Our Consulting Services

The Next Step team is dedicated to advancing factory-built homes as a sustainable, affordable homeownership choice in our communities. Our expertise and consulting services can support your organization and bring more resources to your affordable housing and community development efforts.


Housing and Community Development

Factory-built housing offers a point-of-entry to the homeownership market for low- and moderate-income buyers, and provides an innovative solution for communities searching for sustainable, affordable housing opportunities.

Next Step’s staff has decades of experience working in the manufactured housing space, managing development projects and facilitating relationships between industry professionals, municipal leaders and developers. Over the course of an engagement, Next Step staff can provide consulting services related to:

  • Initial planning and project development.
  • Support, provide and conduct presentations to: planning commissions, zoning boards, and housing and community development agencies.
  • Site considerations.
  • Facilitating and assembling the development team.
  • Determining market feasibility.
  • Floor plan selection and pricing.
  • Project financing plans.
  • Construction management.

Housing Counseling and Education

With experience as certified housing counselors, Next Step’s staff can provide train-the-trainer curriculum for counseling clients who want to purchase a factory-built home:

  • Assist in integrating factory-built housing into current programs.
  • Provide optional on-site manufactured housing training for counseling staff.
  • Provide educational webinars that introduce practical tools and resources for use when engaging clients.
  • Access to online toolbox including manufactured housing collateral, consumer guide, counselor guide and TotalHome+ Calculator.
  • Monthly check-in calls.
  • Ongoing support throughout contract period.

101 Education and Curriculum

Factory-built housing is often a misunderstood as an affordable housing option. Our staff can partner with you to educate key internal and external stakeholders for your organization:

  • Trainings (webinars and in-person).
  • Toolkits/resources on MH 101 (A to Z toolkit or online modules/packages – “how-to” for organizations).
  • Strategic coaching specific to factory-built housing as a new line of business.

Client Testimonials

“We are proud of our partnership with Next Step, which has allowed us to offer a model for affordable, energy-efficient housing that will be replicable in communities across Texas, beginning with homes in the community of La Grange, Texas.”

Rosa Ríos Valdez, Executive Director
BCL of Texas

“Our partnership with Next Step has been instrumental in getting factory-built developments off the ground, especially for our partnership with the City of San Bernardino. NPHS worked with Next Step to identify the manufacturers, select the homes, understand the manufacturing and delivery process, and to ensure we receive the best possible pricing. The technical assistance NPHS received from Next Step was critical in developing scattered lots.”

Clemente Mojica, President and CEO
NPHS

“When we began the process of sourcing homes for our Veterans FIRST program, we were challenged with finding a manufacturing partner that would build small, highly energy-efficient, HUD-code homes that would suit the needs of both homeowners and the community where the homes were being placed. When we enlisted Next Step, they were able to leverage their expertise and industry relationships to help us build the partnerships needed to support the program, and meet the housing needs of veterans in our community.”

Jennifer Hopkins, Director of Single Family Housing
New Hampshire Community Loan Fund

How Can We Help?

If we can support your organization’s efforts, or you’re interested in becoming a member of our network, fill out the form below and a member of our team will be in touch!