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Democrats? Republicans? Political Campaigns Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) PAC Supported

June 17th, 2019 No comments

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Longtime readers of MHProNews know that we’ve published more than one article that cast concerns about billionaire George Soros.  That disclaimer noted, this is one of those classic cases of the need to separate the wheat from the chaff with all people, organizations, and things.  There is good, bad, and meh to be found in all people and things.  Because what follows comes with a tip of the hat to the Soros-funded “Open Secrets” platform. Why? Because it is data – not opinion – driven.

 

Per Open Secrets Center for Responsive Politics, the following is based upon the data obtained by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) data released on February 01, 2019.

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Our concerns about the Arlington, VA based Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) are likewise well know to longtime, attentive readers.

 

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In the days ahead, this article will likely be referenced several times in our ‘related reports’ that follow so many of our Daily Business News reports or Masthead news, commentaries, fact-checks and analysis.

 

Total Contributions from this PAC to federal candidates
(27% to Democrats, 73% to Republicans)
$209,000

 

House
Total to Democrats: $44,500
Total to Republicans: $123,500
Recipient Total
Aderholt, Robert B (R-AL) $1,000
Barr, Andy (R-KY) $12,500
Bost, Mike (R-IL) $1,000
Budd, Ted (R-NC) $1,000
Byrne, Bradley (R-AL) $1,000
Calvert, Ken (R-CA) $1,000
Carbajal, Salud (D-CA) $1,000
Carter, John (R-TX) $1,000
Correa, Lou (D-CA) $3,000
Costa, Jim (D-CA) $1,000
Cuellar, Henry (D-TX) $1,000
Culberson, John (R-TX) $2,000
DeFazio, Peter (D-OR) $2,500
Diaz-Balart, Mario (R-FL) $2,500
Duffy, Sean P (R-WI) $5,000
Emmer, Tom (R-MN) $1,000
Fleischmann, Chuck (R-TN) $5,000
Foster, Bill (D-IL) $2,000
Gonzalez, Vicente (D-TX) $1,500
Gottheimer, Josh (D-NJ) $3,000
Graves, Tom (R-GA) $5,000
Guthrie, Brett (R-KY) $1,000
Hensarling, Jeb (R-TX) $3,000
Hill, French (R-AR) $2,500
Huizenga, Bill (R-MI) $2,500
Hultgren, Randy (R-IL) $2,000
Joyce, David P (R-OH) $1,000
Kelly, Trent (R-MS) $500
Kihuen, Ruben (D-NV) $1,000
Kind, Ron (D-WI) $1,000
Knight, Steve (R-CA) $2,000
Kustoff, David (R-TN) $4,000
Loudermilk, Barry (R-GA) $3,000
Love, Mia (R-UT) $2,000
Lucas, Frank D (R-OK) $1,000
Luetkemeyer, Blaine (R-MO) $5,000
MacArthur, Thomas (R-NJ) $1,500
McHenry, Patrick (R-NC) $2,500
Moolenaar, John (R-MI) $2,000
Murphy, Stephanie (D-FL) $1,000
Nunes, Devin (R-CA) $1,000
O’Halleran, Tom (D-AZ) $1,000
Palazzo, Steven (R-MS) $2,000
Panetta, Jimmy (D-CA) $2,500
Peters, Scott (D-CA) $2,000
Peterson, Collin (D-MN) $1,000
Poliquin, Bruce (R-ME) $10,000
Rice, Kathleen (D-NY) $6,000
Roby, Martha (R-AL) $1,000
Rogers, Hal (R-KY) $1,000
Rogers, Mike D (R-AL) $1,000
Roskam, Peter (R-IL) $1,000
Ross, Dennis (R-FL) $2,500
Rothfus, Keith J (R-PA) $2,500
Scalise, Steve (R-LA) $2,500
Schneider, Brad (D-IL) $1,000
Scott, David (D-GA) $2,500
Sessions, Pete (R-TX) $3,000
Sewell, Terri A (D-AL) $5,000
Sherman, Brad (D-CA) $2,000
Stivers, Steve (R-OH) $3,000
Suozzi, Tom (D-NY) $2,500
Tenney, Claudia (R-NY) $1,500
Tipton, Scott (R-CO) $1,000
Valadao, David (R-CA) $1,000
Veasey, Marc (D-TX) $1,000
Walden, Greg (R-OR) $2,500
Walorski, Jackie (R-IN) $1,500
Walters, Mimi (R-CA) $1,000
Williams, Roger (R-TX) $2,500
Yoder, Kevin (R-KS) $2,000
Young, David (R-IA) $4,000
Zeldin, Lee (R-NY) $1,500

 

Senate
Total to Democrats: $12,500
Total to Republicans: $28,500
Recipient Total
Boozman, John (R-AR) $2,500
Brown, Sherrod (D-OH) $500
Capito, Shelley Moore (R-WV) $1,000
Cotton, Tom (R-AR) $3,500
Crapo, Mike (R-ID) $5,000
Daines, Steven (R-MT) $1,000
Graham, Lindsey (R-SC) $1,000
Heller, Dean (R-NV) $2,500
Kaine, Tim (D-VA) $1,000
Manchin, Joe (D-WV) $2,500
McConnell, Mitch (R-KY) $5,000
Scott, Tim (R-SC) $5,000
Sinema, Kyrsten (D-AZ) $7,500
Tester, Jon (D-MT) $1,000
Wicker, Roger (R-MS) $2,000

 

Let’s note that MHProNews recognizes the right within the scope of the law and ethics of the MHI PAC to contribute to whomever.

Let’s further state that this pro-industry, pro-consumer, pro-growth industry trade platform similarly recognizes the right of individuals to do the same, within the framework of those same ethical and legal limits.

MHI is widely seen as being in the sway of a relatively small group of ‘big boy’ corporations.  Chief among those is Warren Buffett led Berkshire Hathaway.  Berkshire’s brands in MHVille include, but are not limited to, Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage Corp, and Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance.

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Insights on Manufactured Housing From Obama White House Federal Archives

June 17th, 2019 No comments

 

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There is an affordable housing crisis, as HUD Secretary Ben Carson has been stressing for some time.

 

To fully grasp the value of a bipartisan approach to addressing what has arguably been going wrong with the most proven form of affordable housing in America – manufactured homes – it is relevant to look back.  Snapshots and details from prior handling of manufactured homes paint a picture that professionals, advocates, legislators, and others can consider.

During the Obama Administration, there is a federal archive, dubbed: obamawhitehouse.archives.gov.

From that, the following information has been harvested from the “ExpectMore.gov” pages.

In section 1.3 of the information quoted at length, below, is this: “The [Manufactured Housing Improvement] Act provides that the Federal construction and safety standards for manufactured homes pre-empt all state and local building codes. Therefore, no other Federal, state or local program has any authority in this area.”

That may bear repeating. So let’s do so.

The [Manufactured Housing Improvement] Act provides that the Federal construction and safety standards for manufactured homes pre-empt all state and local building codes. Therefore, no other Federal, state or local program has any authority in this area.”

In that context, consider what the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) published in their recent letter to HUD Secretary Carson, found as a download from the link below.

 

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But there is much more in this assessment from the Obama Archive that merits consideration.  Numbers of concerns that the public at large has held for years are debunked by the federal findings published below.

One of the topics addressed is resale values.  The FHFA and the National Association of Realtors both published research in 2018 that reflect the appreciation of manufactured homes. Note too that this appreciation is occurring despite the lack of a full and proper implementation of the Duty to Serve Manufactured Housing.

The report that follows is summed up as follows, per that same source.

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Having set the table, let’s dive into Obama Administration archive era federal report.

 

Questions/Answers (Detailed Assessment)

Section 1 – Program Purpose & Design
Number Question Answer Score
1.1 Is the program purpose clear?

Explanation: Yes. By establishing and enforcing uniform Federal construction and safety standards, the program’s purpose is to protect the residents of manufactured homes from personal injury, property damage and insurance costs; to advance the quality, durability, safety and affordability of manufactured homes; and to facilitate the availability of affordable manufactured homes and increase homeownership for all Americans.

Evidence: The purposes of program are set forth in the National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Act of 1974 as Amended by the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 (The Act).

YES 20%
1.2 Does the program address a specific and existing problem, interest, or need?

Explanation: Prior to the Act, manufactured housing historically had lacked the quality, durability and safety of site-built homes. With the enforcement of uniform Federal safety and construction standards, the quality and safety of manufactured homes has significantly improved. Standardized oversight and inspection of design and construction has also reduced the cost and administration to manufacturers that have a common set of standards.

Evidence: Committee hearing testimony from 1974 documented the numerous safety and quality problems with pre-HUD code homes. Studies by the National Fire Protection Association and HUD showing that civilian fire deaths in HUD units built from 1980 to 1996 were 64% lower than for pre-HUD units. Similar reductions for injuries and property damage were also found. HUD standards also reduced complaints of formaldehyde exposure from 1500 to nearly zero in 1984. Newly published HUD report on Hurricane Charley documenting improved performance of manufactured homes built to the wind standards published in 1994 following Hurricane Andrew.

YES 20%
1.3 Is the program designed so that it is not redundant or duplicative of any other Federal, state, local or private effort?

Explanation: The Act provides that the Federal construction and safety standards for manufactured homes pre-empt all state and local building codes. Therefore, no other Federal, state or local program has any authority in this area. The Act also provides that individual states may apply to participate in the enforcement of the program as State Administrative Agencies (SAAs).

Evidence: The preemptive nature of the Act and the regulations requiring HUD approval before a state may participate in the enforcement of the Act.

YES 20%
1.4 Is the program design free of major flaws that would limit the program’s effectiveness or efficiency?

Explanation: The program allows HUD to establish national standards for the construction and safety of manufactured homes, and further allows HUD to act in multiple ways to enforce those standards. HUD can receive information indicating that a serious defect or imminent safety hazard may exist in a class of manufactured homes from the monitoring contractor, an SAA or through a consumer complaint. HUD can then act by investigating the information and issuing a preliminary determination, as can its 38 state SAA partners. In the 12 states without an SAA, only HUD may take such action. A potential flaw in the design of the program is the difficulty ensuring that the In Plant Inspection Agents (IPIAs) who are employed by the production plants remain sufficiently independent and report all violations.

Evidence: No recommendations to fundamentally restructure the program have been made during its 29-year existence; however, the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 gave HUD additional authority to design installation standards and a dispute resolution program.

YES 20%
1.5 Is the program design effectively targeted so that resources will address the program’s purpose directly and will reach intended beneficiaries?

Explanation: The program has the ability to target program activities and resources to the agencies and program partners demonstrating the greatest problems. For example, a manufacturer and its in-plant primary inspection agency (IPIA) that demonstrates a higher than average number of failures to conform after a HUD-sponsored audit, or an increased number of failures to conform would be subject to “follow-up” audits. ” As part of these audits, an IPIA operating in a plant, receives a second or third auditing visit from the Department’s contractor to ensure the IPIA and the manufacturer have put in place the necessary correction noted in the Department’s first audit.

Evidence: The monthly report provided by the program’s monitoring contractor lists every follow-up and post-production follow-up audit conducted during the previous month. In 2004, there were XX follow-up audits representing approximately xx% of the HUD’s audit resources.

YES 20%
Section 1 – Program Purpose & Design Score 100%

 

Section 2 – Strategic Planning
Number Question Answer Score
2.1 Does the program have a limited number of specific long-term performance measures that focus on outcomes and meaningfully reflect the purpose of the program?

Explanation: The program has two long-term performance measures reflecting the statutory mandates. For protection of consumers and ensuring the safety of manufactured houses, HUD will measure (and aim to reduce) the number of fire deaths in manufactured homes. In addition, to measure the quality of manufactured housing, HUD will measure the re-sale value of manufactured homes. Another long-term measure HUD has adopted is ensuring new Installation and Dispute Resolution programs are adopted.

Evidence: The number of fire deaths is an excellent outcome measure that tells an important story about the safety of manufactured homes. In addition, it can serve as a proxy for how well other standards are being met. Trends in the re-sale value of homes will also provide some indication of the quality and durability of the homes although other factors may influence this number as well.

YES 11%
2.2 Does the program have ambitious targets and timeframes for its long-term measures?

Explanation: Fire death and re-sale value data will be collected every 5-10 years, and ambitious targets have been set for both. For ensuring establishment of the two new programs, the target is to ensure the provision of installation and dispute resolution services by certified firms and individuals in HUD-administered states by 2008.

Evidence: HUD plans to work with the National Fire Protection Association (www.nfpa.org) to get data every 10 years on the number of fire deaths. HUD aims to reduce the number of fire deaths by 50 percent over next 10 years. Re-sale value of manufactured homes will be collected from industry data.

YES 11%
2.3 Does the program have a limited number of specific annual performance measures that can demonstrate progress toward achieving the program’s long-term goals?

Explanation: HUD’s annual measures support the program’s long-term goals is to assist the Department in reaching its Strategic Goal to Embrace High Standards of Ethics, Management and Accountability to Ensure Program Compliance by enhancing monitoring and enforcement. HUD is working to develop efficiency measures for their program. They must work to identify administrative costs needed to perform follow-up audits, correct homes, or pursue enforcement cases.

Evidence: Three annual measures are or will be reported: 1. The annual performance measure for protecting consumers is the number of investigations and enforcement cases pursued each year. 2. HUD also measures the number of homes corrected as a result of federal investigations and enforcement actions. 3. HUD recently decided to count the number of plants requiring follow-up audits to measure how well its inspection processes work.

YES 11%
2.4 Does the program have baselines and ambitious targets for its annual measures?

Explanation: HUD sets ambitious targets for each of its three annual measures. They aim to improve performance between 5 and 10 percent each year for each measure.

Evidence: HUD aims to increase the number of enforcement cases and homes corrected as a result of those cases by at least ten percent each year from the baseline of 34 enforcement cases in 2003. The baselines for number of homes corrected and number of plants requiring audits are still being developed.

YES 11%
2.5 Do all partners (including grantees, sub-grantees, contractors, cost-sharing partners, and other government partners) commit to and work toward the annual and/or long-term goals of the program?

Explanation: In protecting consumers through investigations and enforcement, the program relies on a variety of cooperating parties. Many of the Department’s investigations and enforcement actions stem from the initial investigations undertaken by the 38 state administrative agencies who have cooperative agreements with the federal program, the 17 in-plant primary inspection agencies (IPIAs), and 7 design approval primary inspection agencies (DAPIAs). States and their appointed agencies have worked with HUD program staff to ensure that states develop installation and dispute resolution program regulations to allow the maximum number of states to administer their own programs. HUD will continue to work with stakeholders on new measures adopted.

Evidence: The Department also works in cooperation with the other federal agencies to identify potential non-compliance, and in initiating investigations and enforcement by the Department. HUD also partners with the National Fire Protection Association. To ensure establishment of the two new programs in all states, federal program staff have worked with the following states in the state efforts to put in place the necessary elements to administer state installation and/or dispute resolution programs by January 2006: DE, GA, ID, IA, IN, KS, LA, NY, OH, OK, PA, TN, WA, and WI. HUD has also shared information with the two national industry groups, the 0Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) and the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR), assisting them in their efforts to encourage and assist states to establish state-based manufactured housing installation and dispute resolution programs.

YES 11%
2.6 Are independent evaluations of sufficient scope and quality conducted on a regular basis or as needed to support program improvements and evaluate effectiveness and relevance to the problem, interest, or need?

Explanation: Prior to undertaking most construction and safety standards revisions of a substantial nature, the Department undertakes independent research to support the program improvements. The program has relied on a variety of independent evaluations to support program improvements and evaluate effectiveness and relevance to the program area. However, most evaluations to date have focused on specific aspects of safety standards rather than the program as a whole. HUD next plans to work with PD&R to develop a comprehensive study that examines the entire program offices’ effectiveness.

Evidence: Examples of recent research include a March 2005 report from the Institute for Building Technology and Safety entitled “An Assessment of Damage to Manufactured Homes Caused by Hurricane Charley.” Fire research also supported the Smoke Alarm Rule in 2002, the final rule for formaldehyde emissions published in 1984, the upgraded wind requirements in the final rule published in 1994, and the upgraded energy requirements final rule published in 1993. Independent evaluation of fire losses in manufactured homes identified trends supporting the actions taken in the final rule. In 1998-1999 the Department commissioned the National Institute of Standards and Technology to evaluate the adequacy and reliability of the current requirements for smoke alarms, which had been in the federal manufactured home construction and safety standards since 1976.

YES 11%
2.7 Are Budget requests explicitly tied to accomplishment of the annual and long-term performance goals, and are the resource needs presented in a complete and transparent manner in the program’s budget?

Explanation: The level of appropriations is key to the Department’s oversight and auditing of the design approval primary inspection agencies. With reduced appropriation, the federal manufactured housing program would reduce its oversight of these three groups, providing increased opportunity for poor performance by manufacturers, and an increased number of failures to conform in completed homes.

Evidence: The Office of Manufactured Housing Programs outlines its budget justifications as required by OMB, with a Performance Measurement Table and the Performance Indicator outlined in the Annual Performance Plan. Appropriated funds are provided in that format. The 2005 Congressional Justification is provided as required by the Department. In the FY 2005 justification, the cost categories totaled the requested amount for the appropriation of $13 million and are broken out into the following categories: Payments to states; Salaries; Contract for monitoring primary inspection agencies and states; Contract for consensus committee administering organization; Other contracts; Contract for installation inspection and enforcement; and Contract for dispute resolution enforcement.

YES 11%
2.8 Has the program taken meaningful steps to correct its strategic planning deficiencies?

Explanation: The Office of Manufactured Housing and Standards conducts annual, monthly, and weekly meetings that identify deficiencies and ensure achievement of long-term goals.

Evidence: The Office of Manufactured Housing and Standards conducts an annual strategic planning meeting, followed by monthly meetings with staff and the contractor responsible for sustaining compliance of homes to the construction and safety standards; monthly meetings with staff and the Administering Organization contractor responsible for maximizing cooperation with the MHCC; weekly meetings with the FHA Commissioner on FHA matters; and planned monthly meetings with staff and the contractor responsible for overseeing the federal installation program in 2006.

YES 11%
2.RG1 Are all regulations issued by the program/agency necessary to meet the stated goals of the program, and do all regulations clearly indicate how the rules contribute to achievement of the goals?

Explanation: All regulations currently being drafted and published as proposed rules are tied to goals established by the 2000 Act, in addition to the statutory goal of establishing the installation and dispute resolution programs.

Evidence: The first proposed rule necessary to establish one of the two mandated programs was published on April 26, 2005. The other proposed rules include a draft proposed rule to establish the Installation Program and the Dispute Resolution Program. Another proposed rule for which the public comment period has ended and the Department is preparing a final rule, is a proposed rule to revise the federal construction and safety standards. In addition to those mandated by statute, there are regulatory actions proposed by the MHCC which the program office is required by statute to act. These include a rule to define and allow on-site completion of manufactured homes. Other regulatory actions include a proposed rule to correct inequities created in a regulation revising the payment of fees to states, and a rule in draft to increase the fee amount from $39.

YES 11%
Section 2 – Strategic Planning Score 100%

 

Section 3 – Program Management
Number Question Answer Score
3.1 Does the agency regularly collect timely and credible performance information, including information from key program partners, and use it to manage the program and improve performance?

Explanation: The agency collects performance information and uses it to improve performance. The program office relies on staff and contractor oversight of the performance of the in-plant primary inspection agencies (IPIAs), design approval primary inspection agencies (DAPIAs), and state administrative agencies (SAAs) through annual performance reviews. Inspectors spend approximately 300 days each year in manufacturing plants overseeing the monitoring work of the IPIAs, receiving for record and random review 18,000 design pages of manufactured homes, and undertaking 22 reviews of state administrative agency performance. They submit checklist assessments to HUD annually. Based on this information, the program office identifies program weaknesses and requires increased HUD monitoring, or plans of corrective action. Information on follow-up audits and homes completed is also gathered from these actors.

Evidence: Based on audits or visits to plants, the program office may shift resources to increasing monitoring of poorly performing partners. IPIAs may receive follow-up audits, DAPIAs may receive increased monitoring, and SAAs may receive on-site visits. The program’s contractor has collected this information for over 20 years, providing valuable baseline information for the performance of program partners. For example, an increased number of audit findings in plants in Florida (in which the State of Florida serves as the IPIA) caused the federal program to order a higher than usual number of follow-up audits on the Florida production lines. This combined with a static number of failures to conform during the follow-up audits keyed the federal program to target technical assistance and intervene early.

YES 9%
3.2 Are Federal managers and program partners (including grantees, sub-grantees, contractors, cost-sharing partners, and other government partners) held accountable for cost, schedule and performance results?

Explanation: The program managers and partners are accountable for achieving performance goals. The Manufactured Housing Program Administrator reports to the Assistant Secretary for Housing and the Secretary, and in the Office of General Counsel, the Assistant General Counsel for the Division of Compliance. For program partners, the performance of IPIAs, DAPIAs and SAAs are reviewed annually, based on regular audits throughout the year.

Evidence: All state administrative agencies (SAAs) and primary inspection agencies (PIAs) are held accountable for cost, schedule and performance results through oversight of their own work within manufacturing plants throughout the year, which is summarized in an annual review of performance. These third parties are paid directly from the manufacturers, with their costs, schedules, and performance controlled by market forces for the private PIAs, and by state regulation for the state PIAs. The work of the program contractor, conducting the PIA audits on behalf of the federal program, is monitored by program office staff, ensuring the work is completed within budget, on schedule and meets performance results.

YES 9%
3.3 Are funds (Federal and partners’) obligated in a timely manner and spent for the intended purpose?

Explanation: Funds are obligated in a timely manner. For investigations and enforcement the funds are expended through the cost of salaries, and payments to the states – a primary partner in identifying cases for investigation and enforcement. For establishment of the two new programs the primary program expense is for salaries, cost of the Administering Organization for the MHCC, and upcoming costs of procurements for establishing the programs. Each year all funds are obligated (if not yet expended) prior to the end of the fiscal year

Evidence: The annual appropriations Act provides authority to collect user fees for an amount up to but not exceeding the appropriated amount. The FY 2005 appropriation was for no more than $13 million. The regulations mandate the formula by which the incoming fees are shared with the state administrative agencies (SAAs). Congressional budget requests outline seven categories of how the funds are to be targeted. Fees are tallied and transferred to the expenditure account on a monthly basis, limiting all expenditures to current funds on-hand. Fee income and expenditure is recorded by HUD’s budget office. Contractor costs are monitored by the GTR and DCAA audits. The payments to states are made based on formula, and state program costs are monitored within the appropriate state as mandated by state law or regulation.

YES 9%
3.4 Does the program have procedures (e.g. competitive sourcing/cost comparisons, IT improvements, appropriate incentives) to measure and achieve efficiencies and cost effectiveness in program execution?

Explanation: The program cannot receive credit for this because it is still developing an efficiency measure. However, procedures to use competitive sourcing and contracting are authorized in the language of the 1974 statute, and have assisted the program in achieving efficiencies in program execution. Additional authorities to contract for services were part of the 2000 Act. Competitive sourcing and procurement of monitoring services assist in protecting consumers through investigations and enforcement (See 3.1 response).

Evidence: The Manufactured Housing Program has accomplished the above with what is currently a workforce of 10 professional and 3 administrative staff, and only one fee increase in over 15 years. In addition, since 2000, total program income has fallen (due to a fall in production and related income) 30 percent. This has required the program to reduce on-site, design and state monitoring by 60 percent. These resource commitments are to be compared to the total number of manufactured homes in the U.S., over 8 million.

NO 0%
3.5 Does the program collaborate and coordinate effectively with related programs?

Explanation: The fundamental basis of the Federal Manufactured Housing Program is collaboration and coordination with state and private programs. While responsible for ensuring the quality, safety and durability of manufactured homes, the foundation of the program is for the federal office to oversee the work of manufacturers through partnerships with states and private organizations overseeing or investigating the quality of the manufacturers’ work.

Evidence: For enforcement and investigation the federal program relies on the efforts of ten state primary inspection agencies (PIAs), six private primary inspection agencies, and 38 state administrative agencies (SAAs), as outlined in the program regulations. The program office also collects information from FHA, HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the U.S. Fire Administration to identify specific cases for further investigation and enforcement, or to analyze trends in safety in manufactured homes. A recent example of effective collaboration with CPSC, was a CPSC product recall requiring notification of homeowners and correction of a defective gas water heater valve, a process required in 24 CFR Part 3282.404. In this case, CPSC recalled approximately 35,000 gas water heaters nationwide manufactured by the firm “State Water Heaters.”

YES 9%
3.6 Does the program use strong financial management practices?

Explanation: The Manufactured Housing Program displays strong financial practices. The monitoring contractor accounts for the collection of all manufactured housing fees, calculates payments due to the SAAs, and produces the paperwork necessary to authorize these payments. This not for profit organization is chosen in a competitive procurement process. The contractor’s financial management has been audited in accordance with the OMB Circular A-129 requirements. Over 29 years, the same or a related organization with the same management leadership, has fully accounted for HUD’s accurate payments to its state partners.

Evidence: The program has never been over budget. The Federal Manufactured Housing Program has never been identified by the Office of Inspector General or GAO as requiring an audit for oversight, nor have its contractors. There have been no Congressional investigations or hearings. The primary contractor working with this program has completed independent audits consistently returned with no action items.

YES 9%
3.7 Has the program taken meaningful steps to address its management deficiencies?

Explanation: The Administrator now holds a monthly enforcement meeting with program and OGC staff, and with the assistance of monitoring contractor staff, identifies potential enforcement cases.

Evidence: The most recent deficiencies were identified in 2002 when the recently appointed Administrator noted no existing process to generate investigations or enforcement actions. This led to setting a performance goal in this area. The Administrator initiated a monthly meeting with selected program staff and staff of the Office of the Office of General Counsel to identify potential enforcement cases for investigation. The appointment of the Administrator also facilitated smoother action in carrying out the steps necessary to reach the long-term goal of establishing the two new programs mandated by the 2000 Act.

YES 9%
3.RG1 Did the program seek and take into account the views of all affected parties (e.g., consumers; large and small businesses; State, local and tribal governments; beneficiaries; and the general public) when developing significant regulations?

Explanation: The Department is undertaking a large amount of regulatory development to complete the statutory mandates of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000. This includes the preparation and publication of proposed rules for the Model Manufactured Home Installation Standards, the Manufactured Housing Installation Program Regulations, and the Manufactured Housing Dispute Resolution Program. In several instances, the 2000 Act mandates coordination with the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC). In other instances, the Department has published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, soliciting public comment prior to drafting the proposed rule, and has solicited comment from the PIAs and SAAs.

Evidence: In the instance of the Model Manufactured Home Installation Standards, the statute mandated that the proposal come from the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee, comprised of 21 persons representing Users, Producers and General Interest. HUD also discusses with PIAs and SAAs the other proposed rules currently under consideration by the Department and the MHCC, for their information and feedback prior to proposed rule publication.

YES 9%
3.RG2 Did the program prepare adequate regulatory impact analyses if required by Executive Order 12866, regulatory flexibility analyses if required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act and SBREFA, and cost-benefit analyses if required under the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act; and did those analyses comply with OMB guidelines?

Explanation: All rules are reviewed internally at HUD by designated offices, and externally at the appropriate agencies for their cost impact, regulatory impact, regulatory flexibility, and small business impact. Of the draft or completed proposed rules, only the Model Manufactured Home Installation Standards has completed OMB review. The program office received limited comments from OMB, all of which were incorporated into the proposed rule. No comments were received from any other agency (See response to 4.1).

Evidence: Previous program rules published within the past five years have also complied, including the Smoke Detector Rule and the proposed revisions to the Construction and Safety Standards. The cost-benefit impact of this rule was estimated to be between $9 and $11 million, with approximately 30 lives saved.

YES 9%
3.RG3 Does the program systematically review its current regulations to ensure consistency among all regulations in accomplishing program goals?

Explanation: The program office has introduced, and worked with the MHCC in its proposed revisions to regulations to ensure consistency among all regulations, when drafting new or revised regulations. The MHCC is charged by statute to propose revisions to the Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards at least once every two years, requiring a regular review of the design and construction regulations.

Evidence: The MHCC is developing proposed revisions to Subpart I of 24 CFR Part 3282, “Consumer Complaint Handling and Remedial Actions” and program and counsel staff have worked extensively with the MHCC in the development of these potential revisions and to identify current regulations in 24 CFR Part 3280 and 3282 which need revision as a result of changes to Subpart I in 3282. The program office proposed revisions to 24 CFR Part 3282.15 “On-Site Completion of Homes” to simplify the process of installing homes at the site, and 24 CFR Part 3284, “Manufactured Housing Program Fee”, and has identified specific sections of Parts 3280 and 3282 which need revision.

YES 9%
3.RG4 Are the regulations designed to achieve program goals, to the extent practicable, by maximizing the net benefits of its regulatory activity?

Explanation: The proposed regulations mandated by the 2000 Act are designed to achieve the program goals stated in Response 1.1 (Program Purpose), and are designed to reflect current practices in the private sector for home inspection and approval. However, cost-benefit analyses have not been completed for two key rules – Installation and Dispute Resolution standards.

Evidence: The proposed regulations are the result of actions mandated by the statute such as the proposed rules for the Model Installation Standards, the Dispute Resolution Program, or the Installation Program, actions to assist the program in reaching its goals such as Part 3282.15 “On-Site Completion of Homes” or the clarification and simplification of the “Consumer Complaint Handling and Remedial Actions” being developed by the Department and the MHCC.

NO 0%
Section 3 – Program Management Score 82%

 

Section 4 – Program Results/Accountability
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4.1 Has the program demonstrated adequate progress in achieving its long-term performance goals?

Explanation: The target and timeframe for investigations and enforcement is an increase of investigations and enforcement cases by 100 percent from 2003 to 2008. Data for other key long-term outcomes on fire deaths and resale value has yet to be collected. Fire deaths correspondes to the long-term goal of ensuring housing is safe, while re-sale value provides a proxy for the durability of the home.

Evidence: HUD is within the proposed timeframe to meet targets for enforcements and number of homes corrected. HUD plans to work with stakeholders to gather data to show progress towad its other long term measures that it is working to collect baseline data for, including fire deaths and resale value of manufactured homes.

SMALL EXTENT 6%
4.2 Does the program (including program partners) achieve its annual performance goals?

Explanation: The program reports its performance in the The FY 2002, 2003, and 2004 Performance and Accountability Reports and has largely met its target for the Annual Performance Plan (APP). The program has made progress on investigations and enforcement by reaching its annual targets for the number of enforcement cases, and by beginning to track the number of homeowners positively impacted by the investigations and actions. HUD is still gathering data to show progress in reducing the number of follow-up audits.

Evidence: The Performance and Accountability Reports describe the progress of the program office in its efforts to reach the statutory goals outlined in each fiscal year’s Annual Performance Plan. The Program Office and OGC’s Office of Compliance maintain a tracking system indicating the number of enforcement cases opened and closed in each calendar year.

LARGE EXTENT 12%
4.3 Does the program demonstrate improved efficiencies or cost effectiveness in achieving program goals each year?

Explanation: While the program does not currently have an efficiency measure, it can demonstrate some improved efficiencies and cost effectiveness. For example, the number of program staff from FY 2003 to FY 2005 has decreased as has the real dollar value the program commits to its monitoring contractor; however the program has been able to continue establishing the two new programs and increase the number of enforcement cases.

Evidence: To sustain compliance of manufactured homes to the federal standard the program currently operates with a staff capacity of ten professional and three clerical staff. Recent staff reductions have resulted in somewhat lower program accomplishments, but the program continues to meet most long-term targets. The primary goal of the program with the reduced staff is the sustained compliance of manufactured homes to the federal standard while making progress to meet the two long-term targets by 2008.

SMALL EXTENT 6%
4.4 Does the performance of this program compare favorably to other programs, including government, private, etc., with similar purpose and goals?

Explanation: While comparisons are difficult, other agencies also protect consumers through investigations and enforcement. For example, two other federal programs with similar legal foundations are the National Highway Transportation Safety Program, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Other similar programs include State or local codes and corresponding regulatory programs for factory-built housing, designed and built according to state or local code, such as modular housing. Another program with a similar purpose and goal would be a code and regulatory program for site-built housing. These are designed and constructed to state or locally enforced standards and are constructed on-site. The fee charged by any state or oversight agency for every transportable “modular” unit, built in a factory varies according to state or local requirements. In 2002 at the time the federal manufactured housing fee was $21.00 per transportable unit, state modular housing fees in 29 states averaged $51.00 per transportable unit.

Evidence: HUD’s manufactured housing is most efficient and cost effective as compared to the two benchmarking industries. The regulatory fees and number and cost of construction inspections are low. Design approvals take less time, and the preemptive nature of the program removes the cost of a single builder constructing in more than one jurisdiction being required to be knowledgeable of more than one building code. The quality gap that previously existed between manufactured housing and modular and site-built has reduced significantly. [Still awaiting data to support this claim.] The remaining gap in quality is determined primarily by market forces and consumer needs, rather than the ability of the industry to provide higher quality housing.

LARGE EXTENT 12%
4.5 Do independent evaluations of sufficient scope and quality indicate that the program is effective and achieving results?

Explanation: These evaluations include the recently released study on the performance of manufactured homes during the multiple-hurricane period in Florida in the summer of 2004: “An Assessment of Damage to Manufactured Homes Caused by Hurricane Charley” – March 2005. Each evaluation confirmed the effectiveness of the federal program in continuing to achieve the required level of safety and standards conformance with the current level of staff and resources. HUD plans to work with HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research to design an evaluation of its program office’s effectiveness.

Evidence: One of the primary measurements of effectiveness and results is in the sustained compliance of manufactured homes to the federal standards. The most recent is in the just-released study entitled, “An Assessment of Damage to Manufactured Homes Caused by Hurricane Charley” – March 2005, conducted by an integrated team of staff from HUD’s manufactured housing office, and its contractor, and an independent contractor experienced in post-disaster housing damage assessments. The report concluded that manufactured homes produced after July 13, 1994 when the Department’s current wind load requirements were implemented, performed significantly better than pre-1994 homes at a statistically significant high level of confidence. Further, pre-HUD Code homes were much more severely damaged than newer (post 1976) HUD Code units at a high confidence level. The State of Florida Installer Licensing Program also issued a report in August 2004 after Hurricane Charley, and in September 2004 after Hurricane Ivan. Both Florida reports noted the performance of homes and installation systems, and the “admirable” performance of manufactured homes built since HUD’s 1994 stricter construction requirements in high wind zone areas.

LARGE EXTENT 12%
4.RG1 Were programmatic goals (and benefits) achieved at the least incremental societal cost and did the program maximize net benefits?

Explanation: Three primary indicators best measure how programmatic goals have been achieved at least societal cost. One is the comparison of the federal government’s overall added cost to the product, with the federal fee measuring less than one quarter of one percent of the overall cost of the average manufactured home unit ($39 compared to $45,000 average cost of a house). HUD has also completed several specific cost analyses if new or revised construction and safety standards that show societal benefits.

Evidence: The program analyzed past enforcement actions, which showed that 90 percent of the enforcement actions undertaken by the program and its counsel over the past three years have been actions of settlement, and not pursued to judgment. These actions have resulted in corrections being made to all existing homes and designs, to the greatest benefit of those at risk. For the additional smoke alarm requirements added through the Final Rule published March 19, 2002, the average cost impact was estimated to be $40 per unit, and estimated to result in 30 lives saved annually. The number of complaints related to problems with formaldehyde exposure after improving the standard decreased from 1,500 to approximately five complaints per year.

YES 10%
Section 4 – Program Results/Accountability Score 58%

 

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“Color and Depth,” “Sad,” “Raising Standards,” and Manufactured Housing

June 17th, 2019 No comments

 

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The comment was one of the recent direct messages via LinkedIn – meaning, a privately sent comment – from a company president in a non-MHARR member firm. “Excellent coverage on the dc pr from the dr at hud! Much success to you. You bring color and depth to our industry.”  It was a reference to our extensive coverage of the Innovative Housing Showcase (IHS2019) on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

 

A very different publicly posted comment reads as follows: “Thank you Tony for presenting this!  As a consultant to this industry since 1995, I too have been in focus groups and listened to home owners talking about the issues and disappointments.  The industry as a whole is way too purchase/bean counting controlled and less quality and customer satisfaction concerned…..sad!” – Katy Weldon, Design Consultant for Developers and Contractors.

As a notice to new readers, MHProNews often turns quoted text bold and brown to make it pop, but otherwise leaves the copy as submitted, typos and all. That disclaimer noted, the above from Weldon was in response to the recent report, which can be accessed via the linked text-image box below.

 

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In response, our publisher – L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach told Weldon, “Katy, kudos for having the courage to say that publicly.  Too many are fearful of speaking the truth out loud these days, where MH’s version of Big Brother might see it.  But lest we forget, MHI’s prior president said something similar in his exit message to the industry. Thanks again, MHI’s former president’s comments are Linked below.” 

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Weldon responded later to the former MHI’s president’s comments with, “What a statement! I read the entire thing. If only those ideals were adopted industry wide and nation wide. Mr. Stinebert is right on! Rather than lowering quality and building a cheaper product….raise your standards and marketing practices.

Stop asking “ how much will it cost us?” And instead ask “ what is the profit in doing this?” The market is huge for what manufactured housing can produce, and I have seen first hand the overwhelming positive response to quality manufactured homes. Two of the homes I helped design and furnish won national awards for 2017 & 2018. The public is waiting!!!!!”  In addition to the point Weldon made, Stinebert stressed that customers satisfaction and the value proposition to customers must be a top concern.

There is a method to what some might deem madness on MHLivingNews and on MHProNews to challenge the powers-that-be and the status quo.

But it ought to be self-evident that when the manufactured home industry is now in its 8th straight month of year-over-year declines in new home sales, production, and shipments, that something is going wrong.

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Just last week, a housing economist said that ‘millions of housing units are needed. With the need so great, why is manufactured housing performing so far below its historic norms?

 

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The Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis say they are the industry’s leaders. Okay, then for them and their ‘amen corner’ to keep singing as if it was all sunshine and roses in MHVille is arguably the true madness. 

Let’s note anew that quoting a source doesn’t mean that we agree on everything, or even on every nuance of that quote.  Quotes reflect the statement of the person or organization who shared it.  Quotes are cited to gain perspective.

The causes of manufactured housing’s downturn are numerous.  Not everything is the direct result of some specific action taken by a player in the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis.

That said, many issues can be traced directly back to the ‘axis’ and their allies.  Further, their failure to dive into – and correct – the problems that residents or others raise only leaves the industry with a tarnished and all too commonly undefended image.

 

 

 

12 Industry Professionals Could Reverse the Industry Downturn in 30 Days

Frankly 2 people could reverse the long-manufactured home industry downtown. 

But let’s be broader minded. If a relatively small group of vertically integrated firms plus some major community operators decided 9 months ago to cut back on new home orders, that would result in a commensurate industry downturn.

Recall that last year, MHProNews reported a tip that was later confirmed in the fall of 2018 that Clayton Homes was going to cut back on their inventory levels? Given that roughly half of the industry’s production and sales are Clayton product, that alone could account for much of the downturn.

But the reverse is also true. Taking the proper steps, a relatively small number of firms could reverse the industry’s fortunes rapidly.

There has been a change at the helm of two major industry players.  We will focus in the days ahead on some variations that could help or harm the industry’s fortunes.

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Father’s Day, ‘Making America America Again’

June 16th, 2019 No comments

 

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Pardon the pun, but we believe that facts trumps spin.

 

Actor Scott Baio said it during the 2016 GOP Convention. Democratic hopeful and former Vice President Joe Biden said it recently too, though both meant something different by the same words. “Make America America Again.” But it was Let America Be America Again” is a poem written in 1935 by American poet Langston Hughes, per Wikipedia. Let’s look at that slogan in a unique way, using the context of Father’s Day. 

 

Millions of fathers of millennials were raised with a Horatio Alger view of America. “A man’s home was his castle.” History reflects that women or men could achieve the American Dream. With savvy, hard honest work, a few breaks, discipline and so on, anyone could become a millionaire, if that was a person’s goal.  These were common thoughts, although the evidence even then was incomplete at best.

There is a significant, albeit imperfect, correlation between overall home ownership rates and the sales of more manufactured homes. The graphic below tells part of the tale. 

 

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Some of the spike in conventional housing sales in the 2000s were through so-called ‘liar loans.’ Those in turn set the stage for the 2008 housing/mortgage crisis. The correlation is not perfect, but it is common sense that when more affordable housing – including factory-built homes – are being sold, then the overall rate of home ownership will rise by that same degree.

 

Compare that graphic to the production of pre-HUD Code mobile homes, and post HUD Code manufactured homes. Given the caveats cited, do you see some correlation between the two rates?

 

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The reason that presidents on both sides of the political aisle often promoted first mobile homes, and later manufactured homes is because several understood that affordable housing needs were being met by the private sector with factory-built homes.

 

America has to a certain degree gone from ‘can do’ mentality to ‘no, there’s a law or regulation, and you can’t do that.’

Let’s stress that ‘Leave it to Beaver’ and ‘Father Knows Best  were more idealized than a universal truth. But that such TV programs existed and were widely embraced decades ago depicted a world view that has been slowly shifting. Now, one has to go to TV Land on cable to see that type of programming – which was often literally in black and white.

Race riots during the later half of the prior century were often fueled by practical hurdles to equality. But if one traveled back in time to the early 1200s and England, whites were fighting other whites over the rights of the people. These were finally guaranteed by the Magna Carta in 1215.

 

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Among the rights safeguarded by Magna Carta were protection of private property – housing – rights.

 

It is also a historic fact that free blacks owned black slaves in various parts of pre-1865 America. That’s not to say that race wasn’t a factor in America, of course it was. But those two factoids about whites oppressing whites and blacks oppressing blacks are to stress the reality that there has been a long climb up from slavery, to serfdom that all races were subject to for much of human history.  That struggle toward a higher degree of freedom and equality crossed several imaginary lines we hold to today. Injustice and oppression has existed globally since early in the dawn of human history.  Indeed, a fair view of history could be imperfectly summed up with the following sentance.  History is the story of the struggle of one group, tribe, people, or nation trying to oppress others, and those others resisting – or succumbing to – that oppression. 

Those acts of oppression occurred within a ‘nation,’ as well as between tribes and nations.

Why do people pour across our southern border if not because they hope to get a better life here in the imperfect USA than their even more imperfect and troubled homeland? 

The expression ‘it’s not what you know, it’s who you know’ takes the American Dream and turns it on its head. But that expression exists because it reflects the understandable perspective of numbers of people that the system is to some extent rigged.

This writer grew up in the wake of the civil rights era. America wasn’t perfect then, nor is it now. But my parents came to America after post-World War II Europe.  They had witnessed first-hand the devastation caused by the National Socialists (NAZI) and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), who between the two had carved up Poland and other places, until the two European socialist powers turned upon each other. 

Sanitized American or global history helps no one, save in the view of those who engage in revisionism in the hopes of weaponizing the past to their supposed benefit in the present. 

Home ownership and the right to earn an honest living and keep the product of one’s own two hands have been frustrated at various times for large periods of our national and global history. It is no surprise that it is so today.

 

Fathers and Families

Good fathers – as well as good mothers – routinely want the best for their children. There are sad exceptions to the rule, but there is something deep within a parent in an organic family that desires to improve the lot of their offspring.

  • Ease of access to capital,
  • ease of access to home ownership,
  • equality of opportunity,
  • equal justice under the law,

these are just some of the ideals that have sparked generations of Americans for centuries.  Don’t forget that despite the guarantees of Magna Carta, it was imperfectly applied.  That’s why thousands left England, risking a dangerous voyage to come to the American colonies in the first place. History is an uneven struggle of advances and retreats in personal rights. That’s true here and in other lands too. As a disclaimer, this writer has been a political independent for years, respectful of the rights of those who support this or that major or minor political party.  The point is that these facts have political implications, but they transcend politics too.

As was noted last Sunday, some 70 years after George Orwell’s novel 1984 was published, his thoughts are sparking new interest. Orwell and other authors saw what was taking shape in their time, and they warned against a possibly darker future ahead. Big brother re-casting history, creating memory holes to do away with inconvenient truths, these Orwell and others could see were already becoming problematic.  A good bit of Orwell’s concerns related to weaponizing history.

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Thousands of manufactured home industry professionals have little or no clue about the rich history of their profession. Nor do most understand the context of their industry in the broader scope of Americana. For example, in the early 1970s, new home shipments approached 600,000 new homes per year for 2 years. Given more technology, and billions in capital that poured into the U.S. from overseas or domestically from tax reforms, is there any reason why manufactured homes can’t exceed those totals today? See more about Orwell and thought-provoking quotes at the linked report here and further below.

 

America is polarized today. But it was at the time of the revolution against England too. There were decades of efforts known as the abolition movement to end slavery. There was division in the lead up to the war between the states, which is most commonly called the Civil War.  There is an uneven march to ending serfdom and slavery in the world, as the graphic below depicts.

 

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Along with ending serfdom or slavery in a formal sense, it is wise to understand that the right to private property goes with personal freedom. Economic, religious, political, and personal liberty all go hand-in-hand. Part of the tragedy of our era is that reportedly tens of millions are still de facto slaves in various parts of the world. The fight for freedom never stops.

 

Those points said, while there are always extremists, there is perhaps an opportunity to forge something new and unique in our own time. But that will only occur if people clearly see what’s gone wrong, and address the root causes of injustices. Those injustices include limiting people’s access to affordable housing.  They also include manipulations – what Senator Bernie Sanders and now President Donald J. Trump have called – a rigged system.  Increasingly, left and right see similar issues.  What differs is their approach to solving those issues.

Our industry has arguably been weaponized from within, not just from outside it’s boundaries. In contacts with public officials – elected and appointed- there is among several a willingness to accept the evidence and reasoning presented here on MHProNews and on MHLivingNews, precisely because we strive to accurately cite facts, evidence and sources.  Meaning, we strive to be grounded in reality. That in turn means our readers are more grounded in reality too. 

As our readers are routine sources of news tips, it is an exchange, not a one-sided communication.  

 

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Mobile and Manufactured Home History

Yesterday, we noted the celebration of the 43rd Anniversary of the start of HUD Code manufactured homes (see reports below). One might wonder why the same powers-that-be in the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis that failed to robustly tout the Innovations in Housing Showcase also failed to build on that event by celebrating the start of manufactured housing on June 15, 1976?

The truth is hiding in plain sight. We see evidence from politicos on both sides of the left-right aisle that manufactured homes could become a factor in the 2020 contests ahead. 

But as or more important, manufactured homes offers an opportunity for those who want their own slice of the American Dream to have it. Research shows that most renters – something like 80 percent – want to be owners someday. 

There are an estimated 111 million renters – per Apartment List – in America.  Those fathers, mothers, and households must be presented with the full truth about manufactured homes. They must also be given the opportunity tap that opportunity in practical ways.  That’s why topics like ‘enhanced preemption’ are so vital.

 

Be it Ever So Humble…

Even with all of the hardships and challenges, America represents an opportunity that most places on earth only aspire to have. Never forget that as we work in our own way for a better American Republic, we are each already so fortunate when compared to billions of others around the world. 

The truth and proven principles must be the guiding lights in the night sky.  That’s part of what that featured image at the top means.

Let’s all tip the hat to our fathers, who along with our mothers, made our lives possible. My folks and yours were human, a mix of goodness and weakness. That’s why we need a measure of mercy and appreciation combined. 

Then, let’s build on the hard work of the generations that have struggled for an ever higher degree of human freedom and equality under the law. Let’s make sure that those who manipulate the system in ways that diminish our own rights and that of others are exposed, and brought to as swift an end as the law permits.

The monopolization of America is just part of a pattern that been evolving. It’s not only occurring in our manufactured home (MH) industry, but there are egregious cases in MHVille that must be addressed. That will involve the legal and political systems.  In a sense, the biggest compliment we can get is the back-handed one that the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis work so hard to obscure or attempt to undermine what we do here. The second biggest compliment they can give us is to keep ducking public debate over the published concerns. If they were so confident, they’d debate us, right? Instead

That said, well plan to be here for you day-by-day to share the reports, to celebrate the successes, to do the fact-checks and analysis, as well as to call for the corrections needed. 

Happy Father’s Day.

Those latest reports follow below. With no further adieu, let’s dive into the week that was from 6.9.2019 to 6.16.2019.

 

New June Featured Articles:

Including new Tim Connor, plus A Cup of Coffee with…, and other reports – linked here.

 

What’s New on MHLivingNews:

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What’s New in Washington, D.C. From MHARR

 

 

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Surprising Non-Partisan Revelations, Opportunities, Controversies Could Decide 2020 Campaigns – Affordable Housing, Antitrust, Wealth Inequality, and Manufactured Homes

Surprising Non-Partisan Revelations, Opportunities, Controversies Could Decide 2020 Campaigns – Affordable Housing, Antitrust, Wealth Inequality, and Manufactured Homes

 

 

What’s New on the Daily Business News

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Saturday 6.15.2019

·        Celebrating Manufactured Housing’s 43rd Birthday, Born June 15, 1976

Celebrating Manufactured Housing’s 43rd Birthday, Born June 15, 1976

 

Friday 6.14.2019 

·        It’s Your Money, Your Future – 2020 Democratic Presidential Debate Line Up, Plus Manufactured Home Stock Updates

It’s Your Money, Your Future – 2020 Democratic Presidential Debate Line Up, Plus Manufactured Home Stock Updates

·        RE Focused Economist Says, ‘Millions of Housing Units’ Needed

RE Focused Economist Says, ‘Millions of Housing Units’ Needed

·        Dueling Statements, NAMHCO, MHI, MHARR, Weigh In On Controversial MH Bill, “George Allen Pawn Gambit”

Dueling Statements, NAMHCO, MHI, MHARR, Weigh In On Controversial MH Bill, “George Allen Pawn Gambit”

·        “Together, We Are Building a Safe, Strong, and Proud America,” Happy Birthday, President Donald. J. Trump

“Together, We Are Building a Safe, Strong, and Proud America,” Happy Birthday, President Donald. J. Trump

 

Thursday 6.13.2019 

·        Criminal Justice Reform, Benefits Cited, Including MH Industry, Communities, American Society

Criminal Justice Reform, Benefits Cited, Including MH Industry, Communities, American Society

·        Tanker Strike Spark Oil Jump, Likely Rise in MH Transport Costs, plus Manufactured Home Stock Updates

·        Investigating Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Over Duty to Serve Manufactured Housing

Investigating Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Over Duty to Serve Manufactured Housing

·        City Ponders “Mobile Housing Units,” to Address “Affordable Housing Shortage,” Citizen Reaction

City Ponders “Mobile Housing Units,” to Address “Affordable Housing Shortage,” Citizen Reaction

 

Wednesday 6.12.2019 

·        “Have…Giants…Stifled Competition,” Antitrust Battle Lines in D.C., plus Manufactured Home Market Updates

“Have…Giants…Stifled Competition,” Antitrust Battle Lines in D.C., plus Manufactured Home Market Updates

·        Ongoing MH Headwinds – Angry Manufactured Home Residents, Understanding the Manufactured Housing Industry Dilemma Through Their Eyes

Ongoing MH Headwinds – Angry Manufactured Home Residents, Understanding the Manufactured Housing Industry Dilemma Through Their Eyes

·        Time to Say Goodbye, Lessons Learned, What’s Next

Time to Say Goodbye, Lessons Learned, What’s Next

·        Highlights Of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Kathleen Kraninger’s First Six Months, What’s Next?

Highlights Of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Kathleen Kraninger’s First Six Months, What’s Next?

 

Tuesday 6.11.2019

·        News Media Alliance Slams “Anti-Competitive Behavior,” Report, Congress Investigates – Plus Manufactured Home Stock Updates

News Media Alliance Slams “Anti-Competitive Behavior,” Report, Congress Investigates – Plus Manufactured Home Stock Updates

·        Joe Stegmayer, Cavco Industries, MHI Chairman, Insights from Innovative Housing Showcase

Joe Stegmayer, Cavco Industries, MHI Chairman, Insights from Innovative Housing Showcase

·        WAVY, Mainstream TV – HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Innovative Housing Showcase – Clayton Homes, and Berkshire Hathaway Revelations

WAVY, Mainstream TV – HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Innovative Housing Showcase – Clayton Homes, and Berkshire Hathaway Revelations

·        Country Star John Rich Performs ‘Shut Up About Politics’ – Manufactured Housing Takeaways

Country Star John Rich Performs ‘Shut Up About Politics’ – Manufactured Housing Takeaways

 

Monday 6.10.2019

 

·        U.S. Chamber hits POTUS on ‘Weaponization of Tariffs,’ POTUS Trump Hits Back, plus Manufactured Home Stock Updates

U.S. Chamber hits POTUS on ‘Weaponization of Tariffs,’ POTUS Trump Hits Back, plus Manufactured Home Stock Updates

·        Governor Kristi Noem Tells Young Woman too Many People are Governed by Feelings

Governor Kristi Noem Tells Young Woman too Many People are Governed by Feelings

·        HUD Secretary Ben Carson Address to Innovative Housing Showcase, Complete Official Speech Text

HUD Secretary Ben Carson Address to Innovative Housing Showcase, Complete Official Speech Text

·        “Cribs with Carson,” Tiny House, Manufactured Homes, Innovative Housing Showcase, National Mall, Washington, D.C. Video Report

“Cribs with Carson,” Tiny House, Manufactured Homes, Innovative Housing Showcase, National Mall, Washington, D.C. Video Report

 

Sunday 6.9.2019

·        George Orwell, All Issues Are Political Issues, Manufactured Housing Challenges, and You

George Orwell, All Issues Are Political Issues, Manufactured Housing Challenges, and You

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Celebrating Manufactured Housing’s 43rd Birthday, Born June 15, 1976

June 15th, 2019 No comments

 

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To stem the tide of fake news, several things are useful or necessary. As the article linked here quoted, “facts are stubborn things.”

 

 

Part of the solution to fake news is authentic, factual, evidence-based reports and analysis. When over half the country lists ‘fake news’ as one of the most important problems facing America, that is both crisis as well as an opportunity in disguise.

The phrase “enquiring minds want to know” long predates a tabloid that turned that into a tag line. Whatever their intent, the phrase is a compelling and true statement. 

From the first day since we launched this professional site which is now called MHProNews, it has had a simple goal in mind. To help fuel the manufactured housing industry with the insights and resources needed to reach the industry’s true, sustainable, and honorable potential. We believed from the start in mutual victories. Good businesses benefit the home seeking public. Buyer and seller alike ought to benefit from every transaction. Win-win-win must successfully overcome the sources of the win-lose mentality. 

There will be a series of special reports here on MHProNews and on our sister site, MHLivingNews this weekend and the days ahead. Stay tuned.

Until then, let’s celebrate the 43rd anniversary of HUD Code manufactured homes by recommitting ourselves as professionals to earning an honest profit. Earn as much profit as you honestly and ethically can or want. But separate yourself from black hat operations that earn profits in devious, illegal, or demonstrably underhanded ways.

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The vast majority of the home seeking public doesn’t worry about our HUD Code manufactured home industry’s politics.  In order to understand why the industry is underperforming, one must carefully consider what the public thinks or sees, not just what professionals think, say, or do. 

Public perception isn’t the only hang-up, as the related reports below the byline and notices makes clear. 

Facts are stubborn things. But leaders grasp nettles. Nettles sting when not handled correctly, but also have medicinal qualities when properly used. You don’t cure a problem by ignore its root causes.

The good news of manufactured housing can break through the noise. How is that accomplished?  In part by using real news, clear analysis, common-sense and evidence-based commentary that must clearly debunk and/or replace fake news.

 

Manufactured Housing Professionals, HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Must Promote These Two Words

 

 That can begin with the two words hinted at in the headline in the post above. But that article doesn’t just hint at those two words, it makes the case with brevity and clarity. For more, see the related reports, below.

 There’s always more at MHProNews, as the related reports will reveal.  Happy 43rd birthday to HUD Code manufactured housing, our home owners, and professionals.  Note that the first link in the related reports is to an industry veteran who has lived through the trailer house, mobile home, manufactured home evolution.  It is about 8 minutes of must-viewing for anyone who truly wants to understand this industry.

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It’s Your Money, Your Future – 2020 Democratic Presidential Debate Line Up, Plus Manufactured Home Stock Updates

June 14th, 2019 No comments

CNNmone6.14.2019ManufacturedHomeStocksMarketsReportsMHProNewsWhatever your political viewpoint – left, right, center, or meh – the upcoming 2020 presidential, congressional, and state races will have a serious impact on your business and investments.  So it pays to be in the know. Tonight’s spotlight report will follow our left-right headline review. On a day when many stocks rose, that will be our featured report.

 

If you’re new, already hooked on our new spotlight feature – or are ready to get the MH professional fever – our headline report is found further below, after the newsmaker bullets and major indexes closing tickers.

 

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Part of this unique evening feature provides headlines – from both sides of the left-right media divide – which saves busy readers time, while underscoring topics that may be moving investors, which in turn move the markets.

Readers say this is also a useful quick-review tool that saves researchers time in getting a handle of the manufactured housing industry, through the lens of publicly-traded stocks connected with the manufactured home industry.

This is an exclusive evening or nightly example of MH “Industry News, Tips and Views, Pros Can Use.” © It is fascinating to see just how similar, and different, these two lists of headlines can be.

Want to know more about the left-right media divide from third party research?  ICYMI – for those not familiar with the “Full Measure,” ‘left-center-right’ media chart, please click here.

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  • EXCLUSIVE It’s time for businesses to start saving the oceans, argue Marc Benioff and Marco Lambertini
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Today’s markets and stocks snapshot, at the closing bell…

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Today’s MH Market Spotlight Report –

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Still from video, below.

Did you watch right-of-center Fox News’ town hall with former HUD Secretary Julian Castro last night?  We did.

 

The video report from left-of-center MSNBC provides the lineups for each night of the first 2020 Democratic debates as announced. Steve Kornacki breaks down what to watch for each evening.

As a reminder to readers, the plan here on campaign coverage for 2020 looks like this. We will cover Democrats, Republican, and any independents – such as Howard Schultz, or a stronger minor party – in the run up for the next several months, amidst other industry reports.

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We know that several 2020 candidates have already taken aim at manufactured housing industry issues.

Indeed, if you ponder former GOP presidential hopeful, and now HUD Secretary Ben Carson, plus others in Congress, there have been strong signals sent from both sides of the political aisle that manufactured housing could be a campaign topic.

We plan to lay the groundwork and cover it.

As we get into the early primary states, at some point we will underscore those candidates that we believe will be the best for the industry in our ‘We Provide, You Decide’ © fashion.

Then, once the candidates are finalized, we’ll ponder formal endorsements.

It’s your money. If you thought 2016 was a wild ride, our sources tell us to expect 2020 to make it look tame. So stay tuned.

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Senate Democrats – Including 2020 Presidential Contenders – Ask CFPB Protect Consumers Against Predatory Lenders — Point Finger at Clayton Homes, Berkshire Hathaway Lending

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RE Focused Economist Says, ‘Millions of Housing Units’ Needed

June 14th, 2019 No comments

 

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Mark Fleming, Ph.D serves as the chief economist for First American Financial Corporation.  He’s been popping up more on various business news shows, so the Daily Business News on MHProNews decided to share the flavor of Fleming’s economic and housing insights.

 

It ought to be one of those rally points for manufactured housing professionals who are thirsting for growth.

About Fleming, “Before joining First American, he developed insights and analytical products for CoreLogic, and property valuation models at Fannie Mae. Fleming graduated from the University of Maryland with a Master of Science and a doctorate in agricultural and resource economics and holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Swarthmore College. He lives and works in the Washington, D.C. area,” per his company’s website.

As the posted videos reflect, he’s telling business news sources on both sides of the left-right media divide that ‘millions of housing units’ are needed.

 

 

In that, he says some points that longer time-readers of MHProNews are familiar with.  The National Association of Realtor’s Chief Economist Lawrence Yun has said similarly.

 

 

More recently, HUD Secretary Carson has pointed specifically to manufactured homes, along with other forms of prefab and innovative housing techniques.

 

 

So, while Fleming hasn’t been laser focused on manufactured housing, the industry’s professionals and investors must think of themselves as broader ‘housing’ members.  In that context, the needs are tremendous.

Only factory building can achieve that, is what tech gurus – who are increasingly entering the factory-built housing market – have decided.

Why does Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger love housing? Because they know which way the market is going.

In this context, one must ask. How is it possible, with the needs so great, that manufactured housing is still selling at a lower level than 15 years ago?

 

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Logic says there are only a few possibilities.

·        The industry’s ‘big boy’ leaders don’t know what they are doing. While we disagree with them on many things, we don’t buy that option, but it is a logic possibility.

·        The industry’s ‘big boy’ leaders and their puppet association are lazy, and are not willing to do what it takes.  Again, it’s a possibility, but not one that we think fits the facts.

·        The industry’s leaders want the industry to perform at a low level, intentionally. If so, why? A common concern is that underperformance allows big companies to acquire smaller firms at a discounted price.

 

Is there evidence for this?

One might start with the words of Richard ‘Dick’ Jennison, Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) own statement on camera, arguing for slow growth. 

 

 

What? During an affordable housing crisis?

It was such an outrageous comment that our publisher brought it to the attention of then MHI Chairman, Tim Williams, who is also the President and CEO of 21st Mortgage Corp. Williams told MHProNews that he would ‘talk to Dick.’

The following Louisville Show, Jennison then said – also capture on video – that the industry could achieve 500,000 new homes. That’s arguably true. But what has MHI done to achieve that level of production?

 

MHI CEO Dick Jennison’s Pledge – 500,000 New Manufactured Home Shipments

 

NAMHCO, cited in a report earlier today, broke from MHI, precisely because of a lack of performance.

 

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What Haney’s statement reflects is the lack of credibility and effectiveness of MHI in their claims.

 

Frank and Dave,” controversial in their own right, nevertheless told their readers 2 weeks ago not to look to MHI for support for community owners, using these words.

 

 

In peeling back the layers of the onion in manufactured housing, in hindsight, the insight of Marty Lavin makes sense when he said the following.

 

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Ask yourself objectively. Do these Marty Lavin dictums apply with respect to MHI?

 

More pointed was Lavin – who is an MHI award winner – when he made the following statement.

 

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MHProNews looks at the facts, considers the sources, and follows the evidence. MHI earlier last year, and for years before, MHI routinely replied promptly to all inquiries. But since we’ve spotlighted the problems and concerns, they’ve gone silent. Why? If the facts are on their side, why not make offer a cogent explanation?

 

MHI has purportedly engaged in what Mark Weiss, the President and CEO of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) who referred to the industry’s post-production sector – which is MHI’s turf – as the “illusion of motion.”

 

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That comment sent our publisher laughing at the apt, penetrating insight.  Keep MHI members busy, keep them going to meetings that are profit centers for MHI, per their own IRS Form 990s.  Feed them ‘housing alerts’ that led them to believe that they are making progress…

…but the acid test is the sales, shipment and production of new manufactured homes.  Those numbers don’t lie.

 

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Inept? Lazy? Or head fake with the goal of consolidating the industry into ever fewer hands?

 

 

Let’s not forget the 21st letter, Kevin Clayton video, and Warren Buffett letter, linked below.

 

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In a series of direct quotes in context, a document from 21st Mortgage signed by Tim Williams, and video recorded comments by Kevin Clayton, these all line up to demonstrate how independent retailers, communities, and producers – among others – where purportedly harmed by action that could be deemed an antitrust violation. Why hasn’t Allen told his readers how that cost them money? https://www.manufacturedhomelivingnews.com/bridging-gap-affordable-housing-solution-yields-higher-pay-more-wealth-but-corrupt-rigged-billionaires-moat-is-barrier/

 

It makes the most logical case. Clayton, 21st, MHI, and MHI’s outside attorney – asked to address these concerns and allegations – routinely makes no on the record comment. 

Instead, they’ve put George F. (F?) Allen up as their purportedly incentivized attack dog and distraction surrogate.

When asked about claims from his own followers that have said Allen’s being compensated and rewarded by the big boys, Allen has no comment.

Millions of housing units are needed. Publicly traded MHI member companies own IR packets state that the industry is underperforming by historic standards.

Voices in Congress, per our sources, are wising up to the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington ploy.

Voices in Congress, are already on the record going after high profile MHI members, including Clayton, 21st, and several large so-called ‘predatory’ community operators.

It’s not a pretty picture as to why the industry is underperforming. But the historical data – and the research by economists like Dr. Mark Fleming and others say that millions of homes are needed.

Tim Williams said it to MHProNews, and we’ve repeated it many times, because it was the truth – that they’ve arguably not followed. Every misleading report needs to be robustly responded to, as he said below.

 

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MHI needs to push for enhanced preemption, a full implementation of the Duty to Serve mandated by law, and put the black hat behavior actors on notice.

Sources say, MHI can’t do it.  They’d lose Clayton and several big boy members, per those sources if they ever did such a thing.

Thus the need to expose the problem and the realities. Then the need for multiple layers of independent investigations, as publicly as possible.

There’s more in the links below.

 

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Dueling Statements, NAMHCO, MHI, MHARR, Weigh In On Controversial MH Bill, “George Allen Pawn Gambit”

June 14th, 2019 No comments

 

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Stung by recent critiques and fact checks of MHI [Manufactured Housing Institute] before, during, and after the recent Innovative Housing Showcase – for which they have no good response – MHI had to try to change the narrative.”

 

A source with long, ongoing ties to MHI said the above in response to MHProNews inquiries about the Arlington, VA based trade group’s release to MHI members and followers that is published herein further below.

You only have to look at the timing of the MHI statement and look at George’s [Allen] follow up to his readers to know that Dick [Richard ‘Dick’ Jennison, MHI President and CEO] coordinated with his compensated pawn. From the perspective of MHI and the [MHI] Executive Committee, Allen is seen as a useful surrogate – a tool that they think they can’t lose with.”

Why? How so?

Allen, per, that source, helps MHI continue to continue their manufactured home industry consolidation campaign with Allen’s help as a masking cover. Allen can be sacrificed like a pawn at any time. But unlike an actual game of chess, MHI can replace Allen any time they want to, once his usefulness to them is done. “The perfect example of that is Suzanne Felber,” of whom that source said that MHI “…tried to use [her as a surrogate in attacks] against MHProNews, but it proved ineffective, so they simply moved on to others like Allen.”

It should be noted that Felber, who is also “compensated,” is still used by MHI for minor event-related tasks.

MHI’s Executive Committee, senior leadership, and outside law firm hired to deal with MHProNews were contacted in response to questions about their statement on 6.13.1.2019 to MHI’s members and followers. Cincinnati based Graydon, MHI’s outside law firm that has an office in MHI board member Nathan Smith’s home town of Fort Mitchell, KY, confirmed receipt of the inquiries.

But they have not yet made any formal response.

No official response was made by MHI.

Here is the MHI statement to their readers, which was described by one source as “their latest head-fake,” for purpotedly factual reasons that will be noted afterward. MHI’s statement – with all of their legal threats and warnings not to share this with publicly – follows below. Let’s note that MHProNews does not at this time support this bill as it stands. Nor should publishing this be construed in any way as an endorsement of MHI, for reasons long-time readers understand. As a stating the obvious disclaimer to longtime readers, MHI and their ‘big boy backers’ used to be a sponsor of this site, until questions from this pro-growth trade media apparently became to difficult for them to respond to. Our track record reflects that banner ads or sponsorship doesn’t change our editorial stance, which perhaps explains why we are the most read trade media in the industry by far.

 

— start of MHI release —

HOUSING ALERT

June 13, 2019

MHI Protects Industry and Manufactured Housing Land-Lease Communities from Attack

MHI was able to successfully combat efforts to have anti-industry language included in a bill that would require the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to issue guidelines for localities to consider manufactured housing in their use of federal funds. Nestled within a broader proposal to gain support of localities for manufactured housing, the original language would have actually sought to establish congressional intent that certain manufactured homes and land-lease communities are harmful for consumers.

The original version included language that disparaged the energy efficiency of HUD Code manufactured homes and also criticized all manufactured housing land-lease communities that are not resident-owned. Thanks to MHI’s efforts, the bill that was ultimately introduced on Wednesday, S. 1804, did not include any of the negative language. Instead, the language supports the inclusion of manufactured housing in jurisdictions across America.

MHI was the only association representing the industry to identify the threat and fight for removal of the language prior to Senate introduction. Other associations that claim to represent the industry actually supported the provisions that disparaged manufactured housing. In contrast, MHI worked to have that language removed so that the bill only promotes the industry’s goal of having localities support more manufactured housing in their jurisdictions.

This anti-industry attack was timed during last week’s MHI Homes on the Hill Legislative Fly-In, when policymakers were seeing first-hand the quality and beauty of manufactured housing. MHI appreciates our champions in Congress who worked with us to remove the negative language and ensure the final legislation that was introduced on Wednesday genuinely helps promote manufactured housing. The bill now makes the following positive points about manufactured housing:

(1) Manufactured housing is a significant source of unsubsidized affordable housing in the United States.

(2) Nearly 22,000,000 people in the United States live in manufactured housing, which opens the door to homeownership for families who, in many housing markets, cannot afford to buy a site-built home.

(3) Manufactured housing is the only form of housing regulated by a Federal building code, which includes standards for health, safety, energy efficiency, and durability, and is found on land owned by the homeowner and land leased by the homeowner in communities owned and operated by private entities, nonprofit organizations, or resident owned communities.

(4) Manufactured homes can open the door to homeownership for millions of families; they can appreciate in value and be an effective long-term affordable housing solution for some families and communities across the United States.

If passed, HUD will issue guidelines to states and localities relating to the appropriate inclusion of residential manufactured homes in their comprehensive housing affordability strategies and community development plans, called the Consolidated Plans. HUD requires these Consolidated Plans, which are designed to help states and local jurisdictions assess their affordable housing and community development needs and market conditions, as a part of applications for funding under any of the Community Planning and Development formula grant programs, including the Community Development Block Grant Program, HOME Investment Partnerships Program, and Housing Trust Fund.

S. 1804 was sponsored by Senator Cortez Masto (D-NV) and cosponsored by Senators Scott (R-SC), Smith (D-MN), Young (R-IN) and Cramer (R-ND).

MHI will continue our consistent and constructive presence on Capitol Hill and cultivation of strong bipartisan relationships to ensure that manufactured housing is a part of federal efforts to address the nation’s affordable housing challenges.

 

— End of the body of MHI’s release —

 

 

MHI’s Factual Misses

It should be noted that MHI, for all of their posturing above, did not mentioned that the House and Senate versions of the bill are not identical. Thus, their own claim of fixing the language of the bill is not accurate.

The House version has one or more factual errors, which also arguably undercuts MHI’s posturing, above. For proof, see both versions of the bill, linked below.

Questions were sent to the “MHI compensated surrogate, George Allen,” who has not formally denied nor confirmed that he is “rewarded” – per sources that claim knowledge – for being MHI’s “pawnand “attack dog.”

One source noted with humor the prior reference on MHProNews of Allen as the roaring, but cowardly lion – which helped suggest the featured image at top, with Allen’s head on the pawn.

But more than one Allen follower copied in messages had things to say to the Daily Business News on MHProNews.

For example, the National Association of Manufactured Housing Community Owners (NAMHCO) provided a detailed on-the-record statements last night to MHProNews, which will follow below.

That source said they understood why MHProNews did articles that included mentions and or does fact-checks of Allen, but the new trade group official saw no value in commenting on “George” at all.

Another source with NAMHCO previously said that Allen’s usefulness to them was mainly for recruiting new members into their association who distrust MHI.  There is apparent ongoing communications.

Another source reminded MHProNews of NAMHCO’s prior statement about MHI [shown below], and said that Allen’s missives and flip-flops were too “self-contradictory” for him to have “any credibility.” Further, the public scandals and purported controversies attached to Allen are known by too many to give him use behind his own die hard followers. Ouch.

 

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What Haney’s statement reflects are the apparent track record of a lack of credibility and effectiveness of MHI in their claims. 

 

The NAMHCO source who spoke to MHProNews yesterday likewise saw no value in commenting about MHI or their motivations.

That said, it was noteworthy, per that caller, that HUD officials took a “narrow view” of “enhanced preemption” even though the evidence provided by MHARR reflected a much broader power. That source said that MHARR was correct in pressing the matter. Rephrased, at least one party at NAMHCO sees enhanced preemption as MHARR and MHProNews do. For those readers not yet aware of that issue, see the related report, linked from the text-image box below.

 

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Here is the formal NAMHCO statement to MHProNews.

We are pleased with the introduction of S.1804, the “HUD Manufactured Housing Modernization Act of 2019.”  Beyond the findings sections, this bill actually does something quite important.  It requires HUD to issues guidelines to include manufactured housing to states and localities as they develop their comprehensive plans to address affordable housing.  This means, manufactured housing could be considered in state and local grant applications for Community Planning and Development grants, HOME investment grants, and the Housing Trust Fund.   This bill puts manufactured home communities at the table at both the federal and the state and local level, and presents and opportunity for state and local agencies to support and strengthen the affordable homeownership that communities provide.”

Additionally, I also attached the House version of the Bill, H.R. 926 introduced by Norma Torres, which NAMHCO did not endorse.”

The post-production, manufactured home community focused trade group also provided the text of the NAMHCO release on the issue, which is found linked here as a download.

 

 

The View from MHARR

MHARR had no formal comments about the matter.  But a source with the Washington, D.C. based trade group noted that Allen was misguiding his readers because they collect no dues from post-production companies.

Indeed, that fits with their routine statement that MHARR is a Washington, D.C.-based national trade association representing the views and interests of independent producers of federally-regulated manufactured housing.

It was purported and ongoing failures of MHI to address financing, placement, and zoning issues – among others – that has motivated MHARR and their members – who produce HUD Code manufactured homes – to go beyond their core mission.  In that respect, the trade group is arguably doing more than those who are paid by the post-production sector.

A MHARR source also observed that MHI’s statement – cited above – was not accurate, as they spoke in person with more than one party in Congress connected with the pending bill.

To that point, the questions put to MHI and their outside law firm – which were sent by MHProNews prior to hearing from a contact with MHARR – are worth noting.

 

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Ladies and Gentlemen,

No doubt you’ve also seen the email from your purported surrogate, George F. Allen that followed this email from MHI.

MHProNews would like to see:

1) the original language of the bill,

2) evidence that others in the industry failed to address the matter.

3) the revised language.

4) all communications relative to this bill.

Perhaps more to the point, instead of this legislation, how do you explain MHI’s failure promote enhanced preemption?  What evidence can you provide that you’ve asked HUD to fully enforce enhanced preemption?

We are on deadline.  While you are welcome to respond now, or later, we’d prefer your on-the-record reply via email asap, so it can be included in our planned report.

Thank you.

Tony

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What Third Party Legislation Monitoring GovTrack Says

GovTrack, pointing to Skopos Labs research, is giving the MHI supported bill a 3 percent chance of becoming law.

 

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That was similar to the odds GovTrack gave for the MHI backed Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act at various times.

Preserving Access never passed. To learn more about that, see the deeper dive, linked below.

 

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Given low odds of passage, this new controversial MHI supported bill – whatever its merits may or may not be – appears to be a moot point.

But that doesn’t mean that the language of the bill in its current – MHI supported – form is without risks. The controversy exists precisely because the bill, per sources, has several possible land-mines. Even without passage, the bill may cause harm to the industry.

 

 

Starting with the Title, Reasons Why MHProNews Says Bill is Flawed As Is

First, it should be realized that the Senate version of this bill is supported by Prosperity Now and MHI.  Put differently, that means that Buffett’s fingerprints are on it from two sources. That’s the first red flag, IMHO,” said publisher, consultant, and multiple award-winning L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach.

Next, whoever the geniuses at Prosperity Now and/or MHI were that gave this bill its name, that too is arguably flawed. Think about the title: “HUD Manufactured Housing Modernization Act of 2019’’. For those who will never read beyond the title, that implies that manufactured homes need to be ‘modernized.’ It’s poor marketing, and factually inaccurate,” said industry expert Kovach.

How is it that MHI keeps taking positions that undermine the industry’s image? Or why do they back steps that seem to derail or reroute access to more capital, financing, and placement of the industry?” Kovach asked. “Why doesn’t MHI just back a full throated use of Enhanced Preemption? Or the GSE’s Duty to Serve all new HUD Code manufactured home sales, not only those new class of homes that Clayton Homes and MHI wants to sell?”

Beyond the fact that MHI is using this as a purported dodge over their recent misses, he pointed in that last comment to the problematic use of a phrase that is looked at in more depth, below.

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Problematic New Class of Homes Angle?

What NAMHCO and Allen have apparently missed is a problem with MHI’s language – quoted above, and recapped below – that could be a reference to the Clayton Homes/MHI backed ‘new class of homes.’ New readers are reminded that MHProNews often takes a direct quote and makes the text bold and brown so it ‘pops,’ but otherwise leaves the quoted statement unaltered.

Quoting from MHI’s email: “If passed, HUD will issue guidelines to states and localities relating to the appropriate inclusion of residential manufactured homes in their comprehensive housing affordability strategies and community development plans,” with the underscoring editorially added.

Sources tell MHProNews that “residential manufactured homes” is not language used in federal legislation already in effect on HUD Code manufactured housing. It may be a possible end-around way of promoting ONLY the Clayton/MHI backed ‘new class’ of homes, or one more ‘Trojan Horse.’

As MHI themselves admit, “If” the bill is passed, which is low odds, per GovTrack. Which brings industry professionals and advocates back to the issue of the lack of consistent enforcement of “enhanced preemption,” which MHI seems unwilling to support, per prior reporting that MHI has not challenged.

 

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Thus, posturing by MHI and their surrogate Allen on this issue yesterday, and repeated red-herring style head-fakes by both ought to be seen for what it is.

Meanwhile the industry:

  • is now into 8 consecutive months of year-over-year declines in new home shipments during an affordable housing crisis.
  • MHI continues to put up fig leaf videos and statements, which get very little visibility beyond industry members, which are their apparent target audience. How does that help increase industry shipments?  Isn’t it the public that needs persuasion?
  • Despite MHI saying they invite questions – “If you have any questions, please contact MHI’s Government Affairs Department” – they continue to exercise their Fifth Amendment protected right to remain silent when asked by MHProNews, even though they routinely replied promptly until questions by MHProNews apparently became to difficult for them to navigate.  That fits the pattern of Rick Robinson, SVP and General Counsel, and MHI’s Richard ‘Dick’ Jennison, ducking questions in public for 2 years when asked by MHProNews. 

 

Downturn Harming Independents, Would-Be Consumers 

Independent manufactured home industry members have been telling MHProNews that they are personally impacted by the downturn in new HUD Code manufactured home sales, which only makes sense based upon the statistics.

Meanwhile, MHI, while claiming “clout,” uses that for photo opportunities – or even nice videos – but demonstrably continues to miss at what matters most to businesses, investors, and professionals.  Namely, the bottom line of more sales.

One of the most insightful phrases this year in describing MHI is theIllusion of Motion,” said Kovach. “Their controversial bill is arguably an example of how MHI is running around the block to do what full implementation of Enhanced Preemption and better lending demanded by DTS would achieve.  If they had clout, what this bill claims to do could be done by administrative fiat. It’s almost pointless.”

If they really care about growth instead of consolidation, MHI, NAMHCO, and others should join MHARR and MHProNews in calling for full enforcement of the industry’s good, existing lawsWe consistently pushed for enforcing existing laws before, while we were MHI members, and since. Everything else is a dodge, distraction, and delay that is costing our industry billions of dollars collectively every year.”

He added, “Its a disgrace that MHI and Allen aren’t robustly promoting enhanced preemption and the good news that Secretary Ben Carson has made available, instead of this latest head fakeThey are arguably deceptive cowards, unwilling to face in public and debate the issues that are costing this industry billions, and are leaving millions who could benefit from manufactured homes with a false perception — shame on their disgraceful behavior.”

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The quote above is about a year old, and is standing the test of time. 

 

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“Together, We Are Building a Safe, Strong, and Proud America,” Happy Birthday, President Donald. J. Trump

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The 45th President of the United States (POTUS), Donald J. Trump deserves his own F35 White House flyover as part of his birthday celebration.

 

It was a creative step in many ways, to let allies and potential allies know the value of working with the U.S. It also sent a clear message to the nation’s adversaries, not unlike dropping a massive bomb – the MOAB, Mother of All Bombs – on Afghanistan during a dinner with Chinese President Xi Jinping.  Subtle.

 

 

The president is unorthodox.

This White House video captures the message of the Trump Administration in 85 seconds.

 

 

 

This recent speech gives us a chance to show some of the president’s accomplishments in his own words.

 

 

President Trump’s speech on the 75th anniversary of D-Day has been applauded; rightly so.

 

 

This White House fact sheet that follows is from January 2019.

 

IGNITING A HISTORIC ECONOMIC BOOM: President Trump’s pro-growth policies are unleashing economic growth and providing opportunities to workers across the country.

·        Due to President Trump’s pro-growth policies, real gross domestic product (GDP) growth exceeded 3 percent over the last four quarters.

o   Real GDP grew at annual rates of 3.4 percent in the third quarter of 2018 and 4.2 percent in the second quarter.

·        More than 5 million jobs have been created since President Trump’s election and the unemployment rate remains below 4 percent.

o   This is the eighth time this year that the unemployment rate has been below 4 percent.

o   Prior to this year, the unemployment rate had fallen below 4 percent only five times since 1970.

o   The unemployment rate for African Americans in May fell to 5.9 percent, which is the lowest rate on record.

o   Asian and Hispanic-American unemployment rates have reached record lows this year.

·        Initial weekly jobless claims have hit a nearly 50-year low under President Trump.

·        Under President Trump, job openings outnumber the unemployed for the first time on record.

·        Recently, more than two-thirds of Americans rated “now” as a good time to find a quality job, tying a record high in a poll by Gallup.

·        Americans are seeing more money in their pockets thanks to the booming economy.

o   In recent months, workers have seen their largest nominal year over year wage growth in nearly a decade.

o   In 2017, real median household income rose to a post-recession high.

·        President Trump’s policies are helping to lift Americans out of poverty.

o   African-American and Hispanic-American poverty rates reached record lows of 21.2 percent and 18.3 percent, respectively, in 2017.

o   Since the election, 4.6 million Americans have been lifted off of food stamps.

·        Consumer confidence has soared under President Trump, recently reaching an 18-year high.

·        President Trump is delivering on his promise to bring back American manufacturing.

o   The National Association of Manufacturers’ Outlook Index had the highest annual average in its history over the past year.

o   Manufacturing added 284,000 jobs in 2018, the most added in a year since 1997

·        Small Business optimism jumped to a record high under President Trump, according to a survey by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).

o   The NFIB’s Small Business Optimism Index broke a 35-year record in August.

·        President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law, ushering in the largest package of tax cuts and reforms in American history.

·        These tax cuts are delivering real results for American families and workers.

o   More than 6 million workers received tax cut bonuses and benefits.

o   More than 100 utility companies have announced lower rates.

·        President Trump is ensuring American workers receive the training and education they need to compete in today’s economy.

o   President Trump signed an executive order establishing the National Council for the American worker.

o   More than 185 companies and associations have signed our “Pledge to America’s Workers,” promising more than 6.4 million new training and career opportunities.

o   The President signed legislation that reauthorized the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, making more than $1 billion available for career education programs.

·        President Trump has prioritized the economic empowerment of women.

o   The women’s unemployment rate recently reached its lowest rate in 65 years.

o   The Small Business Administration lent approximately $500 million more in capital to women-owned businesses in 2017 compared to 2016.

o   The Administration helped launch the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative, which could leverage more than $1 billion to support women entrepreneurs.

ROLLING BACK RED TAPE: President Trump is rolling back costly regulations that have burdened hardworking Americans and stifled innovation.

·        President Trump has followed through on and exceeded his promise to roll back two regulations for every new one created.

o   President Trump’s Administration surpassed the 2:1 ratio in 2018, eliminating 12 regulations for every new one in 2018.

o   In 2017, the Trump Administration eliminated 22 regulations for every new one.

·        Since taking office, President Trump’s deregulation efforts have achieved $33 billion in regulatory savings.

o   In 2018, these efforts alone delivered $23 billion in benefits to American families and business owners.

·        President Trump has signed 16 Congressional Review Act resolutions into law, eliminating burdensome Obama-era rules and regulations.

·        President Trump announced U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, which would have harmed America’s economy and cost American workers millions of jobs.

·        President Trump signed an executive order to streamline the permitting process for infrastructure projects with a goal of cutting approval time from up to 10 years to an average of 2 years.

·        President Trump signed legislation to roll back burdensome Dodd-Frank regulations that harmed community banks.

NEGOTIATING BETTER DEALS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE: President Trump is negotiating fair and balanced trade deals that protect American industries and workers.

·        President Trump negotiated a new trade agreement between the United States, Canada, and Mexico to replace the disastrous and outdated North American Free Trade Agreement.

o   Once enacted by Congress, the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) will better serve the interests of American workers and businesses.

o   USMCA will incentivize billions of dollars in auto and auto parts production in the United States and create a freer and fairer market for American agriculture.

o   USMCA also includes the strongest-ever provisions on labor, environmental, digital, and intellectual property protections to reflect the realities of the 21st century economy.

·        The President renegotiated the United States–Korea Free Trade Agreement to preserve and grow jobs in the American auto industry and increase American exports.

·        The United States and Japan are set to begin negotiations on a United States–Japan Trade Agreement.

·        President Trump is establishing a new trade relationship with the European Union (EU), working toward the elimination of tariff and non-tariff barriers to transatlantic trade.

·        President Trump has established a Trade and Investment Working Group to lay the groundwork for post-Brexit trade with the United Kingdom (UK) and has notified Congress of his intent to negotiate a free trade agreement with the UK.

·        This year, President Trump filed a withdrawal notification with the Universal Postal Union, launching a one-year negotiation to secure fair international postal rates for American mailers.

·        President Trump has expanded market access for American agricultural producers.

o   Argentina has opened to American pork and beef, Brazil to American beef, Japan to lamb and Idaho chipping potatoes, South Korea to American poultry, and more.

o   The Administration authorized $12 billion to aid farmers affected by unfair retaliatory tariffs.

o   The Trump Administration has begun the process to expand the sale of E15, or gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol, to year round.

·        Under President Trump, the United States will no longer accept bad trade deals and unfair trade practices that harm American workers and industries.

o   One of the President’s first actions after taking office was withdrawing the United States from the terrible Trans-Pacific Partnership, which incentivized outsourcing.

o   In 2017, the Administration oversaw 82 antidumping and countervailing duty investigations.

·        President Trump is holding China accountable for its unfair trade practices, such as the theft of intellectual property, by imposing tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese goods.

o   Following President Trump’s successful meeting with President Xi in Buenos Aires, both agreed to conduct negotiations over 90 days to address the United States concerns.

·        American steel and aluminum jobs are coming back following President Trump’s tariffs to protect domestic industries that are vital to national security.

·        President Trump imposed tariffs to protect American-made washing machines and solar products that were hurt by import surges.

UNLEASHING AMERICAN ENERGY: President Trump is rolling back costly and burdensome regulations to unleash America’s incredible energy resources.

·        After years of stifling regulation under the last Administration, President Trump is unleashing America’s energy potential.

·        America is the largest crude oil producer in the world and production has hit a record high.

·        President Trump’s policies are helping to boost American energy exports.

o   The Administration has streamlined Liquefied Natural Gas terminal permitting.

o   In 2017, the United States became a net natural gas exporter for the first time in 60 years.

o   American coal exports increased by more than 60 percent in 2017.

·        President Trump is expanding access to our country’s abundant natural resources.

o   The President signed legislation to open up energy exploration in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge.

o   In July 2018, the Department of the Interior announced it would hold the largest oil and gas lease sale in history.

·        In 2017, the Administration approved construction of the Dakota Access pipeline and the cross border permit for the Keystone XL pipeline.

·        The Administration issued permits for the New Burgos Pipeline that will export American petroleum products to Mexico.

·        The President has ended the war on coal, cutting Obama-era regulations such as the “Stream Protection Rule” which was estimated to cost industries $81 million a year.

·        President Trump is replacing the Clean Power Plan, a flawed Obama-era regulation that the Supreme Court ordered halted.

·        President Trump rescinded the hydraulic fracturing rule, which was expected to cost the oil and gas industry $32 million per year.

·        The Trump Administration curbed the burdensome Obama-era rule on methane, saving American energy developers hundreds of millions of dollars in regulatory costs.

EXPANDING OPTIONS FOR QUALITY AND AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE:President Trump is expanding access to affordable healthcare choices and taking action to lower drug prices.

·        President Trump’s Administration is working to provide Americans with affordable alternatives to Obamacare.

·        The Administration expanded short-term, limited duration health insurance plans that are expected to be nearly 50 percent cheaper than unsubsidized Obamacare plans.

·        President Trump has expanded association health plans, allowing more employers to join together across State lines and affordably offer coverage to their employees.

·        The Administration proposed a reform to Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) regulations that will give consumers more freedom to purchase benefits that fit their needs.

o   Roughly 800,000 employers are expected to provide HRAs for more than 10 million employees once the rule finalized.

·        Americans have more healthcare freedom thanks to the President signing legislation that ended Obamacare’s individual mandate penalty.

·        While healthcare premiums had been steadily increasing as a result of Obamacare, the average benchmark exchange premium will decline for the first time in 2019 thanks to President Trump’s policies.

o   Next year, Americans will benefit from more insurer participation on the exchanges.

·        Medicare Advantage plans offer more benefit options than ever before, and average premiums in 2019 will be 6 percent lower than in 2018.

·        President Trump launched an unprecedented campaign to drive down drug prices, leading more than a dozen drug manufactures to enact price freezes, reductions, or rollbacks.

o   In 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a record number of generic drugs, breaking the previous record set by the Administration in 2017.

o   The FDA’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 generic drug approvals are expected to bring nearly $9 billion in savings in 2017 alone.

o   President Trump signed legislation eliminating contractual gag clauses that stopped pharmacists from informing patients about lower drug prices.

·        The President put forth an initiative to stop global freeloading that drives up prices for American patients.

·        The Administration provided Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D plans with new negotiating tools to drive down drug costs for American patients.

·        The Administration implemented reforms to the amount Medicare pays hospitals for drugs that are purchased under the 340B program, saving seniors $320 million in 2018.

·        President Trump signed “Right to Try” legislation to expand access to experimental treatments for terminally ill patients.

FIGHTING BACK AGAINST THE CRISIS NEXT DOOR: President Trump mobilized his entire Administration to combat the opioid crisis that has devastated communities across the country.

·        President Trump launched an Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand, introducing new measures to confront the driving forces behind this crisis.

·        The President signed the landmark SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, the largest and most comprehensive legislative package addressing a single drug crisis in history.

·        The President helped secure a record $6 billion in funding to fight the opioid epidemic.

·        The Administration provided more than $2 billion in grants in 2018 to help States, territories, tribes, and local communities prevent and treat opioid abuse.

·        The Administration pursued scientific solutions to prevent and treat addiction through the Helping to End Addiction Long-term (HEAL) Initiative.

·        The President launched a national public awareness campaign about the dangers of opioid addiction and youth opioid usage.

·        Last year, President Trump created a Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, which recommends ways to tackle the opioid crisis.

·        The Administration declared the opioid crisis a nationwide Public Health Emergency in 2017.

·        President Trump is working to cut off the flow of deadly opioids into our country and to disrupt the networks that distribute them to our communities.

o   The Administration secured first-ever indictments against Chinese nationals for fentanyl trafficking.

o   The Department of Justice (DOJ) launched a surge to target fentanyl and heroin dealers in the districts with the most severe overdose death rates.

o   The DOJ formed a Joint Criminal Opioid Darknet Enforcement team and shut down the biggest Darknet distributor of drugs.

·        Last year, the DOJ announced the largest healthcare fraud takedown in history, arresting more than 120 defendants with opioid-related crimes.

·        The President launched a Safer Prescribing Plan that seeks to cut nationwide opioid prescription fills by one-third within three years.

·        The Administration has led four National Prescription Drug Take-Back Days, collecting a record-breaking 1,837 tons of expired and unneeded prescription drugs.

STANDING UP FOR THE SANCTITY OF LIFE AND PROTECTING RELIGIOUS LIBERTY: The President is committed to defending the right to life and religious liberty.

·        Shortly after taking office, President Trump reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy.

·        President Trump defunded a United Nations (UN) agency for colluding with China’s brutal program of forced abortion and sterilization.

·        The Administration withdrew guidance that constrained State’s ability to exclude family-planning providers that provide abortion services from the Medicaid program.

·        The Trump Administration proposed new regulations to ensure Title X family planning funding does not go to projects that perform, support, or refer patients for abortion.

·        The Trump Administration issued regulations establishing new or expanded exemptions from the Obamacare contraceptive mandate based on religious beliefs or moral convictions.

·        In 2017, the President issued an executive order to promote free speech and religious liberty.

KEEPING AMERICAN COMMUNITIES SAFE: President Trump has made clear that his first responsibility is to protect the safety and security of Americans.

·        Federal Bureau of Investigation data shows violent crime decreased under President Trump’s watch in 2017, following two consecutive years of increases.

·        United States Attorneys indicted the most violent criminals on record last year.

·        Last year, the DOJ announced nearly $100 million in grant funding to hire hundreds of additional law enforcement officers.

·        President Trump is cracking down on the vile MS-13 gang that has brought violence to communities across the country.

o   In 2017, the DOJ worked with international partners to arrest and charge approximately 4,000 MS-13 members.

o   Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations arrested nearly 800 MS-13 members and associates in FY 2017, an 83 percent increase from the prior year.

·        President Trump signed an executive order to restore State and local law enforcement’s access to surplus equipment that can be used to help keep our communities safe.

·        President Trump enhanced and updated the Project Safe Neighborhoods program.

·        The DOJ announced the creation of the National Public Safety Partnership in 2017, launching a cooperative initiative with cities to reduce violent crime.

·        President Trump signed legislation to improve the Federal firearm background check system and keep guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals.

·        President Trump signed the First Step Act, which includes bipartisan reforms to make our Federal justice system fairer and our communities safer.

o   The First Step Act will help prepare inmates to successfully rejoin society, reducing recidivism and improving community safety.

o   This legislation includes commonsense sentencing reforms that will make our Federal justice system fairer while keeping violent criminals and sex offenders off our streets.

ENFORCING OUR LAWS AND SECURING OUR BORDERS: From the first day of his Administration, President Trump has worked to uphold the rule of law and secure our borders.

·        President Trump released an immigration framework that would fix our broken immigration system through merit-based reform and provide the resources needed to secure our border.

o   This includes closing the legal loopholes that enable illegal immigration, ending chain migration, and eliminating the visa lottery.

·        President Trump secured funding to begin building the wall and construction has already begun in areas along the southern border.

·        President Trump deployed the military to assist in securing the southern border.

·        President Trump and his Administration took action to require aliens seeking asylum to go to a port of entry to make their claim.

·        Customs and Border Protection (CBP) apprehended 17,256 criminals and 1,019 gang members in FY 2018.

·        ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested 158,581 aliens in FY 2018, an 11 percent increase from FY 2017.

o   90 percent of those arrested had criminal convictions, pending charges, or had been issued final orders of removal.

·        ICE ERO increased removals by 13 percent in FY 2018 to 256,086, the majority of whom were convicted criminals.

o   Removals of convicted criminal aliens increased by 14 percent from FY 2017.

o   Nearly 6,000 known or suspected gang members were removed in FY 2018, a 9 percent increase from FY 2017.

·        The Department of Justice prosecuted a record number of criminal immigration offenses in FY 2018, and increased the number of prosecutions for illegal entry by 84 percent over FY 2017.

·        Immigration courts are now completing more cases than at any point since 2011

·        President Trump kept his promise by launching the office of Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) within the Department of Homeland Security.

·        The Administration has more than doubled the number of jurisdictions participating in the 287(g) program, which enables State and local law enforcement to aid immigration enforcement.

·        President Trump has made our country safer by ordering the enhanced vetting of individuals entering from countries that do not meet our security standards.

o   These procedures were upheld in a June 2018 Supreme Court ruling.

REBUILDING AMERICA’S MILITARY FORCE: President Trump is rebuilding our military and defending America’s interests across the world.

·        President Trump ended the devastating defense cuts of the past Administration and has secured historic investments to rebuild our military.

o   President Trump signed legislation providing $700 billion for defense in FY 2018 and $716 billion in FY 2019.

·        President Trump is supporting America’s men and women in uniform, securing the largest military pay raise in nearly a decade.

·        The President issued a new National Security Strategy to keep America safe from all threats.

o   The Administration has also released new strategies specific to cybersecurity, biodefense, counterterrorism, and weapons of mass destruction terrorism.

·        President Trump directed the first whole-of-government assessment of United States manufacturing and defense supply chains since the Eisenhower Administration.

·        President Trump initiated the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review, improving United States deterrence policy and existing capabilities to counter nuclear threats.

·        President Trump empowered our military commanders with broad authority in order to take the fight to ISIS, and the results are clear.

o   ISIS has lost nearly all of its territory, more than half of which has been liberated since President Trump took office.

o   All of ISIS’ territory in Iraq was successfully liberated.

o   ISIS’ self-proclaimed capital city Raqqah has been recaptured.

·        ISIS’ territorial caliphate has been defeated and President Trump has announced that he is bringing America’s troops in Syria home.

·        President Trump announced a new Iran strategy to confront all of Iran’s malign activities and withdrew from the horrible, one-sided Iran nuclear deal.

o   All sanctions that had been lifted or waived under the Iran deal have been reimposed.

o   The Administration has sanctioned more than 160 individuals tied to the regime’s support of terrorism, ballistic missile program, human rights abuses, and more.

·        President Trump took decisive military action to respond to the barbaric use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime.

o   President Trump directed strikes in response to the regime’s chemical weapons attacks in April 2017 and April 2018.

o   The Trump Administration has also rolled out sanctions targeting those tied to Syria’s chemical weapons program.

·        President Trump is strengthening America’s cyber defense and directed the elevation of the United States Cyber Command into a major warfighting command.

·        The President announced that the Department of Defense will work to create a Space Force to serve as an independent branch of the United States military.

RESTORING AMERICAN LEADERSHIP ABROAD: President Trump is restoring American leadership on the world stage and advancing an America first agenda.

·        President Trump held an historic summit with Chairman Kim Jong-Un, bringing beginnings of peace and denuclearization to the Korean Peninsula.

o   Since the summit, the leaders have exchanged letters and high-level officials from both countries have met.

o   Because of the President’s actions, North Korea has halted nuclear and missile tests.

o   The remains of POW/MIA service members from the Korean War are being returned to the United States.

·        Prior to the summit, President Trump’s leadership helped secure the passage of historic UN sanctions on North Korea.

·        President Trump followed through on his promise to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the American embassy there.

·        President Trump withdrew the United States from the UN Human Rights Council due to its bias against Israel.

·        The Administration made clear that it does not accept the International Criminal Court’s jurisdiction over Americans and will continue to protect America’s sovereignty.

·        President Trump has successfully advocated for cutting waste at the UN.

o   Changes made to the organization’s structure allowed the UN to cut hundreds of millions of dollars from their budget, while making the organization more efficient.

·        The President’s leadership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has encouraged members to increase their defense spending and realign the Alliance’s priorities.

o   In 2017 alone, there was an increase of more than 4.8 percent in defense spending among NATO allies.

o   President Trump convinced the Alliance to strengthen counterterrorism activities, and NATO formally joined the coalition to defeat ISIS.

·        President Trump’s Administration is working to advance a free and open Indo-Pacific through investments and partnerships.

·        President Trump has imposed tough sanctions on the corrupt regimes in Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua.

·        President Trump has taken tough action to combat Russia’s malign activities, including Russia’s efforts to undermine United States elections.

o   The Administration has imposed sanctions on more than 200 individuals and entities related to Russia’s destabilizing activities.

o   The Trump Administration has enhanced support for Ukraine’s defense by stepping up sales of weapons to its military.

·        The Trump Administration has secured the release of numerous American citizens held abroad, including Pastor Andrew Brunson from Turkey, Josh Holt from Venezuela, and more.

·        President Trump attended G20 summits in Argentina and Germany, where he promoted American First policies and encouraged closer cooperation.

·        In 2017, President Trump conducted tours through Asia to promote America’s interests.

HONORING AMERICA’S COMMITMENT TO OUR VETERANS: President Trump is honoring America’s commitment to our veterans by ensuring they receive the quality care they have earned.

·        President Trump secured a record $73.1 billion in funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide quality medical care for our veterans.

o   This funding included $8.6 billion for mental health services, $400 million for opioid abuse prevention, $206 million for suicide prevention, and more.

·        The President signed the VA MISSION Act, revolutionizing that VA healthcare system and reforming numerous services for our veterans.

o   This legislation will consolidate and reform existing programs to give eligible veterans better access to healthcare providers in their communities.

o   Thanks to this legislation, eligible veterans will have access to walk-in community clinics that offer immediate, local care.

·        President Trump and his Administration have expanded access to telehealth services for veterans, including through the “Anywhere to Anywhere” VA health care initiative.

·        President Trump issued an executive order requiring the Administration to improve access to mental health treatment and suicide prevention resources for veterans.

·        President Trump signed the Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, making it easier to fire failing employees and protect whistleblowers.

o   Under President Trump, the VA has removed, demoted, or suspended more than 4,300 employees for poor performance.

·        President Trump signed the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017, streamlining the process used by veterans when appealing benefits claims.

·        President Trump fulfilled his promise to create a new White House VA Hotline to provide veterans with 24/7 support.

·        The VA is providing veterans with online access to wait time and quality of care data.

·        The President signed the Forever GI Bill, providing veterans, service members, and their families with enhanced education benefits.

·        Last year, programs at the VA and the Department of Housing and Urban Development helped more than 51,000 veterans find permanent housing and access supportive services.

TRANSFORMING GOVERNMENT: President Trump has followed through on his pledge to transform the Federal Government and increase accountability and transparency.

·        President Trump’s Administration submitted a plan to reorganize the executive branch in order to improve efficiency and effectiveness.

·        In a historic show of transparency and accountability, the Trump Administration completed the Department of Defense’s first ever audit.

·        The President implemented a five-year ban on lobbying for White House employees and a lifetime ban on lobbying for foreign countries.

·        Each quarter since taking office, President Trump has donated his salary, fulfilling a promise he made to the American people.

·        President Trump is reshaping our Federal judiciary, appointing judges who will follow the Constitution as written.

o   The President has appointed Circuit Court judges at a record pace.

o   President Trump has appointed two Supreme Court justices, Justice Neil Gorsuch and Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

 

As we survey the 2020 candidates for president, almost all of them say they want to raise taxes, increase regulations, and impose a range of new burdens that would reverse the economic accomplishments of the first 2 years of the Trump Administration.

Pew Research may have pointed to one of his understated accomplishments. Over half the country now believes in the reality of Fake News.

We gladly supported the president’s campaign in 2016, which was acknowledged on the president’s campaign website, as the below screen shot reminds readers. It’s been an amazing ride. Let’s see what’s next.

 

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While the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) paid for two pro-Clinton speakers in the closing days before the 2016 election, the Kovach family supported Donald J. Trump’s candidacy as the best for the industry, small business, and hundreds of millions of Americans. One of those stories ended up on the president’s campaign website, and hundreds of conservative and pro-Trump websites.

 

Happy Flag Day, and Happy 73rd Birthday, President Donald J. Trump! 

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Criminal Justice Reform, Benefits Cited, Including MH Industry, Communities, American Society

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MHProNews has periodically dipped into the topic of criminal justice reform, for a variety of reasons.  First and foremost, there have been numerous cases of over-sentencing.  But beyond that, there is a need for labor too.

Thanks to record high employment and low unemployment rates, the opportunity for those who have served their time to reintegrate into society with gainful employment has jumped.

When the White House sent the press release below, we knew we had to run with it over other closing stories that might have been run this evening.

 

 

Kim Kardashian West and President Trump highlight the power of criminal justice reform


Last December, President Donald J. Trump signed the First Step Act—the first major overhaul of the U.S. criminal justice system in more than a decade.

For too long, our prison system has failed incarcerated Americans. Oversentencing kept many people behind bars for years after they’d paid their debts to society and were ready to rejoin and reinvest in their communities. Others left prison ill-equipped for employment and life on the outside. As a result, many succumbed to crime and re-imprisonment.
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In just four months after President Trump signed the First Step Act, more than 1,000 requests for a reduced sentence were granted. Soon, thousands more who were once subjected to unfair sentencing will get a second chance.

Today, the President discussed the next step in making justice reform a lasting success: empowering Americans to find jobs—and a purpose—after leaving prison. For former inmates, the difficulty of reentering society was often made even tougher because of scarce opportunities for employment. That needs to change.

“As a result of the booming economy, we are bringing Americans who have been on the sidelines back into the workforce—including former inmates,” President Trump said.

The Trump Administration is taking additional action to encourage U.S. companies to invest in “second chance” hiring. The Department of Labor, for example, will grant $2 million to States this month for bonds that incentivize businesses to hire and train former offenders.

That opportunity can begin while inmates are still completing their sentences. For those currently incarcerated, the Department of Education is expanding an initiative to make Pell Grants available for their education and training.

President Trump is helping all Americans earn a second chance.

Washington Examiner: Criminal justice reform is already working.

 

 

The governors leading the way on getting more Americans hired 

Earlier this year, the White House asked America’s governors to share their top priorities for 2019. Their answers echoed one of President Trump’s most important agenda items: workforce development for Americans of all stripes.

This afternoon, a bipartisan group of governors met with both President Trump and Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump to discuss clearing any obstacles standing in the way of true economic mobility for our workers.

 President Trump: “Tremendous progress” on fulfilling careers

These governors have been innovators in tackling that challenge, breaking down barriers such as restrictive occupational licensing, a lack of quality job training, and access to child care in their states. At the table today were Governors Doug Ducey (R-AZ), Brian Kemp (R-GA), David Ige (D-HI), Kim Reynolds (R-IA), Chris Sununu (R-NH), Tom Wolf (D-PA), Bill Lee (R-TN), and Mark Gordon (R-WY).

“One of the most rewarding things is to see people coming off the sidelines and back into the workforce,” Ivanka Trump said during today’s discussion. “Whether it’s criminal justice reform, second chance hiring, all the work we’re doing around skills training—employers are getting creative.”

The Pledge to America’s Workers: 9.8 million opportunities and climbing!

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