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MANUFACTURED HOUSING: BARRIERS TO AN AFFORDABLE HOUSING ALTERNATIVE (PERCEPTIONS, DESIGN AND LEGAL ISSUES)

by MCGEE, TYLON J

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There have been few research efforts that address the perceptions, design, and legal issues of manufactured housing. Today much of the perception of manufactured housing is based on the “mobile units” and “trailer parks” that predated the late 1970’s. The negative perception toward using manufactured housing as a residential unit, has led to the adoption of exclusionary ordinances that hinders and prevent the placement of manufactured homes. There have been favorable and unfavorable court decisions on the exclusionary practices concerning the legal system. Urban Systemized Housing v City of Louisville, a landmark case for the City of Louisville and Jefferson County, was instrumental in the amendment of their zoning ordinances that prohibited the placement of manufactured housing. In recent years the manufactured housing industry has evolved from single-wide and doublewide styles with low pitch roofs to two-story homes matching the appearance standards of traditional site-built housing (Holiday Homes, 2001). This thesis will examine the effects of barriers that have historically existed as deterrents to the use of on Manufactured Housing (MFH) as a housing option in inner cities. In many instances, such barriers prohibit the use of MFH as a viable alternative for affordable housing. This body of academic research will examine the major factors that reveal how these barriers were created and seeks to dispel unfounded perceptions and myths associated with manufactured housing. Furthermore, what needs to be accomplished to remove the negative stigmas surrounding perceptions, design and legal issues pertaining to MFH in the City of Covington Kentucky.
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School:University of Cincinnati

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:mobile home manufactured zoning ordinance

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Date of Publication:01/01/2002

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