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Government Budget Includes Manufactured Housing Provisions

February 2nd, 2014 Comments off

The omnibus spending bill that Congress passed and the president signed to keep the federal government operating through 2014 includes provisions relating to manufactured housing. One in particular specifically requires the secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) select an administrator of the Office of Manufactured Housing within 120 days or risk a $50,000 daily budget cut.

The measure also provides up to $7,530,000 to operate the manufactured housing program, of which $6,530,000 is to be derived from the Manufactured Housing Fees Trust Fund and $1,000,000 from the government’s general fund. HUD is also required to modify fees to ensure the $7.5 million appropriation, MHProNews.com has learned. Additionally, the spending bill directs the Department of Energy (DOE) to work with HUD, the industry and tenant groups to improve the energy efficiency of manufactured homes, while taking into account the initial costs as well as long-term maintenance of any modifications.

(Photo credit: Jeff Beiermann/theworld.com–Nebraska manufactured home producers)

Beauty Queen’s Sarcastic Remarks Spark Interest in MH

September 20th, 2013 Comments off

In response to the South Carolina beauty contestant at the Miss America pageant who made fun of her home state’s bounty of manufactured homes, as MHProNews covered Sept. 16, 2013, Brian Hicks with The Post and Courier says the line— “I’m from the state where 20 percent of our homes are mobile, because that’s how we roll”—was probably composed by the show’s writers. The actual rate is 17.9 percent, tops in the nation. And while some fellow residents may be upset, Mark Dillard, executive director of the Manufactured Housing Institute of South Carolina (MHISC) says the phone has been ringing more than usual, and he is using the occasion to educate people who call about manufactured homes. “These homes don’t roll, except from the factory to your land,” Dillard says, noting this is no longer 1975, before the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) began putting strict controls on their production. One SC manufactured housing business put up “Thank You Miss South Carolina” on its electronic reader board. Hicks tells MHProNews manufactured homes are indistinguishable from subdivision homes and subject to the same regulations. But as Dillard remarks, “Who’s smarter, or more financially savvy: a person who buys a house they can afford, or a person who gets in over their head by trying to buy a McMansion?”

(Photo credit: archerland2005/flickr–manufactured home)

Manufactured Home Production Continues to Rise

September 6th, 2013 Comments off

According to statistics gathered on behalf of the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), manufactured housing production rose in July, 2013 to 4,793 HUD Code homes, an increase of 13.5 percent over the 4,221 homes produced in July, 2012. The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) reports industry production through July, 2013 equals 33,926 homes, an increase of 6.2 percent over the 31,936 manufactured homes produced for the same period in 2012. As MHProNews has learned, Texas continues to be the largest shipment state.

(Photo credit: Wikipedia–manufactured homes ready for shipment)

Modular Unit will Serve as Dialysis Center

September 6th, 2013 Comments off

The Memorial Hospital’s (TMH) Board of Trustees in Craig, Colorado has just approved the site lease for a 5,000 square foot modular dialysis building on hospital land. Sanderling Healthcare of Nashville, Tennessee would lease the land and build and operate the center. Not only would there be eight stations for dialysis patients, space is available for patients needing chemotherapy infusions, according to craigdailypress. Located near the northwest corner of CO, patients currently have to make the trip to Grand Junction, which is nearly 200 miles away, or Denver, which is farther. TMH will make $150,000 infrastructure upgrades to the site pending approval from lender Prudential and backer the Department of Housing and Urban Development.  MHProNews has learned the goal is to have the modular medical facility finished by year’s end.

(Photo credit: National Association of Home Builders–modular under construction)

Housing Starts Rise in July almost Six Percent

August 16th, 2013 Comments off

Signifying continuing recovery of the housing market, housing starts nationwide jumped 5.9 percent to a seasonally annual adjusted rate (SAAR) of 896,000 units in July, led by a sharp rebound in the multifamily sector, strong enough to offset a slight loss in the single-family home market. According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), figures released by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Census Bureau report multifamily starts grew by 26 percent over June, to a SAAR of 305,000, offsetting a dip the previous month. Single-family fell housing starts hit 2.2 percent to a SAAR of 591,000. Regionally, housing starts rose 40.2 percent in the Northeast, 25.4 percent in the Midwest and 7.2 percent in the West. The South dropped seven percent. MHProNews understands building permits rose 2.7 percent nationally, increasing in all four regions.

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Construction Company Head Slams Modular Housing

August 12th, 2013 Comments off

Responding to the onset of numerous modular housing projects now underway in New York City, Samuel C. Florman, Chairman of Kreisler Borg Florman General Construction Co., notes that George Romney (Mitt Romney’s father) promoted prefabricated housing as Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in 1969-1973. Writing in crainsnewyork, he says nine factories had public and private support across the board but “the experiment failed. They falter because of suddenly weakened financial backing, technical complications, community conflicts, weather, accidents, labor unrest and, in general, the unforeseen.” MHProNews understands that the absence of weather conditions is one major factor in the success of modular construction.

(Photo credit: Forest Ratner Co.–Brooklyn Atlantic Yards modular housing)

Manufactured Housing Production Rises in June

August 2nd, 2013 Comments off

Statistics from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development indicate production of manufactured homes in June hit 5,388 homes, 5.1 percent over the 5,075 homes produced in June of 2012. Production for the year stands at 29,133 homes, similarly a 5.1 percent increase over the 27,715 for the same period last year. As the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) tells MHProNews, Texas continues to lead all the other states in shipments by a long shot.

(Photo credit: Wikipedia–manufactured homes prepared for shipment.)

Abandoned Manufactured Homes Set for Removal

July 31st, 2013 Comments off

The Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) in Northfield, Minn. intends to purchase and demolish five pre-HUD Code homes in Florella’s Park that have been abandoned for many years, and will also begin the same process for six additional homes. The HRA had to appear in court with the manager of Florella to obtain the titles of the homes from the owner who died some 20 years ago. After the units are listed in public media for 30 days, the HRA will buy the homes for $500 to $2,000 each, and then pay $4,500 to demolish each one, including land maintenance for each site. The funding will come from the Community Development Block Grant program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, through the Dakota County Community Development Agency. The sites will be prepared so the community owner can bring in new homes subject to updated codes and standards, as MHProNews has learned from southernminn.com.

(Photo credit: Kaitlyn Walsh/northfieldnews–abandoned MH in Florelle’s Park)

HUD Issues Ground Anchor Proposal for Manufactured Homes

July 29th, 2013 Comments off

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has published a proposed ground anchor testing and installation rule for manufactured housing in the July 26, 2013 edition of the Federal Register. The proposal would adopt recommendations made by the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee to determine ground anchor performance. Since there is no national test method for rating ground assemblies in different soil classifications, the proposal would establish a uniform test method to be used by all states. As MHProNews has learned, comments from interested parties are due by Sept. 24, 2013. For the Federal Register text, please click here.

(Image credit: Department of Housing and Urban Development)

Manufactured Housing Production Increases in May

July 3rd, 2013 Comments off

The U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s statistics reveal manufactured housing production rose in May, 2013 to 5,622 homes, an increase of 7.8 percent over the 5,211 HUD Code units produced in May of 2012. As the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) informs MHProNews, total production for 2013 has reached 23,795 HUD Code homes, a 5.1 percent increase over the 22,640 homes for the same time period in 2012.

(Photo credit: Chris Butler/idahostatesman–Delores Loredo nailing a roof on a manufactured home in Nampa, Idaho.)