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

December 26th, 2018 Comments off



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.




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.



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.


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



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.



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.




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.



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.



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.”




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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Governor Announces Hurricane Recovery Loan$, Business, Homeowners, MH

November 3rd, 2017 Comments off

HouseLoansManufacturedHousingIndustryPixabayDailyBusinessNewsManufacturedHousingIndustryResearchFinanceReportsDataIn a program that manufactured homes qualify for, “The town of Fair Bluff will receive $1.85 million to help rebuild homes damaged by Hurricane Matthew and improve the town’s water supply, Governor Roy Cooper announced Thursday in a release to the Daily Business News.

This followed a previous announcement from the governor’s office that “funds will be matched by private lenders to provide at least $15 million in loans available to small businesses in Matthew-affected areas, especially in Robeson, Cumberland, Edgecombe and Wayne counties.”

Similar programs are available in other states impacted by this year’s hurricane season.


Post-Hurricane Matthews, NC, photo credit, Pulse Headlines.

North Carolina Emergency Management will help repair, rebuild and elevate single-family homes, as well as rehabilitate manufactured housing,” per their statement to MHProNews.


For more details, click here to see the current and previous release from Governor Cooper’s office.


Industry professionals, including manufactured home community operators in impacted areas, should consider contacting their state association for potential additional insights and guidance.   © ## (News, Analysis.)

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Sunday Morning Weekly Recap Manufactured Housing Industry News August 20th to August 27th, 2017

August 27th, 2017 Comments off

Week of Aug 13 to Aug 20, 2017.

Our new August issueOur theme for this month: Awful, Awesome August 2017 in MHVille

featured articles will be available on the home page. Our May theme will be available mid-week this week.

 To see the line-up of over 2-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.


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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“SCANDALOUS” Harmful to Manufactured Housing Industry, Homeowners, Proposal Exposed, Rejected

July 18th, 2017 Comments off

ScandalousMHARRExposesHarmfultoManufacturedHousingIndustryDOERuleDailyBusinessNewsMHProNews1The comments period for the Trump Administration’s Executive Orders numbered 13771 and 13777 to the Department of Energy (DOE) is closed, but the manufactured home industry fireworks may just now be starting.

Yesterday, the Daily Business News reported on MHI’s input to the DOE’s RFI. A new set of comments, that provided the “SCANDALOUS” quote above, will follow.

But first, there’s value to the industry, investors and other interested parties to understand how MHI allegedly operates, beginning with their own words.

Quoting MHI, “On July 14, 2017, MHI submitted comments to the Department of Energy (DOE) regarding proposed regulations for the manufactured housing industry that should be withdrawn because they are not consistent with President Trump’s Executive Orders to reduce federal regulatory burdens.”

This writer added, “Analytically, that statement may be accurate.”

But What Wasn’t Said is That a Serious Flip-Flop by MHI’s of Their Prior Position had Taken Place


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What wasn’t said by MHI, that was – and is – a key part of the story. The other key?  That the umbrella national association has repeatedly taken starting positions on issues such as DTS, or this issue – the DOE’s proposed energy rules – and then the association has shifted.

A Quick Look at MHARR’s Position and Then…


MHARR’s position has been simple. No. It was no from the start. There was no good reason for creating a rule that harmed consumers and independent companies. Let the record show, that MHARR fought against the rule, while MHI promoted it. See the proof, linked here. The Trump Administration’s EOs have created an opportunity to stop this, once and for all.

MarkWeissMHARRPresidentManufacturedHousingIndustryDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsMHARR describes the DOE proposed rule “a paradigm of over-reaching, oppressive and costly big government regulation that [if enacted] would disproportionately harm [moderate and] lower-income Americans … and crush smaller industry businesses, leading to a further decrease in homeownership, higher levels of homelessness, and an emasculation of free-market competition….”

MHARR’s full release and download, are linked here.

But let’s return to the analysis of

  • MHI’s flip-flop,
  • their periodic surrogates in such matters,
  • and what the possible motivations are,
  • mindful of what Marty Lavin says, “follow the money,” and “pay more attention to what people do than what they say.”


MHI’s Shift, a Complete Flip-Flop?

MHI tends not to admit their shifts.

But based upon facts coming from the Small Business Administration, George Washington University, the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR), this publication and others — MHI essentially relented on the DOE rules — and took what now is an apparently more useful position for the industry.

But why did MHI have to be dogged into the shift?  Why did the first embrace what they now claim to oppose?


Had there been no watchdogs and advocates pushing MHI, what would their position now be? Their original one?

An analytical thinker must ask three questions.

  • Why did MHI take a problematic position for the industry in the first place?’
  • ‘How is it that they seem to get away with it, before being pushed by facts into a more moderate position?’
  • ‘Wouldn’t implementing those DOE rules that MHI initially promoted – as MHARR says – raised prices, harmed smaller communities, independent retailers and independent producers of manufactured housing?

Part Time, Full Time – MHI’s Alleged Surrogates

Richard A. “Dick” Jennison has for some years used a group of so-called surrogates, so that he and those who support their position don’t always have to be up front, by themselves.

The surrogate effect can create the impression of consensus, when no clear understanding – much less consensus – exists.

A classic example of an MHI surrogate is Suzanne Felber and her ‘American Housing Advocates.’  Her site might as well be called, ‘Promote MHI’ – (and those at MHI who like to cozy up to the power base?) – central.


Meetings with peers can be enjoyable, as industry pros know. But there is no reason to over-hype, is there?

Felber may not realize how Jennison and his allies can use a surrogate, and then allegedly – per multiple informed MHI sources – back stab said surrogate, without even blinking.

But that aside, Felber falls into the common trap of overstating her case.

In the faint type used on her website, as shown above, she claims there is “Unanimous” support for the “wonderful job” “MHI staff, “under the leadership of President and CEO Dick Jennison” are doing.

Wonderful?” “Unanimous?” The proof that isn’t true is MHI Frank Rolfe’s quote immediately below Felber’s.  Rolfe is far from alone.

The Surprise MHI Surrogate?

The periodically public spitball fight between George F. Allen, a co-founder of MHI’s National Community Council (NCC) and MHI is no secret.   Any beyond his devoted followers who care to read his blog for a day will find plenty of examples.

While one can make the case that there is no love lost between Allen and MHI, nevertheless, Allen has signaled once more that he is de facto providing cover for MHI.


Skeptics may say, that’s absurd.  Allen, they might say, ‘hates’ MHI.

But several of Allen’s followers, periodically send this publication occasionally revealing tidbits.

For example, why does Allen:

  • Say he’s holding MHI accountable, and yet does fund raising for MHI’s causes at his annual meeting?
  • Or, why does Allen conflate MHI and MHARR – as if the two organizations are the same, when they are demonstrably quite different?

Per MHI’s website,


MHI Logo, provided under fair use guidelines.

Who we are

The Manufactured Housing Institute is the only national trade organization representing the factory-built housing industry.”



mhi_logoMission Statement

MHI is the national trade organization representing all segments of the factory-built housing industry.”

By contrast, on the base of MHARR’s press release, one finds the following.

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MHARR logo provided under fair use guidelines.

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.”

With respect to Mr. Allen, and his ‘analysis’ of MHI and MHARR, there are only a few logical possibilities.

Mr. Allen has

  • never read the above,
  • read it, but he failed to understand it,
  • or – he wants to blur the facts for some unstated reason.

 Are we missing anything in those 3 bullets points above?  Maybe some combination of the three?



Collage credit, MHProNews, logos of each organization are shown under fair use guidelines.

Be it DOE, DTS, or other issues that MHARR takes a position on, MHARR’s basic approach is the same.  They gather facts, formulate a position and document their thinking in a release to their members and all others that care to examine them.

It wasn’t MHI’s position that the SBA and George Washington University essentially agreed with, rather, it was MHARR’s.


Logos and photo are the respective property of each organization as shown, and are used here under Fair Use Guidelines. Note, the above article was published while the publisher was an active MHI member.

Ironically, it is Allen himself who likes to call MHI an “OLIGARCHY

One of several examples is this Allen headline, “OLIGARCHY = national MH advocacy?”

For those who advise this publication that there is no point in spotlighting Allen, or Felber or others like them.  Those voices tell MHProNews, ‘you’ll never convince them, or their core supporters.’

While someone’s core supporters that might indeed be – loyalist vs. realists – it is the objective thinker that must be sought out.  Those reason-based readers, those investors, those public officials and others are worth addressing.  Some of those – without a periodic reminder – may not realize the inconsistencies that exist, how the MHI game is played, and how their surrogates allegedly play that game, and why.

Nor is any disrespect meant to those who in good faith follow Felber, Allen or anyone else.  They may have personal reason for doing so.


But to paraphrase Allen, “a rumor is afoot,” and that rumor claims that Allen and MHI are either in talks to buy him out, or some sort of deal may already be made (Publisher’s Note, please see Update, below).  Note that a direct question to Allen and some of his supporters drew no response to that question, while other recent questions to Allen have brought a prompt response.

Doesn’t that fit Allen’s published motto, “‘U Support US & WE Serve U!”

MHARR’s Position on DOE

That long tee up for MHARR’s position is useful for because there are reasons why what has been taking place is “Scandalous,” as their president and CEO – Mark, Weiss, JD – has written.

What is the scandal?

That MHI – in their view – kept the DOE proposal alive, about two years ago, when sources tell MHProNews that MHARR had already effectively stopped it.

MHI members were told at members-only meetings, say sources, why the proposed DOE rule was going to be so good for the industry.

MHI Surrogates were lined up to cheer the effort.

Much smaller MHARR had only facts and a tiny fraction of the MHI budget.  But they stated their case, over and over, while third parties – such as SBA and GWU or those in the industry – began making a similar case.

Again, MHARR’s position is posted at this link here. ## (News, Analysis.)


Disclosure: MHARR is at this time an advertiser, and MHI was previously an advertiser.  MHProNews has often taken the MHARR view, even when MHProNews’ publisher was an elected MHI board member.  Long time MHProNews readers know that our position on issues tend not to shift, based one which operations does or does not pay for ads. MHProNews’ publisher has worked for years (thanks to the support of pro-growth, pro-industry image building sponsors and clients) to work for positive change within MHI, and the ‘powers that be’ allegedly did not like having a differing point of view, for more, click here.

Note 1: The MHProNews publisher – L. A. “Tony” Kovach has offered to do a live, video recorded debate with MHI President Richard A “Dick” Jennison and Lesli Gooch on the issues that face the industry, neither of whom have taken up that offer.

Note 2: Ishbel Dickens, NMHOA and her then VP, Carla Burr, were also invited to do a live, video recorded debate over the issues that face manufactured housing. That offer too has not been accepted.


Original image credits are of the media, and MHI, respectively, as shown. Text, Collage is an illustration of an actual resident group protest, modified to illustrate what sources say are potential protests against member companies at the annual MHI annual meeting in Orlando, a scant two months away.  See yesterday’s report, linked here.

Preview: Watch for a follow up report on the allegations that activist-minded resident groups are planning to target the MHI annual meeting with protests, designed in part to grab media attention and embarrass member attendees caught on video or pictures by media.


L. A. “Tony’ Kovach., publisher,

Publisher’s Update 7.19.2017 at 10:01 AM ET. 6 hours after our initial inquiry, and after we published the above, George F. Allen, sent his first reply, quoting verbatim and lower case as he sent it, “nope.”

Several other messages went back and forth, asking Allen to clarify the issues relating to his writing about MHI and MHARR, or other topics addressed in the article above.  In each case, he declined to reply directly, but rather, provided series of what we as trade publishers will alleged were “ad hominems.”  He ducked, dodged, detracted, delayed, but would not reply directly to how he addresses the MHI and MHARR matter, or others noted above.

In fairness to Allen, he did reply, which MHI did not.

Among the statements Allen made, “There really isn’t anything to say. This is a non-starter. Though a direct, dues-paying member of MHI, I rarely talk to anyone there; they barely talk to me.”


George Allen, photo credit,

I was using the word ‘fabricating’ in regards to my present and near future plans relative to COBA7, a division of GFA Management, Inc., dba PMN Publishing; NOT in regards to MHI & MHARR.”  Analyzing that, Allen does not deny there is an issue in how he writes on MHI and MHARR, but he will not address it, nor their use of surrogates, or other elements of the report above.  While posturing on our inquiry about his plans to sell, calling that a “fabricating” – some sources who follow his writing – (we do not as a rule) – point to Allen’s own writing as suggesting his desire to sell, as he is making ongoing efforts to retire.

The source of the rumor that we legitimately asked about…in a real sense…is Allen himself.

Bottom lines?

Allen strongly denies he is trying to sell his COBA 7 to MHI or anyone.  After repeated efforts at allowing him to clarify why he writes as he does about MHI and MHARR, he would not provide a more substantive response than the one quoted above.

Thus, let the facts of the report above stand, as hereby updated. ###

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Manufactured Home Owners Can Save Big

June 1st, 2017 Comments off

Vermont MHC residents are getting help. Credit: Manufactured Homes Directory.

In the state of Vermont, a critical utility is working to make life easier for manufactured home owners to save money.

According to Vermont Biz, Vermont Gas is now making it easier for homeowners to save money and reduce their energy needs with their new Manufactured Home Pilot Program.

The program is designed to identify and repair leaky air ducts and upgrade insulation in the roof and floor of manufactured homes. Older homes in particular can be inefficient, which can cause difficulty and lead to increased costs.

Vermont Gas says that these homeowners could see up to 20 percent savings on their energy bills.

I knew because of the type of home I own that it wasn’t very efficient for the environment or for my checkbook, I wanted to do something about it but wasn’t sure where to turn,” said Jodie Peck, a resident in the city of Williston.

I was surprised how helpful the free energy audit was and how easy it was to work with Vermont Gas to upgrade my home. Thanks to Vermont Gas and this program, I’m actually looking forward to winter for the first time in a long time.”

In addition to the advice, the program also offers several financial incentives to help homeowners pay for the cost of upgrades, including rebates of up to 75 percent for duct sealing, roof and belly insulation.

Residents who qualify as low-income will receive these measures at no additional cost.


Don Rendall. Credit: VT Digger.

We are excited to raise awareness about this important program because it will make a big difference in the lives of our customers in mobile homes [sic],” said Don Rendall, Vermont Gas President and CEO.

Our aim is simple: Be there for all our customers every day. We want our customers to know that efficiency upgrades are not too expensive for working families, and our teams are the best out there at finding opportunities for our customers to save and then working with you every step of the way to get the work done so you can be more secure in your home and start saving money right away.”

Rendall also says that the efficiency programs from Vermont Gas are nationally recognized, and save customers more than $10 million annually. ##

(Editor’s note: for a related story, read Not Your GrandFather’s Trailer House,” linked here.)

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Site-Built Homes Replaced with New MH

December 22nd, 2011 Comments off

The JeffersonPost reports from Ashe County, North Carolina, the High Country Council of Governments is once again applying for a grant to help low-income residents make much-needed home repairs, and in some cases, replace unlivable homes with new manufactured homes. Since 2002, every three years all NC counties, except Wake and Cumberland, are eligible for a block grant through the North Carolina Division of Community Assistance. Ashe County, in the far northwest corner of the state, is applying for $400,000 for the Scattered Site Housing program to assist low-income homeowners. During the last three-year cycle which ended earlier this year, four county homes that were beyond repair were bulldozed and replaced with manufactured homes. The average for each home, including drilling new wells, grading, installing a new septic system, and set-up was $78,000.
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