Evidence Matters: Winter/Spring 2020

WASHINGTON, June 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The Winter/Spring 2020 issue of Evidence Matters: Transforming Knowledge Into Housing and Community Development Policy, which focuses on factory-built housing, is now available: https://www.huduser.gov/portal/periodicals/em/WinterSpring20/index.html. This issue examines the benefits of and challenges to factory-built housing; offers suggestions for overcoming those barriers; explores the market forces that may encourage growth in the industry; and dives into programs and laws in Vermont and Oregon intended to overcome some of the industry's challenges.

Key Findings:

    --  Federal, state, and local governments can take steps to mitigate the
        demand, regulatory, and financing barriers that have prevented wider
        adoption of factory-built housing.
    --  While manufactured housing is the largest source of unsubsidized
        affordable housing in the United States, increasing the supply of other
        factory-built housing could similarly help address ongoing challenges to
        housing affordability.
    --  Market pressures from increased land and labor costs could potentially
        lead to wider use of factory-built components, along with improvements
        in the quality, design, and cost-effectiveness of factory-built housing.
    --  State laws and programs can help make housing tenure for residents in
        manufactured home parks more stable.

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