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Baird Homes Affected by Fire, Under Investigation

May 3rd, 2017 Comments off
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Baird Homes office in Seymour, Indiana. Credit: Baird Homes.

An early morning fire at the main office and workshop of a Baird Homes location in Seymour, Indiana this weekend caused major damage, but didn’t stop the company from moving forward.

According to the Tribune, the blaze caused an estimated $250,000 damage, and firefighters spent two hours battling the fire.

There was nothing to salvage,” said Fire Chief Brad Lucas. No one was hurt in the incident.

Once the ceiling and roof collapse, you can’t get to the fire. You just have to wait until they burn.”

For manager Chris Beverly, he said the plan is to handle the clean-up this week, so that the office can be replaced at some point this month. But, that doesn’t mean that business simply stopped.

We moved an office in Sunday,” said Beverly.

We’re in business. We have homes unlocked and ready to go.”

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Firefighters battle the blaze. Credit: The Tribune.

While Beverly declined to comment about the cause of the fire, Lucas was able to provide additional details.

Investigators found multiple origins of fire inside the office and shop,” said Lucas.

That’s an indicator that the cause of the fire is suspicious.”

Baird Homes is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year and has had an office here for 30 years,” said Beverly.

The Seymour Fire Department is asking anyone who was in the area early Sunday morning and may have seen something suspicious, to contact Seymour police at 812-522-1234 or Seymour Fire Department at 812-522-2598.

Baird Homes, based in Fruitland Park, Florida, has sales centers located throughout Florida and Indiana, and has been family owned and operated since 1947.

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Manufactured Home Commission Under Fire, After Fire

March 30th, 2017 Comments off
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A recent manufactured home fire in Urbana, Ohio, has officials across the state calling for bold action.

Their target is the Ohio Manufactured Homes Commission.

According to the Dayton Daily News, fire officials across Ohio are backing a proposal by Governor John Kasich to abolish what they call an “industry-controlled agency that regulates manufactured homes,” saying the commission does too little to protect manufactured home residents from deadly fires.

The Ohio Fire Chief’s Association sent a letter to lawmakers last week supporting a provision in the state budget to kill the commission and roll its functions into the Ohio Department of Commerce. The Daily Business News covered the response from the commission in a story linked here.

30 people died in 1,208 manufactured home fires between 2012 and 2016,” said the letter from the Association.

Ohioans are 4.2 times more likely to die in a manufactured home that caught fire than one- or two-family home.”

The Ohio Manufactured Homes Commission is responsible for licensing inspectors across the state, who oversee the installation of about 3,000 homes a year. It also regulates the state’s 1,600 manufactured home communities. The commission has oversight from a nine-member board, which is appointed by the Governor and the Ohio General Assembly.

For its detractors in the state, the Commission also has its supporters.

I believe wholeheartedly, whether I sit on the commission or not, it’s one of the best things that’s happened to the manufactured home community in Ohio,” said Evan Atkinson, general manager of Clayton Homes in Frazeyburg and a commissioner on the board.

Since the commission was created, the number of complaints about mobile home installation has plummeted from hundreds to a number you can count on one hand. What’s proposed now is to fragment it and stick it back out into deep bureaucracy.”

Atkinson says that the commission currently requires inspection of every single home installed in Ohio, and points out that it’s a commitment the Department of Commerce has not made.

I believe there’s a probably a good likeliness that homes may not be installed as well as they are currently being installed,” said Atkinson.

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As Daily Business News readers are already aware, we have pointed out the facts versus myths surrounding manufactured homes and fires, pointing out that homes built under post-1976 federal regulations have the same rates in this area as traditional homes.

Ohio Fire Marshal Larry Flowers insists that moving the inspection and licensing of manufactured homes into the Department of Commerce, where his agency is, will allow them to coordinate better on fire prevention.

What we believe is that there just needs to be more oversight and transparency in the process when these things are inspected initially,” said Flowers.

This will allow us to work more closely together with our partners in the department of commerce.

But Atkinson says that working more closely together isn’t an issue.

If that is a major concern, the folks within the commission would be more than willing to work with the state fire marshal as well,” said Atkinson.

The commission would welcome the opportunity to work with the state fire marshal and be able to get 100 percent of manufactured homes inspected and installed properly.” ##

 

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Mobile, Manufactured Home Fire Myths go Up in Smoke

February 2nd, 2017 Comments off
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A tragic event in Champaign County, Ohio, on Monday shined a bright light on the differences between mobile and manufactured homes, and why terminology matters.

The mobile home fire left Kalleen Emmons, 23, in critical condition and Robert Garringer, 31, in serious condition. Two children were also injured.

According to the Springfield News-Sun, which did not reply to MHProNews requests for clarification on the type of home involved in the blaze, firefighters were dispatched to the scene Monday at 12:15 a.m.  There they discovered the four victims, who had already escaped from the burning home, thanks to a smoke alarm.

The four were transferred by ambulance to Springfield Regional Medical Center.

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Chief Mark Keller. Official Photo.

This fire involved a true mobile home and was not a manufactured home. I do not have the age of the mobile home available right now,” Urbana Fire Chief Mark Keller told MHProNews.

 

 

Mobile homes are inherently bad with fire conditions. They’re not really designed to withhold any kind of fire.

Chief Keller said that the home was a total loss and the fire also damaged siding on the home next door.

Usually once a window is broken out, it spreads very quickly throughout the rest of the trailer [sic]. And that’s pretty much what we had happened.

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The NFPA clearly understands the importance of proper terminology, as the clip from their Manufactured Homes Fires report, makes clear. As an editorial point, one of many reasons that MHProNews and MHLivingNews stress the value of precise terminology is because while some older mobile homes were built to better standards, many other pre-HUD Code mobile homes were not. The HUD Code – which starting June 15, 1976 established tough federal safety, energy and construction standards – resulted in a home building process that performs dynamically as well (or better) than conventional housing for about half the cost, according to third party studies; including the NFPA.  These HUD Code homes should only be referred to in reports as a manufactured home, or manufactured housing.

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Terminology Matters

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Andrea Reichman. Credit: LinkedIn.

As an Industry, we are always saddened to hear of such tragedies such as the fire that occurred in Champaign County,” said Andrea Reichman, Assistant Director of the Ohio Manufactured Homes Association (OMHA).

 

As noted by the local Fire Chief Mark Keller, the home involved was a ‘mobile home,which indicates the home was built prior to the 1976 HUD Code Federal Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards,” Reichman said.

Often times such incidents are reported inaccurately, and facilitate the image that manufactured homes are not safe when nothing could be further from the truth.  Manufactured homes are no more prone to fire than homes built on-site. The 1986 national fire safety study by the Foremost Insurance Company showed that site-built homes are more than twice as likely to experience a fire than manufactured homes,” said Reichman.

About 20 percent of all MH are pre-HUD Code mobile homes, so, the balance would be manufactured homes.

While many ‘mobile homes’ are replaced every day some still exist. OMHA was encouraged to hear that the home had smoke detectors that were activated during the fire. The industry encourages homeowners to install and test their smoke detectors monthly per the recommendation of the National Fire Protection Association for all residential properties,” she told MHProNews.

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As Daily Business News readers are already aware, a “mobile homehas not been built in the U.S. since June 15th 1976, the day the first federally regulated manufactured homes began to the sounds of nail guns and saws in production centers from coast to coast.

National View on the MH Fire Issue

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For “A Cup of Coffee With…” MHARR president and CEO M. Mark Weiss, click here or on the photo. Credit: MHProNews.

While any harm to people or property is regrettable, there is no excuse for sloppy journalism that can harm the industry and consumers. The fact is that today’s federally regulated manufactured homes are as safe or safer than other types of homes when it comes to fire, as shown by research done by the National Fire Protection Association on multiple fire safety metrics,” said M. Mark Weiss, JD, President CEO of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR).

Weiss’ comments to the Daily Business News raises an important point.

Namely, that “sloppy journalism” can be harmful to the proper image and understanding of manufactured homes.  That in turn arguably harms manufactured home owner’s values.  Inaccurate media coverage also deters some would-be home buyers of manufactured housing, who might otherwise purchase one; if they realize how safe, appealing, energy-efficient, and affordable contemporary manufactured homes are.

Those lost new and pre-owned MH sales opportunities cost the industry’s businesses money, and workers better-paying job opportunities.

It is therefore misleading and a disservice to readers to fail to distinguish between pre-1976 ‘mobile homes,’ said Weiss, “and today’s manufactured homes. This is why MHARR successfully demanded several years ago that the U.S. Fire Administration remove similarly misleading language from it’s website. 

The industry and consumers need to insist on an accurate media portrayal of today’s high-quality manufactured homes,” said Weiss.

An industry wag told the Daily Business News that it’s inaccurate reporting that should go up in smoke – because compared to other forms of housing – modern manufactured homes more rarely do.  Still, prudent precautions such as smoke detectors ought to be followed, along with other safety steps reported in detail at this link here.

For more on the NFPA report on fire safety of modern manufactured home compared to conventional housing and mobile homes, click here. ##

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GOP Senators to President-elect Trump: Fire CFPB Head Richard Cordray!

January 11th, 2017 Comments off
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Republican Senators Bob Sasse (Neb.) and Mike Lee (Utah) penned a strongly worded letter to Vice President-elect Mike Pence on Monday, urging President-elect Donald Trump to remove Director Richard Cordray as head of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB).

It’s time to fire King Richard,” said Sasse, who also serves as a member of the Senate Banking Committee.

Underneath the CFPB’s Orwellian acronym is an attack on the American idea that the people who write our laws are accountable to the American people. President-elect Trump has the authority to remove Mr. Cordray and that’s exactly what the American people deserve.

According to CNN, the CFPB has declined to comment on the letter, but has said recently said that Cordray “has no plans to step down” and noted he was confirmed in 2013 by a bipartisan group of 66 senators.

That confirmation followed President Obama’s controversial recess appointment of Cordray in 2012.

The Daily Business News has followed the CFPB saga closely, including their involvement in the Wells Fargo case and a D.C. circuit court ruling that deemed the organization unconstitutional due to it’s lack of independent oversight.

The Constitution was written to protect the American people from unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats, said Senator Lee. “Considering the damage CFPB has done to credit unions and community banks, President Trump should act quickly to remove the director.

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A tweet from Senator Bob Sasse. Credit: Twitter.

There are also those who have worked with the organization that see it as successful.

The CFPB ‘remarkably successful’ under Cordray,” said Patricia McCoy, a Boston College Law School professor who oversaw CFPB mortgage policy in 2011. McCoy pointed to the Wells Fargo case as evidence.

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President Obama signs Dodd-Frank into law. Credit: The White House.

Daily Business News readers who have followed the history of the CFPB understand that the CFPB was not the lead agency in the case and during the time the events took place in 2011, the CFPB charter basically only allowed it to police the activity of big banks.

It did not catch the Wells Fargo activity at that time.

The Senators conclude the letter with an impassioned plea.

President Trump has the power to protect the American idea from this destructive view by removing Director Cordray. Director Cordray’s removal will be the first marker in the long process of rolling-back an agency that combines the powers of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches into the hands of a few unaccountable Washington elites.

The full letter is linked here. ##

(Editor’s Note: MHLivingNews has closely followed Director Cordray’s testimony, see the video linked here – his interesting statements on manufactured home loans..)

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Sunday Morning Weekly Recap – Manufactured Housing Industry News – December 18th, 2016 – December 25th 2016

December 25th, 2016 Comments off

sunday-morning-weekly-manufactured-home-pro-news-recap-1-4-to-1-10-2015-mhpronews-com-As December rolls on, the current featured articles are found on the MHProNews home page.

Our theme for this month is: DAAD = Dramatic! Advent! Adventure! December 2016!

To see the line-up of over 3-dozen featured articles for this month, along with the headline commentary, please click the link above.

Manufactured, modular and prefabricated home professionals know that how a home got to its location should not define a person or their dwelling.

What the Daily Business News spotlights day-by-day are the tragedies, triumphs and struggles for acceptance of the obvious solution for millions for the growing affordable housing crisis in the U.S. and beyond.

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When you read the lineup for the month found on the home page, you can reflect on another motto as you chart your own professional path ahead: “We Provide, You Decide.”  ©

 

 

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‘Tis the Season!’ Manufactured Housing Association Delivers Christmas for Communities

 

It looks Cool! But is Richard Perkin’s NoHA the Real Deal in Affordable Housing?

 

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Saturday December 24th, 2016

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Business Donates Manufactured Homes to Help Those in Need

The Festival of Lights, 2016

 

Friday December 23rd, 2016

Inside Recent Moves at Universal Forest Products Inc.

NorthStar, Drew Industries, Manufactured Housing CV and Markets End Up

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U.S. Existing Homes Sales Reach Highest Level in Nine Years

Manufactured Housing Association Delivers Christmas for Communities

 

Thursday December 22nd, 2016

Skyline, Sun Communities Up, Down Day Manufactured Housing CV, Broader Markets Slip Again

Inside Look – Tricon Capital’s Recent Manufactured Home Community Moves

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Retrospect – Top Story Canadian Story, 2016 – Wildfires and Factory-Built Homes

President-Elect Trump Narrows Choices for Key Housing Positions

UMH Properties Makes More Moves, Promotion Announced

 

Wednesday December 21st, 2016

Patrick, NorthStar Realty Lead Manufactured Housing Comp Value, Broader Markets Slip on Profit Taking

NYS Homes and Community Renewal, ROC USA and Pathstone Deliver Christmas Cheer

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CFPB Takes Action, Faces Additional Scrutiny

NoHA Engineer Claims Revolutionary Home Concept, But Key Details Are Missing

Wheel Bearing Blaze Chars Manufactured Home on Roadway

  

Tuesday December 20th, 2016

Skyline, Patrick Lead Manufactured Housing CV, Dow Closing in on 20,000

Blowtorching A ‘Mobile Home?’ Bad Idea, Says Official

Drew Industries Announces Big Change for Dec 30th, 2016

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Open Letter to Dr. Ben Carson – Publisher Invites Next Secretary to Historic HUD Achievements

Chinese, Spanish Power Players Plan Prefab Factories

 

Monday December 19th, 2016

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Prefab Making Dreams Come True – In a Hurry

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Manufactured Housing Industry Statistics and Fast Facts Reports 2007-2015

Trump’s First 100 Days: House Freedom Caucus Plans, Some Could Impact Factory Builders

Upscale Prefab Home Showcased in the Desert

 

 

Sunday December 18th, 2016

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Sunday Morning Weekly Recap – Manufactured Housing Industry News – December 11th, 2016 – December 18th 2016 ##

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Wheel Bearing Blaze Chars Manufactured Home on Roadway

December 21st, 2016 Comments off
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The combination of strong winds, lack of water and a wheel bearing sparked blaze led to the loss of half of a manufactured home in Pilot Point, Texas on December 17th.

Per the Herald Democrat, firefighters from nearby Tioga, Gunter, Collinsville and North Shore helped Pilot Point crews to fight the blaze, which was confined to a roadway and didn’t damage the other half of the multi-sectional home.

A driver was delivering the back-door half to be attached to the home’s front section when the fire erupted. Due to a lack of available water in the immediate area, tanker trucks are typically called in from surrounding areas any time a fire breaks out in that area.

This is a pretty tough area for fire this time of year. We don’t have a water supply readily in an unincorporated area of the county and it’s right next to the Denton County line, so I don’t know if there’s any hope of getting a water supply here any time soon,” said Tioga Fire Chief Paul Rodarmer.

Over the last several years, we’ve had quite a few fires. The last one was the morning of Thanksgiving, right down the road.

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Fire crews put out the home fire. Credit: Herald Democrat.

There were no injuries from the fire, as the home was not yet installed, much less occupied.

It was like one of those occasional mobile or manufactured home transport events that cause rubberneckers to slow on interstates, only this incident added the elements of flames and fire trucks.

The fire was fully involved when we got here,” said Rodarmer. “They were getting ready to install it [the back half of the house] with the other half. They feel like the wheel bearing locked up and set the tire on fire, so the driver pulled it [the section of the home] back out here onto the roadway.” ##

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Blowtorching A ‘Mobile Home?’ Bad Idea, Says Official

December 20th, 2016 Comments off
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An O’Fallon, Illinois “mobile home” resident took a cold matter into their own hands.

It didn’t end well.

A resident’s effort to warm frozen pipes under his home resulted in a fire and smoke damage on December 18th. Per the Belleville News-Democrat, the home’s resident told officials that he was trying to warm up the frozen pipes — by using a blowtorch.

It’s maybe not always a good idea to use any type of open flame near a home,” O’Fallon Fire Chief Brent Saunders, said dryly.

Pipes are susceptible to freezing under homes that are open underneath, such as mobile homes, but said preventative measures such as using heat tape or extra insulation is preferred.

The home’s two occupants are temporarily displaced.

As manufactured home retailers, community management, and service professionals all know, mobile and manufactured home owners should be taught that in areas prone to freezing temperatures, a foundation enclosure (aka ‘skirting‘) and heat tape on any exposed water line are standard practice to prevent frozen water lines.

The video below provides Do-It-Yourself (DIY) help for heat tape installation.

The Daily Business News could not find an expert or service pro that recommends using a blowtorch for unfreezing a water line.

Using a hair dryer on frozen lines? Different story. ##

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Manufactured Home Set on Fire, Anti-Trump Messages Spray-Painted on Another

November 16th, 2016 Comments off
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A manufactured home community in Tampa is recovering from what appears to be post-election rage.

According to Bay News 9, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is investigating graffiti spray-painted on two east Tampa manufactured homes that has also led to an arson investigation.

County fire rescue initially responded to the community in the 10000 block of Bryan Road in east Tampa at 1:15am on November 14th.

Firefighters found a manufactured home with multiple spray-painted messages regarding President-elect Donald Trump and the recent election.

The messages read “F–k Trump and “Burn everything.

Another message read “BLM,” which is how the Black Lives Matter movement is often referenced.

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Resident Anna Foster. Credit: FOX 4.

“I was just truly heartbroken,” said resident Anna Foster. “I feel like this is not going to be a good four years… we’re going to have a civil war if this keeps on. It’s just nonsense.”

What a local media source described as a “mobile home” also was tagged with an arrow pointing at the neighboring home, where firefighters had to extinguish a small fire inside. But as informed MH industry pros know, there have been no mobile homes built in the U.S. for over 40 years.

It is also inaccurate to call a “manufactured home” a “mobile home” for several reasons, including the facts that a manufactured home is routinely worth more than a mobile home, plus that a manufactured home is built to strict federal safety standards.  Pre-HUD Code mobile homes had no such standards.

No injuries were reported, but officials said that they discovered graffiti on a home down the street from the incident as well.   This appeared to be part of a pro-election backlash that in many cases was started by anti-Trump organizers, for more on that, see the article linked here. ##

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Flames Destroy Site-Built Home

March 5th, 2012 Comments off

Manufactured Home Photo by Eric MillerThat’s not a headline you’re likely to read in the local papers, yet it’s quite a frequent occurrence when it comes to manufactured housing. Two headlines came across our computer screens today, one from The Columbian in Vancouver Flames damage manufactured home in central Vancouver. The article reads “Vancouver firefighters were dispatched to a fire at the double-wide home at 4300 N.E. 59th Ave.” and later “The damage to the manufactured home was estimated at $50,000, and most of it was confined to the roof.” The second article is from the The News & Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina that comes with the headline Fire destroys manufactured home. In this case, arson is suspected in the cause of damage to the home identified here as a mobile home. The mention of the type of home in the headline may make it seem the homes are more suceptible to fire damage. In fact, however according to a report on manufactured home fire safety published in July 2011 by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), manufactured homes have a lower incidence of fire per 1,000 homes than other occupied one or two-family dwellings. Similarly, manufactured homes have “a lower rate of civilian fire injuries per 100,000 occupied housing units than other one or two-family homes” and post-HUD standard manufactured homes are more likely than other homes to have fires confined to the room of origin. Read More

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Canada Fire Caused by Recalled Furnace

February 10th, 2012 Comments off

By Amanda Bicknell (This image is from the FEMA Photo Library.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsA mobile home fire in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada is due to a crack in a fire box in a faulty furnace according to a story in DailyHeraldTribune.com. Fire Marshall Mark Whelpton tells reporters the cause has been determined to be a recalled furnace, which caused some $25,000 in damages. Whelpton also says other homes in the Silver Pointe community could have the exact same furnaces and steps will be taken to prevent another fire. The recalled furnaces were sold from 1995 to 2000 as original equipment and as replacement furnaces in manufactured homes. Coleman, Coleman Evcon and Red T brand gas furnaces are the main brands that were recalled. According to the latest report on manufactured home fire safety published in July 2011 by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), manufactured homes have a lower incidence of fire per 1,000 homes than other occupied one or two-family dwellings. See related document.

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