A New Manufactured Home

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Replace outdated mobile homes with matched savings accounts Take Action!

New bill expands IDAs to owners of pre-1976 mobile homes

A new bill would provide low-income owners of pre-1976 mobile homes with a grant to purchase a new ENERGY STAR manufactured home.
Nationwide, two million people live in mobile homes built prior to the national code established in 1976. While some of these homes may be in good shape, the majority are energy inefficient, found in economically depressed, rural areas and commonly are home to families that are near or below the poverty line.

Unfortunately, these households often fall through the cracks of federal government assistance programs. They are homeowners so receive no first-time homebuyer assistance. They have high energy bills but cannot benefit from efficiency improvements as the homes are so dilapidated they should be replaced.
Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) recently introduced a bill (H.R. 1623) to reauthorize and improve the Assets for Independence (AFI) program.

The bill expands the definition of qualified expenses for homeownership to include home repair and replacement of substandard homes, including replacement of pre‐1976 mobile homes.

If passed, families could receive as much as $10,000 in downpayment assistance to help close the gap between the cost of the new home and the homeowner’s income limitations. In 2007, the median income for households living in pre-code homes was $24,000, compared with $58,000 for the median income of households living in single-family detached structures. ENERGY STAR manufactured homes cost about $70,000. Families would have their personal savings matched at rates ranging from .50 to 4 to 1 by the program.

There are currently 24 cosponsors and we hope to add more.
TAKE ACTION:
If your legislator is a cosponsor of H.R. 1623, please call and thank her or him.
If not, please call and email your representative to request that he or she cosponsor H.R. 1623.
The Capitol Switchboard is 202.224.3121. They can connect you to the correct office.

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