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ATF Bomb Squad deployed in Manufactured Home Community, Industry Pro Alert

January 20th, 2018 Comments off

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Police reports carried by Denver7 state that a man rigged a Federal Heights “mobile home” with more than a dozen Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), before setting it ablaze.

 

Several explosive devices were found inside the charred remains of a mobile home in Federal Heights Thursday, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATFE), per Denver7.

FEDERAL HEIGHTS, Colo. — More than a dozen explosive devices were found inside the charred remains of a mobile home in Federal Heights Thursday, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives confirmed to Denver7.

Approximately 12 devices were recovered and made safe and two other explosive devices were being worked on as of Thursday afternoon. Police said additional devices had been identified and were pending retrieval and rendering safe, according to a press release from the police department,” per local media.

MH Professional Wake Up Call

Manufactured home community owners and managers have often commented that operating a sizable community is akin to being a mayor of a small town.

For industry newcomers – and those researching manufactured housing here on the Daily Business News – it must be noted that third party, university-level research demonstrates that criminal activity is no higher in mobile or manufactured housing than it is in any other kind of housing.

Pride and Prejudice: The Truth About Manufactured Home Communities and Crime

Wake Up Call for Community Owner/Operators?

The Coloardo community incident provides a wake-up call for owner/operators, to consider what steps they are lawfully able to take to identify potential problem residents before move-in, or once they are discovered to be in place.  It could also spark a desire among community owners to revisit some Obama era regulations and guidelines, to see which ones went too far, reducing the safety of residents and property, for the sake of ‘political correctness.’

A cursory view of the home on camera suggests it is a pre-HUD Code mobile home, not a manufactured home.

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The owner of the mobile home, 56-year-old Steven Richard Truetken, was arrested for allegedly starting the fire Wednesday. He told Adams County authorities he placed homemade explosives inside the trailer home [sic] before setting it ablaze,” said Denver7.

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A commonly misused term doesn’t make it the correct name. Media should learn and use the correct nomenclature, just as they would for people, products, and professions other than manufactured homes.

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Local media’s description of the location, pointed Google maps to the featured image at the top of this post.

Plumes of white smoke could be seen for miles as firefighters from North Metro Fire and several neighboring agencies assisted in putting the fire out,” said local media, “Members of an Adams County bomb squad, along with ATF agents, were at the scene of the fire Thursday morning. The explosive devices were found in the home after a bomb-disarming robot was sent in. It’s not clear what type of explosives were found during the search.”

Truetken told police he’d planned the event for some time.  He intentionally “introduced gasoline into and around the home of his neighbor, and ignited the gasoline knowing that at least one person was in the home,” according to a media release.

Only the Daily Business News has reached out to anti-terror expert, Dr. Sebastian Gorka, to learn his take on potential acts of savagery, as it could relate to manufactured housing specifically, and the nation in general.

Dr. Sebastian Gorka Exclusive on Soft Targets, President Trump, Securing our Homeland, and Manufactured Housing

The alleged suspect told police he’d run a hose from his water heater gas line into the home.  The plan?  to fill it with natural gas so he could destroy his home, no doubt mindful of the broader damage it could have caused others.

A possible motive was not released, as of the time of this reporting.

But court records indicate that the suspect had an extensive criminal record, “…with burglary, traffic violations including DUI, third-degree assault, carrying a concealed weapon, harassment, resisting arrest, obstructing a peace officer,” among others.

The kids were really small, and they were, I think, playing in his yard and he pulled a gun on them,” Mike Canacari, a longtime neighbor who said the SWAT was called in that time, too. “He’s prejudiced. I think he’s a White Supremacist, and that’s how he feels.”

Truetken is being held at the Adams County Detention Facility.  He’s facing multiple charges including criminal attempt second-degree murder. ## (News, analysis, commentary.)

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Jenny Hodge, National Community Council, Public Time-Bomb Deployed on Manufactured Housing Institute, Prominent MHI Lender

May 3rd, 2017 Comments off
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MHI, NCC logos and Jenny Hodge’s original photo, credits are MHI/NCC, and are shown here under fair use guidelines. Collage credits, MHProNews.com.

It’s axiomatic. Today’s news becomes tomorrow’s history. Journalist Alan Barth wrote, “News is only the first rough draft of history.” As confirmation hearings and political campaigns often prove, history can in turn make news. Most have had the experience of saying or writing something yesterday, that proved awkward days, months — or years later.

Thus, Andy Rooney’s advice, “Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.”

In another exclusive Flashback report on the Daily Business Reports, what the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI’s) top staffer for the National Communities Council (NCC) – Jenny Hodge – stated then may come back to haunt the national association she works for, now…

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Jenny Hodge, photo credit, MHI/NCC, and is shown under fair use guidelines.

Our industry is certainly not immune to the forces of market transparency created by the ubiquitous influence of the Internet,” Hodge wrote in 2013, in an article entitled, Evolving the Model for Continued Improvement (see linked copy, below).

Hodge thoughtfully urged strategies mindful of the revelations that the internet created.

The problem?

MHI’s own perceived failures at transparency in communications.  Those alleged failures could be applied to their “weaponized” words – sent or spoken to their own members – and also to the public at large.

Member Frank Rolfe is just one of the more vocal ones who’s blasted MHI’s “hypocrisy,” and failure to communicate – or MHI doing so with transparency.

Eagle One Financial Senior Vice President, Titus Dare is another who said that MHI’s advertorials, are an embarrassing communications tool, one that the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) would never use.

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To see the report above, click the image.

Hodge’s Time-Bomb Drops on MHI, MHI Lender

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Tim Williams, 21st Mortgage, current MHI Chairman – credit, LinkedIn.

As more and more loan portfolios are seen (and documented) to perform well, capital will reenter the space.” Hodge correctly pointed out that new capital wants data on loan performance.

MHI tells its members – and those in the world who might listen – that they want to promote chattel lending by the Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs, or Enterprises) of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

However, there are numerous reports that MHI’s chairman, Tim Williams of 21st Mortgage, said in a meeting room in San Antonio that his company had not released loan performance data to FHFA/the GSEs.

Furthermore, in the same meeting, Williams said his company was concerned that if the GSE’s entered the manufactured home lending space, they [the GSE’s] may take the better “credit tranches,” leaving them with poorer ones.

Does Hodge’s words about “transparency” – and the need for prospective new lenders to have sound “and documented” data – apply to their positions allegedly expressed by MHI’s chairman and the company he leads?

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While one can certainly understand the desire of a lender to protect their market share, why does MHI tell their members, the industry at large, and those outside who will listen that they are working to get the Duty to Serve with chattel lending to become a reality, when their chairman has not done what Hodge says a lender – such as the GSE’s – naturally want and need in order to enter the market? Image credit is as shown above.

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Applying Hodge’s time-bomb words implies the following.

The upshot from a lack of transparency, and lack of documented data by the industry’s largest lender would tend to push the GSEs away from doing chattel loans in manufactured home land-lease communities, or elsewhere.

If the rumors and claims reported by sources to MHProNews about the Enterprises doing – maybe – only one or two limited – and multi-year – pilot projects proves accurate, it’s precisely because they lacked the data and transparency the GSEs felt they needed.

That would in turn point back to the industry’s largest lender’s stated unwillingness to provide said data, and statements reportedly made by him with several dozen industry professionals in an MHI meeting in San Antonio, earlier this year.

Why Doesn’t MHI Push for Pam Danner’s Removal at HUD? 

Or Why Does MHI Keep Promoting Preserving Access?

Those questions may also find their candid, if awkward, answers in Hodge’s published article.

Another trend likely to continue is the increasing regulatory burden that has hurt the smaller, independent operators of manufactured home communities and resulted in continued industry consolidation.”

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MHI’s networking events – such as this week’s ‘Congress and Expo’ in Las Vegas – are considered by many to be worth-while for business. Beyond networking meetings, how has MHI done at achieving their own stated agenda in Washington, D.C..? When asked to comment or outline their lobbying accomplishments, MHI has been silent. When asked to explain why they complain in writing about HUD, yet are not seeking to change the person – Pam Danner – one or more there allegedly helped put in at HUD, MHI is silent. To a few who’ve heard from MHI leaders on the subject, they’ve told MHProNews that MHI says they’re moving on from the HUD program leadership discussion – meaning, they are okay with keeping Pam Danner.  Do they really want change that will ease regulatory burdens?  Or are they ok with “consolidations,” which Hodge’s column clearly says is the result of such burdensome regulations? 

If that’s true – and she isn’t alone in that belief – doesn’t that potent quote from Hodge expose what MHI is allowing to occur, precisely by not successfully addressing regulatory burdens? 

If MHI appears to be making a ‘good effort,’ but comes up short – the impact on independent communities – or retailers, HUD Code builders, others – is the same.

As Hodge aptly put it, “…increasing regulatory burden that has hurt the smaller, independent operators of manufactured home communities [and other businesses of all types in the industry] and resulted in continued industry consolidation.”

Several MHI members – and even more non-members – believe that the Arlington, VA based association is either mishandling, blowing smoke or fumbling opportunities in their self-promoted lobbying activities, which they style as “Housing Alerts.

Those MHI “alerts” may generate hundreds of emails from industry professionals who sincerely want regulatory relief.

MHI’s top staff cheer-lead around how many emails they generate.  They tout how many are co-sponsoring their Preserving Access bill.

But after years of effort – and millions spent – what positive change have they actually effected?  Where is their claimed “clout?”

If those who believe in conspiracy theories are correct – repeated failures by MHI to achieve promised goals leaves the heavy regulatory burdens intact.

Hodge’s analysis in 2013 stated those regulatory burdens push more industry professionals out-of-the-business.  That would impact thousands of “mom and pop” sized, and other industry companies. Those in turn would often sell to larger operations, which are more able to deal with those regulatory challenges.

The more things change, the more they stay the same,” Hodge said in her opening line.  When applied to how things are done at MHI, has Hodge’s keen statements proven to be true?

Does a close analysis of her article create a new – ironically inconsistent, and contradictory communications tension – in messaging from within MHI itself? ##

(For the full context of Hodge’s comments and the article Evolving the Model for Continued Improvement, please click here.)

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Submitted by Soheyla Kovach to the Daily Business News on MHProNews.com.

 

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