Vermont Governor Signs Mobile Home Bill15-May-2012
Yesterday, at Richard’s Mobile Home Park in Bethel, Vermont, Governor Peter Shumlin signed into law S.99, an act relating to supporting mobile home ownership, strengthening mobile home parks and preserving affordable housing. Mobile homeowners, lead legislators, nonprofit representatives and low income advocates cheered the adoption of the new law.
The bill provides relief for mobile home owners impacted by Tropical Storm Irene as well as some proactive measures to support the formation of mobile home cooperatives and to prohibit discrimination in land use decisions, including making it unlawful in Vermont to base land use decisions on the income of residents of proposed housing development.
Also included in the legislation and in the state budget and tax bills was another item that was of significance to CHT – initial funding to develop a pilot lending program to offer affordable loans to replace or repair mobile homes statewide through the state's NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center network. Legislative leaders increased the state’s affordable housing tax credit program by $200,000, as well as allocating $300,000 in grant funds for the program, which in turn will leverage additional public and private capital to provide 100 loans over the next five years.