New manufactured homes being delivered to Oak Leaf Manufactured Home Park in April 2019
On July 20, residents of Oak Leaf Manufactured Home Park in Portland’s Cully neighborhood will get a heat welcome from neighbors and community leaders as they celebrate shifting into their model new manufactured homes. Hosted by new park proprietor St. Vincent de Paul and sponsored by the Port of Portland, Living Cully, Verde, St. Charles Borromeo Parish, and Central Northeast Neighbors, the welcome home get together marked the return of residents to 21 new manufactured homes after residing in momentary off-site housing throughout renovations.
More than a housewarming get together, the occasion is the culmination of years of work by the Oak Leaf Park residents who introduced collectively their Cully neighbors, church buildings, Legal Aid attorneys and community-based organizations to protect their homes when confronted with a potential park closure in 2016. The community compelled the park proprietor to cancel a deliberate sale to the developer, and St. Vincent de Paul partnered with the Portland Housing Bureau, Oregon Housing and Community Services, Multnomah County, Network for Oregon Affordable Housing and Energy Trust to buy and rebuild the property. The Oak Leaf Park is the primary cell home park in Multnomah County owned by a nonprofit devoted to offering reasonably priced housing for individuals with low or mounted incomes.
Oak Leaf Park is the first park to participate in Energy Trust’s Manufactured Home Replacement Pilot program to retire getting old manufactured homes with new, energy-efficient fashions. Energy Trust can pay St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County $220,000 in incentives to help substitute of 21 manufactured homes at Oak Leaf Park.
This Manufactured Home Replacement Pilot program was created by Energy Trust as a result of residents of older manufactured homes spend about 70% extra on energy per sq. foot than residents of site-built homes, based on the U.S. Energy Information Administration. These larger energy prices disproportionately have an effect on individuals with decrease incomes. There are greater than 170,000 manufactured homes in Oregon, and greater than 110,000 of those have been constructed earlier than 1995, when federal requirements for energy effectivity have been minimal or non-existent. Older homes have much less insulation, expertise excessive air leakage and inefficient home windows and heating techniques.
Energy Trust will use the learnings from Oak Leaf Park and different preliminary pilot members to evaluate the way to broaden the advantages of the Manufactured Home Replacement Pilot program to different residents throughout Oregon. This program is one in all Energy Trust’s efforts to increase participation of underserved communities (together with communities of shade, rural communities and individuals with low incomes) in our energy effectivity and renewable energy applications. This is a key aim of the group, and an emphasis of its draft 2020-2024 Strategic Plan, which is at the moment open for public remark till August 2.
In addition to 21 new manufactured homes, the renovated park contains a community middle with workplaces, a giant room for conferences and occasions, a meals pantry and a laundry facility. Supported by Energy Trust incentives, the community middle options solar panels that generate clear energy and assist cut back the middle’s energy prices. Energy Trust additionally supplied a feasibility examine to establish the way to incorporate solar on the property. Additional funding for the solar set up was supplied by Pacific Power clients via its Blue SkySM program.