Shaheen Joins Cortez Masto to Introduce Bicameral Bill to Keep Manufactured Housing Costs Down
(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), along with U.S. Senators Tina Smith (D-MN) and Jon Tester (D-MT) and U.S. Representative Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01) to introduce bicameral legislation that would help preserve and revitalize manufactured housing communities. There are over 140 resident-owned manufactured housing communities in New Hampshire.
“Granite State families shouldn’t have to worry about losing the roof over their heads, but unfortunately, that’s a reality that many face every day,” said Senator Shaheen. “New Hampshire has more than 140 resident-owned manufactured housing communities (ROCs), and this crucial legislation would provide resources to those manufactured housing communities to make much-needed water and infrastructure upgrades and will keep working class families in affordable homes.”
Democrats created the Preservation and Reinvestment Initiative for Community Enhancement (PRICE) grant program in 2022 to help preserve and revitalize manufactured housing in eligible communities. This bill would make the PRICE program permanent, providing funding for home improvements and neighborhood upgrades for thousands of Americans each year.
“Manufactured homes are critical for many families, and my legislation would help communities keep lot rents affordable and make vital infrastructure improvements,” said Senator Cortez Masto. “I’ll keep working with my colleagues to address the affordable housing crisis and keep families in their homes.”
“We have a severe shortage of housing across the country, and it’s important to maintain and preserve the affordable options we have. Manufactured homes are often more affordable than other housing, but many manufactured housing communities do not have funds to upgrade and repair basic infrastructure such as water and sewer systems, and homeowners typically do not own the land beneath their homes,” said Representative Bonamici. “I’m pleased to work with Senators Cortez Masto and Shaheen to introduce the PRICE Act, which will make the PRICE grant program permanent and protect a crucial source of funding for preserving manufactured housing.”
Senator Shaheen is a leader in the Senate working to combat homelessness and help ensure Granite Staters have the resources they need to thrive. In April, she led the New Hampshire congressional delegation in announcing over $9 million in Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) funds for the state. The funds were authorized by congressional Democrats’ American Rescue Plan Act and signed into law by President Biden, which included nearly $50 billion for housing, including support for vulnerable renters and homeowners. This is in addition to the $25 billion in emergency rental assistance included in the December 2020 emergency COVID-19 relief legislation, which Shaheen helped lead as part of the “908 Coalition.” Shaheen has also led legislation to ensure that thousands of low-income tenants in rural areas are able to maintain access to safe and affordable housing.