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About Next Step
Our mission is putting sustainable homeownership within reach of everyone, while transforming the manufactured housing industry one home at a time.
Next Step is the first and only national strategy and scalable approach to bring factory built homes to nonprofits nationwide. We aggregate demand for the factory built housing industry by organizing, brokering and training nonprofits on the Next Step System for doing business. Our strategy is a direct reaction to the needs of our Network and consists of three primary components:
Our Theory of Change
Through proven experience and collaboration, we believe that when a home is done right every single time – on the right foundation, providing comprehensive homebuyer support and with the right financing – we can create an opportunity for systemic change. Our Theory of Change builds out from this key assumption and posits the following:
First, a manufactured home designed to balance quality with affordability, built to meet or exceed ENERGY STAR standards and placed on an engineer-designed FHA Title II Permanent Foundation is central to the appreciation of factory built housing values. We will ensure that Next Step Homes are:
Second, access to fair, fixed-rate home financing is essential to healthy housing markets and the capacity to build wealth through homeownership. Comprehensive homebuyer education and support for the homeowner over the life of the loan reinforces access to sustainable financing. We will ensure that homeowners served by our Network Members receive reasonably-priced, fixed-rate financing by designing our homes to meet all lender requirements, allowing for a better initial mortgage and increasing the potential for successful resale of the home.
Third, replacing pre-HUD Code mobile homes with ENERGY STAR certified homes can significantly drive down the cost of home ownership and reduce energy use. Securing access to fair financing motivates homeowners to make rational long-term investments in their homes, including replacing them with new, energy efficient homes. By securing access to responsible financing, we will deliver replacement manufactured homes that meet or exceed ENERGY STAR standards to low- to moderate-income homeowners, while also leveraging and aligning energy-related public and private resources with traditional housing resources.
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