Re: Panama Cohousing Village Announcemen
From: Racheli Gai (
Date: Sat, 21 Sep 2013 09:34:46 -0700 (PDT)
Just one comment:
I don't think all health issues connected to living in manufactured homes ended 
in 1976.  There was an uproar about toxicity of trailers after some were 
provided to victims of flooding in New Orleans, and when I was doing a lot of 
research in issue of building materials and toxicity (late 90's) there was lots 
of discouraging information about manufactured homes.

I'm pleased to hear that green options are available now, but I would still 
suggest looking carefully into what one considers buying (same with all 
housing, actually.)


On Sep 21, 2013, at 8:05 AM, Sharon Villines wrote:

> On Sep 21, 2013, at 12:54 AM, John Leet <jwleet [at]> wrote:
>> Here is a link to an insightful article I found in Utne reader, reprinted 
>> from Pacific Standard Magazine: 
> 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
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