A New Home Arrives for UEC’s First Home Replacement Program Recipient

An overcast rainy day couldn’t dampen the spirits of Matthew and Serenity Stull as they cut the ribbon on their new home on a country lane northeast of Hermiston.

The Stull family has become the first beneficiary of a program to help UEC members replace older manufactured homes with energy-efficient models.

A ribbon-cutting Thursday, Jan. 12 marked the first manufactured home to be replaced and occupied in a program that combines the efforts of UEC, state and federal agencies.

The Stulls have operated Parkins Garage Door Company for a dozen years. They have two children, ages 7 and 10, and are committed to raising them in the community where they both grew up. They also have a small farming operation on Columbia Lane.

To maximize energy savings, year-around comfort and healthier indoor air, the Stulls have replaced their 1984 doublewide with a Northwest Energy Efficient Manufactured Housing Certified Home, known as NEEM, purchased from Oregon Trail Homes in Hermiston.

“It’s a wonderful program and it’s worked well for us,“ Serenity Stull said. “We can continue to grow on property we own, without having to move or build a new home.“

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Learn more about UEC's new Manufactured Home Replacement Loan Program, including qualifications and loan specifications.