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Trump Administration’s Official 2019 HUD Budget, Proposals Unveiled

February 12th, 2018 Comments off

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Spending plan will preserve or increase support for homeless, seniors, disabled, and healthy housing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – “The Trump Administration today announced the proposed Fiscal Year 2019 Budget for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), a $41.24 billion spending plan that continues or expands support for vulnerable populations including those experiencing homelessness, the elderly and persons living with disabilities,”  HUDs press office said in a release to the Daily Business News.

 

The President’s 2019 Budget represents a commitment to fiscal restraint, with a modest one percent increase in discretionary funding over last year’s request,” stated their release.

As industry professionals know, HUD has made news calling for a top-down review of their manufactured housing industry program.  That report, is linked below.

While the Budget seeks stable or increased funding for direct rental subsidies to the elderly and disabled, as well as to homeless assistance and lead hazard control, in other less targeted programs, the Administration is committed to the idea that state and local governments are best positioned to address specific needs in their communities.  Read HUD’s proposed FY 2019 Budget.

The budget lays out a vision for a government that is efficient, effective, and accountable.  It provides for a strong national defense, lays the groundwork for further economic growth and opportunity through reduced regulatory burdens and taxes, and recognizes the importance of aggressively addressing our nation’s fiscal challenges,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “I am confident HUD will deliver on its core programs, assist our most vulnerable populations, and make significant enhancements to our programs where needed.”

The balance of this report is taken verbatim from the HUD release.

 

ENDING HOMELESSNESS

The 2019 Budget continues the Federal goal to prevent and end homelessness by seeking a record $2.4 billion to support thousands of local housing and service programs assisting those living in the nation’s sheltering system and on the streets.  This represents a $133 million increase over the Administration’s 2018 budget request.

ENHANCE RENT ASSISTANCE

The Budget continues support for 4.7 million HUD-assisted households while seeking $601 million for the Housing for the Elderly (Section 202) and $140 million for the Housing for Persons with Disabilities (Section 811) programs. These requested amounts represent an increase of $91 million and $19 million respectively over the President’s 2018 budget request.

Over the past year, HUD has examined its main rental assistance programs (Housing Choice Vouchers, Project-Based Rental Assistance, Public Housing, and Housing for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities) with the goals of simplifying the programs to provide improved resident outcomes, and in turn decreasing the burden to the public through and maximizing its investment.  These strategic goals are comprised of two initiatives that HUD will pursue through a combination of legislative proposals and administrative actions that will enhance HUD’s rental assistance programs and chart a new course for the future of public housing.

  • Enhance Rental Assistance –The current rental assistance programs structure creates disincentives to employment and stable family formation, imposes large administrative burdens, generates significant costs to the Federal government, and represents a one-size-fits-all approach that does not take into consideration local community needs. The Administration will be sending forward a legislative proposal to Congress that will seek to encourage work and self-sufficiency, simplify program administration; increase local control and choice; and reduce costs to taxpayers.

 

  • Future of Public Housing – Public Housing has an estimated $26 billion capital needs backlog, and affordable units are lost each year due to severe disrepair. The cumbersome regulatory structure of the Public Housing program limits local Public Housing Agencies’ (PHAs) ability to adequately address their significant needs.  The budget proposes to merge the Public Housing Capital Fundinto the Public Housing Operating Fund with reduced overall funding.  This new combined Operating Fund will be given extra flexibilities to pay for capital improvement needs.  This better supports local needs by allowing increased flexibility for each PHA to make decisions that best serve their residents.  Longer term, HUD will work with local PHAs to shift public housing units to a more sustainable model and to allow State and local governments to take a more active role to support these functions. One of these more sustainable models is HUD Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD).  Given the scarcity of federal funds and the substantial capital needs of the nation’s aging public housing stock, the Administration proposes removing the statutory limit on the number of public housing units that can participate in RAD.  Currently, only 225,000 units of public housing can take advantage of this affordable housing preservation program.

 

SUPPORTING HOMEOWNERSHIP AND FAIR HOUSING

The 2019 Budget continues to support homeownership through the FHA mortgage insurance programs, providing up to $400 billion in new loan guarantee authority that and includes critical funding to support targeted improvements to FHA’s aging information technology systems, some of which are based upon the outdated COBOL programming language.

In addition, the Budget seeks $550 billion in new guarantee authority for Ginnie Mae, a part of HUD.  Ginnie Mae makes affordable housing a reality for millions of low- and moderate-income households across America by channeling global capital into the nation’s housing markets.  Specifically, Ginnie Mae provides significant liquidity, allowing lenders to obtain a better price for their mortgage loans in the secondary mortgage market. The lenders can then use the proceeds to fund new mortgage loans.

The Administration is also seeking $62 million to support HUD’s fair housing mission.

 

ELIMINATING/REDUCING INEFFECTIVE PROGRAMS 

 The Administration continues to seek the elimination of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, shifting the activities the block grant program supports to the State and local level.  Since 1980, and most recently in 2013, HUD studies found that CDBG are not well targeted to the poorest communities and has not demonstrated a measurable impact on communities.  Similarly, the Administration proposes through the Budget the elimination of HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods Initiative, HOME Investment Partnerships Program, and the Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity Program (SHOP), because State and local governments can better meet their communities’ needs.

 

PROMOTING HEALTHY HOMES

To protect families and their young children from potentially dangerous lead-based paint and other hazards, the Budget requests $145 million to promote healthy and lead-safe housing, $15 million over last year’s requested amount.

 

ENVISION CENTERS

The budget includes $2 million to support HUD’s new EnVision Center Demonstration.  Located on or near public housing developments, EnVision Centers will be centralized hubs that serve as an incubator to empowering people to graduate from HUD-assisted housing, becoming self-sufficient and responsible homeowners and renters in the private market.  By helping move people to self-sufficiency, HUD will be able to help Americans who are underserved.

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 HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. 

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Sunday Morning Weekly Recap Manufactured Housing Industry News, September 24 to October 1, 2017

October 1st, 2017 Comments off
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Tony, every week there is so much that happens, this [The Sunday Morning Headline News Recap] is an easy way for me to review the news, thank you for this [feature] and your team’s coverage of factory-built housing.

Our featured articles for September are available on the MHProNews.com home page.

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Road to Zero Wealth, Fisking Prosperity Now, Institute for Policy Studies Report

September 13th, 2017 Comments off
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We can’t just be the party of redistribution of wealth … we’ve got to be the party of creation of wealth,” U.S. Representative Tim Ryan (D-OH) said recently on MSNBC‘s Morning Joe.

Yet Prosperity Now – formerly CFED – proposes just that – redistribution of wealth – in their latest position paper The Road to Zero Wealth.

Their study looks closely at an issue that many advocates across the political and economic spectrum agree upon. Namely, that blacks and Hispanics have been going backwards in their net worth for years.

On such a hot button topic in a post-Charlottesville America, MHProNews will do a focused “fisking” of this issue and report.

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Note, the charts from their report have not been fact checked. Why? Because even if accurate, the fundamental premise of the report is flawed. Correct facts, with a flawed ‘solution,’ will only lead to a flawed outcome.

Are the shocking statistics that Prosperity Now and the Institute for Policy Studies presents a classic case of Mark Twain’s pithy saying – “There are lies, damn lies and statistics.”

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Some of their reports and charts are fascinating from the following perspective. Progressives – even when well intended – have long pushed for certain policies, which have not produced the desired result. Yet, their technocrats are undeterred, and keep pushing revised versions of policies that have no historic track record for success.

Note the graphics in this post from their report have not been fact checked, why? Because accurate or not, the solution they propose is one proven time and again to be a failure, both here in the U.S. and abroad.  When the proposed solution is flawed, why bother double-checking other details?

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As MHProNews and MHLivingNews has chronicled for years, CFED turned Prosperity Now is pro-manufactured housing, but takes some anti-MH business stances. Click the above to learn more.

A Solution Hiding in Plain Sight?

Unlimited immigration essentially dilutes the potential value of the law of supply and demand for American workers, says Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR), who filed a bill for a plan that President Donald J. Trump supports.

The Daily Business News looked at that subject through the lens of manufactured housing, labor and business in a report found in the link above.

Cheap labor may sound good to an employer. But there are economic consequences to that practice, which harms black or Hispanic workers, as well as whites and other ethnic groups.  There are harmful consequences to trade, tax, and other policies that shift opportunities overseas, all at the expense of the American worker.

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What can the valid justification be for taking from someone who honestly earned their income, and give it away to someone else who didn’t work for or earn that income? That’s contrary to the ideals that made America the most prosperous nation in the world. To see the full report, click the above.

What proposals such as this one miss is that the wealthy can always shift that wealth abroad, to a lower tax area.  What sounds good on paper, in practice, has not worked before.  Why would it work this time?

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The U.S. dominates in wealth, but that percentage has been shrinking due to 50 plus years of flawed domestic, trade, and foreign policies. The nations that are now growing the fastest are those that have lower regulatory and tax barriers.  Low taxes and common sense regulations – such as anti-monopoly laws, are the historic and proven American Way. For MH commentary including the race issue, click here.

After more than fifty years of Democratic President Lyndon Banes Johnson’s so-called “War on Poverty,” there’s trillions more in federal debt. The poverty level is about the same.

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Yet, free enterprise was already working to change poverty for people of all race, creeds, and colors. The intervention of socialism harmed, rather than helped. When China and Russia abandoned their socialistic economic model, and when we see the collapse of Venezuela in only about a decade of socialism, why would any thinking Americans entertain a system that is a proven failure?

The Progressive Playbook?

It is much the same as the elitists and technocrats who want to replace failed ObamaCare with failed single-payer healthcare.

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The Solution?

Rev. Donald Tye hasn’t called for handouts.  Nor did Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Both promote genuine equality of opportunity and an equal protection under the law.

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Tye explained that public housing – an entitlement – often yields addiction. Ownership vs. renting or living in “projects” leads to integrity, a view he likens to those of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Dr. Ben Carson has pointed out that the typical homeowner has a $200,000 net worth, while the typical renter has only a $5000 net worth.  While Carson has spoken well of manufactured housing on occasion, it is unclear how well he truly understands the opportunity for wealth creation that manufactured homes which HUD regulates could provide to people of all racial and other groups.

This is why Tye has been an enthusiastic advocate for manufactured homes, and their use in urban, suburban as well as rural areas.

Ironically, Prosperity Now has on one level grasped the fundamental truth that manufactured housing could be a key resource for putting people of all backgrounds who are renters onto the path of home ownership.  But then, don’t they muddy their own water by taking a position for redistribution of wealth, which is a proven policy failure each time it is attempted?

Tye’s promotes what manufactured housing professionals who understand and believe in the enhanced preemption of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 (MHIA 2000) like Stan Dye do (see the Dye video interview, above).

That solution is simple. It requires only enforcement of existing laws.  Allow the proper placement of HUD Code manufactured homes in urban area where infill opportunities exist.

Let the free market work, by enforcement of existing law.

Summary

The solutions proposed by Tye, Dye, MHARR or others are free market, limited government ones.

Tye has gone further in pushing for a proper understanding and implementation of constitutionally limited government, and a return to the fundamentals of faith that alone can protect a society.

Millions of people of good will believe in the progressive agenda.  But have enough followed the history of that agenda to its logical conclusion?  Do they see what Tye and others promote, the notion that labels are often used to “divide and rule” people?  Only a sincere seeking of truth, without bias or bigotry will provide the solutions that tens of millions yearn for in America today.

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  • and celebrates those poor of all colors who own one too.
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NLIHC CEO Responds on HUD’s Worst Case Housing Needs Report, MH Leader Reacts

August 11th, 2017 Comments off

DianeYentelNationalLowIncomeHousingCoalitionNLIHCDailyBusinessNewsMHProNews410The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published on August 9 its Worst Case Housing Needs: 2017 Report to Congress, showing that 8.3 million unassisted very low income households in America spend more than half of their income on their housing, live in severely substandard housing, or both,” said a release by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) to MHProNews.

The number of households experiencing this “worst case housing” has increased by 41% since 2007 and by 66% since 2001. We are experiencing an affordable housing crisis of unprecedented proportions,” the NLIHC release said.

NLIHC pointed to a press statement accompanying the release of the report.

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Dr. Ben Carson, HUD Secretary, official photo.

In that release, HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson stated: “Today’s affordable rental housing crisis requires that we take a more business-like approach on how the public sector can reduce the regulatory barriers so the private markets can produce more housing for more families.”

President and CEO Diane Yentel expressed her perspective via the NLIHC release that, “While fewer regulatory barriers to housing production would help in high cost markets where the rental supply is tight, the private market will never provide sufficient housing for the lowest income households.”

Without housing assistance,” Yentel believes, “what these families can afford to pay in rent is virtually always too low to cover the costs for the private market to serve them.”

Yentel promotes the notion that the mortgage interest deduction (MID) should be modified, removing a deduction that often goes to the wealthy, and that those funds could then be used to aid more of the poor who are housing challenged.

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One of the graphics from the NLIHC on this issue.

Secretary Carson has said several times recently that the difference in household net worth is some $200,000 for homeowners, while those who live in rental housing is only about $5,000.

Manufactured home advocated – and actively retired businessman and minister – the Rev. Donald Tye, Jr. has said that the answer for many are found in modern manufactured homes.

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Tye explained that public housing – an entitlement – often yields addiction. Ownership vs. renting or living in “projects” leads to integrity, a view he likens to those of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tye is not alone in that view.

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Manufactured housing produces entry level homes, such as the one shown above, as well as residential style homes. A 3 bedroom, 2 bath home like the one above is priced from the 40s in many markets today.  Add a reasonably priced home-site, and the monthly cost is far lower than rent in most markets. Think entry level cars, cells, etc., save that the entry level manufactured home must still meet all of the safety, energy and construction standards established by HUD. Satisfaction with manufactured home living is well established by both federal and private reports. Click here for quality/satisfaction details

An MH Industry Leader’s View

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Mark Weiss, JD, President, CEO of MHARR.

Without directly addressing any of the NLIHC points, the industry’s voice for independent producers spoke out in the following fashion.

There are steps that HUD could take today to increase the availability of safe, decent and affordable housing for American families without spending a dime of taxpayer money,” said Mark Weiss, JD.

Weiss is the president and CEO of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR), which like the NLIHC, is based in Washington, D.C.

Studies undertaken by HUD itself, show that HUD regulated manufactured housing is the nation’s most affordable housing, surpassing even rentals,” Weiss told MHProNews.

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Image provided by MHProNews, from the GAO report, which underscores MHARR and Rev. Tye’s points. To see the GAO report, click here or the image above.

MHARR’s CEO Bullets

Weiss laid out his bullets like this.

By more fully:

  • incorporating manufactured housing into all of HUD’S housing programs;
  • by advancing and facilitating the acceptance of manufactured housing within HUD and by government at all levels, as already required by law;
  • by eliminating unnecessary and non-cost-effective federal regulation; by preventing the discriminatory exclusion of manufactured housing by rogue jurisdictions, using powers already provided by existing law, and, most importantly:
  • by putting the HUD manufactured housing program under the direction of a qualified appointee, as provided by law,

HUD could elevate and reinvigorate an existing public – private sector program capable of providing inherently affordable housing for millions of Americans at virtually no cost.”

 Weiss’ bullets dovetail in some ways with Dr. Carson’s call for public-private partnerships.

As Congress recognized when it adopted the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000,” Weiss said, “that law — and HUD’S function with respect to Manufactured Housing — is no longer just about consumer protection, but about ensuring the availability of affordable manufactured housing for ALL Americans.”

Weiss emphasized his points by saying that, “It’s about time that HUD took that responsibility seriously, and the worst case housing needs report underscores the urgent need to do so.”

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Residential style manufactured homes like the one shown are about half the cost of a similar size conventional home, per the U.S. Census Bureau. For a video interview with a long-time federal official, which includes home and construction clips, see the video linked here.

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Are Americans Hunting for the Single Sectional Manufactured Home Alternative?

June 23rd, 2017 Comments off

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The hands down king of affordable permanent housing in the U. S. is single section (a.k.a. ‘single wide’) manufactured homes. On a cost per square foot basis, they are hard to beat, as U.S. Census Bureau – and other research from sources such as Zillow, or the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) – demonstrates.

But the media interest—love affair?—with tiny houses and prefabs, such as the container housing highlighted in this report, makes it clear that manufactured home professionals have an opportunity in disguise to connect with a new wave of different kind of factory-built housing interest.

That opportunity – if unrealized – is also a threat to the HUD Code industry, say some industry experts.

Container Housing Overview

Metal shipping containers are made so inexpensively in China to send goods to foreign markets that it is not worthwhile to return them for the next shipment.  That results in those metal boxes lining U. S. and other docks by the thousands.

With the current emphasis on recycling and re-purposing existing resources, a number of enterprising folks are converting them into tiny houses—some as getaways, others as permanent housing.

Termed by Curbed as “an eco-friendly alternative to traditional building materials,” several companies can deliver them within ten weeks. There are also Do It Yourself (DIY) plans for those handy with a torch and ball-peen hammer, but converting a steel box into a home can be rather arduous.

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Ball-Peen Hammer.

Containers typically come in two sizes—8 ft X 20 ft or 8ft X 40 ft. The smaller one yields a nominal living space of 160 square feet, the larger one comes in at about 320 square feet.

Houston-based Backcountry Containers offers a 40 foot model that sleeps up to five people for a dollar shy of $45k for the starting price—about $144 per square foot. The 20 foot container model, 160 square feet, starts at $33,000, or $206 a square foot.

All offer their hip, signature, rooftop deck (see featured image above).

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Alberta-based Honomobo offers several different models beginning with the HO2 studio home which at 362 square feet offers an open living area with a kitchen, separate bathroom, a nook for a bed and work area, and large window on one side that brings in natural light.

At $76,646 it rounds off to just under $212 per square foot. All their homes are built to local building codes and rest on permanent foundations.

Honomobo’s two-story, 1,408 square foot model offers the top floor solely for the master suite with walk-in closet, tub, shower, private toilet and den, with an additional bedroom on the first level. It comes in at a little over $190 per square foot.

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Named after a ski run at Telluride, Colorado, the 160 square foot Zulu Queen from Boulder, CO-based Rhino Cubed features a full kitchen and offers an artistic, rustic flair with a 1250-watt solar generator. At $48,400 it comes in at $302.50 per square foot.

The finish-it-yourself model, the NakedTainer, their least expensive is 160 square feet for $33,600, or $210 per square foot. Their largest model is 640 square feet, for $149,000, about $233 per square foot. All models are built to the International Residential Code.

The View from MHVille

As MHLivingNews and MHProNews publisher and industry consultant, L. A.”Tony” Kovach, reminds manufactured housing professionals that these numbers should shake loose the cobweb thinking that being content with the current level of sales of MH is just all right. It’s not.  See that popular post, linked here.

LATonyKovach-Louisville-2015-mhpronews-com-275x156There are arguably few industries that are better poised for potentially explosive growth than manufactured housing. America, indeed much of the world, needs affordable quality homes. Factory home-building provides that option,” he says.

MH sales have fallen from the heady days of the late 1990s, hitting bottom with the housing downturn in 2008, but have risen steadily since 2009 to just over 81,100 new HUD Code homes in 2016. This is where HUD’s Secretary Dr. Ben Carson’s point about home ownership leading  to wealth building makes sense. Don’t manufactured homes make more sense than tiny container housing, in many if not most applications?

More Containers, and Comparisons 

Custom Container Living of Archie, Missouri offers generous options for the interior and exterior, as well as raising the roof above the standard eight feet to 9.5 feet for the 40 foot long models. The basic backyard bedroom 20 foot model sells for $25,900, about $157 per square foot; one of the 40-foot models with 312 square foot, including a generous third of it as a porch, sells for $47,900, a shade over $153 per square foot.

Montainer Homes from Missoula, Montana bills itself as providing backyard homes (local municipalities permitting) with prices that include site prep, foundation, utilities, delivery and installation, all of which adds about 20-30 percent to the price. Their two module model begins at $85,000 for 320 square feet, about $265 a square foot, but totally custom made to order from stem to stern. The single module model starts at $45,000 for 160 square feet, or about $281 a square foot.

U.S. Census Bureau Manufactured Home Statistics

The average sales price of a single sectional manufactured home as of Dec. 2016, according to the Census Bureau, was $49,900. A 14×70 foot single section manufactured home is about 924 square feet – which is a typical model, although the 16 X 80 is a more popular size.  Those homes are made to stringent standards under the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Code for manufactured homes, which turned 41 earlier this month. Using the smaller 14×70 size to be conservative, that works out to be some $54.00 per square foot.

By contrast, while many container units are made to the IRC or other code, it’s not always clear to what standard, if any, shipping container homes are constructed.  And perhaps more important, which is more appealing, home like and livable?

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Interior and exterior views of single sectional, multi-sectional and even multi-level HUD Code manufactured homes.

The cost of a HUD Code single sectional amounts to some 60% less than the least expensive container home described above.  That typical single sectional is four times less than the most expensive container home profiled.

While it may make environmental sense to use that discarded container, when compared to manufactured homes, it may lead someone to ask, “Where is the beef?” Perhaps it’s hiding under that pet rock, or beneath the Cabbage Patch doll. ## (News, analysis.)

(A recent MHProNews story, linked here, also discusses the Tiny Homes.)

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MHI Comments Letter to HUD, Exec Order No. 13777 – Copy, Urgency, Analysis, Deadline 11:59 PM Tonight

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HUD is soliciting public comment to help them identify existing regulations that may be and, therefore, warranting repeal, replacement, or modification,” says the MHI document, downloadable at the link here.

The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) would find widespread agreement on their statement to industry members that the Department of Housing and Urban Affairs (HUD) Office of Manufactured Housing Program (OMHP) has “overreached,” and several of their other points are generally okay in the view of front-line industry professionals.

On June 5, MHI made a ‘copyrighted’ document. It is their contribution to encourage industry professionals into making the response to HUD regarding the Trump Administration’s Executive Order #13777 – using their word – “easy.”

Indeed, using MHI’s ‘engage’ system is easy. It does get numerous responses, for exactly that reason. But how effective are they?

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The comment process is not a vote – one well supported comment is often more influential than a thousand form letters“…”A comment can express simple support or dissent for a regulatory action. However, a constructive, information-rich comment that clearly communicates and supports its claims is more likely to have an impact on regulatory decision making. These tips are meant to help the public submit comments that have an impact and help agency policy makers improve federal regulations.” Why is MHI advocating for a lot of form letter comments, which is the opposite of what Regulations.gov says is effective?

Per the Regulations.gov website, it clearly states that a lot of the same messages doesn’t necessarily carry a lot of weight.  Among D.C. insiders, it’s a practice known as “astroturfing.”

Industry professionals have used the MHI ‘engage’ comment system for some years, as part of their self-touted ‘multi pronged effort’ to attempt passage for the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act.

How well has that multi-pronged effort and astroturfing worked?

Reality Check One

If passage and being signed into law is the standard of success, the MHI engagement on Dodd-Frank reform has clearly failed to achieve its goal for 5 years. For the latest on what third party GovTrack says the odds are of passage, please click here.

Reality Check Two

Regulation.gov says, “The comment process is not a vote – one well supported comment is often more influential than a thousand form letters.”  Their entire tips document is a download, available at this link here.

Reality Check Three

MHARR President and CEO, Mark Weiss, JD, has pointed out in their comment letter that without changing the program’s administration, every other change that might be enacted could be rendered irrelevant. See Weiss’ letter, linked here.

What First Daughter, Ivanka Trump, described as how surprisingly “vicious” Washington, D.C. is, has become obvious to tens of millions of Americans. The leaking of FBI information, admitted by the FBI’s fired director, James Comey, is an example of how unethical and illegal actions are being taken day by day in the nation’s capital.

Thus Weiss’ point is a central one to industry professionals who want more than an easy way to comment. Millions want a “drain the swamp” action.  Millions are at stake in every market, tens of billions collectively nationwide – so long as the industry acheives what President Trump and HUD Secretary, Dr. Ben Carson have offered via Executive Order #13777. Namely, to roll back job killing, business stifling regulations.

It’s in the hands of professionals like you.

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Action With Purpose and Promise

Some of the comments presented to HUD include the following. “

“…Meanwhile, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which oversees most of the regulations guiding construction of manufactured housing, seemingly continues to attempt to impose new regulations on the manufacturing and on-site completion process.  These, consumers as well as industry groups have said, bring no added value to manufactured home buyers, but they do drive up costs.

That’s precisely the kind of thing that President Trump’s Executive Order is supposed to help avoid, and I for one applaud that – which could be summarized by saying the HUD Code program director needs to be replaced, and the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 needs to be enforced.

– Matthew Silver.  His complete letter is available, at this link here.

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If HUD wants to live up to the full promise of the agency under Secretary Carson’s leadership, plus fulfill the promises of President Donald Trump, and Vice President Pence to “enforce the law,” here’s a simple yet brilliant way of doing so….

…few industries I’ve been exposed to are as hamstrung as manufactured housing.  It’s the obvious free-market solution for the affordable housing crisis, so long as the law – the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 – is applied.”

– Tim Connor, his full comments, are linked here.

Comments by Bob Crawford, Soheyla Kovach, Tony Kovach are linked with their respective names.

 

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President Trump and VP Mike Pence have both said they will be in the promise keeping business.

The deadline for comments is tonight at 11:59 PM. As President Trump has said, when it involves you and your profession, it pays to know as much as you can.  You can file your own comment in minutes at this link here.  Or cut and paste the web address below into your browser.

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Dr. Carson Calls for Comments on HUD, MHARR Reacts

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) posted a notice in the U.S. Federal Register yesterday, inviting comments related to identifying existing HUD regulations that may be “outdated, ineffective, or excessively burdensome.”

The directive, issued directly by HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson, is in accordance with Executive Orders (EO) 13771, “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs”, and Executive Order 13777 “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,” put forth by President Donald Trump in January and February respectively.

The notice is somewhat unusual in that it was issued directly by HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson (and not a lower-ranking Department official),” MHARR President & CEO Mark Weiss told MHProNews.

The notice states that HUD is in the process of establishing the agency Regulatory Reform Task Force required by EO 13777, and is seeking input from affected stakeholders in order to identify regulations that:

(1) Eliminate jobs, or inhibit job creation;

(2) Are outdated, unnecessary, or ineffective;

(3) Impose costs that exceed benefits;

(4) Create a serious inconsistency or otherwise interfere with regulatory reform initiatives and policies; or

(5) Rely, in whole or in part, on data, information, or methods that are not publicly available or are insufficiently transparent to meet the standard for reproducibility.

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Weiss says that, as MHARR stated immediately after EO 13777 was issued, the President’s regulatory reform initiatives “offer, potentially, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the industry and consumers to put a severely out-of-touch and out-of-control federal program back on track.”

For those in the industry who still downplay the possibility of regulatory reform at HUD and continue to believe that the intolerable status quo within the manufactured housing program is somehow good enough – or inevitable — this follow-through on the President’s regulatory initiatives by the HUD Secretary should be a call to action to move quickly and decisively for serious changes to the HUD program,” said Weiss, who continued, “to bring it into full compliance with the 2000 reform law and to conform the program to the reality of the manufactured housing industry today where outstanding homes, outstanding quality and outstanding value have resulted in unprecedented customer satisfaction and minimal levels of consumer complaints.”

The deadline for comments is June 14, 2017. Weiss says that MHARR plans to submit comments aggressively targeting these regulatory abuses, and urges others within the industry to do the same.

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MHARR: Manufactured Housing Must Remain Federally Regulated

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The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) is out with an advance of its April edition of “Issues and Perspectives,” a newsletter that discusses items relevant to the manufactured housing industry.

This edition of the newsletter addresses the need for manufactured housing to remain federally regulated, with MHARR President & CEO Mark Weiss stating, “In the natural world, the telltale scent of decay inevitably attracts predators and opportunists. Apparently, it’s no different with the decay of the HUD manufactured housing program over the past decade, and particularly over the past three years.

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Weiss continues, stating that, “With the program in a steep decline under its present Administrator, talk has once again emerged about ‘sunsetting’ the program at HUD, along with its federally preemptive building code, removing this expenditure from the federal budget.

Such an action would effectively return the regulation of manufactured housing to the control of state and local governments.

Weiss also points to “insiders and outsiders that would like to see an elimination of the program, saying “insiders would rather take the easy way out, and simply end the federal program without examining the consequences of doing so,” and outsiders having “always opposed federal regulation of manufactured housing and have sought to destroy it based on their own narrow self interests.

Weiss points to what MHARR see as the answer.

The answer, quite simply, is to make the federal program follow the law and implement the 2000 reform law according to its terms and full purposes.”

 

The full newsletter is linked here.

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MHARR: President Trump’s Actions Offer Major Opportunity for MH Industry and Consumers

February 28th, 2017 Comments off
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Washington, D.C., February 28, 2017 – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) tells MHProNews that Executive Orders issued by President Trump within the past thirty days provide an unprecedented opportunity for the federally-regulated manufactured housing industry and American consumers who rely upon manufactured homes.

The orders, says MHARR, fulfill the campaign promises by the President to significantly curtail the “regulatory state,” provide a solid basis for the industry and consumers to seek the elimination or modification of needless, job-killing federal regulations that unnecessarily increase the cost of the nation’s most affordable homes.

President Trump’s actions also provide a foundation for fundamental reforms to the manufactured housing program at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), to bring the program into full compliance with the landmark Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000.

MHARR says that executive orders issued on January 30th and February 24th require virtually all federal agencies to identify at least two existing regulations to be repealed for each new regulation added to the agency. Further, the agencies must designate a “Regulatory Reform Officer” and appoint a “Regulatory Reform Task Force” to identify regulations that eliminate jobs or inhibit job creation that are outdated, unnecessary or ineffective.

In combination with the government-wide regulatory freeze order implemented January 20th, and the pending confirmation of Dr. Ben Carson, as HUD Secretary, MHARR says that these mandates offer potentially once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for the industry and consumers to put a severely out-of-touch and out-of-control federal manufactured housing program back on-track.

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The stance of the Trump Administration on the needless regulatory burdens confronting America’s small businesses is a godsend for the manufactured housing industry and the mostly lower and moderate-income Americans who rely on its homes for affordable, non-subsidized housing,” said MHARR President and CEO, Mark Weiss.

With these new policies, the industry and consumers have an unprecedented opportunity to achieve and cement in place the major program reforms mandated by Congress in the 2000 reform law. While MHARR intends to aggressively pursue this opportunity, it cannot be the only industry organization seeking fundamental change to put the federal program back on track.

The go-along-to-get-along segment of the industry, accordingly, has a crucial decision to make – to either embrace fundamental change, or continue protecting an unacceptable and indefensible status quo.

The full release from MHARR is linked here.

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As Confirmation Hearings Begin, Differing Views on Dr. Ben Carson for HUD Secretary

January 12th, 2017 Comments off
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Confirmation hearings in the Senate are already under way for some of President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet picks. These include headliners such as Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, and former Exxon Mobile CEO Rex Tillerson. Of great interest to manufactured houisng professionals will be the hearings for Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary nominee, Dr. Ben Carson, which are set to begin Thursday morning.

While Dr. Carson is not expected to receive the same level of opposition as other selections, both supporting and opposing forces have been vocal in their feelings.

In an op-ed to the Independent Journal Review, Christopher Pylant speaks about the Ben Carson who saved his life.

At the age of three and a half, I was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. I lived in Georgia and while there, I had four shunt surgeries to move excess fluid from my brain, but no surgeon thought there was any hope for me. I was given 18 months to live,” Pylant writes.

My parents were on a quest for a miracle. They heard about a young neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Pediatric Neurosurgery Center in Baltimore named Dr. Ben S. Carson. So we went on a trip from Atlanta to find him.

Pylant goes on to discuss the nature of Dr. Carson – a willingness to help, a kind spirit and the ability to solve problems.

The doctors took a brain scan and concluded that I had a defused tumor that had attached itself to the brain stem, meaning that surgery was not an option. Dr. Carson was willing to remove as much mass that accumulated on the left side of the brain stem as possible,” wrote Pylant.

And after a short recovery period, he noticed that, instead of deteriorating, I progressively got better. He ordered another CAT scan and noticed that the tumor had mysteriously pulled away from the brain stem.

When another MRI was taken, Dr. Carson detected a tiny thread-like remnant of a brain stem. He was able to go back in and surgically remove the rest of the tumor.

And for that creativity, Pylant is grateful.

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If it was not for the Lord using Dr. Carson’s faith, commitment, perseverance, and skill, I would not be alive today. I am now 35 and a college graduate. And I am healthy, all because Dr. Carson did not give up on me,” wrote Pylant.

Dr. Carson has impacted my life and has served as role model not only for me, but for others to follow. I know he will do a great job at HUD.

A View From The Other Side

A group of scholars and students on housing and urban affairs have asked the Senate to reject Dr. Carson as Department of HUD Secretary. They did so in an open letter to Michael Crapo, Chairman, and Sherrod Brown, ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

Carson not only remains dismissive of government responses to poverty in general, he has publicly expressed disdain for HUD’s particular mission to ensure a safe home for every American,” noted the letter.

The letter goes on to request that the Senate “deem Dr. Carson a poor choice to lead HUD and to deny him Senate confirmation,” for three reasons:

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1. Dr. Carson has no experience relevant to HUD’s mission

Past HUD secretaries, serving under both Republican and Democratic presidents, typically have had significant public sector experience,” the letter states.

They also, for the most part, worked in areas directly related to the work of HUD. Dr. Carson has absolutely no prior experience with the programs and policies administered by HUD or with management or leadership of a large public agency.

2. Dr. Carson has expressed disdain for HUD’s mission

Among HUD’s key responsibilities is the enforcement of the nation’s fair housing laws—laws created to reduce discrimination still faced by non-white, disabled, LGBT, and other households seeking secure and decent homes to rent or buy,” the letter states.

Rather than understanding the continuing need for the enforcement of the laws that protect the rights of all who are seeking housing, and acknowledging that the government has an ongoing commitment to provide opportunities for low-income people who are eager to move to low-poverty areas, Dr. Carson has dismissed fair housing as being ‘a mandated social-engineering scheme.’

3. Dr. Carson has displayed a lack of understanding of poverty and the role of government

The letter goes on to state “Dr. Carson does not appear to have any appreciation for the complexity and interplay of the many factors that result in housing being unaffordable to lower income people. Often, at the root of housing unaffordability are issues of poverty which, astonishingly, Dr. Carson sees as “more of a choice than anything else.

Former Clinton Administration HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros is among those who disagree, see that, linked here.

Hearings for Dr. Carson are scheduled to begin at 10am Eastern Time tomorrow morning. Also scheduled for tomorrow are hearings for Secretary of Defense nominee, General James Mattis beginning at 9:30am Eastern Time. ##

(Editor’s Notes: Daily Business News coverage of Dr. Ben Carson and his nomination, has included extensive feedback from industry professionals, please see examples of those, linked here. Another is an open letter from MHProNews and MHLivingNews publisher L.A. “Tony” Kovach, click here.  Robert Romano’s comments on how Dr. Carson could impact HUD and public housing is linked here. ##

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