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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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MHI Responds to Unexpected Testimony at Congressional Hearing

February 8th, 2012 2 comments

MHProNews.com has received a memorandum from Joe Stegmayer, Chairman of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), regarding testimony at last week’s House Financial Services Committee hearing on HUD’s implementation of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000. Noting the difficulty in gaining the attention of Congress, Stegmayer emphasizes the extended effort expended by MHI staff and members to obtain this hearing, and the opportunity to introduce bipartisan legislation (H.R. 3849) aimed at the unintended consequences of the SAFE Act and Dodd-Frank that negatively impact MH. Several members of Congress did remark on the importance of manufactured housing as a source of affordable housing. MHI had been asked to recommend a witness who could attest to HUD’s implementation of the MH Improvement Act of 2000. Manuel Santana, Director of Engineering for Cavco and a member of HUD’s Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC) was chosen for this role. His testimony included HUD’s slow response to changes in the industry, and ineffectiveness in implementing regulatory directives contained in the Improvement Act. Another witness chosen by congressional staffers to testify was Ishbel Dickens, Executive Director, Manufactured Homeowners Association of America (MHOAA), also a member of MHCC. Ms. Dickens opted to use her testimony to lash out at MHC owners instead of the task outlined by the committee. In response, MHI/NCC (National Communities Council) will compose a letter to the House committee documenting positive attributes of community living while responding to the issues raised by Ms. Dickens. In addition, MHI/NCC will seek an opportunity for NCC to have a discussion with House committee members, and for an NCC representative to testify before the House Financial Services Committee.

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Who Said All the Bad Actors are Gone?

February 6th, 2012 Comments off

Manuel Santana, director of engineering for Cavco Industries, told a congressional subcommittee HUD’s negligence in implementing the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 has contributed to the industry’s 80 percent decline in production. In testimony prepared for the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity, he said the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) has made numerous suggestions to improve the 2000 measure, and adapt to changes in the industry, but HUD is slow to respond to these recommendations. CronkiteNews tells MHProNews.com Santana, representing MHI said, “These delays result in lost sales and unnecessary interruptions in the construction process, which ultimately lead to loss of jobs and lost economic opportunity for the industry.” Noting the unknown impact on MH from new regulations, and the continuing struggle with lack of financing, he said HUD’s inefficiency has presented added problems to an industry that has seen 160 plants close and 200,000 jobs lost since 2000. Four other industry representatives also testified. Henry Czauski, acting deputy administrator for HUD’s Office of Manufactured Housing Programs, said to the legislators: “I want to assure the subcommittee the department has and continues to fairly and diligently implement the 2000 act in accordance with the statutory purposes to protect the quality, durability, safety, and affordability of manufactured housing.”

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