Therefore, while the U.S. continues to experience rising housing (and apartment) costs, MHPs offer an “affordable” solution. With over 40% of American families earning $50,000 per year or less, inexpensive housing is in even greater demand today than years past.
Negative perceptions have also hurt the supply of MHPs. As stated previously, manufactured housing represents an appropriate answer to the inherent housing shortage, yet it is frequently criticized by other inhabitants and lawmakers who live nearby, misunderstood as an unattractive, even unwelcome eyesore (i.e – “not in my back yard” – NIMBY mentality). As a result, these zoning hurdles and resistant city planning departments have led to higher barriers to entry, thus keeping supply artificially low. Despite this perception, MHPs offer millions of Americans an opportunity to own an affordable home in equal or better locations than many higher priced, smaller apartments or traditional homes.