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“Appalled” said David McCarthy – HUD Cites “Substandard Conditions,” But How Many Multi-Million Opportunities for Investors and Manufactured Housing Pro?

February 16th, 2019 Comments off

 

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Rebecca Luyre at the Hartford Courant reported the cancellation of a HUD Section 8 contract for affordable housing at aging buildings named Barbour Gardens in that city in Connecticut.

 

Protests over the dismal living conditions at a North End apartment complex have cut short the federal government’s $750,000-a-year contract with an absentee landlord, a win for Hartford residents campaigning against slumlords’ grip on city housing,” wrote Luyre for the Courant.

It is a tale that goes well beyond Hartford, CT. In cities and towns across America, there are multifamily and other properties that are marginal or poor in quality, but still get federal or other funding.

 

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This tragic tale should stir questions for our industry’s professionals and investors like those that follow.

  • Does this case highlight numerous possible opportunities to profitably correct such wrongs with modern manufactured homes?
  • Why couldn’t investors and manufactured home professionals team up to replace such horrible projects?
  • Wouldn’t the costs often be lower using brand new manufactured homes than it would be for rehabbing aging properties, with the returns coming more rapidly, and with higher ROI?

Depending on the property or configuration of a given site, multilevel and/or single-family manufactured home living could be offered vs. remodeled apartments. Given that HUD also overseas manufactured housing, which enjoys “enhanced preemption,” aren’t the woes that HUD and the public cited in Luyre’s report – linked here – yet another reason why modern federally certified manufactured home sales ought to be soaring?

 

 

Hartford Woes… “Appalled”

This is reportedly the third time in a year in Hartford that “affordable housing” was found to be substandard, and HUD pulled a contract for the federal agency’s support.

DavidRMcCarthyPresidentHeritageHousingIncHUDSection8LIHTCDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsI was appalled by the conditions of the property, to be completely honest,” David McCarthy said. “I don’t think any subsidized housing should be allowed to fall into that condition.” The property scored a 9 out of 100 on HUD’s report.

McCarthy is the founder and president of Heritage Housing Inc., based in Norwalk, CT.

According to that firm’s website, “David R. McCarthy founded Heritage Housing, Inc. in 2017 and serves as its President.  David has thirteen years of experience in real estate development and acquisitions with a specialty in affordable housing.  David developed or preserved over 1,000 units of affordable housing prior to founding Heritage Housing, Inc. and worked on projects that ranged from 10 to 400 units and from $3 million to $100 million.  He is deeply familiar with 9% and 4% Low-Income Housing Tax Credits; tax-exempt bond financing; HUD Project-Based Section 8 programs and Section 236, Section 221(d)4, and Section 223(f) financing; public housing authority Project-Based Voucher and RAD programs; and HOME / state funding programs.  He has worked on projects in Connecticut, New Jersey, Michigan, and West Virginia.”

Clearly, this scenario reflects the multibillion dollar potential market factory-built housing professionals are leaving largely untapped.  The opportunities for uses of modern manufactured homes go well beyond what is now routinely at play.

Not unrelated, an industry community owner/operator told MHProNews that in their view, the largest competitor to manufactured homes are subsidized rental housing units.

The Courant states that McCarthy had been in talks with HUD, the city of Hartford, and the Barbour Street property’s owner – ADAR Hartford Realty, LLC – since November about buying the 1960s-era brick façade buildings.  The plan was to invest more than $7.5 million in renovations.  How many HUD Code manufactured homes could be purchased and permanently installed in that city for those sums?

 

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That Barbour Gardens apartment was described as a “mold- and vermin-ridden complex” that has 84 units for low-income residents.

The conditions became so bad that residents turned to a local church and organized to protest.

Barbour Gardens’ residents-turned-activists rallied around HUD’s decision at a news conference at Urban Hope Refuge Church. They organized last year with support from church pastor A.J. Johnson and his colleagues at the Christian Activities Council, a city nonprofit,” wrote Luyre.

Pastor Johnson said residents “…demand accountability from HUD for the devastation caused to the residents and to the community at large, as the scandal of warehousing the poor and segregated communities has clearly come to light.”

 

Hartford is Far From Alone

That phrase from Johnson rings familiar with those Daily Business News on MHProNews readers who recall how actively retired Rev. Donald Tye, Jr. had blasted the warehousing of people like cattle in such projects.

 

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The Columbia Point Housing Project had near the end of its life cycle only some 300 housing units that were habitable. That’s the same number Donald Tye, Jr. used in his example to describe the better way for people and government. Quality, affordable single-family manufactured homes.

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Tye explained his family’s history with factory-built homes, which were positive.

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Put differently, this sad saga in Hartford has been an ongoing issue with a number of public housing projects for decades.  It’s an issue that spans Democratic and Republican administrations. The scenario described by Lurye’s report could well be playing out in one or more locations not far from you. Which again begs the question, how can the HUD Code industry’s so-called leaders not see the many paths for growth that are available?

 

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It is arguably one more reason that the Arlington, VA based Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) has failed not only the industry’s independents, but also hundreds of thousands of Americans like those who are trapped in such poor circumstances as the Hartford Courant described.  It is why #HousingChoice should become part of the industry’s mantra.

Barbour Gardens in Hartford – and any other cases like it elsewhere – are examples why a post-production association – and/or enterprising investors with an informed attorney and manufactured housing professionals in tow – could tap into numerous possible ways of profitably improving people’s lives.

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