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Manufactured Housing as an Affordable Option for Older Adults

For older adults in need of affordable housing options, manufactured housing, formerly referred to as mobile homes, can be a low-cost, unsubsidized, and widely available alternative to other forms of housing. This publication looks at manufactured housing trends and related policies.  Case Study: Green Pastures Senior Cooperative, a resident-owned manufactured housing community in Redmond, Oregon.

This Spotlight is part of the Future of Housing Initiative:

The home is central to individual and community well-being and should support our lives today and into the future. In our work to address housing for older adults and their families, AARP and AARP Foundation created the Future of Housing Initiative with a focus on today and tomorrow. The majority of Americans want to live independently in their homes as they age. Therefore thinking about future needs today is of paramount importance.

When it comes to future needs our nation’s housing is severely deficient. By 2030, one in every five Americans will be over age 65, and our nation will face a severe shortage in accessible and affordable housing to meet their needs.

Through the Future of Housing Initiative, we are developing strategies to address the senior housing crisis and make all of our communities affordable and welcoming for people regardless of age, background, circumstance, or physical ability. Learn more by visiting:


Suggested Citation:

Gusman, Shannon, and Jennifer Skow. Manufactured Housing as an Affordable Option for Older Adults. Washington, DC: AARP Public Policy Institute, June 2019.

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