Awards/