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The Next Step Network was created out of a desire to make factory-built homes a practical, sustainable solution for those looking to own their home. While working in rural Appalachia, our founder Stacey Epperson saw many homeowners struggling with their older mobile homes – upside-down on loans and behind on sky high utility bills. Recognizing the need for safe, sustainable and affordable housing, she began to question how to bring high-performing, new, factory-built homes to communities across the country. Next Step was founded on the principle of Manufactured Housing Done Right®: helping families gain access to a high quality, energy-efficient homes – creating prepared, supported and educated homeowners. In 2011, NextStep was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, wholly dedicated to building relationships between the factory-built housing industry, housing developers, affordable housing advocates, lenders and other key stakeholders to deliver factory-built homes as a viable, sustainable homeownership solution.

Purpose

The mission of the Next Step network is to put sustainable homeownership within reach of everyone, while transforming the manufactured housing industry through consumer education, affordability and energy-efficiency.

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Recognizing it will take alignment of all our organizations to scale impact globally, we invite you to join the movement as a Steward of Inclusive Capitalism. Together, the collective action of Council members will contribute to a fairer, more inclusive and sustainable future for all people and our planet.