Eradicating Substandard Manufactured Homes: Replacement Programs as a Strategy

Matthew Furman

W15-3: This paper aims to make recommendations for the design of nonprofit-based programs for the replacement of older, substandard manufactured housing. It begins with an introduction to manufactured housing and its promise as a source of affordable housing, followed by an overview of the theoretical case for a national effort to replace older, substandard manufactured housing. The paper elaborates on this effort’s scope by using Census Bureau data to describe the relevant housing stock and its occupants. On the basis of qualitative research, it then describes and analyzes previous and existing efforts to replace manufactured housing. Finally, the paper concludes by synthesizing its findings into recommendations for the design of manufactured housing replacement programs and future research.