Twin Cities Data Snapshot
The Manufactured Housing Metropolitan Opportunity strategy is designed to bring manufactured housing strategies further into the mainstream affordable housing space, particularly in metropolitan areas. This work is focused on the Ford Foundation’s Metropolitan Opportunity Unit, which is working in ten major metropolitan areas in the United States to increase access to opportunity for low income people. Each metropolitan area is defined based on the geographic reach of partners' work, the spatial distribution of the populations their efforts are intended to reach, and the “geography of power” within which decision making happens in the region.
This strategy aims to first inform and empower key stakeholders with new materials about the affordable housing need and resources, and the opportunity for manufactured housing strategies to serve those needs in these metropolitan areas. Our ultimate goal is to align existing I’M HOME network resources, partners and strategies with equitable metropolitan development resources, partners and strategies in order to leverage the collective impact of both fields.
The first step in this process involves the collection and analysis of key information to open up dialogue about these issues in metropolitan areas. This Data Snapshot provides data that illustrates the role of manufactured homes in the affordable housing market, who lives in them and how they serve the housing needs of their owners.
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