States Loosen Manufactured Housing Restrictions

Multiple states updated regulations on manufactured housing during the 2024 legislative session to expand the areas of land available for siting these new homes.

Maine and Maryland legalized manufactured housing wherever single-family dwellings are allowed. Rhode Island passed a similar bill through the House and awaits consideration by the Senate. In New Hampshire, the new law prohibits municipalities from entirely restricting manufactured housing.

Renewed attention to manufactured housing, which is built off-site in a factory and transported to a fixed location, comes as states grapple with a shortage of affordable housing, spurred in part by elevated construction costs. “Manufactured homes cost 45% less per square foot than site-built homes,” according to Freddie Mac.

Source: The Office of Manufactured Housing Programs (HUD)

A much higher proportion of the nation’s housing stock consisted of manufactured housing between 1975 to 2000, averaging around 20 percent of new single-family units and reaching a peak of about 30 percent. Today, that figure remains closer to 10 percent, despite ongoing improvements to quality and durability standards.

Maine
Title: L.D. 337 – An Act to Amend the Regulations of Manufactured Housing to Increase Affordable Housing
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Cheryl Golek
Synopsis: “The amendment provides that a municipality must allow manufactured housing wherever single-family dwellings are allowed, subject to the same design criteria as the municipality may establish for single-family dwellings.”
Status: March 19, 2024 – Signed by Governor

Maryland

Title: H.B. 0538 – Housing Expansion and Affordability Act of 2024
Primary Sponsor: Speaker Adrienne Jones by request of Governor Moore’s administration
Synopsis: Part of this legislation includes “…prohibiting a local legislative body from prohibiting the placement of certain manufactured homes or modular dwellings in a zoning district that allows single-family residential uses under certain circumstances…”
Status: April 25, 2024 – Signed by Governor

New Hampshire

Title: H.B. 1361 – An Act Relative to Municipal Land Use Regulation For Manufactured Housing And Subdivisions
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Joe Alexander
Synopsis: “This bill requires municipalities that adopt land use control measures to provide reasonable and realistic opportunities for the siting of manufactured housing on individual lots and in manufactured housing parks and subdivisions within residential districts. The bill also directs municipalities to provide reasonable and realistic opportunities for expansion of existing manufactured housing parks.”
Status: May 20, 2024 – Signed by Governor

Rhode Island

Title: H.B. 7980 – An Act Relating To Motor And Other Vehicles – Mobile And Manufactured
Primary Sponsors: Speaker Shekarchi and Representatives Blazejewski, Cruz, Morales, Speakman, Spears, Craven, Azzinaro, Casimiro, and Solomon
Synopsis: “This act would make several amendments relative to manufactured homes, including adding a definition for manufactured home and a provision allowing for certain manufactured homes to be considered a single-family home if on a lot designated for such use.”
Status: April 16, 2024 – Passed by House and referred to Senate committee

States Loosen Manufactured Housing Restrictions

Multiple states updated regulations on manufactured housing during the 2024 legislative session to expand the areas of land available for siting these new homes.

Maine and Maryland legalized manufactured housing wherever single-family dwellings are allowed. Rhode Island passed a similar bill through the House and awaits consideration by the Senate. In New Hampshire, the new law prohibits municipalities from entirely restricting manufactured housing.

Renewed attention to manufactured housing, which is built off-site in a factory and transported to a fixed location, comes as states grapple with a shortage of affordable housing, spurred in part by elevated construction costs. “Manufactured homes cost 45% less per square foot than site-built homes,” according to Freddie Mac.

Source: The Office of Manufactured Housing Programs (HUD)

A much higher proportion of the nation’s housing stock consisted of manufactured housing between 1975 to 2000, averaging around 20 percent of new single-family units and reaching a peak of about 30 percent. Today, that figure remains closer to 10 percent, despite ongoing improvements to quality and durability standards.

Maine
Title: L.D. 337 – An Act to Amend the Regulations of Manufactured Housing to Increase Affordable Housing
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Cheryl Golek
Synopsis: “The amendment provides that a municipality must allow manufactured housing wherever single-family dwellings are allowed, subject to the same design criteria as the municipality may establish for single-family dwellings.”
Status: March 19, 2024 – Signed by Governor

Maryland

Title: H.B. 0538 – Housing Expansion and Affordability Act of 2024
Primary Sponsor: Speaker Adrienne Jones by request of Governor Moore’s administration
Synopsis: Part of this legislation includes “…prohibiting a local legislative body from prohibiting the placement of certain manufactured homes or modular dwellings in a zoning district that allows single-family residential uses under certain circumstances…”
Status: April 25, 2024 – Signed by Governor

New Hampshire

Title: H.B. 1361 – An Act Relative to Municipal Land Use Regulation For Manufactured Housing And Subdivisions
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Joe Alexander
Synopsis: “This bill requires municipalities that adopt land use control measures to provide reasonable and realistic opportunities for the siting of manufactured housing on individual lots and in manufactured housing parks and subdivisions within residential districts. The bill also directs municipalities to provide reasonable and realistic opportunities for expansion of existing manufactured housing parks.”
Status: May 20, 2024 – Signed by Governor

Rhode Island

Title: H.B. 7980 – An Act Relating To Motor And Other Vehicles – Mobile And Manufactured
Primary Sponsors: Speaker Shekarchi and Representatives Blazejewski, Cruz, Morales, Speakman, Spears, Craven, Azzinaro, Casimiro, and Solomon
Synopsis: “This act would make several amendments relative to manufactured homes, including adding a definition for manufactured home and a provision allowing for certain manufactured homes to be considered a single-family home if on a lot designated for such use.”
Status: April 16, 2024 – Passed by House and referred to Senate committee

New Hampshire Senator Lou D’Allesandro announces retirement

Lou D’Allesandro has announced his retirement from the New Hampshire State Senate, capping a 50-plus-year career in public service that began in 1973.

Speaking to a crowd gathered in the lobby of the legislative office building in Concord, New Hampshire last week, D’Allesandro recapped his time in office, saying “You can’t stay beyond the time when you can make a difference, and I believe that my service in the Senate has made a difference in the lives of people.”

Senator D’Allesandro served in multiple roles throughout his career, including two terms in the House, three terms on the New Hampshire Executive Council, two campaigns for governor, and an unbroken series of 13 terms in the Senate stretching from 1998 to 2024.

 

New Hampshire Senator Lou D’Allesandro announces retirement

Lou D’Allesandro has announced his retirement from the New Hampshire State Senate, capping a 50-plus-year career in public service that began in 1973.

Speaking to a crowd gathered in the lobby of the legislative office building in Concord, New Hampshire last week, D’Allesandro recapped his time in office, saying “You can’t stay beyond the time when you can make a difference, and I believe that my service in the Senate has made a difference in the lives of people.”

Senator D’Allesandro served in multiple roles throughout his career, including two terms in the House, three terms on the New Hampshire Executive Council, two campaigns for governor, and an unbroken series of 13 terms in the Senate stretching from 1998 to 2024.

 

Founding members of Transatlantic Climate Alliance to gather in Portugal

Long-time Energy and Environmental Policy Chair Senator Marc Pacheco is leading a new initiative tackling climate issues on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. He sent this letter to colleagues about the new NGO, its goals, and their upcoming launch.

 


 

Dear CSG Colleague:

I am contacting you as the Founding President and CEO of the Transatlantic Climate Alliance, with an invitation to join our upcoming formal announcement launch on May 2nd, 3rd, and 4th in the UNESCO city of Angra do Heroísmo on the island of Terceira, Portugal.

The Transatlantic Climate Alliance Inc. is filing for 501(c)3 status to become a non-governmental organization. The organization will convene subnational public and private sector leaders throughout the Atlantic region as part of a Transatlantic Climate Council to identify best practices and foster valuable partnerships for combating our climate crisis. We plan to accelerate and empower bold climate action. 

During the event we will be having an opening celebration consisting of a community concert hosted by the City of Angra do Heroísmo. On Friday, May 3rd we will have continued registration and a number of round table discussions about best practices from leaders across the Atlantic and will end the policy discussion in late afternoon. We are also working on finding appropriate sponsors for evening activities. To conclude our event, we will partake in a morning tour of a geothermal facility on the island of Terceira.

We have partnered with SATA Airlines and the Terceira Mar Hotel to offer discounts towards flights and lodging during the launch weekend. For additional information please reach out to the contact information provided below.

Founding members of Transatlantic Climate Alliance to gather in Portugal

Long-time Energy and Environmental Policy Chair Senator Marc Pacheco is leading a new initiative tackling climate issues on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. He sent this letter to colleagues about the new NGO, its goals, and their upcoming launch.

 


 

Dear CSG Colleague:

I am contacting you as the Founding President and CEO of the Transatlantic Climate Alliance, with an invitation to join our upcoming formal announcement launch on May 2nd, 3rd, and 4th in the UNESCO city of Angra do Heroísmo on the island of Terceira, Portugal.

The Transatlantic Climate Alliance Inc. is filing for 501(c)3 status to become a non-governmental organization. The organization will convene subnational public and private sector leaders throughout the Atlantic region as part of a Transatlantic Climate Council to identify best practices and foster valuable partnerships for combating our climate crisis. We plan to accelerate and empower bold climate action. 

During the event we will be having an opening celebration consisting of a community concert hosted by the City of Angra do Heroísmo. On Friday, May 3rd we will have continued registration and a number of round table discussions about best practices from leaders across the Atlantic and will end the policy discussion in late afternoon. We are also working on finding appropriate sponsors for evening activities. To conclude our event, we will partake in a morning tour of a geothermal facility on the island of Terceira.

We have partnered with SATA Airlines and the Terceira Mar Hotel to offer discounts towards flights and lodging during the launch weekend. For additional information please reach out to the contact information provided below.

Eight states aim to improve homeless services through federal HSPA initiative

Maryland and Massachusetts are now poised to expand housing-related services for people with disabilities and older adults who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness, thanks to a newly launched Housing and Services Partnership Accelerator (HSPA).

Altogether, eight states and the District of Columbia were selected by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to participate in the program. Each state has already been approved for either a Medicaid section 1115 demonstration or section 1915(i) state plan amendment covering housing-related services. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released its most recent guidance for covering housing-related services through Medicaid authorities in November 2023.

A man wearing a blazer stands near a ramp railing and is addressing a group gathered between parked cars.

Housing leaders tour affordable housing during a CSG East policy summit in Connecticut.

Participating states were also required to assemble a core team from housing and health sectors comprised of at least one member from their state Medicaid agency, and three additional partners from an organization or agency focused on aging, disability, and homelessness. Teams will engage in a year-long collaboration, including needs assessments, peer-to-peer learning sessions, coaching, and meetings with subject matter experts, to study better practices for braiding funding from various sources, designing services and benefits, developing needs-based criteria for services, strategies for service delivery, and improving billing and rate-setting practices.

The District of Columbia aims to achieve a whole-person Medicaid health system by enhancing and expanding the housing services provided to Medicaid-eligible older adults and people with disabilities under its 1915(i) state plan benefit.

Maryland aims to expand its statewide coalition of stakeholders addressing homelessness among Medicaid participants. The state expects to expand its Assistance in Community Integration Services (ACIS) pilot launched in 2017, which focuses on individuals with disabilities and aging populations.

Massachusetts aims to create a map of housing-related services for people experiencing homelessness, and explore how Medicaid funding can support a permanent supportive housing program in the state.

 

Eight states aim to improve homeless services through federal HSPA initiative

Maryland and Massachusetts are now poised to expand housing-related services for people with disabilities and older adults who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness, thanks to a newly launched Housing and Services Partnership Accelerator (HSPA).

Altogether, eight states and the District of Columbia were selected by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to participate in the program. Each state has already been approved for either a Medicaid section 1115 demonstration or section 1915(i) state plan amendment covering housing-related services. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released its most recent guidance for covering housing-related services through Medicaid authorities in November 2023.

A man wearing a blazer stands near a ramp railing and is addressing a group gathered between parked cars.

Housing leaders tour affordable housing during a CSG East policy summit in Connecticut.

Participating states were also required to assemble a core team from housing and health sectors comprised of at least one member from their state Medicaid agency, and three additional partners from an organization or agency focused on aging, disability, and homelessness. Teams will engage in a year-long collaboration, including needs assessments, peer-to-peer learning sessions, coaching, and meetings with subject matter experts, to study better practices for braiding funding from various sources, designing services and benefits, developing needs-based criteria for services, strategies for service delivery, and improving billing and rate-setting practices.

The District of Columbia aims to achieve a whole-person Medicaid health system by enhancing and expanding the housing services provided to Medicaid-eligible older adults and people with disabilities under its 1915(i) state plan benefit.

Maryland aims to expand its statewide coalition of stakeholders addressing homelessness among Medicaid participants. The state expects to expand its Assistance in Community Integration Services (ACIS) pilot launched in 2017, which focuses on individuals with disabilities and aging populations.

Massachusetts aims to create a map of housing-related services for people experiencing homelessness, and explore how Medicaid funding can support a permanent supportive housing program in the state.

 

Regional leaders discuss housing crisis at CSG East summit

A congregation of state officials gathered in Connecticut’s state capitol, March 22-23, 2024, for a two-day CSG East policy summit, hosted by Connecticut House Majority Leader Jason Rojas, to exchange ideas about one of the major problems affecting the East – housing affordability. 

Policymakers from 9 states, 2 Canadian provinces, and the U.S. Virgin Islands met, broke bread together, and shared the challenges and solutions from their respective states during multiple hearing-style panels featuring esteemed experts in the field. 

Cory Fellows leading a tour of Billings Forge

Connecticut Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff opened the program by welcoming attendees to a tour of Hartford’s Billings Forge affordable housing development, a 113-unit mixed-income apartment complex offering workforce development programs and after-school activities for residents. Cory Fellows, vice president of development at Preservation of Affordable Housing, led the tour and shared insights about how his team redeveloped the property. One point was made clear: affordable housing developments are not a blight on the neighborhood.

The tour was followed by a panel session on the financial costs and challenges facing developers who build affordable housing, where Fellows was joined by Brandon McGee, deputy commissioner of housing in Connecticut, and Nandini Natarajan, chief executive officer for Connecticut’s Housing Finance Authority. The discussion was moderated by Representative Eleni Kavros DeGraw, co-chair of Connecticut’s Planning and Development Committee and a 2023 Eastern Leadership Academy fellow. Natarajan recalled significant findings from a recently conducted housing needs assessment, and noted the challenges of securing land that is free of contaminants and ready for development. After highlighting the Department of Housing’s efforts to educate constituents on tools for finding affordable housing, McGee emphasized inadequate infrastructure as an obstacle to building more housing in municipalities that would welcome new development. At the dinner reception that followed, Connecticut Housing Commissioner Seila Mosquera-Bruno briefly highlighted key housing initiatives in the state during her welcoming remarks. 

 

Regional leaders discuss housing crisis at CSG East summit

A congregation of state officials gathered in Connecticut’s state capitol over the weekend for a 2-day policy summit to exchange ideas about one of the major problems affecting the east – housing affordability. 

Policy leaders from 9 states, 2 Canadian provinces, and the Virgin Islands met, broke bread together, and shared the challenges and solutions from their respective states during multiple hearing-style panels featuring esteemed experts in the field. 

Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff opened Friday’s program by welcoming attendees to a tour of Hartford’s Billings Forge affordable housing development, a 113-unit mixed-income apartment complex offering workforce development programs and after-school activities for residents. Cory Fellows, vice president of development at Preservation of Affordable Housing, led the tour and shared insights about how his team redeveloped the property. One point was made clear: affordable housing developments are not a blight on the neighborhood.

The tour was followed by a panel session on the financial costs and challenges facing developers who build affordable housing, where Fellows was joined by Brandon McGee, deputy commissioner of housing in Connecticut, and Nandini Natarajan, chief executive officer for Connecticut’s Housing Finance Authority. The discussion was moderated by Representative Eleni Kavros DeGraw, co-chair of Connecticut’s Planning and Development Committee and a 2023 Eastern Leadership Academy fellow. Natarajan recalled significant findings from a recently conducted housing needs assessment, and noted the challenges of securing land that is free of contaminants and ready for development. After highlighting the Department of Housing’s efforts to educate constituents on tools for finding affordable housing, McGee emphasized inadequate infrastructure as an obstacle to building more housing in municipalities that would welcome new development. There was a dinner reception on Friday evening, where Commissioner Seila Mosquera-Bruno briefly highlighted key housing initiatives in Connecticut during her welcoming remarks.