The Housing Stock Upgrade Initiative (HUSI) program was conceived to either upgrade or replace some of the worst mobile homes and manufactured homes in the state that have long outlived their designed life span. The objective of the project is to identify and integrate sufficient resources, incentives and savings necessary so that homeowners have the opportunity to pursue the replacement of rural substandard housing, specifically obsolete manufactured homes or MMHATs (Mobile Homes, Manufactured Homes and Trailers), in a systematic manner. It is expected that options are to be offered to homeowners through a simplified approach that is financially realistic. The project team may also help to identify potential risks and liabilities that will need to be factored into individual financial evaluations.
In November 2013, NeighborWorks Umpqua, an OS project partner, received a grant for over $450,000 from the Meyer Memorial Foundation that will jump start the reHome Oregon project in Curry County, and eventually beyond.
June, 2015- Curry County's Health Impact Assessment won a national award at the Health Impact Assessment National Meeting in Washington DC.
The recognition was for an HIA project that improved community health and well-being. This project was selected because the health information and personal stories included in the HIA helped decision-makers change a state affordable housing policy that excluded residents of manufactured housing. The HIA also helped NeighborWorks Umpqua, the community developer implementing the pilot project in Curry County, to make the case for funding. To date, Meyer Memorial Trust has committed almost $1.5 million to repair and replace substandard manufactured homes in Curry.
The Health Impact Project (a joint project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts) made a very moving short film about the project for the HIA National Meeting. Watch the video: http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/multimedia/video/2015/health-impact-assessment-helps-families-replace-unsafe-manufactured-housing
Read more about the Curry County project on the Oregon HIA Program website: www.healthoregon.org/hia
More information and application procedures available at: http://www.rehomeoregon.org/