Vermont Mobile Home Park Research Collaborative
UVM and CVOEO host “Rebuilding Better” Design and Finance Roundtable
Mobile home parks after Irene...
- By Kelly Ann Hamshaw
Stakeholders from over one dozen organizations engaged in a discussion about future of mobile home parks in Vermont’s affordable housing picture, especially after the destruction brought by Tropical Storm Irene, gathered in John Dewey Lounge at the University of Vermont (UVM) on February 14, 2012. Organized and facilitated by the Dept. of Community Development & Applied Economics at UVM and the Mobile Home Project of the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, this roundtable featured mini-presentations from:
- Dan Baker & Kelly Hamshaw, University of Vermont
- Shaun Gilpin, CVOEO Mobile Home Project
- Peter Schneider, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
- Anne Duncan Cooley & Tim McCosker, Upper Valley Strong
- Matthew Lutz, Norwich University
- Emily Hamlin, Champlain Housing Trust
- Sarah Carpenter, Vermont Housing Finance Agency
After the mini-presentations, participants discussed a variety of challenges and opportunities for mobile homes in Vermont—specifically the challenges of obtaining financing for mobile homes in land-lease communities and the opportunities that more efficiently designed of mobile homes can offer as residents rebuild from Irene. The roundtable resulted in greater awareness of the different interests amongst the various organizations and this important discussion will continue as these groups advocate for mobile home park issues.
This roundtable was supported by funding from the USDA Disaster Resilience for Rural Communities Program.