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Tucson Manufactured Home Community Closing, Residents Receiving Assistance

April 6th, 2016 Comments off

Arizona_tucson__desert_cove_mobile_home_park__tucsonnewsnow__creditResidents of Desert Cove Mobile Home and R-V Park in Tuscon, Arizona are having to move after being told by manager John Hydrick the community has utility problems that the owner cannot afford to repair, according to what tucsonnewsnow tells MHProNews.

Originally given 30 days to leave because the community is closing, that has been extended to 180 days although there is no natural gas service. Hydrick, saying he will bring in portable showers for the residents, added that the county or the health department may condemn the community because of the utility problems and force the residents to leave earlier.

What many residents did not know but have since learned is there is a state relocation fund that pays expenses to help people in this situation. The funds emanate from the property owners’ taxes. “For these tenants it’s a scary time when you’re told you have to move from where you live. But the fund is there to offer some support financially,” said Debra Blake, interim director of the Arizona Department of Fire, Building & Life Safety which administers the relocation fund.

In addition, Blake stated the Manufactured Housing Communities of Arizona, made up of community owners, has met with residents in this situation in the past, giving them options and sometimes offering incentives to move them into other communities.

Many of the residents are relieved there are options as well as state assistance to help them in their plight. Hydrick said he hopes the residents can find new places to live without too much agony. ##

(Photo credit: tucsonnewsnow–Desert Cove Mobile Home Park)

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HUD Announces Members of Manufactured Housing Concensus Committee

February 5th, 2015 Comments off


On February 4, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the newly appointed members of the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee for 2015 as well as those appointed to a second term.

Robin Roy, Chris Flannery, John W. Weldy, and Joseph L. Anderson II will serve as new committee members while Mark Mazz and James Demitrus will begin their second three-year terms.

These first- and second-term committee members are joining existing members Steven T. Anderson, Debra Blake, Ishbel Dickens, William Freeborne, Dominic Frisina, Rick Hanger, Jeffrey T. Legault, Michael Lubliner, Timothy J. O’Leary, Leo Poggione, Manuel Santana, Gregory K. Scott, Timothy Sheahan, David Tompos, and Richard Weinert.  HUD expresses its appreciation to departing members, Michael Wade, Theresa Desfosses, Mark Luttich, and Frank Walter.

Established in 2000, the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee advises HUD’s Secretary on manufactured housing construction and safety standards. The Committee also provides advice on federal procedural and enforcement regulations for manufactured housing.  The new appointments include:

Robin Roy, Ph.D.

Roy is currently employed with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and has served as the director of Building Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy Strategy since 2010.  He has worked for three decades to help meet society’s need for secure, economic, and environmentally sound energy. Over the past year, Roy has immersed himself in the manufactured housing sector by working with the industry, consumers, utility, and efficiency groups to understand their perspectives and build support for strong, workable, and affordable efficiency standards as required by federal regulations.

Chris Flannery

Flannery currently serves as the Supervising Inspector for the State of Nevada Manufactured Housing Division (MHD). As the Supervising Inspector, Flannery collaborates with building officials, members of the public, and other staff members, and also represents the Division as the prime point of contact for inquiries from local jurisdictions.  Prior to serving as the Supervising Inspector, Flannery served as the state of Nevada’s Building Official and Planning Director for eight years.

John W. Weldy

Weldy, currently employed with Clayton Homes, Inc., has served as the Director of Engineering since October 2005.  As the Director of Engineering, Weldy directs activities of the engineering department and coordinates projects from the design state to successful construction by leading a team of approximately 30 professionals.  Prior to joining Clayton Homes, Weldy served as the Director of the Design Approval Plant Inspection Agency (DAPIA) Services at NTA, Inc. where he was responsible for all outgoing DAPIA approvals and DAPIA correspondence with states, HUD, and IBTS.

Joseph Lee “Jody” Anderson

Anderson is the owner of Timberland Mobile Housing, LLC, and has been a manufactured housing business owner for 28 years as a Texas licensee for manufactured housing retail. He is also a manufactured housing community owner.  In addition, he is an active member of the Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA), a non-profit trade association representing the interests of a variety of businesses involved in the manufactured housing industry.

Mark J. Mazz

Mazz has served on the MHCC as a member of the “User” category since 2010. Mazz is a licensed architect with significant knowledge of accessibility design. He provides accessibility consulting to property owners, developers, construction managers, contractors, civil engineers, architects, other design professionals, HUD, DOJ, advocates, and attorneys.  In 2005, Mazz assisted the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in developing requirements for accessible emergency housing and co-wrote “Design Details for Accessible Disaster Relief Housing.”

James Demitrus

Demitrus has served on the MHCC as a member of the “User” category since January 1, 2012. He is a manufactured home owner and resident of Ohio, where he currently serves as the Commissioner for the Ohio Manufactured Home Commission (OMHC). He is also the President of Lakeside Terrace Homeowners Association in Ohio.  Demitrus retired from General Motors Corporation in Parma, Ohio, and is currently self-employed as an electrician. ##

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Article submitted by Sandra Lane to – Daily Business News – MHProNews.


New Members of the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee

April 22nd, 2013 Comments off

The Dept. of Housing and Urban Development’s ManuFACTured Housing Newsletter reports the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC) announces the appointment of three new members of the committee and the reappointment of six members, including the chairman, Richard Weinert. New members include: Debra Blake, Deputy Dir. for the MH Office, Arizona fire safety department; Dominic C. Frisinia, vice-president RoMar Homes of Pennsylvania; and Timothy O’Leary, Idaho Office of Energy Resources and manufactured home homeowner. Chairman Reinert is a codes and standards administrator for the Dept. of Housing and Community Development in Calif. Others returning are Michael Lubliner, Building Science Specialist at the Washington State University Energy Program; Manuel Santana, Director of Engineering for Cavco Industries and Fleetwood Homes; Gregory Scott, president of ScotBilt Homes; Timothy Sheahan, a manufactured home homeowner, is an advocate for homeowner associations; and David Tompos, head of NTA, Inc., a HUD-approved inspection agency in northern Ind. As MHProNews reported here April 12, a subcommittee of the MHCC will conduct a teleconference April 23.

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