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Tuesday, May 7, 2024

House approves Rep. McEntee’s bill to count mobile homes as affordable housing

Bill is part of Speaker Shekarchi’s 2024 legislative package addressing the housing crisis in Rhode Island

The House passed Rep. Carol Hagan McEntee’s legislation (2024-H 7984A) that would allow municipalities to count mobile home units as affordable housing.  The bill is part of House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi’s (D-Dist. 23, Warwick) 15-bill package of legislation to address Rhode Island’s housing crisis.   

“Due to various factors over many years, our cities and towns have been unable to meet the 10 percent affordable housing stock mandate, which in turn hurts our low-income residents and families.  This bill will bring many of our municipalities into compliance with the Low and Moderate Income Housing Act while also providing crucial housing for our state’s residents,” said Representative McEntee (D-Dist. 33, South Kingstown, Narragansett).

The legislation would allow municipalities to count mobile home units as affordable housing if they meet certain requirements, including that they are permanent housing. Mobile homes could be applied toward the goal of 10% of a municipality’s housing stock to be low- and moderate-income housing, with ½ credit per qualifying mobile home.

In order to count as affordable housing under the bill, a mobile home must constitute a primary residence of the occupant or occupants, be located within a community owned by the residents or on land owned by the occupant, and comply with the Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The legislation now heads to the Senate for consideration.