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HUD Office of Inspector General Breaks Up Section 8 Scam

April 8th, 2019 Comments off

 

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The media release from HUD reported below is one of dozens of such incidents that are discovered every year, year after year.

 

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Manufactured home community owner Marge Clark recently told MHProNews that in her view, perhaps the largest competitor to affordable manufactured homes is arguably subsidized housing.

 

Subsidized Housing vs Manufactured Homes, Community Owner Marge Clark Sounds Off

 

Actively retired Rev. Donald Tye, Jr. told MHProNews that he believes that however well intentioned it may be, numerous social ills result from “warehousing people like cattle.”

 

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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.

 

So while HUD has their reason for reporting this incident, manufactured home professionals could look at this same story through a different lens.  After years of abuse under administrations that are both Democratic or Republican, is there any reason yet to believe that such abuses won’t continue?

Has federal involvement in housing helped or harmed the communities and individuals they are supposed to represent?  That’s not to say that they can’t be better run, and of course the effort can and should be made.  But with decades of track record, a fresh look at this pattern is long overdue.  More on that point after HUD’s release, which follows.

 

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 HUD FINDS COOK COUNTY COUPLE ENGAGED IN SECTION 8 SCHEME

 

            WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced that a Cook County, Illinois couple committed fraud by accepting housing assistance they were not qualified to receive in order to rent a property they jointly owned.

 

According to HUD’s complaint, Korey Sloan and Christie Caldwell are married and own a single-family property in Matteson, Illinois.  In 2006, Caldwell and the couple’s four children sought rental assistance from the Housing Authority of Cook County (HACC) to lease the home from Sloan, who posed as an unrelated landlord.

 

In her initial application for rental assistance, and in subsequent tenant recertifications, Caldwell denied any relationship with Sloan and any ownership interest in the property while the family continued to reside in the home.  As a result, Sloan and Caldwell fraudulently obtained rent subsidies they were not qualified to receive for more than seven years.

 

Following its investigation, HUD’s Office of Inspector General referred the matter to the Illinois Attorney General’s Office for criminal prosecution and to HUD for an action under the Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act (PFCRA).  An Administrative Law Judge for the Department ruled that, by failing to respond to the complaint, the couple admitted to defrauding the Housing Choice Voucher Program and is therefore liable for penalties totaling $25,830.

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

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Reinventing HUD’s role in Quality Affordable Housing, Reducing Poverty and Dependency

 

HUD is not alone for waste, fraud, and abuse.  It happens locally, at the state and more broadly at the federal level.  Recall this factoid.

 

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HUD Proposes Ending Manufactured Home Formaldehyde “Health Notice”

March 22nd, 2019 Comments off


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Let’s be clear. For years, not only manufactured housing, but other forms of housing had formaldehyde.  The health notices that were required in manufactured homes were arguably discriminatory.  Science says there can be more formaldehyde in parts per million (PPM) in the normal person’s breath than there used to be in the components going into manufactured homes, or other forms of site-built conventional housing.

 

 

That doesn’t mean that for a tiny minority that it wasn’t a potential issue. It just means that it was arguably unfair to place a notice in manufactured homes that were not also placed in other forms of construction too.  After all, the emissions came from components that went into conventional housing, as well as manufactured homes.

 

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That said, that small level of formaldehyde has been dropping due to changes made possible by free enterprise and advances by firms in the production supply chain.

 

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With those quick backdrops, tonight’s report from the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform is another piece of potentially good news from HUD.  Here’s what the Washington, D.C. based MHARR told the Daily Business News on MHProNews earlier today. Note, the illustrations are by MHProNews, not MHARR.

 

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TO:                  MHARR MANUFACTURERS

                        MHARR STATE AFFILIATES

                        MHARR TECHNICAL REVIEW GROUP

 

FROM: MHARR

 

RE:                  HUD PROPOSES RULE TO ADOPT EPA FORMALDEHYDE STANDARDS — ELIMINATE FORMALDEHYDE “HEALTH NOTICE”

 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), in the March 22, 2019 edition of the Federal Register, has issued a proposed rule that would amend the Federal Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards (24 C.F.R. 3280) and Procedural and Enforcement Regulations (24 C.F.R. 3282) to incorporate formaldehyde emission controls and related certification requirements previously adopted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pursuant to the Formaldehyde Standards for Wood Products Act of 2010. HUD’s action implements a directive in that law, requiring HUD to update its manufactured housing formaldehyde standards to ensure consistency with the EPA standards, within 180 days of the enactment of the EPA standards.

 

Given the statutory nature of this mandate, MHARR, in comments before the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC), at its October 25-27, 2016 in-person meeting, and in separate regulatory reform comments pursuant to Trump Administration Executive Orders 13771 and 13777, submitted to HUD in June 2017 and February 2018, specifically called on the Department to repeal the red formaldehyde “health notice” currently required by section 3280.309 of the federal manufactured housing standards. Emphasizing that the new EPA requirements apply to composite wood building materials across-the-board, and that “manufactured homes utilize the same construction materials as site-built and other types of homes,” MHARR stated that the “discriminatory requirement [for] each manufactured home [to] prominently display” the red formaldehyde “health notice,” must be repealed.

 

And now, based on MHARR’s position on this matter, HUD is planning, as part of its March 22, 2019 proposed rule, to eliminate this red formaldehyde “health notice” which has been a subject of significant controversy – and a discriminatory impediment to the industry and its growth – for over three decades.

 

Comments on HUD’s proposed rule must be submitted by April 22, 2019.  MHARR, as usual, will submit comments in advance of the deadline, which may be cited by other interested parties.  This matter, in addition, will be addressed at MHARR’s upcoming Board of Directors meeting.

 

 

cc: Other Interested HUD Code Industry Manufacturers

 

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This is consistent leadership on the production side of association engagement.  Where is there a similar level of engagement by the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) on post-production issues? Why do even pro-MHI sources tell MHProNews, for example, that Arlington, VA based MHI at last report had not contacted or engaged the latest city to announce that it wanted to ban manufactured housing?

Watch for a special report planned for the next few days.  If you haven’t already made plans to attend the 2019 Tunica Manufactured Housing Show, come but make sure you are there Thursday afternoon, March 28th, for a special event. That’s manufactured home “Industry News, Tips, and Views Pros Can Use,” © where “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

 

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HUD Secretary Carson “HUDdle Conference” Draws Manufactured Housing Issues Engagement

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HUD Secretary Carson “HUDdle Conference” Draws Manufactured Housing Issues Engagement

March 21st, 2019 Comments off

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The Daily Business News on MHProNews learned that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson, M.D., kicked off their latest ‘HUDle’ meeting at their Washington, D.C. office building.

 

In a statement to MHProNews, here is what the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) said today.

MarkWeissJDPresidentCEOManufacturedHousingAssocRegulatoryReformDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsThe Department of Housing and Urban Development, on March 20, 2019, held the latest in a series of “HUDdle” conferences with invited HUD-program stakeholders.  The conferences, which are an initiative of — and hosted by — HUD Secretary Ben Carson, focus on emerging issues at the Department, including, but not limited to, aspects of its ongoing regulatory reform process,” MHARR said.

Among the manufactured home industry professionals present was Mark Weiss, JD.  Weiss is the president and CEO of MHARR.

MHARR’s president emphasized the urgent need for HUD to address and resolve two key issues that continue to suppress the availability of inherently affordable manufactured housing for millions of American consumers, and the economic growth of the industry,” per their statement, which added, “Those two issues are, first, discriminatory zoning laws that exclude or severely restrict the placement of manufactured homes in large areas of the country.  The second is the critical need for reform at Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Administration (under the “Duty to Serve” and beyond), to substantially increase the availability of manufactured home consumer financing (and especially personal property or ‘chattel’ financing) to market-significant levels.”

 

MHARR stated that they will be following-up soon with relevant HUD officials to further pursue these key policy objectives.

 

The issues come in the wake of fact-checks and related exposes by MHProNews, which included specific examples of the post-production Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) was routinely failing to address specific cases spot-checked by MHProNews. Here accessible via the linked text-image box is but one example. Others follow below the byline, disclaimers, and notices.

 

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Placement and financing are post-production, not production related issue, so they fall into MHI’s self-proclaimed bucket of representing “all segments of factory-built housing.”  Topics like this and others will be among the issues addressed at the rapidly approaching “Fix the MH Industry Trick$” meeting a week from today Thursday afternoon at the Tunica Manufactured Housing Show.

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HUD, Census Bureau Releases Mainstream January 2019 Housing Starts Data, How Does Manufactured Housing Compare?

March 8th, 2019 Comments off

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There are voices in manufactured housing that are floating a variety of reasons for the poor results in 2018, and the continuingly poor performance to start out 2019.  Those reasons could be listed, in no particular order of importance, such as:

 

–      Weather,

–      FEMA,

–      Inventory adjustments by retailers, especially those by a vertically integrated giant,

–      Claimed slowdowns in other segments of America.

Before considering the validity of any of those claims, look at the latest multifamily and single family housing starts. Because facts trump opinions.

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HUD AND CENSUS BUREAU REPORT

RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY IN JANUARY 2019

 

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau jointly announced the following new residential construction statistics for January 2019.

 

Building Permits

Privately owned housing units authorized by building permits in January were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,345,000. This is 1.4 percent (±0.8 percent) above the revised December rate of 1,326,000 but is 1.5 percent (±1.0 percent) below the January 2018 rate of 1,366,000.  Single‐family authorizations in January were at a rate of 812,000; this is 2.1 percent (±1.0 percent) below the revised December figure of 829,000.  Authorizations of units in buildings with five units or more were at a rate of 482,000 in January.

 

Housing Starts

 

Privately owned housing starts in January were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,230,000.  This is 18.6 percent (±26.6 percent)* above the revised December estimate of 1,037,000, but is 7.8 percent (±12.7 percent)* below the January 2018 rate of 1,334,000.  Single‐family housing starts in January were at a rate of 926,000; this is 25.1 percent (±29.0 percent)* above the revised December figure of 740,000. The January rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 289,000.

 

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Housing Completions

Privately owned housing completions in January were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,244,000.  This is 27.6 percent (±13.5 percent) above the revised December estimate of 975,000 and is 2.1 percent (±12.2 percent)* above the January 2018 rate of 1,218,000.  Single‐family housing completions in January were at a rate of 914,000; this is 30.2 percent (±14.4 percent) above the revised December rate of 702,000. The January rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 327,000.

The February report is scheduled for release on March 26, 2019.

 

EXPLANATORY NOTES

Data collection and processing were delayed for this indicator release due to the lapse in federal funding from December 22, 2018 through January 25, 2019. While response rates were consistent with normal levels, delays in data collection could make it more difficult to determine exact start and completion dates. However, processing and data quality were monitored and no systematic issues were identified.

 

In interpreting changes in the statistics in this release, note that month-to-month changes in seasonally adjusted statistics often show movements which may be irregular. It may take three months to establish an underlying trend for building permit authorizations, six months for total starts, and six months for total completions. The statistics in this release are estimated from sample surveys and are subject to sampling variability as well as nonsampling error including bias and variance from response, nonreporting, and undercoverage. Estimated relative standard errors of the most recent data are shown in the tables. Whenever a statement such as “2.5 percent (±3.2 percent) above” appears in the text, this indicates the range (-0.7 to +5.7 percent) in which the actual percentage change is likely to have occurred. All ranges given for percentage changes are 90 percent confidence intervals and account only for sampling variability. If a range does not contain zero, the change is statistically significant. If it does contain zero, the change is not statistically significant; that is, it is uncertain whether there was an increase or decrease. The same policies apply to the confidence intervals for percentage changes shown in the tables. On average, the preliminary seasonally adjusted estimates of total building permits, housing starts and housing completions are revised 3 percent or less. Explanations of confidence intervals and sampling variability can be found at the Census Bureau’s website.

 

* The 90 percent confidence interval includes zero. In such cases, there is insufficient statistical evidence to conclude that the actual change is different from zero.

 

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Facts are #NettlesomeThings. There’s every reason for the manufactured home industry’s leadership to do more than posture or provide excuses.

#HousingChoice requires that issues like those linked below be effectively addressed in a manner that provides measurable results. #YIMBY should be a mantra too, so where’s #MHIUPdate on those hashtags?

 

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

February 11th, 2019 Comments off

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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%.

 

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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.

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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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Latest New Residential Home Sales Data from HUD and U.S. Census Bureau

February 1st, 2019 Comments off

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Big-picture focused manufactured home pros should find the latest data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau to be of keen interest as the latest reality check.

 

The official press release from HUD and the Census Bureau to the Daily Business News on MHProNews is followed by a brief analysis of the data.

 

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau jointly announced the following new residential sales statistics for November 2018

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New Home Sales

Sales of new single-family houses in November 2018 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 657,000. This is 16.9 percent (±19.9 percent)* above the revised October rate of 562,000 and is 7.7 percent (±20.7 percent)* below the November 2017 estimate of 712,000.

 

Sales Price 

The median sales price of new houses sold in November 2018 was $302,400. The average sales price was $362,400. 

 

For Sale Inventory and Months’ Supply

The seasonally adjusted estimate of new houses for sale at the end of November was 330,000. This represents a supply of 6.0 months at the current sales rate.

 

EXPLANATORY NOTES

In interpreting changes in the statistics in this release, note that month-to-month changes in seasonally adjusted statistics often show movements which may be irregular. It may take three months to establish an underlying trend for building permit authorizations, six months for total starts, and six months for total completions. The statistics in this release are estimated from sample surveys and are subject to sampling variability as well as nonsampling error including bias and variance from response, nonreporting, and undercoverage. Estimated relative standard errors of the most recent data are shown in the tables. Whenever a statement such as “2.5 percent (±3.2 percent) above” appears in the text, this indicates the range (-0.7 to +5.7 percent) in which the actual percentage change is likely to have occurred. All ranges given for percentage changes are 90 percent confidence intervals and account only for sampling variability. If a range does not contain zero, the change is statistically significant. If it does contain zero, the change is not statistically significant; that is, it is uncertain whether there was an increase or decrease. The same policies apply to the confidence intervals for percentage changes shown in the tables. On average, the preliminary seasonally adjusted estimates of total building permits, housing starts and housing completions are revised 3 percent or less/

* The 90 percent confidence interval includes zero. In such cases, there is insufficient statistical evidence to conclude that the actual change is different from zero.

### End of HUD/Census Bureau Press Release

 

Facts are #NettlesomeThings.  Nettles, properly understood, can both sting but also have a medicinal element that can be used to bring healing.  That’s how we use the apt nettles metaphor.

Step back and ponder the huge spread between manufactured home sales and that of conventional housing.  Recall that the Manufactured Housing Institute’s (MHI) President and CEO, Richard ‘Dick’ Jennison promised 500,000 new home shipments.  What happened to that public pledge?

The industry’s purported ‘leaders’ were strutting around the Louisville Show on Wednesday, as if they owned the place.  Yet, the results are anemic, compared to the rest of mainstream housing. See the related reports, further below. 

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HUD’s FHA Commissioner Brian Montgomery on 2019 Manufactured Housing Hot Seat

January 1st, 2019 Comments off

 

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Brian Darrell Montgomery (born August 2, 1956) is the current Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for Housing [HUD], also known as the commissioner of the Federal Housing Administration [FHA]. He also served as Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for Housing in the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development during the administration of George W. Bush. He was confirmed to the position in February 2005 and resigned in July 2009. President Donald Trump nominated him to return to his former position as Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for Housing, [3]and he was confirmed by the Senate in May 2018, says Wikipedia.

 

As 2018 has drawn to a close, several pending matters place HUD’s FHA Commissioner Montgomery in the decision-making mix in 2019 with respect to issues that matter to manufactured housing independents, investors, and affordable housing advocates.

Manufactured home owners and buyers could be impacted too by what Montgomery does on the items below.

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In 2019, expect more Serious Reports and Analysis, but mixed in with occasion irreverent fun. It’s all to communicate – reality checks. Professionals and investors can look for the BS elsewhere. Come here to MHProNews for straight talk.  We won’t insult your intelligence.

 

The following is a partial list of the items that place Montgomery on the proverbial ‘hot seat.’ What will Montgomery do about the following pending issues:

  • The currently pro-Berkshire Hathaway policy on the so-called “10/10 rule” established on FHA Title I loans? In 2010, at about the same time-frame as Tim Williams, former Manufactured Housing Institute Chairman and President of 21st Mortgage, issued a notorious letter cutting off lending to numerous manufactured home retail independents, Ginnie Mae, the FHA-related Government Sponsored Enterprise (GSE), adopted a 10-10 rule. Initially, it was only the Berkshire Hathaway companies of Vanderbilt and 21st Mortgage that qualified.  Later, as Prosperity Now described it in 2015, the “…10-10 rule requiring net worth of $10 million and a 10% loan loss-reserve for lenders who would participate in the Title I program. This effectively restricts Title I participation to two lenders: Vanderbilt Mortgage and Countryplace Mortgage.” 21st participated for a time, but later stopped issuing FHA Title I loans.

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  • Rephrased, a former Clayton division president – Joe Stegmayer, still MHI Chairman – and prior Cavco Industries president has a lending subsidiary.  Countryplace Mortgage – and they plus the Berkshire Hathaway lenders have been the prime FHA Title I lenders in that part of home-only lending. Is that a coincidence? After the promises made by HUD Secretary Ben Carson to the industry in 2018, and given the troubling status of Duty to Serve (DTS) with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac on chattel lending – almost non-existent – is that status quo on the 10/10 rule a problem that Commissioner Montgomery can opt to ignore?

 

  • Selection to replace Pam Danner, JD, as the next administrator for the Office of Manufactured Housing Programs (OMHP). It was HUD Secretary Ben Carson who told the U.S. Senate that last spring that the regulations coming out of OMHP were “ridiculous.” Victor DeRose was the consensus candidate agreed to by MHI and the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) to fill the spot that Danner eventually obtained. At that time, Senator Joe Donnelley (IN-D) was enlisted to write a letter in support of DeRose for the HUD OMHP administrator’s role.  But Danner, per sources, was “slipped in” with the aid of an MHI insider.  “Knoxville” instructed Richard ‘Dick’ Jennison to “stand down” in complaining that MHI had thereby broken their agreement with MHARR.  That breech by MHI with MHARR put an understandable frost on relations between the two national trade bodies.
  • Will Montgomery support or oppose another heavy-regulation puppet for the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis?  Recall that MHI has been touting to their members in emails how chummy they are with Montgomery.

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  • Recall too the HUD issued a clarification on the frost free foundation rule.  Here’s how the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform put it, in the report accessed via the linked text/image box below.

HUD “Clarification” on Frost-Free IB Offers More Questions and Confusion Than Answers

  • Enhanced preemption. Given the affordable housing crisis, when will HUD begin to enforce that law, established by the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act (MHIA) of 2000? If Montgomery won’t work to support an existing law, why not?

 

  • If Montgomery fails to push for the full implementation of the MHIA, including enhanced preemption, doesn’t that just benefit operations like Arlington insiders such as Clayton, which are also increasingly into site built housing?

 

  • Beside the apparent conflict of interest between MHI-dominated Clayton and most industry members on issues like enhanced preemption, doesn’t failure to enforce the MHIA mandated preemption just cost HUD, federal, state, and local governments more money over time? Doesn’t failure to enforce enhanced preemption hurt minorities and lower incomes of all classes disproportionately?
  • There is also the ongoing saga of the monitoring contract.  For more on that, see the report linked below.

MHARR Communication with HUD Assistant Secretary Brian Montgomery Regarding Program Monitoring Contract

 

Sources tell MHProNews that Montgomery is a “play it safe” – meaning, status quo – type of personality. Be it intentional or not, that could play into the hands of Clayton Homes and MHI.  Indeed, as noted above, MHI has claimed or implied more than once that they have influence with/over Montgomery.

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Being evenly obliquely tied to – or perceived to be connected to Berkshire and Clayton – could prove problematic for Montgomery.

 

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So far, Montgomery has done no interviews with the industry’s most-read trade media – MHProNews – and neither has HUD Secretary Ben Carson, M.D., despite requests from MHProNews for such candid discussions, on- or off-camera.  MHProNews will ask anew for interviews with both Carson and Montgomery in 2019, to get a better sense from official sources about the background noise coming from HUD.   Frankly, many of the present sounds coming from HUD are less than encouraging.  In 2019, watch for the call for more accountability and transparency.  See the Don’t Tease Report, linked further below.  “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News , analysis, and commentary.)

 

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Official Federal Housing and Construction Activity Report, Video

October 19th, 2018 Comments off

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For the 6th month in a row, existing home sales have dropped, says the National Association of Realtors, as reported by CNBC.

 

  • U.S. home sales fell in September by the most in over two years as the housing market continued to struggle despite strength across the broader economy.
  • The National Association of Realtors ™ (NAR) said on Friday that existing home sales dropped 3.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.15 million units last month.

 

Among the factors cited were rising interest rates.

The median house price increased 4.2 percent from one year ago to $258,100 in September.

So why are manufactured homes still struggling to achieve 100,000 new home shipments a year?  Even adding in the cost of a home site, in the data summarized in the linked report below, reveals what should be a roaring manufactured housing market.

 

Fresh Facts, Figures, Future of Affordable Housing -Comparisons- Conventional Site-Built v Mobile/Manufactured Home Industry Data

 

For more on the question of why sales are so low, see the related reports, linked further below.  But next up, are the official HUD and U.S. Census Bureau residential construction data.

 

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HUD AND CENSUS BUREAU REPORT RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY IN SEPTEMBER 2018

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau jointly announced the following new residential construction statistics for September 2018.

Building Permits: Privately owned housing units authorized by building permits in September were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,241,000. This is 0.6 percent (±1.2 percent)* below the revised August rate of 1,249,000, and is 1.0 percent (±1.2 percent)* below the September 2017 rate of 1,254,000. Single-family authorizations in September were at a rate of 851,000; this is 2.9 percent (±1.2 percent) above the revised August figure of 827,000. Authorizations of units in buildings with five units or more were at a rate of 351,000 in September.

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Housing Starts: Privately owned housing starts in September were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,201,000. This is 5.3 percent (±11.3 percent)* below the revised August estimate of 1,268,000, but is 3.7 percent (±12.1 percent)* above the September 2017 rate of 1,158,000. Single-family housing starts in September were at a rate of 871,000; this is 0.9 percent (±8.9 percent)* below the revised August figure of 879,000. The September rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 324,000.

Housing Completions: Privately owned housing completions in September were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,162,000. This is 4.1 percent (±11.3 percent)* below the revised August estimate of 1,212,000 but is 7.0 percent (±12.9 percent)* above the September 2017 rate of 1,086,000. Single-family housing completions in September were at a rate of 844,000; this is 8.7 percent (±8.4 percent) below the revised August rate of 924,000. The September rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 312,000.

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The October report is scheduled for release on November 20, 2018.

 

EXPLANATORY NOTES

In interpreting changes in the statistics in this release, note that month-to-month changes in seasonally adjusted statistics often show movements which may be irregular. It may take three months to establish an underlying trend for building permit authorizations, six months for total starts, and six months for total completions. The statistics in this release are estimated from sample surveys and are subject to sampling variability as well as nonsampling error including bias and variance from response, nonreporting, and undercoverage. Estimated relative standard errors of the most recent data are shown in the tables. Whenever a statement such as “2.5 percent (±3.2 percent) above” appears in the text, this indicates the range (-0.7 to +5.7 percent) in which the actual percentage change is likely to have occurred. All ranges given for percentage changes are 90 percent confidence intervals and account only for sampling variability. If a range does not contain zero, the change is statistically significant. If it does contain zero, the change is not statistically significant; that is, it is uncertain whether there was an increase or decrease. The same policies apply to the confidence intervals for percentage changes shown in the tables. On average, the preliminary seasonally adjusted estimates of total building permits, housing starts and housing completions are revised 3 percent or less.

* The 90 percent confidence interval includes zero. In such cases, there is insufficient statistical evidence to conclude that the actual change is different from zero.

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October 11th, 2018 Comments off

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The date for public comments requested by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regarding amending regulations for Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) is rapidly approaching.

 

 

Court Ruling for HUD on Amending Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Opens Door for More HomeSites for Manufactured Housing

 

HUD provided the notice and due date, provided to industry readers by the Daily Business News on MHProNews, at the report linked below.

 

HUD Publishes Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Affirmative Furthering Fair Housing Rule

 

Against that backdrop, the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) published on their website, and released to MHProNews.  Their statement, along with a copy of their official comments letter, is shown below.

MHProNews plans to file comments next week, and suggests that industry readers consider incorporating points from MHARR into their comments letter.

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Comments can be submitted electronically at this link below.

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What follows is the MHARR release.

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MHARR CALLS ON HUD TO REMOVE ZONING, PLACEMENT

AND CONSUMER FINANCING BARRIERS TO MANUFACTURED HOMES

 

Washington, D.C., October 11, 2018 – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR), in written comments filed with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on October 11, 2018 (see, copy attached) has called on HUD to promote zoning and placement parity for federally-regulated manufactured homes as part of the Department’s plan to amend its regulations for Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH).

Noting that Secretary Carson and HUD itself have recently cited restrictive local zoning measures – including zoning mandates that discriminatorily exclude or restrict the placement of HUD-regulated manufactured homes – as a significant root cause underlying the lack of affordable housing in many areas of the United States, MHARR’s comments seek amendments to the AFFH regulations that would: (1) identify the discriminatory exclusion of HUD Code manufactured homes and/or manufactured home communities (or the discriminatory limitation of manufactured home placements in compatible residential areas) as an obstacle to fair housing that program participants must address as part of their AFFH compliance efforts; and (2) “encourage actions that increase housing choice,” by promoting changes to local zoning and land-use ordinances that would permit the siting of HUD Code manufactured homes in all compatible residential areas, as well as the development of new and/or expanded HUD Code manufactured housing communities in such compatible residential areas.

To ensure compliance with these amendments, MHARR urges HUD to expressly and specifically condition the receipt of grant (or other) funds on the elimination of discriminatory restrictions on the placement of HUD Code manufactured homes or — absent voluntary compliance by local jurisdictions — to federally preempt such discriminatory measures pursuant to the enhanced statutory preemption authority provided by Congress in the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000.

Strong and effective action by HUD is absolutely essential to ensure that all Americans have access to the inherently affordable, non-subsidized homeownership offered by today’s federally-regulated manufactured homes.  Although these homes are the best that the industry has ever produced, and represent an outstanding value that is intrinsically affordable for all Americans, including lower and moderate-income families, access to manufactured housing is being needlessly – and unlawfully – restricted by discriminatory zoning and placement restrictions that the industry’s post-production sector has been unable to effectively counter. Given Congress’ specific grant of authority to HUD to override such discriminatory zoning measures, HUD’s amendments to AFFH should ensure full access to manufactured housing by every American everywhere in the United States.

In addition to removing such discriminatory local barriers to affordable, non-subsidized manufactured housing, MHARR has also called on HUD – in meetings with Secretary Carson and Assistant Secretary Brian Montgomery – to take concrete steps to place manufactured home consumer financing, and most especially federal support for the 80% of the manufactured housing consumer financing market represented by personal property or “chattel” loans on par with other types of consumer home lending.  MHARR has thus urged HUD to support and encourage market-significant securitization and secondary market support by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for manufactured homes under the “Duty to Serve” provision of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA) and has also urged HUD leadership to revive and expand manufactured home chattel loan support under the existing Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Title I manufactured housing program.

In Washington, D.C., MHARR President and CEO, Mark Weiss, stated: “Once again, the leadership of President Trump and Secretary Carson is offering significant new opportunities for both consumers and producers of HUD Code manufactured housing.  As the federal government agency responsible for housing-related matters for the nation, HUD should use all of the tools that are available to it – through grant funding mechanisms and through mandatory federal preemption, if necessary – to ensure zoning, placement and consumer financing parity for inherently affordable manufactured homes and the mostly lower and moderate-income American families who rely on those homes to achieve the American Dream of homeownership. Baseless NIMBY-ism is no excuse for denying the benefits of homeownership to every American in every community.”

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.

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You can also see the above on the MHARR website, at the link below.

MHARR Calls on HUD To Remove Zoning, Placement and Consumer Financing Barriers to Manufactured Homes

Comments are due 10/15/2018 at 11:59 PM EDT.

FR6123–A–01RIN 2529AA97Affirmatively Furthering Fair HousingStreamlining and Enhancements.  

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HUD, Urban Institute Webcast on Housing Vouchers Thursday Sept 20th – Manufactured Housing Opportunities?

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On July 29, 2016, the Housing Opportunity through Modernization Act of 2016, (H.R. 3700) was signed into law,” with Wisconsin Housing Alliance (WHA) reminds readers. “This gives the more than 2 million families that have a HUD Section 8 voucher the added flexibility of using the voucher to pay for the full annual cost of purchasing a manufactured home.”

 

It’s a move that many supported, inside and outside of the manufactured housing industry.  But so far, there’s been little appreciable change that can be specifically pin-pointed to this new law, as the HUD Code manufactured housing shipment chart below reflects.

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There are plenty of opportunities in manufactured housing, one of them being this HUD Voucher program, at least on paper. But as the shipment diagram above reflects, since the program was passed, there is no appreciable change that can be pin-pointed to this program. It remains to be seen if the Thursday webcast will address this issue, which if properly implemented in a fair and balanced fashion, could be good for HUD, consumers, and the manufactured home industry.

The law also makes it possible to use housing vouchers for site fees in manufactured home land lease communities. See a document from HUD on that topic, linked here as a download.

HUD Secretary Ben Carson, M.D., and the Urban Institute did research aimed to increase the impact of those housing vouchers.  A webcast will be held tomorrow, see the details per the HUD news release to MHProNews.

After the release HUD release below will be some closing points, and related report links.

 

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2018

2:00 – 4:00 P.M. EDT

 

HUD AND URBAN INSTITUTE TO PRESENT STUDY ON LANDLORD ACCEPTANCE OF HOUSING VOUCHERS

Secretary Carson launches major landlord outreach campaign

At 2 p.m. EDT on Thursday, September 20th, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Urban Institute will present the findings of a new study examining landlord treatment of renters participating in the nation’s largest housing subsidy program, the Housing Choice Voucher Program. HUD’s Pilot Study of Landlord Acceptance in the Housing Choice Voucher Program examines landlord acceptance of housing vouchers in five cities:  Philadelphia; Los Angeles; Fort Worth; Newark, New Jersey; and Washington, DC.

HUD Secretary Ben Carson recently formed a Department-wide Landlord Task Force and is launching a nationwide outreach campaign to hear directly from landlords and property managers.  Scheduled listening forums are intended to reveal how HUD might make the voucher program more accessible and acceptable, specifically in higher opportunity neighborhoods where landlord participation is lowest.  Read more.

This presentation will be offered via webcast at https://www.hud.gov/webcasts/schedule

 

WHO:            Members of HUD’s Department-wide Landlord Task Force

                        Urban Institute research team

 

WHAT:          Landlord acceptance of housing voucher holders

 

WHEN:          Thursday, September 20, 2018

                        2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EDT

 

HOW:             Watch HUD’s webcast at https://www.hud.gov/webcasts/schedule

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MHProNews readers are reminded that the Urban Institute (UI) has ties to Warren Buffett, and Berkshire Hathaway.

 

The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI)’s SVP Lesli Gooch recently referred to Brian Montgomery as “their” candidate. These may or may not be relevant for the webcast tomorrow and what follows.  But those related reports are linked further below.

 

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