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Higher China Tariffs “Hits Home,” Building Impacts Ahead, Per NAHB

May 13th, 2019 Comments off


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The cost of building and remodeling is about to rise – again, per CNBC. 

 

Builders from coast to coast, which includes HUD Code and other factory-builders, order products for housing they construct that are often sourced offshore, including from China.

So the tariff and trade war is about to hit home. Some pull quotes from CNBC today.

 

–      From tile to counter tops, laminates to lighting, all the fancy finishings — about 450 of them — are on the list that just went from 10% tariffs to 25%.

–      The additional costs then rose from $1 billion to $2.5 billion, according to an analysis by the National Association of Home Builders.

  • Nearly three out of four remodelers this year reported higher prices for customers due to higher costs for labor, according to a new survey from the National Association of Home Builders.
  • The latest increase in Chinese tariffs is hitting home remodelers where they live, and they are passing those higher costs on to clients.
  • From tile to counter tops, laminates to lighting, all the fancy finishings — about 450 of them, worth approximately $10 billion a year in expenditures nationwide — are on the list that just went from 10% tariffs to 25%. The additional costs therefore rose from $1 billion to $2.5 billion, according to an analysis by the National Association of Home Builders.
  • The increase is on goods shipped starting last Friday, so the hikes will not hit U.S. shores likely until the start of June. This buys negotiators a bit more time. Still, the tariffs are already hurting the remodeling business.

 

  • NAHB’s forecast calls for slowing growth, given declining home price appreciation and existing home sales volume, combined with rising construction costs,” said NAHB’s chief economist Robert Dietz.
  • At Case Architects and Remodelers in the Washington, DC area, CEO Bruce Case was already seeing some clients reduce the size of their projects after the first round of tariffs in order to rein in the budget.
  • At the end of the day, I can guarantee you the price of every project we do is going to go up,” said Case.
  • So it’s probably about a 7-8% increase to the consumer, and I would love to be able to eat some of that, but at this point I don’t know a way to engineer around that, to use different products that aren’t affected or anything like that,” Case said.
  • Builders were already struggling with a labor shortage, which also cost them more, and that is also getting worse. Nearly three out of four remodelers this year reported higher prices for customers due to higher costs for labor, according to a new survey from the NAHB.
  • Higher costs for both materials and labor are causing some consumers to reconsider their renovations. Case said the size of the average project went down dramatically last year, as consumers tried to cut the budget.
  • That’s my concern for this industry, we’re going to price ourselves out of the market,” said Case.
  • A real concern that hits home.

That said, there are flip sides to these points that CNBC’s report doesn’t address at all.

Manufactured housing sellers who are creative and successfully target the site-built buyer could stand to gain from these trade moves.

This news is one more reason why manufactured home pros need to dive deeply into HUD Secretary Ben Carson’s recent address.  In several ways, it points the path ahead for the industry’s professionals and investors.  At least it will for those who spotlight and tap into its power.

 

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WSJ Blames Trump Tweets for Blowing Up U.S.-China Trade Talks, Plus MH Market Updates

 

Dr. Ben Carson Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Manufactured Housing Conference Remarks New Orleans, Louisiana, Hyatt Regency Hotel, May 7, 2019

Declining Manufactured Home Shipments More Serious Than Retailers, Communities Being Told

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unique Shipping Container Home, Lessons for Factory Builders, Manufactured Home Professionals

April 24th, 2019 Comments off

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Spoiler alerts. First, this isn’t a tiny container house.

 

The second spoiler alert is that this video doesn’t give the cost of the completed project.  What we know from other container housing projects is that they are significantly higher than a HUD Code manufactured home.

But what makes this one interesting is that:

·        It was a DIY project.

·        So, the construction cost may well have been ‘closer’ to a similar sized manufactured home, and less than a conventional house.

Here is what their YouTube webpage said.

Seven gray metal rectangles create a stacked array of straight lines on a quiet street in New Orleans. These shipping containers once traveled along the Mississippi River.

Now stationary, they make up the extraordinary home of Kicker Kalozdi, founder of premium bag company DamnDog, and his wife Anne Kalozdi, who is a biomedical engineer. They designed and built this house made out of shipping containers… despite having had no real experience building a house before!

It’s an interesting design.  Another reason to showcase this is that this video has had approaching 300,000 views in about a week online.

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We’ve observed previously on the Daily Business News on MHProNews that container housing – especially single-section container homes – reflect an kind of American search for the single section HUD Code manufactured home alternative. A single sectional home looks better than a container does for a house. That’s a fundamentally educational or marketing issues. It is a wake up call. It is an opportunity in disguise. 

 

 

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Factory-Builders, Retailers, Developers – Is This Your Future Competition Beyond Berkshire Brands in MHVille? Understanding Jeff Bezos’ Amazon

April 9th, 2019 Comments off

 

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There are several operations that believe they are positioning themselves for the future of manufactured housing. Some are not only aware; they are arguably counting on the Berkshire Hathaway owned Clayton Homes and their “strategic Moat.”  A number of those firms are Manufactured Housing Institute members, but others are not.

 

But this report is about Amazon, not Clayton or Berkshire.

 

You may love Amazon Prime. You might admire the rise of Jeff Bezos. You might recall that Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos and Jaime Dimon shook the financial markets on the day they announced their plans for a joint health care initiative.

But don’t forget that Bezos directly entered the factory-built home market in 2018 when his Amazon Alexa Fund estimated bought Plant Prefab.

 

$300 Billion Market, As Predicted, Jeff Bezos’ Amazon Alexa Fund Dives Deeper into PreFab Homes

 

They stated that they estimated the annual factory-built housing market potential to be a whopping $330 billion dollars annually.

The video on this page outlines how Bezos has ducked by antitrust activism so far. But don’t forget that after this video was produced, and after Senator Elizabeth Warren and others rattled sabers about big tech and monopolies, Bezos’ Amazon quietly backed off one of the complained about tactics.

 

Under Scrutiny, Giant Amazon Pivots, But What About Berkshire’s Manufactured Housing Brands? Plus MH Market Updates

See that prior report, linked above.

You and other independents need to be aware of how they operate. Their next target could be you. Finally, keep in mind what CNN aptly observed about the three involved in the health care deal, noted above.  ‘These guys [the billionaires] talk to each other all the time.’  Buffett himself says that he spends 5 to 6 hours a day reading, and then he spends added time on the phone, a point that Kevin Clayton mentioned in the video on the page linked here.

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In Connected World, Oil and More Impacts Factory-Builders, What Does Latest Unrest Mean? Plus More Headline Topics

February 23rd, 2019 Comments off

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If you’ve been buying fuel lately, you’ve noticed that prices have been rising in recent weeks.  The tragedy of Venezuela is part of that backstory.  Make no mistake. As one of the top proven oil reserves in the world, that Latin American nation’s political and economic upheaval are impacting the U.S. and beyond.

 

Fuel costs impacts manufactured home builders, as well as retailers on the delivery-end.

But fuel and energy costs also impact the industry on the supply side, as virtually all products reach a production center via truck.

Once upon a time, there were factory-builders that had active rail lines that brought products to a factory, and sometimes, were used to ship them out too. The historic photo below reflects that reality.

 

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History also reminds factory builders that a producer can go from zero – start up status – to having built and shipped some 60,000 homes, in only 2 years.  Rephrased – as much as Warren Buffett would hate it – one could rival Clayton Homes rapidly. That would require the proper mix of motivation, money, manpower and know-how.  See the related report below, by clicking the text/image graphic.

 

Rollohome, Creating 60,000 Factory-Built Homes in 2 Years

 

The CNBC video below focuses on the economic ripples that arise from the growing crisis in Venezuela.

One of our themes on MHProNews is “News through the lens of manufactured homes, and factory-built housing.” © Put differently, that means that ‘other news’ that mainstream media may cover often impacts our industry in ways that the rank and file or others may not consider.

 

Headline News the White House Wants You to Know

The Trump Administration has demonstrated its interest in manufactured housing in a variety of ways.  Dispatching Pam Danner, JD, from her role over the manufactured housing program is one example.

But regulatory and tax issues are just some of the other ways that’s manifest.  Still more examples are found in the related reports, further below.

While MHProNews can’t at this time produce all of the volume of news that comes to us from federal and other sources, we do curate topics that could be more relevant to investors, owners, strategists, advocates, and others that may only obliquely relate to our industry.  The headlines and one paragraph summaries below are an example of that you may find of interest.

While POTUS Trump often blasts ‘fake news,’ in fact Team Trump routinely produce such summaries of reports from mainstream media that underscore the reality that even the president believes that not all mainstream news is ‘fake.’ He’s said on several occasions, all he wants is a fair shake.  These headlines therefor project issues that will help shape the 2020 races, and thus the political and business environment that you are and will be operating in.

As Sam Zell, Equity LifeStyle Properties (ELS) founder observed, they discovered that they had a ‘partner’ that had no investment, but could still influence their business. It pays to know more than just the latest shipment numbers.

 

REAL NEWS PRESIDENT TRUMP DOESN’T WANT YOU TO MISS

 

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Trump Vows ‘New Day’ for Venezuela

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“The people of Venezuela are standing for freedom and democracy, and the United States of America is standing right by their side,” President Donald J. Trump said on Monday at Florida International University in Miami. The President also addressed the American far left. “To those who want to try to impose socialism on the United States, we again deliver a very simple message: America will never be a socialist country.”

 

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Border Apprehensions Jump 84 Percent, 606,000 Expected This Year

-Washington Examiner

“January saw a surprising surge of 22,000 more apprehensions of illegal immigrants at southwest border crossings over January 2018, prompting a key predictor to suggest that border officers will make over 600,000 apprehensions this year,” Paul Bedard reports. “The year-over-year increase was 84 percent, from 25,975 in January 2018 to 47,893 last January, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.”

 

 

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An Illegal Immigrant Killed My Daughter. Trump’s Right—We Must Complete the Border Wall.

-USA Today

Retired educator Dan Ferguson writes that his beloved daughter Mandy, a 28-year-old sixth-grade teacher, was killed last year by a criminal who should never have been in the United States. “In his declaration of a national emergency on our southern border, President Trump recognized the Americans who experienced the consequences of that emergency firsthand: angel moms and dads. I never expected I would be one of them.”

 

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Trump Officially Directs Pentagon to Create Space Force Legislation for Congress

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“President Donald Trump signed a directive on Tuesday that ordered the Department of Defense create a Space Force as a sixth military branch,” Michael Sheetz and Amanda Macias report. “The directive orders the Pentagon draft legislation for Congress that would create the Space Force as a part of the U.S. Air Force.” This move sets in motion the creation of America’s first new military branch in more than 70 years.

 

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Ivanka Trump Examines UPS Training at Facility in Gwinnett

-The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump toured a UPS driver training facility in Duluth, Georgia, with Gov. Brian Kemp (R-GA) on Wednesday, detailing the Trump Administration’s focus on workforce development. Last year, UPS “signed a pledge in support of President Trump’s workforce development initiative, committing to offer opportunities for career advancement to more than 50,000 employees.”

 

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Opinion: Trump Stays Tough on Socialism

-The Detroit News

“President Trump’s speech Monday afternoon in Miami wasn’t just directed at Nicolas Maduro and the socialists of Venezuela — it was also a stark reminder to left-leaning Americans that socialism’s days are ‘numbered,’” Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer writes. “As Democrats rally around radical proposals such as ‘Medicare-for-all,’ free college tuition, enormous minimum wage increases, and even guaranteed basic income, it was President Trump’s responsibility to remind us that socialism’s sweeping promises are always empty.”

 

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Lower Tax Refunds Show How the Republican Tax Cut is Keeping Money in Your Hands All Year

-USA Today

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) explain that tax refunds are lower today because taxes are lower—keeping more money in Americans’ hands all year long. First, Democrats were wrong that tax cuts would hurt our economy. Now, they are “peddling the scary elixir that ‘lower tax refunds mean higher taxes.’ Wrong again . . . This claim about refunds, as the Washington Post’s fact checker observed, is ‘nonsensical and misleading.’”

 

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Disney Utilizes Inaccurate, Prejudicial Terminology “Trailer” Offensive to Factory-Builders, Homeowners

December 26th, 2018 Comments off

 

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Disney Springs in Orlando, FL has been discovered openly using offensive, inaccurate terminology deemed prejudicial towards factory-builders and the over 22 million Americans in the U.S. – plus others in Canada – who live in pre-HUD Code mobile homes, modular housing, and HUD Code manufactured homes.

 

Near the Disney Springs Strawberry parking area where thousands walk by daily, the photos shown were taken on Christmas Day, 2018.

 

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It is unclear at this time how long those modular office units have been at that location.

But what is clear is that the units themselves are labeled as “modular,” which the photo shown above reflects. That modular standard is no doubt the commercial construction code the units in question were built to meet.

 

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On a different, but similarly problematic nomenclature issue, Mark Weiss, JD, President and CEO of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform previously said as follows.

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Likewise, manufactured housing advocate, the Rev. Donald Tye, Jr. said as follows about such troubling use of inaccurate “t-word” terminology.

 

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The Rev. Donald Tye, Jr. and his family were raised in a factory-built home, still proudly own one, and are advocates for the proper use of industry terminology.

 

When the National Association of Realtors™ (NAR) Realtor University™ researcher Scholastica ‘Gay’ Cororaton, CBE, was contacted last summer about a problematic use of the term “mobile home” in their research documents. She not only promptly responded with a ‘thank you’ for bringing the needed correction to her attention, she had all of the errant NAR documents, graphics, and blogs changed to reflect the proper phrasing. Cororaton then went a step further, and noted Mark Weiss, JD, and MHProNews publisher L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach in their revised report’s first footnote, as shown below.

 

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Accuracy matters, and giving credit to sources matters to third-parties. The corrected research report is linked here. The Realtor University blog it was posted on is linked here.

 

MHProNews plans to contact Disney Springs’ management/public relations office about the issue later today, and will follow up this report to state what corrective measures – if any – Disney management will take as a result of this matter being brought to their attention.

 

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About one in ten Floridians live in a mobile or manufactured home, with others living in modular or some other form of prefabricated housing construction,” said L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach, co-founder and publisher of the industry’s most-read trade publication, MHProNews.

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Potentially thousands walk by that locale daily. So the negative impact of that signage is multiplied and grows over time. But there is also the message being given to the Disney “cast,”  who may be incorrectly led to think that errant term “trailer” is an acceptable term in this case, when it clearly is not.

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Hopefully, this is just an oversight by Disney, the result of ignorance rather than an intentional insult to factory-builders and those who reside in a factory-crafted dwelling,” Kovach said. “But if Disney doesn’t correct this error promptly, and make it clear to their staff – who Disney refers to as “cast members” – that the term “trailer” for the description of a housing or office units that aren’t RVs is improper, prejudicial, and offensive, then we will bring the matter to the wider attention of the tens of thousands of the industry’s professionals.  We could also draw the issue, as needed, to the attention of the millions of residents of the mobile, manufactured, and modular housing communities. If necessary, we’ll also do a follow up report on MHLivingNews, with manufactured home resident groups – and via media contacts – to others in mainstream news forums Our hope is that they’ll make a correction, and will instruct their cast about the proper use of terminology in this matter.”

 

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MHProNews will update readers on the Disney Springs controversy, just as we did on the NAR and other similar topics, as previously reported here on the Daily Business News.

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“Home Sweet Home” – Assistant Mayor Wants to End Housing Choice Stigma

 

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Association leaders and savvy industry professionals in Canada and the U.S. know that many find the problematic terminology “trailer” – when applied to mobile homes, manufactured homes, and modular construction – is not only inaccurate, but offensive.

 

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USMC 3D Printed Barracks, Official Details, Video – Factory Builders Notice

August 31st, 2018 Comments off

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MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, VA. – “The Marine Corps is leading the way in employing advanced technologies and robotic construction,” said Kaitlin Kelly, MCSC Office of Public Affairs and Communication.

 

Earlier this month,” per their release, “the Additive Manufacturing Team at Marine Corps Systems Command teamed up with Marines from I Marine Expeditionary Force to operate the world’s largest concrete 3D printer at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center in Champaign, Illinois. As a joint effort between the Marine Corps, Army and Navy Seabees, an expeditionary concrete 3D printer was used to print a 500-square-foot barracks hut in 40 hours.”

 

The Marine Corps is currently staffing a deliberate urgent needs statement and concept of employment for this technology. The results of the field user evaluation will inform future requirements to give the Corps a concrete construction additive manufacturing program of record,” Kelly said.

This exercise had never been done before,” said Capt. Matthew Friedell, AM project officer in MCSC’s Operations and Programs/G-3.  “People have printed buildings and large structures, but they haven’t done it onsite and all at once. This is the first-in-the-world, onsite continuous concrete print.”

The team reportedly started with a computer-aided design model on a 10-year old computer, concrete and a 3D printer. Once they hit ‘print,’ the concrete was pushed through the print head and layered repeatedly to build the walls. In total, the process took 40 hours because Marines had to monitor progress and continually fill the printer with concrete.

But Friedell said that he thinks if there was a robot to do the mixing and pumping, the building could easily be created in one day.

In 2016, the commandant said robots should be doing everything that is dull, dangerous and dirty, and a construction site on the battlefield is all of those things,” Friedell said.

This raises issues about automation previously reported in MHProNews, on both modular and HUD Code manufactured housing building.

 

Billion Dollar Startup Modular Builder, Using Robotics, Could Soon Rival Clayton Homes’ Total Sales

 

See the linked articles, above, below and in the related reports.

Clayton Homes’ “Robots” – Automation’s Role in Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway’s “Durable Competitive Advantage” in Manufactured Housing

 

The ability to build structures and bases while putting fewer Marines in danger would be a significant accomplishment, Friedell said.

In active or simulated combat environments, we don’t want Marines out there swinging hammers and holding plywood up,” said Friedell. “Having a concrete printer that can make buildings on demand is a huge advantage for Marines operating down range.”

The USMC says it normally takes 10 Marines five days to construct a barracks hut out of wood.

With this 3D FUE, the Marine Corps proved four Marines with a concrete printer can build a strong structure in less than two days.

Ideally, said Kelly, the Corps’ use of concrete printers will span the full range of military operations, from combat environments to humanitarian aid and disaster relief missions.

As the first military services on site in natural disasters, the Navy and Marine Corps are great at providing food and water, but struggle to provide shelter, said Friedell. In many locations, cement is easier to acquire than wood.

During humanitarian or disaster relief missions, Marines could safely and quickly print houses, schools and community buildings to replace those destroyed.

That line above is one that should cause a laser focus on this topic by manufactured and modular home professionals who are disaster housing focused. And that’s just one of several levels that factory-home builders should be responding to promptly, by addressing the issues that hold manufactured homes back. See the related reports, linked below.

 

This capability would enable a great partnership with the local community because it is low cost, easy to use, and robotics could print the buildings,” Friedell said. “We can bring forward better structures, houses and forward operating bases with less manpower and fewer Marines in harm’s way.”

The AM Team plans to conduct further testing and wants to get the capability into the hands of more Marines to inform future requirements for cutting-edge technology and autonomous systems, according to Kelly.

Our future operating environment is going to be very kinetic and dangerous because we don’t necessarily know what we’re going into,” said Friedell. “The more we can pull Marines out of those potentially dangerous situations—whether it’s active combat or natural disaster—and place robotics there instead, it helps us accomplish the mission more efficiently.”

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There are factory-builders, brokers and sellers who keenly understand that every natural disaster spells opportunities in disguise.

 

  • While the execution was widely seen and reported as tragically flawed, the Haitian crisis attracted friend-of-the-Clintons Warren Buffett led Berkshire Hathaway’s Clayton Homes into the island’s relief effort.
  • Millions were made from FEMA post Katrina, and again after those Katrina units were resold.
  • The same pattern holds with FEMA and/or HUD disaster grants after every major disaster.

Every project, failed or successful, yields powerful takeaways.

While HUD code factory-built homes are our focus, we routinely look at other forms of factory building too. It will only be mentioned for now that various kinds of Factory Builders are wise not to put each other down, as some mistakenly do.

For decades, the reality has been that federal housing dollars flow into the hands of private enterprises.

The same is true for disaster recovery dollars.

When some of the totals are considered below, Factory Builders should ponder how to get ahead of the next disaster.  Indeed, some already have and are.

Here’s the latest opportunity in plain sight from HUD, just below the PR header.

Consider how a factory – newly announced just a few months ago – is already reporting to MHProNews that they are open, and will hit 3 new homes a day this week. Their HUD Code manufactured homes will have an average wholesale price – for a nicely appointed home – FOB the factory in the mid-30s, per our top-level source.

Entrepreneurs, long-term investors, and current factory builders not already considering these opportunities, Take Note. Between the ongoing affordable housing crisis, and periodic disasters, opportunities in manufactured and PreFab housing abound.

 

 

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HUD APPROVES $1.5 BILLION DISASTER RECOVERY PLAN IN PUERTO RICO

Action plan focuses on housing, infrastructure and economic development

 

            WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson today announced HUD has approved a $1.5 billion disaster recovery plan to help citizens in Puerto Rico to recover from Hurricanes Irma and Maria.  Puerto Rico recently submitted the plan for HUD’s review which primarily focuses on the restoration of damaged and destroyed homes, businesses and infrastructure.  Read Puerto Rico’s recovery plan.

 

Puerto Rico’s long-term recovery is supported through HUD’s Community Development Block Grant—Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Programwhich requires grantees to develop thoughtful recovery plans informed by local residents.  Learn more about CDBG-DR and the State’s role in long-term disaster recovery (en español).

 

“Today, we turn an important corner in our long-term effort to rebuild hard-hit communities in Puerto Rico,” said Secretary Carson. “This is just the beginning – billions in federal disaster recovery funding will soon be put to work and help our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico rebuild their homes and their lives.”

 

Background

 

On September 8, 2017, President Trump signed the  Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act, 2017The Act appropriated $7.4 billion in CDBG-DR funding for major disasters declared in 2017.   To distribute these funds, the Act requires HUD to direct the funds to the areas most impacted by last year’s major disasters.   On February 1, 2018, HUD allocated $1.5 billion of that appropriation to Puerto Rico to address the serious unmet needs on the island.  The action plan approved today will put these funds to work.

 

On April 10, 2018, HUD allocated another $18.5 billion to further support recovery in Puerto Rico and to rebuild communities impacted by Hurricanes Maria and Irma and to protect them from major disasters in the future.  HUD will shortly publish program rules to guide Puerto Rico and others on the use of those funds.

 

 

CDBG-DR grants support a variety of disaster recovery activities including housing redevelopment and rebuilding, business assistance, economic revitalization, and infrastructure repair. Grantees are required to spend the majority of these recovery funds in “most impacted” areas as identified by HUD.HUD will issue administrative guidelines shortly for use of the funds to address grantees’ long-term recovery needs, particularly in the area of housing recovery.

 

To address unmet needs, Puerto Rico identified several housing, infrastructure and economic development recovery needs arising from Hurricanes Irma and Maria.  Puerto Rico’s disaster recovery action plan includes the following activities:

 

  • Housing ($1 billion) – Puerto Rico is investing more than $1 billion to restore the island’s severely damaged housing stock.  As part of the plan, Puerto Rico intends to provide up to $120,000 to rebuild destroyed homes for each qualified homeowner and up to $48,000 to repair each eligible damaged property.  Additional housing investments include funding for rental assistance ($10,000,000), specifically for properties serving the elderly and other vulnerable households.  Puerto Rico has also proposed a $36 million Home Emergency Resilience Program that provides up to $6,000 per household for individual solar appliances to help families.

 

  • Economic Revitalization ($145 million) – Puerto Rico’s recovery plan provides $145 million for several activities to help revitalize the post-disaster economy, grants of up to $50,000 for eligible businesses.  The plan also targets grants of up to small business incubators and accelerators ($10,000,000) awards of up to $2,500,000 for each eligible incubator operation, a workforce training program ($10,000,000) awards of up to $2,000,000 to train eligible Section 3 residents, and a construction and commercial revolving loan program ($35,000,000) that will provide up to $1,000,000 per loan to eligible businesses.

 

  • Infrastructure ($100 million) – To support the repair of damaged infrastructure on the island, Puerto Rico intends to target $100 million to match federal investments through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation Grant Program projects.

— End of HUD Media Release —

 

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County Encourages Factory Homebuilders, Developers, Sellers – Hundreds of Households Needed ASAP

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CliftonGreenleeCountyAZpostedDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsIt isn’t just the coasts or oil boom areas that are in need of quality, affordable housing.

While places such as California, New York, Chicago or the latest energy find may attract more headlines, an economic development office in Arizona has reached out to inform MHProNews, that they have a pressing need, with a strong local workforce.

They also state their promising long-term business and tourism opportunities.

Their recent communique opens, “Greetings from Greenlee County, Arizona. As you may know, I represent the economic and community development interests of Greenlee County, AZ.”

One of those interests is to provide a safe and healthy place for residents to live, work and play. But we are also interested in showcasing why Greenlee is a tourism destination.  Jobs are abundant, the Morenci Copper Mine is currently undergoing an expansion which is adding over 250 new full time positions to their employee roster and the private sector is doing very well,” said the statement.

Generally, for every 2 FT mine employees a FT support person is also needed. These support jobs are most often filled by contractors and subcontractors. While the Townsite of Morenci (which is a company town) does offer rental homes to employees there is an insufficient number of units to fulfill current employee demand,” the statement said.

At last check there were 413 families on the waiting list for housing, over 200 of them have been on the list about 2 years,” per Ákos Kovach, Economic Development Coordinator for Greenlee County, Arizona.

Add to the list of home seekers above the demand by contractors, subcontractors, as well as other members of our community and you can begin to identify the crucial nature of our housing shortage.”

The available housing inventory (homes for sale or rent) equals less than 15 homes county-wide,” the economic development coordinator said. “Half of these homes require considerable repairs to be habitable, while all the others require some work as well. There are precious few rentals anywhere in the county. A 1 bed, 1 bath unit rents for up to $900.00 per month plus utilities.”

2017-11-06_0038AkosKovachEconomicDevelopmentCoordinatorGreenleeCountyAZPostedDailyBusinessNewsMHProNews548There is ample buildable land available; some of this land is shovel ready. In my role as a facilitator, I often take interested parties on a tour of all available land sites and points of interest. Furthermore, providing contact information for the owners/sellers of these parcels is within my area of support. Consider my office as a resource. It should also be noted the county is restricted by law – we cannot and do not ‘give away land’ or offer incentives that violate state statutes. Also, Arizona is the only state that does not have a TIF program. All that aside, there are many ways to support expansion and development such as deferred tax payments that can be discussed,” per Kovach’s Greenlee County communique.

One question that often comes up when discussing the challenges of staging a large-scale development operation is manpower. Fortunately, we have a workforce available both from the region of Arizona in which we are located and also from our neighbors in New Mexico. Our county, Greenlee County, is situated in Southeastern Arizona along the border with New Mexico. Finding the people needed to use heavy equipment, pour cement, lay foundations, assemble parts or move multi-sectional housing is available,” the statement said.


What we are seeking to accomplish is both a short term and long-term solution to our housing crises. Homes for sale are greatly needed. Also, there is an additional opportunity for rental homes – single family and multi-family. An important side note: we have no apartment inventory available in the county,” he said.

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Click the above or this link to see the feasibility study, which contains relevant third-party research.

Many families in the area have been surveyed and the majority need a 3-4 bedroom home with 2 baths. Recently a motel feasibility study was conducted by an independent third party – this study is attached. In addition to housing, we have a huge need for motel rooms,” see that download, linked here.

Apart from the YouTube video posted by the Daily Business News, and photos of the economic development coordinator and the county seal, the graphics shown above on this post are from that feasibility study.

The Morenci mining operation is the largest economic engine in the region, a billion-dollar annual juggernaut that has proven reserves at current production levels to produce copper ore for another 75 years. We have land available, a supportive government that is business friendly, the lowest tax rate anywhere in Arizona and yet we have had little success in attracting the right builders and or developers to the area,” he said.

I look forward to further discussions on this topic and would be happy to contact professionals that might be a good fit to fill the gap in this  housing shortage. We are open to dialogue with off-site, pre-cut, modular, prefab, manufactured home, and similar home construction methods.

Many thanks!

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 Ákos Kovach, Economic Development Coordinator, Greenlee County, Arizona.

Ákos Kovach

Economic Development Coordinator

Greenlee County, Arizona

928-865-2072 x 202

Interested parties are encouraged to contact the Greenlee County, AZ economic development coordinator directly, at the phone number above. ## (News, media release.)

 

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