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DOJ, HUD Update Existing Guidance Despite Calls for a Moratorium

December 15th, 2016 Comments off

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The Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released updated guidance on the application of the Federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) to state and local land use planning laws on December 12th.

The guidance is designed to help state and local governments better understand how to comply with the FHA when making zoning and land use decisions as well as to help members of the public understand their rights under the FHA,” the agencies said in a joint statement.


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The FHA prohibits discrimination in housing based on disability, race, color, religion, national origin, sex and familial status (residing with children under 18).

The statute bars state and local governments from enacting or enforcing land use and zoning laws, policies, practices and decisions that discriminate against persons because of a protected characteristic, such as race, national origin or disability.


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The Fair Housing Act helps protect open, free and integrated communities,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of the DOJ Civil Rights Division.

Government officials, housing providers and the general public need to understand how land use and zoning decisions can create barriers to equal housing opportunity.  We hope this guidance will help communities make these decisions free from discrimination.

Zoning and land use are inherently local decisions,” said Gustavo Velasquez, Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity for HUD.


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This updated guidance will help give localities and the American people a clearer line of what could constitute housing discrimination under the federal Fair Housing Act.  Cities will also have more resources to understand their fair housing rights and responsibilities in the course of making decisions related to various types of housing, including group homes for residents with disabilities.


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While a good portion of the Guidance deals with land use planning as it applies to group homes, there is much our state associations can use when they are dealing with cities attempting to eliminate our homes from the supply of affordable housing stock via zoning,” said Rick Robinson, General Counsel for the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI).

The movement by the DOJ and HUD run counter to calls from many inside and outside of the MH industry for a moratorium until President-elect Donald Trump takes office.

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MHARR president and CEO M. Mark Weiss. Credit: MHProNews.

MHARR recently told the MHProNews that they are calling on the heads of three agencies specifically – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) to defer further action on pending controversial rules or actions that could have a severely negative impact on both the manufactured housing industry and American consumers of affordable housing.

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American Land Lease announces Dividend

November 12th, 2014 Comments off

american-land-lease-ALLCorporateLogonewstandard-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-American Land Lease, Inc. announced that it’s Company’s Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend on its 7.75% Series A Preferred Shares.

Dividends on the Company’s Series A Preferred Shares are payable on December 1, 2014 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on November 20, 2014 and will be $0.4844 per share, MHProNews has learned.

As regular Daily Business News readers know, American Land Lease, Inc. is a Clearwater, Florida-based real estate investment trust that owns and manages high-quality residential land-lease communities, aka manufactured home communities (or to those using dated terminology, ‘mobile home parks’).

The firm operates approximately 19,325 land-lease home sites in communities located in 11 states that are owned directly or by affiliated entities. The firm entered into an agreement earlier this year to be acquired by Sun Communities, in a $1.32 billion dollar deal, that should be nearing completion.

Additional details can be obtained from their General Counsel, Benjamin S. Allen. ##


Boehlert promoted, Rick Robinson new GC at the Manufactured Housing Institute

November 21st, 2013 Comments off

rick-robinson-vice-president-government-affairs-general-counsel-manufactured-housing-institute-mhi3-posted-mhpronews-com-.pngArlington, VA. An announcement of the promotion for Jason Boehlert to Senior Vice President of Government Affairs at the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) will accompany the announced appointment of Rick Robinson as MHI Vice President of Government Affairs and General Counsel. Sources close to the Manufactured Housing Institute tell MHProNews that the formal announcement could come later today or tomorrow. The change is said to be geared towards ‘beefing up’ MHI’s efforts with regulators and on Capitol Hill. Updates and additional information will be available in the Corporate News Release and in the MHI news module. ##

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Execs Depart Zell’s Equity International

May 24th, 2013 Comments off

The Wall Street Journal informs MHProNews three senior executives at Sam Zell’s Equity International (EI) real estate company resigned this week on the heels of the head of capital markets departure, as well as co-founder of the fund and CEO Gary Garrabrandt, who left last Sept. Chief Operating Officer Ira Chaplik, General Counsel Brian Richter, and Executive Vice President in Charge of Tax Structuring Cheryl Engle are all leaving EI, although Engle and Richter will become outside consultants and Chaplik will be an advisor to the company. The departures allegedly stem from disputes over compensation and the firm’s direction. Zell is chairman and owns the majority of EI, receiving over half of the profits, and is also chairman of Equity LifeStyle Properties (ELS). Tom Heneghan, who replaced Garrabrandt, had been CEO of ELS, the owner/operator of 380 manufactured housing and recreational vehicle communities in the U. S. and Canada.

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MHI Testifies at Dodd-Frank Hearing

July 12th, 2012 Comments off

Speaking for the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) at a hearing on the impact of Dodd-Frank mortgage requirements before the House Financial Services subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Wed. July 11, Tom Hodges, General Counsel for Clayton Homes, suggested Congress create a secondary market for manufactured home buyers so all residential borrowers will have access to the same products. Drawing more lenders to the market would create more competition and lower financing charges, he said. He also urged Congress to avoid any regulation that would be a barricade to lenders’ ability to make manufactured housing loans. His role at Clayton, the largest producer of manufactured homes in the country,  includes implementation of Dodd-Frank and other regulations. For the full transcript of his testimony, please click here.

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Congressional Hearing Set on Dodd-Frank Impact

July 6th, 2012 Comments off

The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) will testify before the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Capital Markets July 11 concerning the impact of Dodd-Frank on residential mortgage reforms. Clayton Homes General Counsel Tom Hodges, representing MHI during the hearing, will address the measure’s unintended consequences that limit credit availability for purchasers of manufactured housing, and will discuss the benefits of HR 3849, the bi-partisan Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act sponsored by Reps Stephen Fincher, Joe Donnelly, and Gary Miller. Other organizations in attendance include Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB), and the National Association of Realtors (NAR). has leaned MHI is the only MH industry association to testify.

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