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HUD Secretary Ben Carson Touts 2018 Accomplishments, Highlights

February 1st, 2019 Comments off



The partial federal shutdown, now over, delayed several reports, like the one that follows.



The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) press room provided the Daily Business News on MHProNews select highlights of what they point to as Carson’s accomplishments.

Given the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) claims of close ties and “clout,” it is worth noting that manufactured housing isn’t mentioned at all.  But there are several data points and mentioned items that directly or obliquely should be of interest to manufactured home industry professionals.



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Here’s the HUD release.  Some analysis will follow HUD’s release.






WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released its 2018 Year in Review outlining the major accomplishments of the agency under Secretary Ben Carson.

“Over the past year, the Trump Administration has continued to deliver on its promise to create greater economic opportunity for low-income families and encourage reinvestment in underserved communities,” Secretary Carson said. “HUD is advancing its mission by providing sustainable homeownership opportunities, removing barriers to revitalization and affordable housing, and helping communities impacted by natural disasters rebuild, among other efforts. I look forward to continue building on the successes of the past year and opening more pathways to self-sufficiency for HUD-assisted families.”

HUD’s achievements in 2018 include:

  • Spurring Reinvestment in Communities

o HUD preserved affordable housing options by converting over 100,000 public housing units through the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program, which has generated close to $6 billion in construction investment.

o The Administration established the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council, covering 13 federal agencies and led by Secretary Carson, which will work to prioritize Opportunity Zones in a variety of federal efforts, including grant funding, loan guarantees, infrastructure spending and crime prevention.


  • Advancing Economic Opportunity

o HUD’s Federal Housing Administration (FHA) served nearly 669,000 mostly first and low- to moderate-income, single-family homebuyers through home loans; supported the production and preservation of 121,600 multifamily units; and provided $2.45 billion in insurance for hospital and residential care facilities.

o Ginnie Mae served 1.86 million households by attracting global capital to the nation’s housing market through its mortgage-backed security (MBS) in conjunction with the government’s lending programs, such as the FHA and Veterans Affairs (VA).


  • Reducing Homelessness Among Extremely Vulnerable Populations

o   HUD, through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program, reduced veteran homelessness by 5.4 percent since last year, falling to nearly half of the number of homeless veterans reported in 2010.

o   HUD-supported Continuums of Care (CoCs) reduced the number of families with children experiencing homelessness by 2.7 percent since 2017 and 29 percent since 2010.


  • Funding Disaster Recovery at Historic Levels

o HUD has responded to natural disasters with historic funding levels and assistance to support the long-term recovery of affected communities. Specifically, HUD is allocating more than $35 billion in Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding to 16 states and local governments in FY2018 following several natural disasters to support long-term recovery efforts.

o HUD introduced new FHA financing options, including the “Disaster Standalone Partial Claim,” for disaster victims who are rebuilding or buying another home following a disaster. This option covered up to 12 months of missed mortgage payments via an interest-free second loan on the home.


  • Protecting Taxpayers

o   HUD won a significant legal victory in Anaheim Gardens v. United States, a case that has been pending for 25 years and presented HUD and the Federal government with potentially more than $100 million in liability exposure.

o   HUD reduced the FHA’s exposure to risk and promoted sustainable homeownership. Specifically, HUD exceeded the statutorily mandated 2.0% capital ratio in the Mutual Mortgage Insurance (MMI) Fund in fiscal years 2017 and 2018 by not implementing a premium decrease announced by the previous administration.


Read more of HUD’s 2018 accomplishments here and about many of the individuals and families who have been impacted by HUD’s programs and services at

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Secretary Carson, it will be recalled, promised manufactured housing professionals a new era of cooperation last year, saying the Trump Administration here’s our industry’s interests and concerns. It is beyond doubt that Carson made significant changes, such as the removal of Pam Danner, JD, from the administrative role at HUD.  There has been some regulatory relief – or at least a pause.

The industry’s members should not forget Lesli Gooch’s questionable statement to Scotsman Guide, just prior to the end of the federal shutdown.  See the related reports below for more.

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Yes, Thankfully There’s Times Manufactured Homes Earn Bipartisan Praise in Washington, D.C. Metro

November 22nd, 2018 Comments off


A new article on Manufactured Home Living News (MHLivingNews) points out praise across the left-right partisan divide in favor of modern manufactured homes.


That same new Thanksgiving Day report also pulls together elements from both national trade associations that are based in or near Washington, D.C.

In that lighter holiday mood, and as positive as is reasonably possible spirit, you can see the report, linked below.


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Sunday Morning Weekly Recap Manufactured Housing Industry News June 25 to July 2, 2017

July 2nd, 2017 Comments off

A look at the new home page.

As vacation season rolls on, we’ll try something just a little bit different again today for our weekly recap of .  Reader feedback, always encouraged and appreciated.  Matthew and his work are missed, but we hope his trip to the mountains will be a good one!

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We’re testing out some new things on the Daily Business News this week too, and have had some guest writers doing reports for us.  Traffic on these reports have been good  – that’s always a positive sign – but your written feedback is appreciated. 

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Zillow Group Study Reveals Trillions in Manufactured Housing Industry Opportunities

April 11th, 2017 Comments off

When you do the math from the recent Zillow study, and compare it to data from NAHB or NAR, there are trillions of dollars in affordable housing demand – and thus opportunities – in the next few years. Taxpayer subsidized housing programs won’t be able to cover that cost, but the proper approaches for using modern manufactured housing could.  Graphic credit,

When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.

When the Zillow Group’s ™ recent survey of Consumer Homebuyer Trends tells you 92% of Americans aren’t considering a manufactured home – and only half of those who ponder manufactured housing actually purchase one – consider it a multi-million-dollar opportunity in your professional back yard.

Nationally, that means trillions of dollars in opportunities gaping before the HUD Code manufactured home industry in the next five years.


RC Williams.

Recent reports by RC Williams on the Daily Business News point to the reality that entry-level housing sales reported by the National Association of Home Builders – and from the National Association of Realtors – documents the fact that sales are actually slipping under the $250,000 price point.

The cause isn’t lack of demand.

Rather, there’s not enough existing home inventory – or new builder inventory – at those price levels. That can results in bidding wars from buyers. It also means there are markets where there may be more real estate agents than there are houses for sale under $250,000.

Proof Tapping the Demand Can Be Done


Tom Fath.

The case study linked below with millennial and third generation industry professional, Tom Fath, documents how that ‘yawn of the consumer market’ towards manufactured housing can be turned into demand yielding more well-qualified credit and cash customers. Their operation is growing at triple-digits annually – to understand how they’re tapping the market, see the video interview, linked here.


Barry Noffsinger, photo credit, MHProNews. See Doing Good Pays, at this link here

A panel of manufactured home industry lenders – compromised of Credit Human’s Barry Noffsinger, Triad Financial Services’ Don Sharp, and Cascade Financials’ Mike Jones – confirmed to industry professionals at the 2017 Tunica Manufactured Housing Show that there’s a huge market, and some in the industry are successfully tapping into it.

But much more is possible.

MH Industry Leaders Believe It Can Happen

M.Mark.WeissJDPresidentCEOMHARRManufacturedHousingAssociationforRegulatorReform-creditManufacturedHousingIndustryDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsMHARR’s President and CEO, M. Mark Weiss, JD, has told MHProNews that hundreds of thousands of manufactured homes could be sold annually, in a responsible and sustainable way.


Sam Landy, UMH President and CEO.

High-flying UMH Properties President and CEO, Sam Landy, JD, has likewise told the industry that hundreds of thousands of new manufactured home sales annually could become the industry’s new reality – if regulators in Washington, DC get out of the way – and allow the industry and private investors to do their jobs.

Sunshine Homes owner and president, John Bostick has pointed out that factory home building in Japan – “the land of engineers” – is commonplace there.

Bostick also said that an operation like his could successfully double production in about 60 days, while maintaining high quality and


John Bostick, president, Sunshine Homes, Red Bay, AL. For A Cup of Coffee with…John Bostick, click here.

customer satisfaction, hallmarks of his A+ BBB rated firm.

Bostick’s statements are noteworthy, because their firm is already growing at about double the pace of the industry at large. To learn more, click here.

HUD – Holdup or Partner?

DrCarsonInvitedTransformHUDManufacturedHomesEndorsingDonaldTrump-ManufacturedHousingIndustryDailyBusinessNewsMHProNews-Dr. Ben Carson,     President Donald Trump’s hand-picked Secretary for HUD, has signaled he sees the value of manufactured homes,” said manufactured home industry trade publisher, marketing and sales consultant, L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach.

Dr. Carson has also said he sees the value of public-private partnerships. Vice President Mike Pence said the Trump Administration willenforce the law.” Kovach said, “All that sounds promising. Will the necessary changes be made at HUD to ‘drain the swamp’ of the manufactured housing program, so the industry and free markets can do its job?”

Doing so would create tens-to-hundreds of thousands of good jobs annually as new manufactured home shipments rise.  That in turn would reduce poverty, help inner cities, cut government deficits, while easing government subsidized housing challenges, Kovach and others say. To learn more, see link here.

HUD’s Swamp…


Pam Danner, JD, HUD Code Manufactured Housing Program Administrator, credit, MHProNews

Kovach explained that Pam Danner, JD, isn’t the only fly-in-the-ointment there. According to what informed sources with years of ties to the HUD Code manufactured home program tell MHProNews, there are other internal road blocks at the federal housing agency.

For example, “Sources within tell us that HUD’s legal counsel has for years taken a position the polar opposite of what the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 requires,” said Kovach.


L. A. “Tony’ Kovach.

Meanwhile, NIMBY, BANANA, and zoning officials – who are either ignorant, or who deliberately ignore federal law – are contributing factors causing the affordable housing crisis.”

The acronym NIMBY means “Not In My Back Yard,” while BANANA means “Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything.”

The Daily Business News has tracked the various issues within and outside of manufactured housing for years, all of which are slowing the industry’s obvious ability to be the solution to a crisis that subsidized housing tax dollars alone can never hope to solve.

Real estate agents, conventional house builders, local or state public officials, investors, Dr. Carson and the Trump Administration – all of these are potential allies for manufactured housing,” Kovach said. “As more forward-looking MH Industry professionals take the needed steps, the potential to tap into trillions of dollars in opportunities in the next 5 years grows.”

We know the roadmap! How many more industry pros will commit to the necessary steps to program, chart and follow the course?”


Using the Lakeland, FL Metro average of $106 per square foot, the $54.42 per sq ft for the home listed on Zillow on the collage above is a bargain. Image credits and data on the right, Zillow, and are shown under fair use guidelines. Image credit of the woman at the left, MHLivingNews/GraphicStock.

A Deep Dive Into Consumer Housing Desires

The first look at the Zillow Group’s ™ insightful report – including added insights from Noffsinger – along with a video of a couple who were previously skeptical of “trailers,” owned a conventional house – and who now proudly own a manufactured home – are all linked here. ##

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HUD Code Manufactured Home Production Increases, January Report

March 6th, 2017 Comments off

Credits: MHARR, HUD.

Washington, D.C., March 6, 2017 – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) tells MHProNews that, according to official statistics compiled on behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), year-over-year manufactured housing industry production increased substantially during January 2017.

These just-released statistics indicate that HUD Code manufacturers produced 7,827 homes in January 2017, a 33.5 percent increase over the 5,862 HUD Code homes produced during January 2016.

MHARR says that the steady increase in HUD Code manufactured housing production since 2011 is “clear and indisputable evidence that manufactured homes not only continue to serve a vital role in the nation’s housing market, but that today’s high-quality manufactured homes are attracting ever-larger numbers of homebuyers.

MHARR’s analysis of the official industry statistics shows that the top ten shipment states from the beginning of the industry production rebound in August 2011 through January 2017, with cumulative, monthly, current year (2017) and prior year (2016) shipments per category as indicated are:

The latest information for January 2017 results in no changes to the cumulative top ten list.

MHARR has long maintained that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac cannot meet the mandate of “Duty to Serve” (DTS), and cannot adequately serve the manufactured housing market and the millions of moderate and lower-income consumers who rely on affordable, non-subsidized manufactured housing without manufactured housing chattel lending.

The full MHARR report is linked here.

For more commentary from MHARR, including Ben Carson’s confirmation as HUD Secretary, click here. ##


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Jobs Report at the Start of the Trump Economy

February 4th, 2017 Comments off

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The second full week of the Trump Administration came to an end on Friday, and brought with it the first jobs report under the new commander in chief.

U.S. employers added the most workers in four months, while wage growth slowed slightly more than projected.

According to CNSNews, the report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) showed total nonfarm payroll employment rose 227,000, beating estimates of a rise to 180,000. The unemployment rate ticked up a tenth of a point to 4.8 percent.

The Labor Department’s “Employment Situation Report” is released monthly, and it reflects data gathered in the pay period that includes the 12th of the month. Labor participation was up two-tenths of a point to 62.9 percent.


Credit: CNS News.

This means that the report released today reflects the situation just prior to when President Trump was sworn in on January 20th.

As Daily Business News readers are aware, the January report reflects anticipation of President Trump’s policies, meetings and movement prior to taking office, including the highest Small Business Optimism Index in 37 years from the NFIB.


Juanita Duggan, President and CEO of the National Federation of Independent Business (credit, NFIB).

We haven’t seen numbers like this in a long time,” said NFIB President and CEO Juanita Duggan. “Small business is ready for a breakout, and that can only mean very good things for the U.S. economy. Business owners are feeling better about taking risks and making investments.

Private employment, excluding government agencies, rose by 237,000 after a 165,000 increase in December. Government employment fell by 10,000 and factory payrolls grew by 5,000.

Retailers increased payrolls by 45,900. Employment in financial activities was up 32,000, professional and business services rose by 39,000, and leisure and hospitality was up 34,000.

Per Bloomberg, hiring in construction, retail, finance and professional services helped labor numbers. The 36,000 increase in construction payrolls was the largest since March.



Credit: CNS News.

Today’s report reflects the consumer confidence that the Trump presidency has inspired,” said White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

President Trump campaigned on how to make America work again. Even before he took office, the markets knew he would deliver on that promise.”

Spicer was optimistic, but also mentioned that Trump remained realistic about what needs to happen next.

The president’s already taken significant steps to turn our economy around and he is looking forward to ensuring that every American who wants a job has the opportunity to find one,” said Spicer.

While the president’s definitely pleased that the job growth has far surpassed expectations and that the labor force participation is rising, he also recognizes that there is a lot more work to be done.


Dr. Ben Carson at his confirmation hearing. Credit: Fox News.

President Trump’s actions leading up to, and after, his inauguration, stand to have significant positive impact on the manufactured housing industry. One of the most influential was the President’s nomination of Dr. Ben Carson for HUD Secretary, and his comments on the importance of manufactured housing.

For more on President Trump’s activity, including the Executive Order regarding Dodd-Frank, click here. ##


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NPR and Fair Housing: Is “Liberal Bias” Creating Fake News?

February 1st, 2017 Comments off

Credit: iMediaEthics.

A recent op-ed by Mike Gonzalez, a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation, puts a new spotlight on the coverage provided by NPR and poses serious questions about how the organization covers news.

Is National Public Radio’s description of an Obama urban directive as something that merely ‘links [government] funding to desegregation’ fake news?” writes Gonzalez, in The Daily Signal.

Well, it’s so slanted that if you had no prior knowledge of the program, and heard NPR’s depiction of it, you would just say to yourself, ‘Sounds good to me.’


Mike Gonzalez. Credit: The Daily Signal.

But to many conservatives, including the man that President Donald Trump has nominated to be the new secretary of housing and urban development, Dr. Ben Carson, the Orwellian ‘Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing’ is a tortured interpretation of the Fair Housing Act.

The stated goal of the “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” portion of the Fair Housing Act is to allow for the building of high density, low income housing in suburbs to better reflect the racial makeup of the nation.


Dr. Ben Carson at his confirmation hearing. Credit: Fox News.

In an op-ed to the Washington Times, Dr.  Carson commented on the rule, saying that “It would require that such affordable housing be built primarily in wealthier neighborhoods with few current minority residents and that the new housing be aggressively marketed to minorities.

In practice, the rule would fundamentally change the nature of some communities from primarily single-family to largely apartment-based areas by encouraging municipalities to strike down housing ordinances that have no overtly (or even intended) discriminatory purpose —including race-neutral zoning restrictions on lot sizes and limits on multi-unit dwellings, all in the name of promoting diversity.”

Gonzalez then points out that recent NPR coverage of Ben Carson and his nomination leaves out details.

That view was not reflected in NPR reporter Pam Fessler’s unflattering piece on Carson following his nomination. The piece referred positively to the housing program as ‘stepped up enforcement of the 1968 Fair Housing Act, which is intended to reduce segregation,’” wrote Gonzalez.


Credit: National Mortgage News.

Given NPR‘s reporting, including their recent reports on manufactured housing communities, Gonzalez poses the question: should the Trump Administration end government funding of NPR?


The MH Industry Speaks


Richard Nodel, owner, Nodel Parks, photo credit: LinkedIn.

Negative coverage of our industry is something many media outlets are guilty of, but I am a patriot first, said Nodel Parks owner Richard Nodel. 

Anything that is an abridgment of our constitutional rights is a greater threat to all of us than just a negative news article. Let’s fight bad information with good information and not have to resort to un-American activities like censorship of the media. Just because we don’t like the report, do we try and shutter the source?”

Others in the industry see it differently.

We need to send a message to liberal media outlets, like publicly supported NPR,” said Lamb Investments principle, Todd Lamb.


Todd Lamb, Lamb Investments.

If there is going to be government funds they need to be non-biased or fair to all sides. Now is the opportunity for conservatives to strike back at what we have endured for ten or more years. Gone are the days when a journalist would pride himself on hiding his own opinions or views. I used to enjoy listening to NPR. Now,” Lamb said, Im in favor of pulling any and all funding from it!”

On the issue of media coverage of the MH Industry and politics in general, Lamb said, “I agree with Tony Kovach, I agree with Dr. Ben Carson, and of course, I agree with our new President, Donald J Trump.

UMH CEO Sam Landy, whose company was front and center in an NPR manufactured home community focused article, believes that accountability, above all else, is key.


Sam Landy. Credit: REIT. For a Cup of Coffee interview with Mr. Landy, click here.

NPR and UMH both care deeply about people. UMH has operated manufactured home communities since 1969. We believe enforcement of our rules and regulations is best for the majority of the people who live in our community,” said Landy.

NPR is reminding us that we must exercise our authority with compassion. We welcome outside oversight and criticism as it allows us to objectively evaluate our actions. We believe in each case covered here we in fact did the right thing for our residents, and that we did it in a compassionate manner. We welcome NPR‘s follow up.

MHProNews and MHLivingNews Publisher L.A. “Tony” Kovach also commented on the op-ed by Gonzalez.

With huge deficits and mounting debt, should U.S. taxpayers be funding any media,” Kovach says, “other than video feeds from CSPAN or social media posts by agencies that allow citizens to follow their government’s actions?


L A ‘Tony’ Kovach, credit, MHVillage.

Kovach continued, speaking to “agenda journalism (as opposed to legitimate editorializing, which should be in a different part of publication) is the recent case of NPR’s attack on private investor owned manufactured home communities. and dug into those issues, revealing facts that NPR simply ignored. When we contacted NPR for comments on clearly overlooked third-party information that ran counter to their narrative, their reply? That they stand by their reports,” said Kovach.

For more coverage on the fallout from the NPR feature on manufactured housing communities, click here. ##

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Carson Approved by Senate Committee, Provides View on MH

January 24th, 2017 Comments off

Ben Carson taking the oath at his confirmation hearing. Credit: Newsmax.

The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee has unanimously approved Dr. Ben Carson for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD.) His nomination now heads to the full Senate for a vote.

Manufactured housing also took center stage, as the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) tells MHProNews that Senator Dean Heller (R-Nevada) asked Dr. Carson to describe in writing his view of the role of manufactured housing in the provision of affordable housing in rural areas.


I do see manufactured housing playing an important role in providing affordable housing in rural areas. I think it’s important to ensure HUD’s policies promote access to this valuable resource,” said Carson.


Senator Dean Heller. Official photo.

After the vote by the senate, Carson will inherit an agency with 8,300 employees and a budget of about $47 billion.

According to WWLP, Committee Chairman Michael Crapo of Idaho praised Carson and his impressive career.


Senator Michael Crapo. Credit: Wikipedia.

HUD will benefit from having a secretary with a different perspective and a diverse background,” said Crapo.

The committee advanced Carson’s nomination in a simple voice vote without major opposition from Senate Democrats, who are fighting other appointees of President Trump.

Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio, the leading Democrat on the panel, said he was supporting Carson because of his commitments to address lead hazards, uphold fair housing laws and advocate for rental assistance, despite his reservations.


Senator Sherrod Brown. Official photo.

I would not have chosen him because of his lack of experience and his often troubling public statements over the last three years,” said Brown.

But despite my reservations and my disagreements with some of his positions, I’ll give Dr. Carson the benefit of the doubt.”

Prior to the vote, Brown proposed unsuccessfully that the committee begin requiring Cabinet-level nominees to submit three years of tax returns before confirmation hearings.

Republicans opposed the change.

Our extensive coverage on the nomination and confirmation of Dr. Ben Carson includes four former HUD Secretaries endorsing Carson and an open letter from MHProNews and MHLivingNews Publisher L.A. “Tony” Kovach.

The letter from Kovach is linked here. ##

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Sunday Morning Weekly Recap Manufactured Housing Industry News January 15th 2017 to January 22nd 2017

January 22nd, 2017 Comments off

sunday-morning-weekly-manufactured-home-pro-news-recap-1-4-to-1-10-2015-mhpronews-com-A new year, a new month, and a new set of featured articles are found on the home page.

Our theme for this month is: Jiu Jitsu January in Manufactured Homeland, USA.

To see the line-up of over 3-dozen featured articles for this month, along with the headline commentary, please click the link above.

Manufactured, modular and prefabricated home professionals know that how a home got to its location should not define a person or their dwelling.

What the Daily Business News spotlights day-by-day are the tragedies, triumphs and struggles for acceptance of the obvious solution for millions for the growing affordable housing crisis in the U.S. and beyond.


When you read the lineup for the month found on the home page, you can reflect on another motto as you chart your own professional path ahead: “We Provide, You Decide.”  ©


What’s New On MHLivingNews



NAR – Millennials Want Quality Affordable Homes to Buy in 2017


“Oh Paradigm Shift” – Million Dollar Manufactured Homes for Rich and Frugal



What’s New On MHProNews


Saturday January 21st, 2017


MHC Residents Avoid Eviction


Friday January 20th, 2017


Nobility, AMG Up, Manufactured Housing CV, Broader Markets Rise


From Obama to Trump: America Celebrates, Protests and Contemplates


The Saga of “A Solid Community”


UMH Anniversary at the NYSE, Landy Rings Closing Bell


Bill Introduced to Replace Outdated Manufactured Homes


Thursday January 19th, 2017


Northstar, Tricon Up, Manufactured Housing CV, Broader Markets Down


Study Shows Rents Remain Equal to or Below Market Rate


NAR – Millennials Want Quality Affordable Homes to Buy in 2017


Manufactured Housing: More Bang for the Buck


Modular Becomes Solution for Supply Chain Slowdown



Wednesday January 18th, 2017

UFPI, UMH, Manufactured Housing CV Up, Broader Markets Mixed


MH and Millennials: Finally Affordable


Dem Senators Scramble to Save CFPB’s Cordray


Faced With Housing Shortage, Nation Turns to Unused Containers


Residents Try to Keep Up With Repairs, Code Violations


Tuesday January 17th, 2017


Deer Valley, Skyline Hit Hard, Manufactured Housing CV, Broader Markets Down


Clayton Homes Announces New Division


Proposal to Keep Manufactured Housing Out Sent Back to Planning Commission


Proposed Trump Tax Reform, Does it Change Affordable Housing Finance?


Sunshine Homes to Unveil Next Gen Tech for Home Shoppers at 2017 Louisville Show


Harvard Study, Baby Boomers to Spark Affordable Housing Boom


Leading by Example in Digital Home Shopping Experience


Monday January 16th, 2017


Killam Receives Recommendations From Ratings Firms


Manufactured Housing Industry Speaks Out Against Tax Levy


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Bill Introduced to Replace Outdated Manufactured Homes

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Keith Ellison (D-MN) has introduced The Energy Efficient Manufactured Homes Act of 2017 (H.R. 515), which proposes to enable economically vulnerable families to live in safe, affordable and energy-efficient homes.

There are as many as two million families who live in outdated energy-inefficient manufactured homes built more than two decades ago,” said Ellison.


Keith Ellison. Credit: Wall Street Journal.

Unfortunately, the price of a new energy efficient manufactured home is out-of-reach for too many people already struggling to make ends meet. My bill enables them to upgrade to a new Energy Star manufactured home thus improving their health, housing and financial stability.

The Act creates a new program to provide families the ability to replace their outdated home with a new Energy Star manufactured home, and it creates a new $50 million per year program at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The bill provides grants or loans to decommission and replace these homes with newer manufactured or modular homes. The program would be administered by state housing agencies, non-profits, and local governments to offer affordable, energy-efficient manufactured and modular housing options to millions of Americans.


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As an organization active with residents and industry leaders of manufactured housing for the last fourteen years, Northcountry Cooperative Foundation believes in seeing the potential of prefabricated housing more effectively realized with today’s energy-efficient inventory,” said Warren Kramer, Executive Director of Northcountry Cooperative Foundation (NCF), a nonprofit that assists affordable housing cooperatives.

This legislation, in committing resources for the replacement of older homes with today’s ENERGY STAR homes, better enables residents to provide for their families, and build their assets for the long-run.


An earlier version of the bill, the Energy-Efficient Manufactured Housing Act of 2010 (H. R. 1749) was introduced in the 111th Congress and passed the House as part of the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (H.R. 2454.)

A similar bill did not pass in the Senate.


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With the appointment of Dr. Ben Carson pending as HUD Secretary, the bill introduced by Ellison puts manufactured housing front and center.

As Daily Business News readers are aware, we have covered the appointment of Dr. Carson closely, including an open letter penned by MHProNews and MHLivingNews Publisher L.A. “Tony” Kovach, which lays out the case for manufactured housing as a viable, vibrant solution. That letter is linked here. ##

(Editor’s Note: MHProNews contributor Matthew J. Silver covered Keith Ellison’s prior attempt to issue funding to owners of manufactured homes for the replacement of those homes with Energy Star-rated manufactured or modular homes in 2015. That story is linked here. )


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