Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Community Development

Community Investments Vol 17, Issue 3
Some Assembly Required: Using Manufactured Housing in Affordable Housing Development


September 2005

Community Investments

Chances are that when you hear the term manufactured housing, the image that comes to mind is that of a dilapidated trailer park set off on the outskirts of town. But this image does not come close to matching how manufactured housing, which has improved dramatically in quality and design over the past decade while still maintaining low per-square-foot costs, is currently being used to provide affordable housing opportunities. Particularly in areas where the cost of construction has skyrocketed, nonprofit developers are taking advantage of advances in the manufactured housing industry to create new housing options for low- and moderate-income buyers.

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