DHCR program targets $5 million to replace

DHCR's MHRI will help meet the cost of the new manufactured home, site work, transportation of the new home, set-up, and removal and demolition of old home. Awards will be granted to eligible program administrators, and homeowners will apply directly to awardees. Recipients of new manufactured homes must have household earnings at 80 percent or less of Area Median Income.

Commissioner VanAmerongen announced the program at the Rural Housing Coalition's annual conference in Saratoga Springs.

Blair Sebastian, executive director the New York State Rural Housing Coalition said, "There is a real need for this program in rural communities across the state. I commend commissioner VanAmerongen and DHCR for targeting resources toward improving the quality of manufactured housing stock and the quality of life of people in rural communities."

Nancy Geer, executive director of the New York Housing Association said, "For more than 60 years, manufactured homes have provided affordable housing for hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers. Over the years, new construction techniques and innovative technologies have resulted in Energy Star rated buildings and appliances. The New York Housing Association applauds the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal's initiative to replace Pre-HUD mobile homes with new Energy Star manufactured homes. These new Energy Star homes will not only provide homeowners with savings on their utility bills, they will provide them with overall improved, more efficient shelter."

Commissioner VanAmerongen said an important benefit of the program is the opportunity for low-income people to build wealth.

"This program is only available to people who own the land where the home is located," VanAmerongen explained.

"This will allow recipients of the program to build wealth because at the end of a 10-year regulatory period, the homeowner will have accumulated equity."

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