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  • Next Step / August 9, 2017

    New Look. Same Vision. Taking Our Next Step.

    When I began to lay the groundwork for what would eventually become Next Step nearly a decade ago, I couldn’t have imagined what the future held for this work. The vision was always there: a viable and sustainable source of housing for individuals and families. Good homes – built on solid foundations – that helped … Continued

  • Next Step / August 9, 2017

    The Damage of Eliminating Energy-Efficiency Programs

    A keystone in Next Step’s mission and work is energy-efficiency. This is why – when working with our network members – all of our factory-built homes meet ENERGY STAR® standards at minimum. One of the reasons our homes are ENERGY STAR-certified is simple math: homes that are energy-efficient mean less utility costs for homeowners and … Continued

  • Next Step / August 9, 2017

    AmeriCorps

    Next Step is a relatively young social enterprise. Born in eastern Kentucky, where manufactured homes are a significant portion of the residential housing stock, we moved to Louisville in 2010 to scale our strategy nationally, with the mission of putting homeownership within reach of everyone. Today, we have nine team members, more than fifty national … Continued

  • Next Step / July 31, 2017

    What Does the Trump Agenda Mean for Manufactured Housing?

    (Note: This a part one of a three-part series exploring the Trump administration’s proposed FY 2018 budget.) For manufactured housing advocates, the fact that manufactured homes are the single largest source of unsubsidized affordable housing is a point of pride. Manufactured housing represents an affordable, stable and energy-efficient housing option for millions of hardworking Americans. … Continued

  • Next Step / July 31, 2017

    Expanding Affordable Homeownership Opportunity in Kentucky

    In 2015, Next Step began our SmartMH initiative. We started with a bold goal: expand the number of ENERGY STAR® manufactured homes in the Kentucky housing market. We spent a year creating partnerships and building a coalition of stakeholders in Kentucky to support SmartMH. In October 2016, the concept of the SmartMH program evolved and … Continued

  • Next Step / July 31, 2017

    Red-Sun Homes Joins SmartMH Network

    Kentucky-based manufactured home center joins statewide initiative bringing even more customer support for homebuyers LOUISVILLE, KY – March 30, 2017 – Today, Next Step Network is announcing that Red-Sun Homes, Inc. – a local manufactured home retailer based in Russell Springs and Albany, Kentucky – has joined the SmartMH Network. Red-Sun joins a select group … Continued

  • Next Step / July 31, 2017

    Moving the Vision of I’M HOME Forward

    As yet another convening of CFED’s I’M HOME annual conference is in the books, I am more optimistic than ever for the future of manufactured housing, and the staff, board and membership of Next Step are dedicated to moving the vision of I’M HOME forward. This past week was the culmination of a lot of … Continued

  • Next Step / July 31, 2017

    Grant Beck Joins Next Step Network as Marketing and Communications Manager

    Experienced nonprofit communications professional to lead the Louisville-based organization’s marketing efforts. LOUISVILLE, KY – October 27, 2016 – On October 24, 2016, Grant Beck joined Next Step Network as its marketing and communications manager, bringing a wealth of experience in nonprofit communications to the Louisville-based housing organization. The unique social enterprise works to put sustainable … Continued

  • Next Step / July 31, 2017

    Robert & Chasity Woody’s Story

    Robert and Chasity Woody are first-time homebuyers in their early 30s. The Woodys have two beautiful daughters – four-year-old Calie and one-year-old Aria – who love to play and didn’t hesitate at all to invite us to play with them for a while. Robert is a Navy combat veteran who served in Operation: Iraqi Freedom, … Continued

  • Next Step / July 25, 2017

    This is an update on our policy progress…