Equity is one of the five outcomes of Thrive MSP 2040, the Metropolitan Council’s long-term regional plan. Equity means connecting all of the region’s residents to opportunity regardless of their race, ethnicity, income, and ability. With Thrive MSP 2040, the Council has committed to using equity as a lens to evaluate its operations, planning, and investments.
In 2016, the Council allocated $250,000 to the Manufactured Home Park Preservation Project. This multi-divisional project involves housing policy, connecting manufactured home parks to the regional wastewater treatment system, and environmental and water quality considerations. The first part of this two-part project involved the creation of a baseline report, which evaluates the current state of the region’s manufactured home parks and examines the policy levers that the Council could use to help preserve them. The second part involves a pilot grant program to defray the costs of connecting one manufactured home park to the regional wastewater treatment system by using a 50/50 match structure (up to $250,000) to cover assessed regional Sewer Availability Charges (SAC).
The report is intended to inform future Council decisions and foster a larger dialogue concerning the importance of manufactured home parks and collective means to preserve them. Manufactured homes are an important source of unsubsidized affordable housing for low-income residents and residents of color (especially Latino residents) in suburban communities. Surveys and research show that park closures disproportionately displace households of color. Loss of these parks would undermine equity by disconnecting low-income households and residents of color from the unique opportunities offered by suburban communities.