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Fisher Redefines North Carolina’s Housing Mission
Posted By Adam Rust On April 9, 2009 @ 2:03 pm In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled
The choice of Fisher marks a change in some of the gospel within housing circles. Fisher has championed the reform of our state’s manufactured housing. The underlying principal of her aims should make sense to other “housers “, as manufactured housing provides shelter for the least well off in the state – families earning less than half of median family income.
Still, it is a new direction. Advocates from both inside and outside of North Carolina have resisted seeing the light  on manufactured housing for years.
Fisher sponsored and helped to pass  H1700 , “Prevent Displacement of Manufactured Homes,” which gives park owners a tax incentive to sell their mobile home parks to resident groups. It covers sales to non-profit groups , or even to resident-owned cooperatives .
Chris Estes , the Housing Coalition’s Executive Director, framed Fisher’s work within broader concerns to address our manufactured housing. “Mobile homes house 18 percent of the North Carolina residents. They are on the largest source of non-subsidized affordable housing in the state,” he added. These days, the sector makes one-third of all housing starts  in North Carolina.
Fisher accepted the award but acknowledged that more can be done . She emphasized how it fit within goals for homeownership . Perhaps she was reaching out to state leaders attending the Summit. Sen. Joe Sam Queen , who arrived later and reiterated several longstanding critiques  of manufactured housing, but remains dedicated to increasing homeownership.
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URLs in this post:
 North Carolina Housing Coalition: http://www.nchousing.org
 Susan Fisher: http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/members/viewMember.pl?nUserID=463&sChamber=H
 housers: http://www.texashousing.org/about/houser/houser.html
 have resisted seeing the light: http://www.mi.vt.edu/data/files/hpd%2012(2)/hpd%2012(2)_genz.pdf
 pass: http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2007&BillID=H1700
 H1700: http://thisismyhomebook.wordpress.com/2008/07/07/h1700-passes-out-of-the-house-on-to-the-senate/
 non-profit groups: http://www.cra-nc.org/MHReform.html
 resident-owned cooperatives: http://www.nclc.org/issues/mobile_homes/content/HB1673_Testimony.pdf
 Chris Estes: http://www.nchousing.org/Members/chris/chris_web.jpg/view
 non-subsidized affordable housing : http://thisismyhomebook.wordpress.com/manufactured-housing-reform
 one-third of all housing starts: http://www.ncmhi.com
 more can be done: http://www.cfed.org/imageManager/_documents/imhome_policyagenda.pdf
 homeownership: http://www.nhi.org/online/issues/127/homeownership.html
 Joe Sam Queen: http://www.joesamqueen.com/
 longstanding critiques: http://www.mtgprofessor.com/A%20-%20Purchasing%20a%20House/manufactured_housing_the_bad_news.htm
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