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City Permits Some Manufactured Home Replacements for Tornado Ravaged Conventional Housing

May 23rd, 2019 Comments off
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A month after tornadoes ripped through Alto, Texas, many were left homeless as their residences were damaged or destroyed.

 

Last week, in a special city council meeting, the Alto city council voted to allow manufactured homes to be used as replacement homes for residents living there.

The homes were being provided by a local church, and dozens have signed up hoping to obtain one of those homes.

But that doesn’t mean that the decision was popular with numbers of Alto’s citizens, as the video report posted here from CBS 19 reflects.

 

 

In this situation particularly, we had a family that lost their home and we were able to purchase them a two bedroom, one bath HUD-manufactured mobile home,” said Ann Henley, employee of the River Church. “And we’re trying to replace it on their lot here in Alto.”

Henley said the church was been gifted with money to assist families impacted by last month’s natural disaster. They have purchased 6 manufactured homes, and at that time had already placed three of the homes on designated lots.

We have three more that they’re trying to get their lots cleaned up,” Henley said. “We’ve replaced about seven or eight roofs so far and we have about five or six lined up to replace the roofs in the next week or two.”

It’s one of those notes of positive irony. Conventional housing was sadly reduced to rubble in many cases, and manufactured homes were the quick and positive solution.

 

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But the resistance in that town council meeting was present, and slinging the ‘t-word’ was part of the process.

You can pull onto Putman Avenue and the trailer is the biggest thing on the road there now,” one resident in the news video said. “I don’t think that’s what we want, certainly I don’t in that neighborhood and I don’t think that’s what we want for the city.”

 

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I think our biggest concern are basically the people that have been misplaced and that are basically homeless and getting them into a house as quick as possible,” Henley said. “Unfortunately, there are a lot of people in Alto who are very low-income and even if they did own their home, they weren’t able to afford home owner’s insurance. They’re just in a bad situation and we’re just trying to help them as best as we can.”

This scenario of manufactured housing being the obvious solution, but encountering local resistance, is playing out in various ways from coast-to-coast.  It will be part of an upcoming special report on MHProNews. Watch for it.

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“No Good Deed” – Brad Pitt, Make It Right Foundation Sued for Defective Modular Housing, NBC News, More Video

November 30th, 2018 Comments off

 

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There are some things you can’t make up. There are not many that would accuse Brad Pitt and the Make it Right Foundation he helped establish of purposefully providing modular homes that have been drawing negative media attention for the last few years. It seems like a fit for the dark adage, “No good deed goes unpunished.”

 

That said, several home owners have been complaining to local and national media. Some have filed suit. The local news video below, which tees up the issue, was cut shortly before the case was filed.

 

 

NBC News filed the following video report.

 

 

Pitt Says, No Not Me…

Pitt is asking to be separated from the foundation he founded for the purposes of this suit, per media reports.

Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation, which built homes for New Orleans residents after Hurricane Katrina destroyed their neighborhoods in 2005, has been hit with a lawsuit by two people who claim the homes built for them “were deficiently constructed and built,” according to People.

 

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In a statement provided to People, Brad Pitt’s charitable organization, the Make It Right nonprofit, stated that it “has filed a lawsuit against its former executive architect, John Williams, and his firm for monetary damages to remediate and repair affected homes in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, arising from his engagement with the Foundation. Make It Right continues to work proactively with homeowners in the Lower 9th Ward, and we will make no further comment on the case at this time,” on Sept 25, 2018.

The Daily Business News on MHProNews notes that The Make It Right foundation website reflects no updates to their own blog since late 2015. Given that fact, it is no surprise that our requests for comments to the nonprofit have not yet been answered.

 

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As industry professionals already know, a modular home – not unlike a manufactured home – requires proper installation. As a prior report, linked further below under related reports reflects, problems that are not promptly observed or addressed on a factor-built home can rapidly mushroom into other issues. That isn’t necessarily a reflection on the factory-builder, unless the production company was directly involved with the installation.

Similar points could be made about conventional housing, issues must be addressed rapidly, or they can mushroom.  Far costlier conventional housing builders have had their own numerous tales of construction woes, so was is it a surprise when it happens from time to time with factory-built housing too?

 

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So, the problems noted in this case or others shouldn’t be viewed by discerning minds as something that necessarily disproves the inherent value and need for various kinds of affordable housing built indoors, and transported for installation to their final location.  Exceptions don’t prove much, save that people and products aren’t perfect.  Automakers have recalls, builders have problems too.

 

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Still from the video, above. Pitt gave numerous media and photo ops for Make it Right, until the negative news began to develop around the problems of some of those modular units became more evident.

 

In the Beginning, How Pitt Got Involved

“When Brad Pitt visited New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward two years after Hurricane Katrina, he was shocked by the lack of rebuilding progress in this historic, working class community. Many worried the plight of the neighborhood would be forgotten. In a bold move, Pitt committed to help rebuild in the hardest hit area of the city,” per Make it Right.

Pitt’s foundation has reportedly raised $30 million dollars in this work, but the homes in New Orleans were purchased by its home owners, who may have used insurance or other money to buy the home.

 

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What is ironic is that Make It Right has a Clinton Foundation connection, per their own website, not unlike the work done by Clayton Homes in Haiti. That too was a troubling fiasco.

Make It Right kicked off initial fundraising efforts with the Pink Project in December 2007 and broke ground on the first homes with President Clinton and the Clinton Global Initiative in March 2008. Construction began in June 2008 and the first six homes were completed in August 2008,” said their foundation.

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The “…class action lawsuit against Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation was moved from civil to federal court on November 7,” said Archpaper. Pitt’s and the foundation’s legal team are suing the architects. “Actor Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation has sued the architect of scores of homes the nonprofit sold to Lower 9th Ward residents who lost everything to Hurricane Katrina.”

Among the troubling points with this scenario is that the news seems to be drawing far more media coverage than the arguably more prevalent issue of defects or other problems found in conventional, site-built construction.

If that slant is so, then it is but the latest example of how misinformation is being allowed to spread, because industry trade groups such as MHI – which claims to represent all aspects of factory built housing, including modular builders – Clayton, and their Berkshire Hathaway parent’s BH Media group each allow such stories to go unaddressed.

 

 

That in turn, as Rolfe and scores of others suggest, is harmful to the industry at the local level, including locations like yours.  The pattern will arguably continue until MHI – or some new trade group that supplants their work – does what former chairman, Tim Williams himself admitted to MHProNews, in the quote below.

 

 

It is all part of what our publisher, while still an MHI member, was praised for by the organization, namely, the need to routinely engage the media.  They can’t plausibly claim ignorance.  So what is MHI’s excuse for not acting as needed, to defend and promote the industry’s products and image?

 

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HUD Secretary Ben Carson Tells Senators, Today’s Manufactured Homes “Amazing” Quality and Value

March 29th, 2018 Comments off

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Senate oversight hearings are a mix of the serious and the staged. The same hearing that the video clip below is taken from, included clearly partisan moves designed to embarrass HUD Secretary Carson and the Trump Administration. That’s what drew the headlines in the mainstream media.

 

While some were talking about who did or said what on office furniture purchases, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) focused on affordable housing, and on how more Americans could be lifted out of poverty.

Tillis related the opportunities provided by manufactured homes as a ladder of opportunity to his own personal experiences as a youth and young adult.

In that context, Senator Tillis (R-NC) said in Senate oversight hearings last week that, “I don’t think most people recognize that the regulatory burden that we place on the citizens of the United States hit the poorest among us.”

A graphic in the video underscores that point made by Tillis.

Tillis asked Secretary Carson, “…what are you doing, it’s more of a blade level so you may not be able to answer the question specifically,” about regulatory streamlining and relief, with respect to the manufactured housing program?

Sec. Carson thanked Tillis for the question, and after stating some background data about the industry said, “If you look at the progress that’s been made in manufactured housing, it’s amazing.”

A lot of that [manufactured] housing you would not be able to distinguish from site built housing.  And yet the pricing is better,” Carson observed. U.S. Census Bureau data bears that statement out, with the savings over conventional housing about half the cost of ‘site building.’

The regulations are ridiculous,” Carson added.  He explained the regulatory freeze, and that HUD is doing a top-down review announced earlier this year.

 

While there was some phrasing that might have been more precise – perhaps due to the pressures of time constraints – the thrust of the comments by those featured in this video should be music to the industry’s ears.

If Carson and his team follow through on what these video comments indicated, it could mean that the onerous burdens created during the Pam Danner years at HUD may be reversed and improved.  If so, then as unnecessary costs and red tape are avoided, more buyers could qualify for their own home. ##  (News, analysis and commentary.)

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Reports – ICE Raids Factory Builders

September 13th, 2017 Comments off

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To protect proprietary information, the names of those locations and operations are being withheld at this time, as an initial check on this issue reveals no mainstream media coverage of such actions.

However, several news reports exist about conventional building and suppliers that have had such “raids,” – a term that ICE frowns upon.

For example, “Sun Dry Wall & Stucco Inc.’s offices, a foreman’s home, the home of a suspected counterfeiter and eight work sites,” per the Washington Times.

Company President Ivan Hardt, 44; the firm’s human resources manager, Carol Hill, 42; and four other employees were taken into custody on federal counts of conspiring to knowingly hire illegal aliens and harboring illegal workers,” said Lauren Mack, a spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

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Naturally, producers are reluctant to discuss this type of issue. But factory reps do talk to their retailers, communities, and others in the business.

There are several sources that have confirmed this claim.  There seems to be enough anecdotal information to support the contention, from normally reliable sources.  At the same time, MHProNews notes that equally reliable sources have said “I’ve not heard of this,” if true.

Among the allegations are suggestions that the raids were sparked by building competitors.

The Daily Business News has previously reported that skilled tradesmen are a challenge for site builders, and factory builders alike. MHProNews will keep ears and eyes open on developments on this issue. ## (News, analysis.)

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Sunday Morning Recap-Manufactured Housing Industry News April 24-May 1, 2016

May 1st, 2016 Comments off

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MHC closing in Minneapolis. CFPB constitutionality challenged. MHARR, MHI spar over DTS and chattel lending. Clayton acquires another site-built home builder. Champion expanding into Kentucky. Drew looking overseas? MH withstands high winds better than site-built. Patrick revenue increases Q1. Iowa modular builder may re-open with new owner. MHC closing, relocation resources available. Affordable housing harder to find. Modular homes built with disposed plastic. MHC receives Fannie Mae refi. Students redesign affordable housing. Much more in news, views and information you can use.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Champion Homes Expanding Operations in Kentucky

Friday, April 29

Manufactured Home Community Closing in Minneapolis

Clayton Acquires another Site-built Home Builder

Louisiana Pacific Gains more than other Stocks, +2.47%; UFPI ends the week Down -5.94%

MHARR, MHI Spar over FHFA & Duty To Serve Manufactured Housing via GSE Chattel Lending

Murdoch’s Barron’s Reports Incorrect Info about Manufactured Home Industry

Drew Drawing a Bead on Overseas Markets?

Thursday, April 28

Stop-work Order Leads to Uncertain Future of Factory-built Home

Patrick Ind. Reports Revenue Increase of 25 percent for Q1

All Tracked, MH-related Stocks Drop, or remain even, with Patrick leading the Downward Charge

Video Proves Manufactured Homes Tougher than Comparable Site-built Homes

Challenges to CFPB Constitutionality could Create Financial Havoc?

City Unanimously Approves Manufactured Home Siting

Wednesday, April 27

Modular Builder in Iowa may Re-open with New Owner

Kentucky Manufactured Housing Institute Awards Scholarship

Patrick Ind. Gains the Most of MH-related Stocks

Rezoning Requests Approved for MH and RV sites

Manufactured Home Community Closing, Relocation Resources Available

Country Cousin Obtains a Fannie Mae Refi Loan

Tuesday, April 26

Freddie Mac 2016 Forecast: Housing will Continue Growing, GDP to Slow

Drew Industries set to Release First Quarter results

Skyline Plummets 15.5%; Cavco, Drew, AMG Gain

Board Needs More info about Proposed MH/Modular Community

Iraqi Army Vet and Humanitarian Worker Receives Modular Home

Modular House Saves Plastic from Landfill

Monday, April 25

Nationwide Expanding Martinsville VA Modular Facility

Affordable Homes becoming more Scarce

Deer Valley Spikes +26.19%; Universal Forest Products Falls -5.07

Virginia County Recommends Manufactured Home Rezoning Request

Students Compete to Redesign Affordable Housing Complex

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Sunday Morning Recap-Manufactured Housing Industry News April 17-April 24, 2016

April 24th, 2016 Comments off

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MHARR Slams Danner, HUD. Clayton in line for air base homes contract. Sears Homes paved the way for prefab. Canada’s ATCO marching far South. Modulars for female vets. MHCC set to meet. Site built homes drop. Private, non-profits collaborate on affordable housing. Deer Valley, Skyline active stocks. Town wants to restrict MH to under 20 years. News and views to keep you factory-built informed.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Inventory of Entry-value Homes Slipping, Raising Prices

Friday, April 22

Clayton may get Nod to Add Housing at Growing Air Base

Modular Home Houses Homeless Female Vets

Skyline Corp. Advances Strongly for Second Consecutive Day

Sun Communities To Announce Quarterly Results

Sears & Roebuck Homes Presaged HUD Code and Modular Homes

Universal Forest Products Posts Record Revenue

Thursday, April 21

Sales of Previously-owned Homes Rises in March

Skyline Corp. Spikes 17.26%; UFPI falls -5.21%

MHARR Criticizes Danner, HUD for Violating the MH Improvement Act of 2000

Puyallup RV Show will Include several Manufactured Homes

Dodd-Frank: Sticking it to Habitat for Humanity?

Wednesday, April 20

MHCV Advances +1.14 percent; Northstar gains most of MH-related Stocks

Canada’s ATCO Acquires Stake in Chilean Modular Housing Company

Lakeside Manufactured Home Community Receives $6M Fannie Mae Refi

Trump Towers, Clinton Cruises to NY Win

Tuesday, April 19

IA Manufactured Housing Association Meeting around the State

MHCC set to Meet May 25, 2016 via Teleconference

In Insider Trading…..Cavco, Drew and UMH Properties

MHCV Advances +4.56 percent; Nobility Homes Gains +11.11 percent

New Home Construction Falls to Six Month Low

Housing Complex Designed by Social Action Architects

Monday, April 18

Clayton, Next Step, NeighborWorks Collaborate on Low-income Housing

Home Builders Sentiment Remains Static; Attracting Workers Remains Problematic

After Leading Gains for Two Days, Deer Valley Plunges

Carlyle Group’s EPS Estimate nearly Halved

Texas City would Restrict Manufactured Housing to under 20 Years

Sunday Morning Recap-Manufactured Housing Industry News April 10–April 17, 2016 ##

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