Mobile homes history began in 1976 – the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) established construction and safety standards for these manufactured homes, which for many people were now being used as permanent residences. On June 15, 1976, HUD began to administer the federal building code which governs the construction of many mobile homes, (commonly termed HUD-Code homes).
In 1994, HUD introduced new, tougher building codes that helped to make mobile homes some of the safest homes built anywhere. In 1999, HUD added new anchor, strapping, and tie down regulations to make mobile homes and their foundations even safer.
Today mobile homes on your own land are subject to the strictest state and local building codes – the same as site-built homes, (these homes are often called modular homes).
With many decades past in mobile homes history, more than 21 million Americans-about 7.6 percent of the U.S. population-lived in mobile homes in 1999. In the year 2000, one out of every six new, single-family housing starts was a manufactured home. And the numbers are growing. The reason? Quality construction, affordability, value and homes that are more beautiful than ever.