Rep. Axne Bill to Keep Manufactured Housing Communities Affordable Included in Infrastructure Package

July 1, 2020
Press Release
House votes unanimously to adopt Axne amendment that creates grant program to help mobile home residents avoid crippling rent hikes

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted unanimously to amend the Moving Forward Act, a $1.5 trillion infrastructure package currently under consideration in the House, to include Rep. Cindy Axne’s (IA-03) legislation to keep manufactured housing communities (MHCs) affordable.

The Manufactured Housing Community Preservation Act, which was originally introduced in January, was offered as an amendment to the Moving Forward Act by the bill’s cosponsors: Reps. Axne, Abby Finkenauer (IA-01), and Ro Khanna (CA-17).

Earlier today, Rep. Axne spoke on House Floor to offer her amendment. Watch her remarks here.

“This is a victory for the more than 3 million households that are a part of a manufactured housing community. By adding this legislation to our infrastructure proposal, we are one step closer to giving these residents, particularly seniors and fixed-income Iowans, the tools necessary to preserve their affordable housing and guard against corporations spiking their rents merely to line their own pockets,” said Rep. Axne“I’m pleased to get this important legislation included in the Moving Forward Act, and look forward to sending the final version to the Senate later today.”

The Manufactured Housing Community Preservation Act would keep manufactured and mobile home communities affordable for their residents by providing assistance for the acquisition and preservation of manufactured housing communities. The legislation directs the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to create a grant program to help purchase and preserve manufactured housing and mobile home communities, while ensuring the seller gets a fair price.

The legislation has the support of the Manufactured Housing Institute, Prosperity Now, and Resident Owned Communities (ROC) USA.

Last week, Reps. Axne and Finkenauer joined Rep. Dave Loebsack (IA-02) to introduce new legislation that sets basic standards for federally backed loans used to purchase MHCs.

Last year, Rep. Axne wrote to Utah-based investment firm Havenpark Capital to demand answers on the significant rent spikes at five different Havenpark-owned MHCs, including Midwest Country Estates in Waukee.

Rep. Axne also toured Midwest Country Estates homes with Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) to meet with residents and hear about the financial hardship and requirements imposed at the community by the new ownership.