|Re: Panama Cohousing Village Announcemen||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Sharon Villines (sharonsharonvillines.com)|
|Date: Sat, 21 Sep 2013 08:05:22 -0700 (PDT)|
On Sep 21, 2013, at 12:54 AM, John Leet <jwleet [at] aol.com> wrote: > Here is a link to an insightful article I found in Utne reader, reprinted > from Pacific Standard Magazine: http://www.psmag.com/health/how-the-trailer-park-could-save-us-all-55137/ I hope people will click through and read this article. It's a nice piece of journalism and a thorough history and analysis of manufactured homes, which is what most "trailer parks" are. They are also wonderful communities as the article discusses. A number of nice profiles of residents. Links to studies, information, and other journals. Anyone who is interested in senior cohousing should read this. My sister moved into a trailer years ago in a family emergency and it offers many benefits that are not immediately obvious. The article says in 1976 the Department of Housing and Urban Development started regulating their construction so homes can last as long as site-built homes when they’re well built and maintained. But the cost far less: $41 per square foot versus $85+. But the cost savings go much further than that. The furniture is built in. The price of the home includes most if not all of the furniture. My sister was able to move right in to a complete home after stopping by a large thrift shop for linens and dishes and a TV. With two small children that was a blessing right there. So you have few furniture costs. The rent may be $400-$700 a month and they are taxed like cars/RVs. In communities, some live on $900 a month and others on $25,000. Some have a central clubhouse with showers and laundry because some units don't have this. I didn't know about the regulatory changes in 1976 but most of the rumors about unsafe trailer homes probably date to units made before that. Another statistic -- in some counties 60% live in them. Sharon ---- Sharon Villines Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC http://www.takomavillage.org
Panama Cohousing Village Announcemen John Leet, September 20 2013
- Re: Panama Cohousing Village Announcemen Jenny Guy, September 21 2013
- Re: Panama Cohousing Village Announcemen Sharon Villines, September 21 2013
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