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American Dream or Nightmare?

Identifying and Meeting the Needs of Owners of Manufactured Homes

By Ishbel Dickens

Ownership of manufactured homes is a means to attain unsubsidized, affordable housing for millions of low-income people. But the dream of homeownership can quickly turn to a nightmare when homeowners fail to receive the same lending protections and advantages as buyers of site-built homes, experience manufactured-housing community landlords’ abusive practices, or become displaced when the land beneath their homes is sold to developers. Advocates can help solve these problems and preserve this indispensable supply of affordable housing.

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