The Wisconsin Housing Alliance has a new consumer site! We have long been committed to making homeownership attainable to everyone and the new consumer site helps bring together our members to make that happen. WHA has been working with ManufacturedHomes.com to create this new consumer website. The site gives consumers information from “What is a factory-built home?” to “What it takes to get a home installed.” Plus consumers are able to take a virtual walk through of a factory-built home and see for themselves what today’s homes are like. There will also be content available for members to use in [...]
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Homebuying season is in full swing in Wisconsin and USDA Rural Development’s Housing Programs offer a broad range of homeownership assistance available to individuals and families who live in rural communities. Rural Development programs can help families transition from renting an apartment to owning their own home and in some situations, their mortgage payment is less than their previous rent payment! Rural Development can also assist the elderly and current homeowners with home improvements, helping them to stay in their own home. We work with many partnership organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, CAP Agencies and Movin’ Out to really [...]
Effective May 3, 2021, if you are giving a tenant an eviction notice for any reason, you must also include WRITTEN notice that let’s the tenant know they could have protections under the CDC eviction moratorium. This includes ALL 5-Day, 14-Day, 28-Day, or 30-Day notices regardless if they are for non-payment or other reasons. Sample language might say something similar to the statement below: Because of the global COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for temporary protection from eviction under Federal law. Learn the steps you should take now: Visit www.cfpb.gov/eviction Or call a housing counselor at 800-569-4287 The Wisconsin Housing [...]
As policymakers in Washington seek federal interventions to support racial equity, an important element of the strategy should be increasing the minority homeownership rate. The American Dream of homeownership remains a leading source of wealth accumulation, which means achieving it can result in a meaningful catalyst toward equality. According to the Urban Institute, “the gap in the homeownership rate between black and white families in the U.S. is bigger today than it was when it was legal to refuse to sell someone a home because of the color of their skin.” Addressing systemic barriers to minority homeownership is imperative and [...]
MHI, along with more than 35 broad-based business organizations, called on Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo to address the lumber supply shortage in the country. Stating that lumber prices have nearly tripled and oriented strand board (OSB) prices are up more than 250% since last spring, the letter urges the Secretary to immediately examine the lumber supply chain, identify the causes for high prices and supply constraints, and seek immediate remedies that will increase production. The letter also notes that home builders, Including those who produce manufactured homes, are being forced to absorb these crippling increases in materials prices and costly [...]
The $1.7 Million capital campaign for the new 21,000 sq.ft. manufactured housing museum, (Which will reside at the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum) is off to a tremendous start. According to Hall of Fame president Darryl Searer, “The Hall of Fame has written in their by-laws that the organization will never again incur any debt, so we are committed to raising one hundred percent of the funds up-front.” With kick-off donations from Clayton Homes ($300,000), Cavco Industries ($100,000), the Manufactured Housing Institute ($50,000), the MMH & RVCA Michigan Association ($50,000), and dealer/developer/dedicated board member Jim Scoular ($50,000); the funding [...]
From June through November 2020, WISCAP’s network, in partnership with the state, distributed over $28 million in rental assistance through the Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program (WRAP). Now, given additional federal funds, WISCAP and its statewide network is helping to get Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance (WERA) to those in need which INCLUDES lot rent and any housing-related utilities (water, trash, energy, etc.) included in the tenant’s lease agreement and paid to the landlord can be covered. The Frequently Asked Questions gives an overview of the WERA program and eligibility guidelines. This is a great information to provide to your tenants. Tenants need to [...]
The Senate Banking Committee last week approved the nomination of Representative Marcia Fudge to be HUD Secretary. Fudge’s nomination will now go before the full Senate for a vote. During her nomination hearing, Fudge called manufactured housing an “outstanding option,” and she touted its affordability and efficiency. She told the Senate Banking Committee that she is “100 percent supportive” of looking at incorporating manufactured housing into the Department’s affordable housing strategies. Fudge also told the Committee that addressing exclusionary zoning is a priority. Click here to view Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) questioning HUD Secretary Nominee Marcia Fudge about manufactured housing. [...]
Following years of research, seeking input from the industry, and negotiating potential changes on Capitol Hill, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has finalized and published the most significant update to the HUD Code in roughly 10 years. Revisions to the HUD Code determine the construction and safety standards of manufactured homes, and the rule changes touch on a dozen sections of the code, from data plates to home ventilation. Below provides a brief summary of the changes and will point to the public record for further reading and contemplation. HUD Final Rule Published The final rule issued [...]
The 2020 Wisconsin Rent Certificate form can be found on the Forms and Tools page under Community Owner Resources. A rent certificate is a form that the landlord fills out as proof of the rent a tenant paid during 2020. A tenant who qualifies for the Wisconsin Homestead Credit will require one of these forms. Landlords need to read the instructions carfully and only fill out the sections required. Rent Certificates cannont have any whiteout or erasures. The form must be signed by the landlord and given to the tenant. If you have any questions about the form, contact the WI [...]