New York Announces Grants for MHC

Among the six programs selected, Mobile and Manufactured Home Replacement will help homeowners replace damaged manufactured properties.
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced $20.4 million in grant awards have been given to municipalities and nonprofit organizations in all regions of New York State through several programs administered by New York State Homes and Community Renewal.

The 58 grants aim to assist low- and moderate-income homeowners to make repairs to their homes or replace damaged manufactured homes.

Several nonprofit organizations and municipalities received the grants from HCR’s Office of Community Renewal through a number of state and federally funded programs which targeted to create and preserve much needed affordable housing, as well as improve and revitalize neighborhoods and grow local economies.

Among the six programs selected, Mobile and Manufactured Home Replacement received eight grants comprising $3.7 million. The program helps low- and moderate-income homeowners replace damaged manufactured homes located on their own land with a new manufactured, modular or site-built home.

According to HCR Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas, the funding will have a huge impact in the lives of the most vulnerable homeowners in the state by funding accessibility modifications, addressing emergency repairs and replacing obsolete manufactured homes. With the pandemic impacted low-income renters most, the need for more affordable housing has grown substantially in the past year.

Manufactured housing has shown its potential to help meet the demand. The sector is facing the issue of an aging stock, but some companies are stepping in to add much needed improvements to manufacture housing communities.