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HUD’s $2+ Billion Grants, Manufactured Housing Institute, Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform, & MH Opportunities Galore

February 11th, 2019 No comments

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced on Friday, February 8, 2019 over $2 billion dollars in new grants.  Their full, official statement will follow below.  It holds significance for manufactured housing on a variety of levels.

 

Why?  Because there are a wide range of programs and opportunities that manufactured housing could be tapping into.  One might say that there are “opportunities galore” for affordable manufactured home professionals and investors.

To set the stage of the HUD Release, it is worth noting that the over $2 billion dollars in grants would be be more than 25% of all HUD Code manufactured homes sold in 2018.

 

With the final 2018 production and shipment reports now in, it is known that manufactured housing finished the year with well under 100,000 new HUD Code manufactured home shipments (96,555).  About a year before, the Arlington, VA based Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) had estimated the year would finish at some 107,000 thousand new units shipped.

Four years ago, MHI President Richard ‘Dick’ Jennison pledged on a video recorded statement before dozens of industry professionals at the 2015 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show that the manufactured home industry could achieve 500,000 new homes produced.  More details on that are available at the linked text/image box below.  But recall that in the early 1990s, in 3 years, manufactured housing production more than doubled. There is more capital, and more technology available today than there was then.  There is also arguably more demand for affordable housing today than at that time.

Put differently, MHI’s Jennison was not wrong in saying that the 500,000 new home shipments total could be achieved. That would deductively imply that in markets like yours, sales could rise by over 500%.

 

MHI CEO Dick Jennison’s Pledge – 500,000 New Manufactured Home Shipments

 

In 1998, the industry hit its last high-water mark of over 372,000 new HUD Code manufactured homes built and sold.  In the pre-HUD Code mobile home era, factory builders approached 600,000 new units for 2 years.

Both major trade groups – the Washington, D.C. based Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) and MHI have noted in various statements the quality of today’s manufactured homes.  That is a point of agreement between the two national trade associations.

There is an industry blogger who periodically confuses – by intent or accident – the nature of the two oldest national manufactured housing trade groups.  The difference is significant, and the Daily Business News on MHProNews will turn to what each association says about itself for the distinction.

The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform is a Washington, D.C.-based national trade association representing the views and interests of independent producers of federally-regulated manufactured housing.” That statement by MHARR was on their last press release to MHProNews and is what their releases have stated for years. A 501c3 non-profit group must state their mission, it isn’t in principle a matter of conjecture.

What does the MHI say about itself?

The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) is the only national trade organization representing all segments of the factory-built housing industry. MHI members include home builders, retailers, community operators, lenders, suppliers and affiliated state organizations,” is what the MHI about us page states.

A press release by MHI public relations staff member Patti Boerger said, “MHI is the only national trade organization representing all segments of the factory-built housing industry.  MHI members include home builders, lenders, home retailers, community owners and managers, suppliers and others affiliated with the industry.  MHI’s membership also includes 50 affiliated state organizations.”

Rephrased, MHARR represents producers of HUD Code manufactured homes.  MHI represents producers too, but also state that they represent the “post-production” sectors of the industry.  As a related point, since that 2016 release by Boerger quoted above, 2 state community association broke ranks with MHI, and in 2018 launched a national community-owner focused association. That group is The National Association of Manufactured Housing Community Owners (NAMHCO).

Those are facts, facts, facts – including what the various trade groups have said about themselves.  It should be noted that there are modular housing or commercial construction, and systems building trade organizations too.  But those noted above are specifically engaged in manufactured housing, with MHI alone claiming to do even more by including the phrase “all segmentsof factory-built housing.

 

HUD’s Release, Data, Followed by Analysis

On Friday, the Department of Housing issued the following release. It linked to the list immediately below, where the featured image and map at the top of this column were from.

See for yourself just how many – or few – projects involve manufactured housing?  Per HUD, by state and territories.

 

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Here is the full HUD release from Friday, February 8, 2019.  The commentary below the HUD breakdown by state was provided by MHProNews.

 

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HUD AWARDS OVER $2 BILLION TO HELP END HOMELESSNESS

Federal grants to help thousands of homeless assistance programs nationwide

        WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded $202 million in FY18 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program grants to support new homeless programs across the country, including nearly $50 million to projects dedicated to assisting survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. View a complete list of all the state and local homeless projects awarded funding.

Last month, HUD announced nearly $2 billion in CoC grants to renew funding to thousands of local homeless assistance programs nationwide.  Combined, this funding represents a record investment to support state and local efforts to reduce and end homelessness.

HUD Secretary Ben Carson made the announcement in Akron, Ohio today during a visit to the Battered Women’s Shelter, a grantee that received funding and will use it to house domestic violence victims who are on the verge of homelessness.

“Today we make another critical investment to those persons and families living in our shelters and on our streets,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “These new programs will join those already on the front lines in their communities working to end homelessness.”

HUD supports a broad array of interventions designed to assist individuals and families experiencing homelessness, particularly those living in places not meant for habitation, located in sheltering programs, or at imminent risk of becoming homeless.  Each year, HUD serves more than a million people through emergency shelter, transitional, and permanent housing programs.

HUD continues to challenge state and local planning organizations called “Continuums of Care” to support their highest performing local programs that have proven most effective in meeting the needs of persons experiencing homelessness in their communities.  Many of these state and local planners also embraced HUD’s call to shift funds from existing underperforming projects to create new ones that are based on best practices that will further their efforts to prevent and end homelessness.

 

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

— end of HUD release —

 

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Collage by MHProNews, with MHI elements from their website on today’s date.

 

Manufactured housing is failing to meet the stated goals of its post-production sector staff ‘leader,’ MHI President Dick Jennison.

 

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There is an affordable housing crisis. As the links below the byline and notices reveal, top MHI staffers have been getting paid bonuses.

 

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There are numerous third-party reports and news stories in 2018 that reflected the quality, value, and need for manufactured homes.

So why is the industry underperforming?

MHI production rival MHARR laid out the facts in the report linked here and further below.

MHARR points their finger directly at MHI, as they are the post-production association side of the industry. The article above provides the final tallies and hard data.  Their article linked here and further below shares an analysis by Mark Weiss, JD, President and CEO of MHARR.

The questions are not moot.  They are germane – indeed, necessary to explore – if the industry is going to recover from its 2-decade funk. A news analysis by our publisher is linked here and among the text-image linked boxes below the bylines and notices.

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Real Rats and Disease – Not Metaphors – Where’s Manufactured Housing Industry Leadership?

February 5th, 2019 No comments

 

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Storm drains used for human waste.

 

Piles of garbage.  Rats with fleas – roaming through and over people living on city streets – that are spreading typhus.

A historic account from the so-called middle ages?

No.  Welcome to Los Angeles, in 2019 where 55,000 are homeless “due to the terrible housing crisis there,” said Dr. Marc Siegel.

 

 

There are real world consequences for millions of Americans that are caused by the affordable housing problem in this nation.  Homelessness is one of those outcomes.

 

 

The Daily Business News on MHProNews reported in December on a study by Zillow that underscored their data’s pointing to rising rents causing more homelessness.  Of course.

 

Zillow Research Reveals Impact of Rising Rents on Homelessness, Affordable Housing Advocates, Public Officials, and Investors Take Note

 

A recent report from HUD found similarly troubling data.

 

New HUD Report Reveals Tragedy of Homelessness, When Solution for Affordable Housing is Hiding in Plain Sight

 

Per HUD’s 2018 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress found that 552,830 persons experienced homelessness on a single night in 2018, an increase of 0.3 percent since last year. Meanwhile, homelessness among veterans fell 5.4 percent and homelessness experienced by families with children declined 2.7 percent nationwide since 2017.”  See more in the report linked in the text box above.

MHProNews and MHLivingNews have touted the affordable housing solution that is hiding in plain sight for years.

MHARR’s President and CEO, Mark Weiss, JD, described in stark terms the “Illusion of Motion” that the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) and their surrogates have spun.

Meanwhile, despite the need for some 8 million plus new housing units, HUD Code manufactured home shipments have dropped? What’s going on?

 

Manufactured Home Production Slide Continues – Call it Corruption, Collusion, Incompetence, Attempted Coverup – Self-Evident Failures Mount

 

MHProNews is doing yet another test this week of just what, if anything, MHI is doing with respect to a specific and apparently clear case of a violation of the “enhanced preemption” under the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000. We will report back to industry readers our findings. In the last two years, similar tests have revealed that MHI has not even contacted the offenders. One such example is linked below.

 

Anti-MH Bigotry, Prejudice, and Possibly Illegal Action on Display in Manufactured Housing’s Birthplace?

 

But this much is clear. Third-party voices that touted the manufactured housing as a solution for the affordable housing crisis are missing from the MHI website.  This search for Eric Belksy, who was once featured in a pre-Berkshire Hathaway era brochure by MHI is not found in a web-search on their own site done today.

 

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It is almost as if MHI doesn’t seriously want to see the industry grow.  Or more to the point, is it because keeping growth limited allows larger players to consolidate smaller ones – at a bargain price?

 

Warren Buffett’s Moat, Understanding Manufactured Housing Requires Grasping Strategic Economic Moats

 

While MHI has hired an attorney to harass MHProNews, which no doubt costs thousands to go after a pro-ethical and sustainable industry growth publisher, where is MHI at hiring attorneys to routinely go after zoning, anti-industry media, or other issues that actually hobble growth?

Facts, evidence, money-trails, and the right questions are nettlesome things. MHI – nor their Omaha-Knoxville masters and allies – won’t reply to such inquiries and concerns. Wonder why?

Meanwhile, some 55,000 people in LA, and hundreds of thousands across the country, are homeless. There are real-world consequences for failure to perform. That’s the troubling “News through the lens of manufactured homes, and factory-built housing” © where “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

 

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Zillow Research Reveals Impact of Rising Rents on Homelessness, Affordable Housing Advocates, Public Officials, and Investors Take Note

December 21st, 2018 Comments off

 

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In a press release to the Daily Business News on MHProNews, Zillow has timed the results of their own study on homelessness in the U.S.A. near the date that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) annual report to Congress occurred.

 

The Zillow findings are eye opening. The real estate website powerhouse asserts, among other points, that HUD has long underestimated the actual count of homelessness in the U.S. by some 20 percent.

 

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Communities where people spend more than 32 percent of their income on rent can expect a more rapid increase in homelessness, according to new Zillow-sponsored research on the size and root causes of the nation’s homelessness challenge. The research also estimates that the scale of homelessness nationwide has been undercounted by roughly 115,000 people, or 20 percent,” per Zillow’s study.

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The video posted below gives a snapshot into the report.

 

 

MHProNews will plan a more in-depth review of the Zillow findings, perhaps after Christmas. Because once more, the facts from Zillow and HUD alike point to several vexing issues that should cause minds and hearts to stir into action.

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If HUD is correct, and you can see our report from HUD in the related reports linked below the byline and notices, over 550,000 Americans are homeless in the U.S.

New HUD Report Reveals Tragedy of Homelessness, When Solution for Affordable Housing is Hiding in Plain Sight

 

But if Zillow is correct, that number stands at some 660,000 souls.

As Christmas approaches, and tens of millions celebrate of the birth two thousand years ago of the child Jesus in a stable, it seems that public policy has failed hundreds of thousands of our fellow citizens.

The video and research are troubling, but also point to opportunities to turn their plight into a promise for a better future that our industry should be front and center in by making homelessness here history.

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HUD Announces Record $1.9 Billion in Grants to “End Homelessness”

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On December 20th, the Department of Housing an Urban Development (HUD) announced that it has awarded a record $1.95 billion to numerous homeless assistance programs across the U.S., including Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

As part of the Obama Administration’s effort to prevent and end homelessness, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded a record $1.95 billion in grants to nearly 7,600 homeless assistance programs across throughout the nation, including Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands,” HUD said in a prepared statement.

The awards, know as “Continuum of Care” grants, are intended to “prevent and end homelessness.

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Per CNS News, HUD is urging states to spend the grant money on their “highest-performing local programs that have proven most effective” in reducing homelessness.

Today marks another critical investment in support of those working each and every day to house and serve our most vulnerable neighbors,” said HUD Secretary Julian Castro.

We know how to end homelessness and will continue to encourage our local partners to use the latest evidence to achieve success. These grants support proven strategies to end homelessness once and for all.

Among the states receiving grants, California will get the largest share a total of $352,946,617 for 933 local homeless-assistance projects, followed by New York with $195,920,284 for 621 projects, Illinois $104,862,190 for 416 projects, and Pennsylvania $100,357,941 for 515 projects.

Among the states receiving the least in grants are: Wyoming, $291,611 for 5 projects, South Dakota with $1,264,095 for 10 projects and North Dakota receives $1,903,991 for 20 projects.

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Screen capture from the 6 page document by Dr. Carson, posted on a commentary linked here. Carson has been named by the Trump transition team as the president-elect’s pick to lead HUD, which is the primary regulatory agency for the HUD Code manufactured housing program. Will Dr. Carson work to merge, for example, DOE’s energy program back into HUD? The document download linked from the commentary above offer clues.

The Solution for Homelessness, Hiding in Plain Sight

As Daily Business News readers – and forward looking manufactured housing professionals and investors know –  manufactured homes provide a quality, affordable solution to the housing challenges that the nation faces.

A growing number of mainstream media, as well as federal public officials and politicos in both major parties agree on that fact, as is reflected in the Julian Castro video posted below.

MHI and MHARR have both welcomed incoming HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson.

Dr. Carson has been invited in an open letter by our publisher to better understand the potential for manufactured housing to save on federal budgets, while offering free market solutions that can cut homelessness and increase independence rather than dependence.

With the U.S. Census Bureau reporting an average manufactured home price of $66,000 (see 2016 manufactured housing fast facts report, linked here), the manufactured housing industry could provide 29,545 homes with the $1.95 billion in grants that HUD has made available. Leveraging that same sum could raise that by a factor of 10 to 20. Using a more modest model manufactured home than the median or average size would further increase the potential impact the total numbers served by such government programs.

Over time, following that pattern, federal and any matching state/local spending could be cut, while dramatically improving the lives of each of those touched.

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Waterford, Ireland Closely Watching Modulars for Homeless in Dublin

December 3rd, 2015 Comments off

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Director of Services Michael Quinn said, “We would hope that as those issues progress within Dublin and Cork, then we will consider if modular homes are appropriate for Waterford. We are looking at potential sites for them and as soon as the opportunity comes us for us to engage with the Department (of the Environment), we will do so. There’s certainly enough demand in the city and county to justify considering it.

He added the City & County Council is acquiring houses, but only when there is a specific need. “We have acquired 10 so far this year and there’s another four or five currently under negotiation, but we may not get the deals completed for these before the end of the year.

Father Peter McVerry, who is in Waterford to speak about the issue of homelessness at Waterford’s IT Campus, noted in 2012, seven or eight families became homeless, but this year, an average of 73 families were becoming homeless each month. He said, “Homelessness is spiraling out of control. While it is most evident in urban areas, it will become an issue in every county in Ireland, as home repossessions begin to gather pace. Each home repossessed is potentially a household plunged into homelessness.

Waterford’s Special Executive Officer Joe Sullivan said in 2015 118 homes have been refurbished and re-tenanted. He stated, “At any one time we will always have a number of houses that have become vacant and that are being refurbished for re-letting. Once a house becomes vacant it is immediately included in our refurbishment programme and new tenants (are) considered for them.” ##

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Party Leader Proposes Modular Homes Down Under

August 19th, 2013 Comments off

In the run-up to the elections in Australia, Greens party leader Sen. Christine Milne, noting the Labour and Coalition parties offer little in the way of housing, proposes to build 12,200 affordable housing units a year across the country for ten years. She says, “One thing not being talked about this election is homelessness and affordable housing, and the difficulties people are having.” The Northern Territory (NT) alone would receive 7,000 homes, one third of which would be modular. MHProNews has learned the NT, while comprising one-sixth of the land mass, is home to only 200,000 out of some 23 million Australians, mostly aboriginals in the country’s Outback area. As abc.net.au reports, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd proposes to create a northern economic zone to encourage business by cutting company taxes; opposition leader Tony Abbott suggests more agriculture in the area and tax perks to get Australians to move north.

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Modular Housing Proposed for the Homeless

July 22nd, 2013 Comments off

A report from Australia revealing nearly 70 percent of homeless services around the country is not meeting the demand has prompted community groups to call for politicians to respond to the need in their lead-up to the coming elections. The Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS) says 50,000 units of housing are urgently needed, according to what frasercoastchronicle.com.au tells MHProNews. While neither major political party has issued a policy statement on addressing homelessness, The Greens have proposed providing modular apartments for those with modest means.

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Modular Housing Provides Shelter for Homeless Men

June 27th, 2013 Comments off

As many as 120 men once again faced homelessness after the Haven of Rest, which operated for 25 years, providing emergency and transitional housing, closed its doors this month in Tallahassee, Fla. Last week modular housing was delivered to the new Westgate Community residential campus as temporary shelter until a more permanent solution becomes available. As wtxl.com tells MHProNews, although homeless service agencies are stretched to the max, meals, lodging and transportation are being provided by individuals, businesses, and churches. Information was not readily available as to the capacity of the modular housing.(Photo credit: (Craig Morris/thedailyjournal–American Modular Homes)

Couple unable to Register Manufactured Home

May 7th, 2013 Comments off

MHProNews has learned from kelownacapnews in British Columbia, Canada, a letter aimed at elected officials from a couple who own a manufactured home is appealing a ruling based on a numbering system that prevents them from registering their homes in the Manufactured Home Registry. Their homes meet all the requirements but is one number different from what the Ministry of Finance allows. Without registration they cannot obtain a mortgage, hire a realtor, access equity in their home, or even declare bankruptcy. They are both on fixed incomes, but without the registration number they are unable to pay mounting medical expenses, and conceivably face homelessness if the situation continues. Kelowna is located in south central British Columbia.

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Housing Becoming More Expensive

March 15th, 2013 Comments off

MarketPlace.org informs MHProNews Eric Belsky, managing director of the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, says in 2010 more than 25 percent of renter households paid over 50 percent of their income for rent, an increase from 20 percent in 2000, putting more people at the risk of homelessness. A study by the National Low Income Housing Coalition estimates employees need to earn $18.79 an hour for rent to remain at 30 percent or less of income, but the average hourly wage is $14.32. Belsky says this often translates into insufficient money for food, healthcare, and other expenses, limiting the economic impact on the local community.

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