Manufactured Home Parks in Oregon
Statistics vary and change constantly, but according to the US Census 2000, 10.3% of all homes in Oregon are manufactured homes (MH); much higher than the nation at 7.6%. Roughly 40%, or 65,500-79,250, MH are located in a the Oregon's 1,300 manufactured home parks (MHPs.)
Affordable housing is defined as costing no more than 30% gross household income for households with income at or below 80% of 2006 median. The same 40% of manufactured homes in MHPs means that one in ten owners of affordable housing in Oregon, pays space rent. These homeowners represents, by far, Oregon's largest source of unsubsidized, single-family detached affordable housing and a sizable portion of the state's total affordable housing.
Rising land value has shaken the stability of this crucial housing. From 2001-2007, 4% of the spaces in Oregon MHPs have been lost to park closure. Although that number peaked with the housing boom in 2006, the need for preservation and assistance continues. [NEXT]