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Got a Fair Housing Complaint? HUD Awards Millions More in Anti-Discrimination Efforts

April 17th, 2019 Comments off

 

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The key to this press release from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to the Daily Business News on MHProNews might be boiled down to these pull quotes.  The:

 

·        Department’s Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) to help people who believe they have been victims of housing discrimination and to educate the public and housing providers on fair housing laws.

·        Persons who believe they have experienced discrimination may file a complaint by contacting HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at (800) 669-9777 (voice) or (800) 927-9275 (TTY).

 

This is a broad invitation by HUD. Why does this matter to MHVille?  On several levels, but let’s mention one. Consider scenarios like the one in Bryan, TX – not just the sadly all too typical cases of discrimination based upon one or more of the protected classes. After the release, will be some related reports.

 

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HUD AWARDS ADDITIONAL $15 MILLION

TO FIGHT HOUSING DISCRIMINATION

Grants to support and promote fair housing nationwide

   

          WASHINGTON – To help end housing discrimination, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded an additional $15 million to support dozens of fair housing organizations working to confront violations of the nation’s landmark Fair Housing Act (see grant chart below). 

 

HUD’s grants are provided through the Department’s Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) to help people who believe they have been victims of housing discrimination and to educate the public and housing providers on fair housing laws. In addition to the new grants announced today, HUD awarded $23 million to existing fair housing organizations last winter.

 

          “Even though the Fair Housing Act became the law of the land 51 years ago, housing discrimination continues to this day,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “HUD will continue to confront housing discrimination in all its forms and advance our mission of safe, affordable housing free from discrimination.”

 

            HUD’s FHIP grants support a wide range of fair housing enforcement, education, and outreach activities. These grants allow the groups to provide fair housing enforcement through testing in the rental and sales markets, to file fair housing complaints to HUD, and to conduct investigations. Additionally, the education and outreach activities these organizations conduct also help to educate the public, housing providers, and local governments about their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act.

 

            FHIP grants are provided under three categories:

 

·         Private Enforcement Initiative grants (PEI) – These awards help nonprofit fair housing enforcement organizations carry out investigations and other enforcement activities to prevent or eliminate discriminatory housing practices.

·         Education and Outreach Initiative grants (EOI) – HUD awards these grants to groups that educate the public and housing providers about their rights and responsibilities under federal law or state and local fair housing laws that are substantially equivalent to the Fair Housing Act.

·        Fair Housing Organizations Initiative grants (FHOI) – HUD awards these grants to help build the capacity and effectiveness of non-profit fair housing organizations to continue and enhance enforcement of the Fair Housing Act.

 

Persons who believe they have experienced discrimination may file a complaint by contacting HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at (800) 669-9777 (voice) or (800) 927-9275 (TTY).

 

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If you think HUD is no longer serious about enforcing fair housing laws, this and examples linked below may make an objective person think twice. “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

 

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HUD’s Fair Housing Month – Sexual Harassment Campaign, Training Initiative Announced

Bryan Manufactured Homes Ban Passed, But Petition Count, Other Legal Moves May Stop Texas City

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Sexual Predators” Beware! MH Community Owners! Retailers Warning – New Federal Sexual Harassment Initiative

April 13th, 2018 Comments off

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Behind every good intention can be unintentional consequences. Behind every real problem, abuses of the system can occur.

 

What some might consider to be an innocent flirt, what if an applicant or resident might view it as sexual harassment?

Thus everyone should be aware of a new initiative between the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which could bring a world of hurt to Manufactured Home Community (MHC) owners, or perhaps even to manufactured home retailers too.

Obviously, there are genuine cases of sexual harassment – or other violations of the Fair Housing Act – which merit the kind of response that the federal government has just announced.

 

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HUD and DOJ Announce National Program 

In a release to the Daily Business News, HUD and the DOJ have announced nationwide plans to combat sexual harassment.

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All discrimination stains the very fabric of our nation, but HUD is especially focused on protecting the right of everyone to feel safe and secure in their homes, free from unwanted sexual harassment,” said HUD  Secretary Ben Carson. “No person should have to tolerate unwanted sexual advances in order to keep a roof over his or her head. Part of our mission at HUD is to provide safe housing and we will remain diligent in this mission to protect those we serve. I look forward to working with Attorney General Sessions and the Department of Justice as part of this task force to bring an end to this type of discrimination.”

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Sexual harassment in housing is illegal, immoral, and unacceptable,” said Attorney General Sessions.

It is all too common today, as too many landlords, managers, and their employees attempt to prey on vulnerable women. We will not hesitate to pursue these predators and enforce the law. In October, I ordered a new initiative to bring more of these cases, and we have already won relief for 15 victims. Today we announce three new steps to make the initiative more effective and to win more cases. I want to thank the dedicated and committed professionals in our Civil Rights Division and our partners in the Department of Housing and Urban Development for their hard work in this effort. We will continue to aggressively pursue harassers, because everyone has a right to be safe in their home, Sessions stated.

A pilot program was already launched in various places in the U.S.

White it’s announced focus is rental property, retailers or others who engage the home seeking public should realize that this initiative could become part of this effort too.

Per HUD’s release to MHProNews,In October 2017, the Justice Department announced an initiative to combat sexual harassment in housing and launched pilot programs in D.C. and the Western District of Virginia. The initiative sought to increase the Department’s efforts to protect women from harassment by landlords, property managers, maintenance workers, security guards, and other employees and representatives of rental property owners.”

During these pilots, “the Department developed and tested ways to better connect both with victims of sexual harassment in housing and with those organizations that victims may turn to first for help – including law enforcement, legal services providers, public housing authorities, sexual assault services providers, and shelters.  The Department also tested certain aspects of the initiative in other jurisdictions, including New Jersey, the Central District of California, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Michigan.”

Two examples of fair housing cases involving manufactured housing in recent years are posted below.

 

VA MH Community Charged with Violating the Fair Housing Law

 

More Complaints Followed HUD, DOJ Pilot Campaign

These pilots created an “upswing” in legal complai9nts.

The two pilot programs generated an upswing in harassment reporting to the Department from both D.C. and the Western District of Virginia. In D.C., the Department generated six leads since the October 2017 launch. In Virginia, the Department generated three leads. While the Justice Department recognizes that leads and investigations do not always lead to enforcement actions, the pilot program’s results—when extrapolated across all the U.S. Attorney’s Offices across the country—could lead to hundreds of new reports of sexual harassment in housing across the country.”

Because of what they called “promising results,” the  HUD is rolling out three major components to the initiative. Per their statement, the following.

First, the new HUD-DOJ Task Force to Combat Sexual Harassment in Housing will drive a shared strategy between the Department and HUD for combatting sexual harassment in housing across the country. It will focus on five key areas: continued data sharing and analysis, joint development of training, evaluation of public housing complaint mechanisms, coordination of public outreach and press strategy, and review of federal policies.

Second, the outreach toolkit is designed to leverage the HUD and Justice Department’s nationwide network of U.S. Attorney’s Offices. The toolkit provides templates, guidance, and checklists based on pilot program feedback. It ultimately will amplify available enforcement resources and help victims of sexual harassment connect with the Department.

Third, the public awareness campaign has three major components: a partnership package with relevant stakeholders, launch of a social media campaign, and Public Service Announcements (PSAs) run by the Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys. The campaign is specifically designed to raise awareness, and make it easier for victims all over the country to find resources and report harassment.”

Federal HUD Fair Housing Discrimination Complaint Case Update 

 

Owners and Professionals, Knowledge and Fairness Are Power

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MHProNews published years of articles by an attorney who specialized in the field, “The Fair Housing Lady,” Nadeen Green, J.D.

Neither MHProNews – nor writers for this publication – are your attorney.  Nor are we giving legal advice per se, but rather are providing awareness of the issues and related news.

That said, common sense says that honesty and an understanding of both legitimate risks and possible abuses of the system should all be on the minds of professionals and owners.

As several past reports in the Daily Business News have noted, manufactured home communities have periodically been caught up in Fair Housing cases. The examples linked above are just 2 of many.

Anyone selling to, or dealing directly with the public in housing ought to be aware of the law, and apply the rules of decency and good sense.

That could start as simply as following the words of Jesus of Nazareth, “Do unto others as you would have others do to you.”  (Mt 7:12, Luke 6:31).  ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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Equal Justice, Citizen Power, and Manufactured Housing

March 21st, 2018 Comments off

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The successful McCrory, AR lawsuit was a case brought by a nonprofit organization called Equal Justice.

 

The organization’s name, Equal Justice, is at some level likely inspired by a longer phrase found on the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. = Equal Justice Under Law.

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It’s a quintessential American ideal, that the law is to be equally applied to all.

In the McCrory case, Equal Justice sued on behalf of a lower income family, for the right to live in what a photo of their dwelling suggests was an an older factory produced home. AMHA’s JD Harper called the case a “significant victory” for that household, by extension others and for the industry.

McCrory Lawsuit – “Significant Victory Against Zoning Discrimination” – Manufactured Homes

As MH activist, businessman, and semi-retired minister, the Rev. Donald Tye Jr., has told the Daily Business News that a manufactured home can be a critical path for economic security and a step on the path to wealth building.

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Tye explained that public housing – an entitlement – often yields addiction. Ownership vs. renting or living in “projects” leads to integrity, a view he likens to those of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Home ownership builds character, says Tye. It also brings other economic and social benefits. As a black who grew up in and lived through the civil rights movement, he believes that “access and equity” are critical for people of all racial groups to reach their potential.

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Government, Winners and Losers

Last year, a federal official described to the Daily Business News how HUD and other agencies in the federal government operate.

In a conversation, that federal official referred to HUD as a huge conduit to “channel money” into “various areas,” with “several cottage industries” that had grown up to tap into those funds.

At the time, former award-winning WHA executive director and prior MHI board member, Ross Kinzler provided the following reaction.

Almost all of the government is picking winners (contracts, grants, attention) and losers (ignore, regulate or prosecute),” Kinzler’s message said.

Surprised by…” the federal official’s “…contention?” Kinzler’s message added, “Nope.”

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Ross Kinzler, retired Executive Director of the Wisconsin Housing Alliance. Credits, MHProNews.

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Mark Weiss, President and CEO of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR).

Kinzler compared the far greater success of MH communities serving than publicly funded housing.

In another reaction then, was the following industry veteran’s comment.

This is precisely why HUD and other federal agencies need to be down-sized and fundamentally reformed as promised by President Trump.  HUD studies show that manufactured housing — which it regulates — is the nation’s most affordable non-subsidized housing and home ownership resource,” said Mark Weiss, President and CEO of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR).

“The System Is Rigged,” Federal Official’s Description of HUD, Industry Reactions

 

Power, and Powerless?  No…

What Equal Justice reminded MH Industry professionals is that people are not powerless in the face of seemingly greater forces.

Persistent complaints and periodic news articles about alleged abuses at HUD that grew more intense last year, finally culminated in the removal of Pam Danner from her role at HUD over the federally regulated manufactured housing program.

More recently, a top down review of the HUD code manufactured home program was ordered, and public comments were solicited.

Tye recently stressed the concept of the “consent of the governed,” which pre-dates the U.S. Constitution, but which that charter which limits federal power is designed to protect, “We, the People.”

 

Multiple Votes

The notion of enhanced preemption that undergirds manufactured housing could be a key that unlocks up to nearly $2 trillion dollars annually, according the a study done late in the Obama Administration.

YIMBY vs. NIMBY, Obama Admin Concept Could Unlock $1.95 Trillion Annually, HUD & MH Impact

Law suits and demands made on public officials are some of the tools that everyday people have.

But informed citizens – and that is arguably a key, people must be well formed, and informed – also have multiple votes, not just period election votes.

Legal matters sometimes come down to a small group of citizens, empaneled in a grand jury or jury to hear civil or criminal cases.

Every juror has a vote. That guilty” or “not guilty” vote can often act as a check on authority.  While every vote in a voting booth matters, your single most powerful vote is arguably the vote as a juror.  A single juror can hold out against all of his or her peers and effectively nullify the power of government on a given case.

It was the ultimate defense of the rights of “We, the People” vs. the power of government.

 

Formation and Information

It is easy to imagine how some claims of abuses of corporate power could result in class action litigation that may end up in front of a jury of citizens.

The more informed they are, the better.

This is where professionals need to engage those that they know, and via social media and personal contact, spread a better understanding of both manufactured homes, the benefits they offer individuals and society.

It is also where proper character formation plays a role.

The founders were imperfect people, trying to form “a more perfect Union.”  They believed that education and morality based upon Judeo-Christian principles were essential.

As issues local and federal play out, formation begins with a thirst for understanding and justice. The principle of Equal Justice implies that no one is above the law.

It may sound amazing at first, but there is very good reasons to believe the following to be true. Universal moral norms could be critical for reviving the American Dream. ##  (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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Housing, Jobs, Poverty, Opportunity – Kerner Commission Remix, HUD and Manufactured Homes

February 27th, 2018 Comments off

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Just over 50 years have elapsed since then President Lyndon B Johnson announced the formation of the Kerner Commission. It was formed in response to race riots protesting poor housing, insufficient jobs, educational, and other issues in Detroit and other cities across the country.  In the vintage video below, the first few minutes are a list of names on the commission, followed by the issues – including housing – that sparked riots, along with other related issues.

 

Democratic President Johnson called for

 

  • prayer and peace,
  • threatened rioters with severe penalties, 
  • while promising preparations and touting efforts already underway.

 

Then and now – housing, jobs, dignity and opportunities were important issues.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulated manufactured housing program could provide many of the necessary ingredients for genuine progress.

In the wake of the comments that came into HUD in response to their ‘top down’ review of the manufactured housing program, the Kerner Commission, then and now, considerations are timely.

Why?  As noted, because housing, jobs, dignity and opportunities were important issues then – and now.

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Tye explained that public housing – an entitlement – often yields addiction. Ownership vs. renting or living in “projects” leads to integrity, a view he likens to those of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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 Isn’t this part of the antidote to the t-word issue?

Lessons of Decades of Failure

As the Daily Business News noted in the recent comments to HUD linked below from L. A. “Tony” Kovach, after over $22 trillion in federal spending on ‘poverty programs,’ the challenge of poverty levels remains the same.

 

Trulia, HUD, MHLivingNews, MHARR, MHProNews, and numerous others have proposed practical steps that could save tax dollars, while leveraging mostly private capital to solve these and related issues.

The YIMBY vs. NIMBY report linked below references a UC Berkley and University of Chicago research that asserts how housing policies are costing the economy nearly $2 Trillion dollars a year.

 

YIMBY vs. NIMBY, Obama Admin Concept Could Unlock $1.95 Trillion Annually, HUD & MH Impact

 

As President Johnson then, or President Donald J. Trump now, alike noted — faith, family and the inspiration of our flag are also elements that must not be overlooked.

But after 5 decades of social, economic, and political experiments, pragmatists should now admit that those policies have failed. Trillions in federal, state, and local spending failed to solve what faith-infused morality, free markets, and free people alone can fix what is holding tens of millions of Americans in rentals, trapped in poverty.

 

The Trump Administration and HUD Secretary Carson and his team can fix much, not all, of this using private capital by fully grasping what manufactured homes are truly like today.

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HUD technocrats must immerse themselves and learn the industry’s complex dynamics, so that they can unleash the multi-trillion dollar housing component of the economy.

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What the HUD PD&R screen capture – with linked download available below – reflects is a lack of understanding about how enhanced preemption could solve the affordable housing crisis using mostly private capital. The research is useful, but adding in the missing ingredient of enhanced preemption would make it priceless.
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Trulia, and HUD’s own commissioned research, say that affordable housing – and specifically manufactured homes – don’t negatively impact other housing from appreciation.

 

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Don’t Put All the Eggs in One Basket

Beyond follow up and engagement with HUD on the comments, manufactured housing professionals and home owners would be wise to take at least two more steps.

1)    Manufactured home professionals would be well advised to contact their legislators now, and ask them to prompt HUD on the broad and liberal use of HUD Code manufactured homes.  You could link this report, others or send the PDFs of comments submitted to HUD, found linked below.  Send them with your own comments encouraging proper reforms of the manufactured housing program.

Shake Up at HUD Manufactured Housing Program May Stop Industry Overregulation, per MH State Association

2)    Legal Action. As two of the comment letters linked below indicate, allegedly monopolistic practices are part of the problem.  The comfortable relationship between the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) – via a reported intermediary – with HUD’s Pam Danner can’t be overlooked.  What was missing from MHI’s 5 point comments was precisely that issue – ‘who will be next in line to run the manufactured housing program leadership?’

Lawsuits for Triple Damages – Anti-Trust, Anti-Monopoly Law, Manufactured Housing, and You

After all of the drama with Pam Danner, JD and her leadership of the manufactured housing program office at HUD, and that was harming the industry, was nothing learned about the importance of having a reasonable person at the helm of the program?

Now You Will Hear — the Rest of the Story

Andy Gallagher, “Ousting” Pam Danner, MHI, Clayton’s RVP, WVHI – “Transparency”

Harper – Thank You Rev Donald Tye, Fighting for Enhanced Preemption of Manufactured Homes

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HUD Secretary Ben Carson Exclusive Video – ‘Absolutely!’ ‘We Need Crusaders’

June 30th, 2017 Comments off

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The video Q&A discussion provides several insights into Dr. Carson that could prove useful to the manufactured housing industry.

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Carson himself raised the topic of factory-based home building.  He spoke too about innovations that the free enterprise system could create and provide, that would yield lower cost home ownership options.

The discussion includes some of the following topics:

  • Financing programs
  • The Section 8 voucher can be used to buy housing program
  • Programs to help prepare or get people into a home successfully
  • Public Private Partnerships
  • Getting people out of troubled housing projects and poor environments
  • The connection between health and housing, and much more
  • The need for 5 and 10 year planning
  • The “absolute” need for crusaders

Dr. Carson presents himself as a true believer in free enterprise.

He also wants helping people to get an opportunity to climb the ladder to success.  Carson notes that those who own a home have an average net worth of $200,000, while those who rent have an average net worth of $5,000.

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Will Dr. Carson’s June Forum Promote Manufactured Housing?

May 30th, 2017 Comments off
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A HUD forum on housing is scheduled for June 1st. Credits: HUD, Patriot News Daily.

The office of U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson, has announced a homeownership forum at its Washington D.C. headquarters scheduled for June 1st.

June is officially National Home Ownership month, focused on the impact that owning a home has on household wealth, stability of neighborhoods, and the broader economic health of the nation.

According to HousingWire, the theme for this year’s homeownership month is “Finding Your Place in a New Era of Homeownership,” and the forum is scheduled to begin on June 1st at 2pm Eastern.

Moderated by CNBC Real Estate Reporter Diana Olick, and featuring a group of expert panelists, HUD says it “will examine how the nation’s housing crisis is affecting consumer attitudes, especially for the growing population of millennials attempting to enter the market.”

 

Huge Opportunities for Manufactured Housing

In January, Secretary Carson showed a keen understanding of the opportunity that manufactured housing provides – quality, affordable housing and the American Dream being in reach for millions.

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Senator Dean Heller. Official photo.

When asked by Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) to describe, in writing, his view of the role of manufactured housing in the provision of affordable housing in rural areas, Carson had this response.

I do see manufactured housing playing an important role in providing affordable housing in rural areas. I think it’s important to ensure HUD’s policies promote access to this valuable resource,” said Carson.

This response came on the heels of a very personal, impassioned letter from MHProNews and MHLivingNews Publisher L.A. “Tony” Kovach.

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Let me begin by congratulating you and President-elect Donald J. Trump. By way of introduction, like youmy truly better half and I publicly supported Mr. Trump’s candidacy consistently against the many deceptive and even vicious tactics used by his opponents,” said Kovach.

You know what discrimination is and how it works. Most use the word discrimination in racial terms, which those enlightened by a proper understanding of the Word know is wrong. For the purposes of your upcoming role at HUD, let’s focus on the following aspect of the dictionary.com definition of discrimination:

…’treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person or thing based on the group, class, or category to which that person or thing belongs rather than on individual merit.’

Discrimination, as you know, is often caused by ignorance.”

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As Daily Business News readers are already aware, stifling regulations, government red tape and stereotypes about manufactured housing have led to a bottle neck that keeps the industry from effectively solving the problem of quality, affordable housing for many Americans.

There’s now real hope that Secretary Carson, with his keen understanding, can change that.

Millions today are trapped in poverty,” Kovach continued.  “As you stated months ago, the federal government often misuses resources that if left in the hands of ‘We, the People’ could be used far more effectively. But it will take time and effort to move giant bureaucracies – such as HUD – and millions back to the proper limits of law.”

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Billions of dollars annually are squandered by HUD for housing programs that long-term are unsustainable. Yet millions from all backgrounds have been hooked – so to speak, on those programs – which tends to trap and thus limit their human potential,” said Kovach.

 

MHARR President and CEO Mark Weiss, JD, also commented on the tremendous potential that Secretary Carson brings to the role.

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MHARR congratulates Dr. Carson on his Senate confirmation to be the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and looks forward to working with him to advance the role, the utilization and the affordability of manufactured housing – which must be federally-regulated because of its fundamentally interstate character — across the entire range of HUD housing and housing finance programs, and beyond,” said Weiss.

Under Dr. Carson’s leadership and in accordance with the mandate of the 2000 reform law, the status and role of the HUD manufactured housing program should be elevated within HUD, while the participation of manufactured housing within all HUD programs, on the same terms and same basis as other types of housing, is ensured.”

Secretary Carson also received the endorsement of four former HUD Secretaries – Henry Cisneros, Mel Martinez, Alphonso Jackson and Steven Preston for the role.

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Then President-elect Donald Trump, left. Dr. Ben Carson, center. Henry Cisneros, right. Image credit, Fox Business.

We write today, from both sides of the political aisle, in support of Dr. Ben Carson’s nomination as Secretary for Housing and Urban Development, a position we have all held,” the letter from the group said.

As secretary, we know that Dr. Carson will learn about what works, develop new innovations, measure outcomes, and achieve real results to improve communities throughout America. We urge the Committee to support Dr. Carson’s confirmation.“

For additional coverage of the nomination of Dr. Ben Carson, click here.

The full endorsement letter from the former secretaries is linked here. ##

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New Year Begins with Energetic HUD Code Production

March 2nd, 2016 Comments off

mh_on_truck__credit_champion_homesThe Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) tells MHProNews the new year’s production of HUD Code homes in January got off to a roaring start, as statistics from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) reveal 5,862 homes were produced. That is an increase of 17.9 percent over the 4,969 HUD Code homes produced in Jan., 2015.

Texas continues to dominate the number one spot of the top ten shipment states by far. While the nine following states for shipments has remained the same, several other states, not in the top ten, contributed to the Jan. totals: Michigan, 278 homes; South Carolina, 239 homes; Georgia, 179 homes; Virginia, 127 homes; Pennsylvania, 119 homes; and Arizona and Arkansas both received 114 homes .##

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$25k Grant Available for First Time Home Buyers on Long Island

November 13th, 2015 Comments off

apartment quest credit   apart for rentThe U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will provide $500,000 through the Federal HOME Investment Partnerships Program to assist first-time homebuyers in Nassau County, New York purchase a home, including manufactured homes. Eligible applicants can receive up to $25,000 for down payment/closing costs of a new or existing single-family home, as theislandnow tells MHProNews.

Long Island Housing Partnership (LIHP), as an agent for Nassau County Office of Housing and Community Development, will approve 70 applications. Applicants must have $5,000 as a minimum down payment plus whatever is needed to satisfy the mortgage lender’s minimum requirement, and be able to secure a mortgage.

While their gross income must meet HUD guidelines, they must have a minimum annual household income of at least $30,000, and the home occupied as the primary residence. Additionally, they have to reside in the house for at least ten years or HUD will require them to repay the grant. ##

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Re-Asserting HUD’s Affordable Housing Mission

November 6th, 2015 Comments off

manufactured-home   archerland2005 back slash FlickrResponding to House Financial Service Chairman Rep. Jeb Hensarling’s (R-TX) request for ideas on addressing poverty and home affordability, MHProNews and ManufacturedHomeLIvingNews publisher L. A. “Tony” Kovach documents HUD’s failure to promote manufactured housing as affordable housing. In Re-inventing HUD’s Role in Quality Affordable Housing, Kovach points out the percentage of people living in poverty is the same as it was when President Lyndon Johnson declared a “War on Poverty” in 1965—but millions more people.

Kovach has interviewed hundreds of homeowners, industry pros and workers on the line since being in the industry since 1981. Using accurate figures (and government ones), he draws a line, from the $1.6 trillion money spent on government programs that have been of questionable value, to how the $50 billion spent on federal housing assistance in 2014 could better be used helping consumers get into manufactured homes. $50 billion equals 671,141 new manufactured homes, using the Census Bureau average cost of $44,500 per home.

Noting the “seemingly endless line for HUD housing program assistance,” and the importance of housing to the economy, Kovach points out the 2014 Government Accounting Office (GAO) report said “manufactured homes are the most cost-effective form of unsubsidized housing in America.

New MH have been documented to withstand hurricanes and be more fire resistant than comparable site-built homes.

Charities and private initiatives are often more effective at helping people out of poverty than governmental programs, but it is private enterprise that promotes true growth and puts jobs in the economy. The rule of thumb in the industry is that each manufactured home produced equals one full-time employee. He says why waste taxpayer money building on-site at a greater expense. It is another government program that needs to be phased out.

Finally, HUD has failed to promote manufactured housing as affordable housing, despite Congress’ directive to do so, and the current administrator’s affirmation that she wants to use modern MH in every possible HUD program.

To link to MHARR’s report on this topic, click here. For MHI’s, click here.##

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MHI Responds to Rep. Hensarling’s Request

October 30th, 2015 Comments off

mhi_logoIn response to a request from House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling for ideas to address housing affordability and poverty, the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) offered constructive suggestions on improving regulations and programs that affect the manufactured home industry.

In addition to shepherding H. R. 650, the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act, through Congress, for which MHI lauded the committee, MHI offers recommendations for FHA to improve its Title 1 and Title 2 loan programs.

Moreover, MHI suggests changes to the Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Act of 1974, and recommended altering HUD rules to allow a Section 8 voucher to purchase a manufactured home to be sited on leased land. Also, MHI says HUD could do more in placing manufactured homes in a variety of neighborhoods, as the Congressional mandate dictates to achieve HUD’s pledge “to improve lives by creating affordable homes in safe healthy communities of opportunity and by protecting the rights and affirming the values of a diverse society.

To see MHI’s submission, click here.

To see our previous Daily Business News report on Mark Weiss, CEO of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR), response to Congress on this same topic, click here.##

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