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RELEASE: Reps. Khanna, Axne Introduce Bill to Keep Manufactured Housing Communities Affordable

January 7, 2020
Press Release

Washington, DC - Today, Reps. Ro Khanna (CA-17) and Cindy Axne (IA-03) introduced legislation to keep manufactured housing communities (MHC) affordable by providing federal assistance for acquiring and preserving these communities.

The Manufactured Housing Community Preservation Act directs the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to create a grant program to help nonprofits, resident-formed cooperatives, and other local entities purchase and maintain an MHC through awards of up to $1 million. The legislation includes oversight provisions to ensure rents remain affordable for residents after purchase by grant recipients.

“Every day, manufactured housing and mobile home communities are threatened by redevelopment contractors, aggressive investors, and greedy landlords,” said Rep. Khanna. “It is time for the federal government to step in and commit to preserving manufactured housing alongside the tremendous work of nonprofits and resident groups. This level of preservation will be a low-cost, effective tool to help ensure every family in Silicon Valley can become homeowners.”

“I met with the residents of Midwest Country Estates in Waukee. I heard their pain after facing astronomical rent increases and the possibility of losing their homes,” said Rep. Axne. “This legislation will protect residents, particularly seniors and fixed-income Iowans living in these mobile home communities, by providing the tools necessary to preserve their affordable housing and protect against corporations spiking their rents merely to line their pockets.”

In Silicon Valley, manufactured housing is one of the top sources of unsubsidized affordable housing. This bill would provide much needed support for mobile and manufactured home owners in CA-17 struggling with the rising costs of housing. It would provide federal funds to complement California’s Mobile home Park Rehabilitation and Resident Ownership Program (MPRROP), which the state has recommitted to with a new technical assistance contract. It would give nonprofit and government housing developers a new incentive to invest in MHC preservation as a way to support affordable housing initiatives in an expensive market. 

The new legislation earned the endorsement of Prosperity Now, a nonprofit that works to expand economic opportunity for low-income communities across the United States.

“This bill, which would mark the first meaningful federal commitment to community preservation, is very much needed,” said Prosperity Now in a statement. “Since 2005, Prosperity Now has worked to improve the opportunities and asset-building potential of manufactured and mobile home community residents. We thank Rep. Axne and Rep. Khanna for their work and commitment to make this happen.”

Read the Manufactured Housing Community Preservation Act online here.

 

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About the Office

Congressman Khanna represents the 17th District of California, which covers communities in Silicon Valley. Visit his website at khanna.house.gov. Follow him on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @RepRoKhanna.