We need your support to help secure hundreds of millions in funding for ROCs
Contact Your Senators
The $500 million Manufactured Homes Infrastructure Grant program (Section 40003)
The $750 million Housing Investment Fund (Section 40004)
Here’s what you can do:
- Identify your two U.S. Senators. Here’s an easy way to do it.
- Call or email them and ask them for their support for at least the two investments in ROCs.
- The $500 million Manufactured Homes Infrastructure Grant program (Section 40003)
- The $750 million Housing Investment Fund (Section 40004). Both are in the affordable housing section of the BBB bill.
Paul Bradley, President, ROC USA
SAMPLE lETTER TO YOUR SENATORS
Dear Senator [Insert Senator],
I live in [name of your ROC], a resident-owned manufactured home community in [city and state].
I am writing today to ask for your support of two key provisions in the Build Back Better Act that will have direct impact on communities like ours. We are a limited equity Resident Owned Community which ensures our community, and others like ours, will remain affordable and secure for current and future generations.
The housing part of Build Back Better includes two investments to help us make our communities safe and resilient.
First, please place give special attention to the Manufactured Homes Infrastructure Grant program in the final reconciliation bill. These HUD CDBG funds will directly support safe drinking water and sewer improvements, storm-shelters, and solar projects in our communities. These are infrastructure investments in low- and moderate-income communities that will benefit from the fact that we – the homeowners here – own the land on which our homes sit as a co-op.
Second, please support the Housing Investment Fund, which also specifically names Resident Owned Communities as eligible affordable housing projects.
Manufactured Home Communities (MHCs) have become an essential source of unsubsidized affordable housing. Today, there are 45,600 MHCs that are home to 2.7 million homeowners (and some renters) in 49 U.S. states. More than 75% of owners of manufactured homes are low-income. In co-op communities, a near majority is very low-income, earning less than 50% of Area Median Income.
Since MHCs were historically financed as privately owned investment properties and viewed as a temporary housing, most MHCs have aging and failing infrastructure that is putting the health and safety of low-income homeowners at risk. Many MHCs need water, sewer, electric, drainage, and road upgrades along with weatherization, energy efficiency improvements (including street lighting and solar arrays) and storm and emergency shelters that double as remote learning sites and community centers.
The country needs more ownership opportunities that are affordable and economically secure. That’s possible in healthy and socially vibrant Resident Owned Communities.
Thank you for your leadership on Build Back Better. I urge inclusion of these critical provisions in the final reconciliation package.
[Your Name and Address]
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