Gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe visited CFH, Inc.’s East End Mobile Home Park on July 8 to announce his affordable housing initiative.
Dumfries, Va., July 8 – Virginia Gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe today visited East End Mobile Home Park in Manassas, Virginia, which nonprofit CFH, Inc. saved from condemnation in 2018 and has steadily improved ever since. CFH welcomed McAuliffe to the neighborhood as the candidate promoted his affordable housing agenda.
“East End represents a collaborative effort of CFH and other funders and partners, including Virginia Housing, Habitat for Humanity of Prince William County, City of Manassas and others,” said George Davies, executive director of Dumfries based CFH, Inc. “We’re proud to share what we’ve accomplished here thus far as one model of what can be done to preserve the affordable housing we have,” he added.
In 2018, CFH acquired and began completing the work needed to save the Park from closure and condemnation and give the nearly 250 residents a clean, functional and safe place to call home. After several months of updating and replacing sewer lines and water pipes, all residents have been connected to the new water and sewer lines and have become customers of the City of Manassas for their water usage. This spring, with the help of Virginia Housing and Habitat for Humanity, CFH installed a playground donated by the Benedictine Sisters and fencing for the neighborhood children. CFH was also able to finish renovations to the new resource center that will host a variety of education, training, and community events.
A Brief History of East End
East End Mobile Home Park sits on a stretch of Centreville Road in Manassas, VA. that was home to residents of three mobile home parks for decades. The original owners sold all but East End, which was kept in the family and managed by an agent for the last 10 years. In 2009, the City of Manassas began notifying the agent of sewer leaks and excessive usage through the domestic water system. As a result of not correcting the problems when first notified, the systems became severely damaged and replacement became necessary. Discussions then began regarding the feasibility of selling the property to the City of Manassas. In April 2016, the City and the managing agent got as far as executing a sales contract for $1,864,700. One of the conditions of the purchase required the Park owner to evict all tenants and remove all mobile homes from the property. Approximately 250 people were about to be homeless. This was unacceptable to the Park’s residents, many of whom owned their homes and most of whom had been there for many years, with children well established in the local schools.
Local advocates reached out to Dumfries-based CFH, a non-profit with nearly four decades of experience helping individuals and families create sustainable homes, to see if they could provide any resolution in which the families would not lose their homes. After much research and much discussion, the CFH Board of Directors determined that acquiring the East End Mobile Home Park would fit within the CFH mission. CFH committed to fixing the water and sewer issues and offered a purchase contract of $1.4 million, which was accepted by the previous Owner and approved by the City of Manassas; settlement was in January of 2018.
About CFH, Inc.
Fr, Creedon and those who shared his vision created CFH, an organization that has helped thousands of people have a stable home. CFH provides assistance to individuals and families all along the continuum of housing needs, providing direct service programs to limited income households as well as workforce rental and homeownership opportunities and a comprehensive life skills program that helps people identify and reach their goals. The CFH board of directors represents a diverse group of individuals who provide expertise in business, development, architecture, financial services and real estate.