Originally created 08/16/98

Offers defense of manufactured homes 081698 - The Augusta Chronicle



There is no more passionate desire in the American dream than that of home ownership.

But recent attempts to limit manufactured housing in Richmond County will affect many young families, couples looking for affordable retirement options, upwardly mobile singles and others for whom manufactured housing is the best option.

Rezoning of land in south Richmond County from agricultural to R-1 is a misguided attempt to deny this dream to some, and it will result in higher property taxes for others. It's a lose-lose situation for everyone involved.

In Georgia, one in four housing permits are for manufactured homes. Two of every four manufactured homes built are made in Georgia by Georgia workers, contributing an important component of the state's economy. High construction standards and existing regulations regarding the best sites for these homes have encouraged many people to take another look at manufactured housing.

Governmental attempts to discriminate against manufactured housing owners should strike fear into everyone's heart. The next group they target could be you . ...

Charlotte Gattis, Atlanta

(Editor's note: The writer is executive director of Georgia Manufactured Housing Association.)