The Role of Manufactured Housing in Addressing the Affordable Housing Crisis

If you thought getting workforce housing zoned was hard, just try getting approvals for a new manufactured home community. I know, because that’s what I did in the 1990s. People would rather have a brothel in their back yard than a mobile home park.

From the piece:

“Tacky trailers or the new face of affordable housing? That’s the debate policy-makers and advocates are having across Virginia as they work to figure out what role manufactured units should play in addressing the commonwealth’s affordable housing crisis.”

https://www.nbc12.com/2021/02/15/could-trailers-be-new-face-affordable-housing/

NIMBY Wordplay

Classic NIMBY tactic. Instead of referring to this proposal as a 48-unit affordable housing community, it’s being referred to by opponents as a 300-person apartment complex.

Three observations:
1) “48 units” versus “300-person”
2) “affordable housing” versus “apartment”
3) “community” versus “complex”

This sort of wordplay is really dishonest. If you have a problem with a project, attack it on its merits instead of using word manipulation or rhetoric.

From the piece:

“The uncertainty of what a two or 300 person apartment complex would bring to the area is not something we want to roll the dice on….”

https://www.wtoc.com/2021/02/11/some-concerned-by-port-royal-affordable-housing-proposal/

HousingThink – Episode 21

This is the first episode in a series that looks at the challenges developers face from municipalities and neighborhoods when proposing affordable and workforce housing developments. Jeff Carroll and Phil Erhardt present examples of the most often used arguments against developers. Jeff outlines a successful methodology he has used over the last 20 years to respond to objections.

Not In My City

“You can work here, but don’t think about living here.”

This is the mantra of affluent cities relying on less affluent cities to provide for their affordable housing needs.

From the piece:

“Manteca is Brentwood’s affordable housing plan…. All of the solutions being discussed were essentially aimed at solving the affordable housing of Bay Area cities and not that of Manteca.”

https://www.mantecabulletin.com/opinion/local-columns/manteca-needs-affordable-housing-manteca-and-not-brentwood/