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Dr. Ben Carson Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Manufactured Housing Conference Remarks New Orleans, Louisiana, Hyatt Regency Hotel, May 7, 2019

May 10th, 2019 Comments off

 

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This evening, as this report is being prepared, there are two, and only two places online that we can discern where someone can find the entire address by HUD Secretary Ben Carson, M.D., to the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) at their meeting earlier this week in New Orleans.

 

You might think that one of those two would be on the MHI website.  But that would be wrong.

There are about 6 places online we can find where snippets of Secretary Carson’s address are to be found.  But only 2 have the entire text. One of those is on our sister site, MHLivingNews and is found at this link here.

It may seem inexplicable to outsiders looking in why MHI doesn’t have this entire speech on their website.  Frankly, as sad as that reality is, it’s simply part of a broader pattern that isn’t the subject of our report tonight.

HUD and MHI are among thousands of organizations and professionals that read, monitor, or follow what we publish here and on MHLivingNews.  The typo of Joe Stegmayer’s name has been corrected now by HUD (you are welcome).

 

There is one other change, but it doesn’t involve a single word from Carson’s address as prepared.  It’s this.  We’ve added hotlinks that are not in his speech.  Those links have are identified with an * at the end of that hotlink.

 

The illustrations and videos above and below were selected by MHPronewsNews and were not part of Secretary Carson’s comments. Per HUD to MHProNews…

 

Dr. Ben Carson
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Manufactured Housing Conference Remarks
New Orleans, Louisiana, Hyatt Regency Hotel, May 7, 2019

As prepared for delivery. The speaker may add or subtract comments during his presentation.

 

Thank you, Joe [Stegmayer,* MHI Chairman], for those kind words. And thank you to MHI for inviting me to join you this morning. On behalf of HUD, it is a privilege to share my vision for addressing America’s affordable housing challenges – and the role of manufactured housing – with so many leaders and pioneers of the industry here today.

Under President Trump’s leadership, our nation is witnessing historic highs in employment, job creation, and economic growth. The financial optimism of everyday Americans has surged to an 18-year high, and is nearing an all-time record. For those families who have access to affordable housing, they are facing their bright futures with confidence.

And yet a serious challenge still persists: millions of hardworking Americans who seek affordable rents or sustainable homeownership simply cannot get their foot in the door. We have reached the point where many of our nation’s teachers, nurses, police officers, and firefighters struggle to live in or around the communities they serve.

What they face is a critical shortage in our country’s supply of affordable homes.

This is not just a housing crisis – it has a human face.* Homes are at the heart of building strong families, strong communities, and ultimately, a strong country.

HUD’s mission is to ensure all Americans have access to safe, quality, and affordable housing. And we believe that manufactured housing has a promising role to play – especially in the area of quality affordable housing.

For that reason, one year ago, I announced that HUD was in position to usher in a “new era of cooperation and collaboration between our Department and the manufactured housing industry.”*

Today, I’d like to share HUD’s current vision for how we are diagnosing affordable housing challenges, and how manufactured housing is an active ingredient in the medication we are prescribing for a stronger America.

 

Affordable Housing

Our nation’s shortage of affordable housing is ultimately an issue of supply and demand. With millions of people in need, high demand is already guaranteed. That’s why HUD has focused our strategy on increasing supply – namely, by promoting initiatives, programs, techniques, and technologies that produce more affordable homes.

Since the key constraint on supply is the cost of new construction and development, the solution to the problem is to change the cost side of the equation.

Manufactured housing has emerged out of the limestone and stepped into the limelight, to address precisely this need.

According to MHI reports, the average cost per square foot of a manufactured home is nearly half that of a site-built home – $49 [dollars] per square foot, as opposed to $107 [dollars]. These dramatic cost savings in construction enable responsible citizens to secure housing that may be considerably less expensive than renting or purchasing a site-built home.*

And yet, even at this lower price, manufactured homes appreciate in value at a rate similar to site-built homes, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency Housing Price Index.* Sustainable homeownership is the number one builder of financial capital for most American families. For example, the average net worth of a renter is $5,000 [dollars], while the average net worth of a homeowner is $200,000 [dollars]. That’s an extraordinary 40-fold difference. But with comparable home appreciation rates to site-built homes, manufactured homes exhibit their own extraordinary potential to be a wealth creation tool for ordinary, everyday American families.

Beyond the matter of price, there are also flexible ownership models, such as land-lease manufactured home communities, that could have the potential to combine affordability with a sense of neighborhood and lifestyle.

These factors – asset-building and community-building – are important to HUD’s mission to be more than a place that simply houses people, but a place that actually lifts people out of poverty and helps them become self-sufficient.

 

Manufactured Housing and Low-Income Communities

This industry is already having a tremendous impact on serving those communities who are most in need.

Today, more than 20 million Americans* live in manufactured housing, which makes up approximately 10 percent of single-family residences. As a result, manufactured housing has become the largest source of unsubsidized affordable homes in the nation –which saves taxpayer dollars.

By housing families that average between $30,000 to $50,000 [dollars] per year in income, manufactured homes also allow more people and families to pursue an American Dream that may have once felt out of reach.

While lives are helped through new homes, livelihoods are helped through new jobs. More than 40,000 citizens are employed in this sector, from all walks of life. And the Administration is especially impressed by the use of American suppliers in American manufacturing plants.
That is how innovation turns into opportunity.

 

Opportunity Zones

Which brings me to the topic of Opportunity Zones.*

Opportunity Zones were created under the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to stimulate economic development and job creation by incentivizing long-term capital investments in low-income neighborhoods. They are also a potent tool to combat the shortage of affordable housing.

HUD expects that Opportunity Zones will be a catalyst for transformational real estate development in communities that are economically distressed. Thirty-five million Americans now live in such designated areas, in all 50 states. There, millions of housing units are needed, in both urban and rural areas.

I would encourage the industry participants here today to consider the role of Opportunity Zones in the context of local development plans, and how manufactured housing stakeholders may be included. As bursts of activity for new buildings and construction are unlocked by this powerful tax incentive, communities within Opportunity Zones are likely to experience significant growth and changing needs. When newly empowered residents pursue their path to self-sufficiency, such areas may generate strong local demand for affordable housing solutions – which manufactured homes are particularly well-positioned to provide.

 

Healthy Homes

Manufactured housing can also play a role in HUD’s mission to promote healthy homes.*

After many decades as a pediatric neurosurgeon – tasked with caring for the welfare of children – safety is a paramount concern for me in any housing solution.

As HUD Secretary, I have instituted a broad array of initiatives designed to promote healthy homes and to eliminate environmental hazards. For example, last December, HUD awarded nearly $140 million [dollars] in grant funding to 48 state and local government agencies to help protect families from lead-based paint and other threats.

For me, this is a personal issue. At an early age, I learned first-hand the hazards of an unsafe home. My mother raised my brother and me by herself from the time I was eight years old. While she struggled with single motherhood, our problems multiplied when we moved to a tenement in Boston. There, we shared a roof with rats, roaches and a host of other risks.

While my brother and I emerged with our health intact, many families do not. That’s why, as HUD Secretary, I advocate for new techniques and new technologies that can ameliorate these menaces. In manufactured housing, innovations in construction techniques have the potential to facilitate building in a less wasteful, and more environmentally sound way. Innovations in construction materials could create components that are higher performing, less prone to mold, wind or water damage, and more resistant to deterioration.

Those are the ingredients of a healthier home.

 

Natural Disasters

Such advantages are even more visible in the face of natural disasters.

Natural disasters do not just devastate housing capital – they devastate human capital, through lives interrupted, school days missed, and communities fragmented under strain. As a result, last year, HUD allocated more than $35 billion [dollars] in funding to 16 state and local governments, to help America’s hardest hit regions. These grants represented the largest single amount of disaster recovery assistance in HUD’s history.

Manufactured housing can help mitigate this kind of damage through the use of environmentally resilient construction materials, as well as by providing an affordable and permanent housing solution for lower-income survivors.

On a recent visit to Alabama, I was shown a site that was demolished by massive tornadoes – and the only homes in the area that successfully weathered the storm were manufactured houses.* It was a silent testament to their resilience. It is also possible that HUD’s work with industry leaders to update wind Standards for manufactured housing in 1994 could have helped to limit damage and potentially save lives.

This city, New Orleans, is all too familiar with the pain natural disasters can cause. If manufactured homes can alleviate some of those harms in the future, the next hurricane may leave much less devastation, and much more hope, in its wake.

 

Innovative Housing Showcase

I’d now like to cover two of the obstacles to adoption, and how HUD is trying to help.

The first obstacle is that manufactured housing is often overlooked because it is misunderstood. Many times, when people hear the words “manufactured house,” their first image is an old trailer that lacks the modern amenities and features of a site-built home. This image is a false façade.

The fact that manufactured homes can be so beautifully done – and in fact are often indistinguishable from site-built homes – is manufactured housing’s best kept secret. Well, HUD believes that secret should be shared.

That’s why we are proud to help educate both the American public and policymakers by featuring manufactured homes at HUD’s inaugural Innovative Housing Showcase,* which will be held this June on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

During the Showcase, MHI will be participating and working with its members to present at least two manufactured homes to be prominently displayed in the heart of our Nation’s capital, viewable to thousands of onlookers during the five-day event.

 

Deregulation; Removing Regulatory Burdens

The second obstacle is the presence of regulatory roadblocks* that still stand in the way.

HUD recognizes the importance of removing undue bureaucratic burdens on the industry* while striving to maintain the quality, safety, durability, and affordability of manufactured homes. As a result, we have placed an increased emphasis on clarifying our regulations, including by undertaking a full-scale review of our manufactured housing program to ensure we preserve the proper amount of oversight without stifling the industry.

We are also currently evaluating our Office of Policy Development and Research’s recent recommendation to expedite the manufactured home code-making process within HUD – which could better help HUD Standards keep pace with new industry innovations and techniques.

To advance these efforts, I am grateful for the many insights MHI has provided to HUD in the form of its available reports, educational materials, and constructive dialogue.

Last week, I spoke before the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee,* who makes the initial recommendations for proposed changes to our HUD-code provisions, setting in motion the approval process for updating regulations. The committee has an aggressive agenda and must be efficient to reach consensus and close out many of the more than 300 log and deregulatory items outstanding.

That’s why, to provide more help, I’ve brought on more staff at HUD for the manufactured housing and regulatory affairs offices. These new team members have extensive backgrounds and experience in the field. They are ready to work with committee members not just when visiting plants, State Administrative Agencies, third-party inspection agencies, or addressing consumer complaints, but on a holistic basis – to assist with getting HUD code updated and more hard-working Americans housed.

 

Conclusion

In closing, manufactured housing is a vital part of HUD’s prescription to make safe, quality, desirable, affordable homes available to millions of hard-working Americans.

The foundations of a better tomorrow are built with the new techniques and new technologies of today. And for manufactured housing, that time is now.

I look forward to continuing our work together in the months ahead, and delivering that brighter future to the hearts and homes of the American people we proudly serve.

Thank you, and God Bless.

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We are adding a video from Steve Hilton’s ‘The Next Revolution’ where Secretary Carson also recently raised the topic of the value of manufactured housing, in the context of the discussion of Opportunity Zones.

 

Why It Matters

Manufactured housing is underperforming.  There are possible clues in this speech that suggest that Secretary Carson understands some of the reasons why it is underperforming, and he publicly stated that he wants to fix that.

The irony in this speech, one that should make every MHI member sit up and ask – what’s up with that? – is this. Quoting Carson, “…manufactured housing’s best kept secret. Well, HUD believes that secret should be shared.”

Carson nails a key issue when he said, “The first obstacle is that manufactured housing is often overlooked because it is misunderstood. Many times, when people hear the words “manufactured house,” their first image is an old trailer that lacks the modern amenities and features of a site-built home. This image is a false façade.”

Bingo.

Yet, once again tonight – as of the time this article is being drafted – Carson’s speech is missing from the MHI website.  Why?

But so too are other very useful third-party reports on the industry, several of which can be found at this link below. It perfectly fits what controversial but prominent MHI member Frank Rolfe said in the quote reported by MHProNews below.

 

Why is it that MHI doesn’t have all of the same generally useful resources found below on their own website?  Why does MHI hide behind a login what they say is useful research? By contrast, why is it that MHAction – with dark money funding that traces back to Warren Buffett – gives away research that is damaging to the industry?

At the link below you can find a list of decades of often positive and insightful third-party research.

 

 

The point is that even after we’ve raised this issue several times and brought it directly to the attention of MHI leaders, the lack of that third-party evidence on the MHI website persists.

Doesn’t it make a thinking person wonder, who’s side are they on? Who is benefiting from this lack of proper education of visitors to their website?  As a disclosure, the featured image at the top is not from the conference.   But it is a cool image of Secretary Carson speaking, and the drama of the that made it appealing for use here.

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#1 Texas Among States with New HUD Code Sales, Experiences Shipment Drop, Facts Reveal Warning Signs

December 13th, 2018 Comments off

 

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During a widely acknowledged affordable housing crisis, industry professionals and investors should be asking – how is this possible? The chart below provided by an association member reveals that Texas – #1 among the states in new sales – took a drop in new HUD Code manufactured home shipments in October 2018.

 

Texas could handle it, because they are still reportedly up some 18 percent for the year.

 

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That said, Louisiana – the number 2 state in the U.S. for new HUD Code shipments in recent years – per the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) data.

 

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As the Daily Business News on MHProNews reported earlier this month, using MHI’s own data, the Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) used to project the year end totals reveal that the industry could end up flat.

 

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So, while MHI reportedly spent 5 figures to make a slick self-promotion video, that pats their own work on the back, what the data reflects are several warning signs.

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Note that instead of addressing this vexing #NettlesomeThings issue, they are still purportedly pumping out happy talk to their own members.

 

Balance

To balance out the above, producers tell MHProNews that they still have months of backlogs.  So, this should be taken as presented.  This isn’t a case of the entire industry being in retreat.

But to avoid the trend line – which for two months is down nationally, and has been trending down in several states for longer – there is a need to be pro-active.

Industry readers should be reminded that a number of associations have told MHProNews that they have ‘no real choice’ but to share “MHI news,” because of saber rattling by Tim Williams.  See that insider information in a prior related report below.

 

 

State executives, MHI members and/or staff, some feds, and those with the GSEs are among those who have been providing information to MHProNews.

MHProNews has invited executives at Clayton, and MHI to address these and other industry concerns.  They’ve routinely declined to comment. Why?

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Another Top Manufactured Home State is Sliding on New HUD Code Home Shipments, More New Data

November 7th, 2018 Comments off

 

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Doctor’s don’t serve their patient if they ignore troubling test results or health symptoms.  A good physician candidly shares the good, the bad, and the problematic honestly with their patients.

 

An analogous principle from medicine holds true for good trade media.

While big companies have several resources available to them to inform them of trends, and allows them to prepare, smaller to mid-sized companies often don’t have that same luxury.

 

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According to data provided by a source that is a member of the Manufactured Housing Association of Oklahoma (MHAO), two states in their region are down year-over-year.

One of those states is Louisiana.  According to data compiled by the independent HUD Code home producers trade group – the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) – Louisiana has been the number 2 state in recent years.

 

 

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Louisiana is the number 2 state in HUD Code manufactured home shipments for the past 7 years. For that state to be sliding, in addition to others in the U.S., is a significant development.

 

Yesterday, the Daily Business News on MHProNews once more led national manufactured housing trade media in reporting that another top 10 state is sliding, as are several other states.

 

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During the growing affordable housing crisis, this is a warning sign.  So why hasn’t the umbrella association the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) addressing this persistent problem, when MHProNews has been spotlighted the troubling trend for years?

Why does MHI ignore the clear warning signs?

Keep in mind that while there is an emerging new national manufactured home community association – one that Nathan Smith and the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) are trying to embarrass and purportedly hope to kill-in-their-crib – the only national post-production association is MHI.

 

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MHARR’s focus is on production related regulatory issues.  MHARR only began to take up finance issues – a post-production concern – because sources say that MHI has demonstrably failed their own members in that and other areas.

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Past and current MHI members like Kenny Lipschutz, Marty Lavin, Frank Rolfe, the states that have broken away from MHI, are among the signals that no matter how pleasant their mixers or networking may be, they are ‘not getting their job done’ on behalf of the majority of their members.

 

The above from MHAO is from August data. The new MHARR September 2018 shipment data is found at their report linked below.

 

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Notices

This report is being drafted prior to the close of polling on November 6, at 3:25 PM ET.  MHProNews will begin to unpack the midterm outcomes later Wednesday, and in the days ahead.

Another forward-looking notice is that MHProNews contacted:

  • Kevin Clayton, Clayton Homes,
  • Tom Hodges, JD, Clayton Homes,
  • Tim Williams, 21st Mortgage,
  • Richard ‘Dick’ Jennison, MHI President,
  • Rick Robinson, JD, MHI General Counsel,

among others in manufactured housing industry leadership.  They’ve been asked about specific HUD Code manufactured home industry related issues and reports. As of this time, they have not yet responded. Keep in mind these same sources used to reply promptly.  Why are they hiding from the industry’s leading media?

Whatever their response – or failure to respond – will be likewise be part of upcoming reports.

Other factory-built home industry publishers arguably have their hands tied on what they publish, which is routinely fluff and just cheerleading. If that is the only media you’d read, you might be led to think that everything is all good. But in fairness to them, it often due to who those other publisher are being paid by – follow the money.

MHProNews prides itself on being the most independent, analytical, and essentially the sole fact-checking national trade publisher in our industry.

Those are among the reasons why MHProNews leads all others by a country mile in professional readership, from companies of all sizes, including those noted herein. MHProNews routinely have more readers in a day than others do in one or more months, per third-party data.

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In Response To Tragedy, A Principle Based Message of Hope, Solidarity, Subsidiarity

August 31st, 2017 Comments off
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Over the past few weeks the nation has experienced a lot of tragedy.

First, there was the sad events in Charlottesville, which raised the ugly specter of racism among a tiny group of Americans again.  

Then, there is the more recent Hurricane Harvey’s devastation in Texas, which has shown an example of people of all backgrounds pulling together. But the sheer scope of the tragedy can’t be measured in the cost in dollars alone.

In response to Charlottesville, manufactured housing advocate, the Reverend Donald Tye, Jr. and MHLivingNews/MHProNews publisher L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach prepared a statement of “healing and hope.”

Citing sources, Tye and Kovach point to principles of Christianity and morality as foundational in America.   Not to declare a national religion, but to encourage the best of people, the duo say.

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As people from a variety of walks of life come together to help those devastated by Charlottesville, Texas, Florida and now Louisiana, the reminder they shared is that we are all part of one human race, one nation, and one earth.

Among their quotes, “United we stand, divided we fall.”

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Proposed Manufactured Home Community Faces Hurdles

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In a Washington State community, NIMBY is raising its head.

According to the Sequim Gazette, a proposed gated 55 and over manufactured home community, is drawing the ire of Carlsborg residents.

The group, which cites environmental and traffic impacts, says that it has collected 163 signatures on a petition, hoping to delay the project or kill it all together. A hearing on the property is scheduled for today, where community residents will be able to share their concerns.

Clallam County Senior Planner Donella Clark recommended approving the project, with a number of mandates and recommendations ranging from widening the road the community will be on, to installing berms to blend the property in with the neighborhood.

Chris Anderson, owner of CA Homes Inc., says that he intends to build a total of 73 manufactured homes, called CA Homes Mobile Home Park, in three phases over three years.

If I can get it approved, the first phase would include 42-43 homes,” said Anderson.

This is my first foray into modular [sic] homes in my 28-year career.”

Anderson says that when he began operating his business, he was building higher end homes, but when the recession hit, he switched to affordable housing.

And, he sees a huge opportunity in Carlsborg.

There’s a lack of senior living here,” said Anderson.

We’re a retirement community and almost 70 percent of our clientele are retired. There aren’t solutions readily available to them.”

The homes would range from 1200 to 1700 square feet, and sell for between $125,000 to $150,000.

NIMBY Rises

Neighbors who are around the project site say they learned about it from a sign posted on the property earlier this month.

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There’s a perception (by neighbors) that some of the laws have not been followed closely so I think it’s fair for us to point out those discrepancies,” said area resident Charles Meyer.

The more we got looking (at recent planning documents), the more unbelievably inaccurate everything was,” said area resident Debra Stevens, a retired city planner.

Neighbors say that Anderson’s State Environmental Policy Act application is inaccurate, because it doesn’t have up-to-date information on the property.

In Anderson’s application, he states an environmental review for a 21-lot subdivision was completed by the previous owner Tony Glavin in May 2007, which reviewed and agreed upon a study in February 1995 because no development had occurred.

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As of this week, the county says that neighbors have submitted more than 40 comments to the county’s Department of Community Development.

Anderson says that he’s worked closely with Clallam County and other agencies to follow their recommendations.

I understand the neighbors aren’t happy with it,” said Anderson.

I’ve accepted phone calls from people who have called me directly. Neighbors all got to do what they wanted to do on their properties, but I understand I’m not going to make everyone happy.”

In most instances, inaccurate information and misconceptions about manufactured housing communities lead to cases of NIMBY (Not-In-My-Back-Yard).

As Daily Business News readers are aware, stories pitting developers against residents have been in the news recently, including the case of a proposed MHC in Iberia Parish, Louisiana.

Also, there are instances of “backdoor NIMBY,” where politicians–and the residents who re-elect them–seem to know that developments bring more tax revenue than manufactured home communities, as most recently shown in Palm Beach County, Florida. ##

 

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NIMBY in the Bayou – Manufactured Housing in Danger?

May 18th, 2017 Comments off
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In Louisiana, the Livingston Parish Council could soon be considering a ban on manufactured homes in single-family subdivisions.

According to The Advocate, Councilman John Wascom called for the conversation during an Ordinance Committee meeting last week, proposing an ordinance that would outlaw living in a manufactured home in any named subdivision that was designed to have only single-family homes.

The ordinance was referred to the full council on a 4-0 committee vote.

Wascom originally called for the conversation in response to some constituents who had expressed concerns about declining property values after neighbors replaced existing houses with “trailers.”

Legally, there’s nothing to stop someone from putting a mobile home [sic] in the middle of a subdivision with high-end houses,” said Wascom.

Trailers [sic] are sometimes moved onto subdivision lots after the original home burns or floods. We’ve always said there’s subdivision restrictions, but most aren’t enforceable.”

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Wascom noted that he had no objections to emergency ordinances that would provide temporary exceptions in case of hardships.

But this would give our executive branch the ability to not give a permit for a mobile home [sic] smack-dab in the middle of a subdivision,” said Wascom.

Right now, they don’t have that choice.”

Councilman Shane Mack wanted to clarify that the intention is to protect property values for people who buy or build in subdivisions, not to prevent people from living in manufactured homes.

I do think there are places within Livingston Parish where mobile homes [sic] are welcome,” said Mack.

A lot of our elderly retire in mobile homes [sic]. And a lot of the younger generation starts off in mobile homes [sic]. But this is about developing subdivisions designed and intended to have certain-sized houses in it and to protect the people who want to live in, and who paid to live in, that type of neighborhood.”

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For Taryn Creekbaum, an outspoken critic of waivers for manufactured homes, things are very clear.

The council should rely more on subdivisions’ restrictive covenants, which should be considered valid and enforceable until a court rules otherwise,” said Creekbaum.

The council has a way to restrict the placement of mobile homes [sic] in named subdivisions, through the parish’s process for granting exceptions to its mobile home park [sic] regulations.”

Councilman Garry Talbert argued that the ordinance would only come into play when more than one home would be put on a single parcel.

If you want to put a mobile home [sic] on a lot that has no residence at all on it, those don’t apply,” said Talbert.

The parish’s Permit Office does not enforce subdivision restrictions, which leaves no recourse except by lawsuit for those residents who believe their neighborhood covenants are being violated by the addition of mobile homes [sic]. 

John is trying to create an environment where people don’t have to hire an attorney to sue because a lot of them don’t have the up-front money to do it.

While the proposal was moved to the full council, it was deferred to a later meeting to allow the legal adviser for the parish to review it.

 

NIMBY Rears Its Ugly Head?

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In most instances, inaccurate information and misconceptions about manufactured housing communities lead to cases of NIMBY (Not-In-My-Back-Yard).

As Daily Business News readers are aware, stories pitting developers against residents have been in the news recently, including the case of a proposed MHC in nearby Iberia Parish, Louisiana.

Also, there are instances of “backdoor NIMBY,” where politicians–and the residents who re-elect them–seem to know that developments bring more tax revenue than manufactured home communities, are also prevalent, most recently shown in Palm Beach County, Florida. ##

 

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HUD Code Manufactured Home Production Rises Sharply

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Washington, D.C., May 3, 2017 – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) tells MHProNews that, according to official statistics compiled on behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), year-over-year manufactured housing industry production increased substantially again during March 2017.

These just released statistics indicate that HUD Code manufacturers produced 8,245 homes in March 2017, a nearly 16 percent increase over the 7,110 HUD Code homes produced during March 2016.

Cumulative industry production for 2017 now totals 23,384 homes, a 22.4 percent increase over the 19,101 HUD Code homes produced over the same period in 2016.

A further analysis of the official industry statistics shows that the top ten shipment states from the beginning of the industry production rebound in August 2011 through March 2017 — with cumulative, monthly, current year (2017) and prior year (2016) shipments per category as indicated, are:

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The latest information for March 2017 results in no changes to the cumulative top ten list.

In its most recent edition of “Issues and Perspectives,” a newsletter that focuses on items relevant to the manufactured housing industry, MHARR tackled key issues, including the new tariff on Canadian soft lumber.

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After threatening to impose trade duties on goods imported from China and Mexico during the presidential election campaign in 2016, the administration announced its first new tariff on imported goods in a statement issued by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on April 24, 2017,” says MHARR in the report.

While the imposition of the Canadian lumber tariff caps a period of serious economic uncertainty for the residential construction industry, increases in home prices driven by higher supply costs for basic raw materials, such as wood, will have a magnified impact on the highly-priced sensitive manufactured housing market.”

For more from MHARR on the newsletter, click here. ##

 

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UPDATE: New Manufactured Home Community Laws Take Effect

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In Iberia Parish, Louisiana, an area the Daily Business News has covered prior, new laws are going into effect for manufactured home communities related to trash collection.

And some residents and owners are not pleased.

According to KATC, the Iberia Parish city council approved ordinances last month, making manufactured home communities commercial property, and requiring owners to hire their own trash collection services.

While Parish President Larry Richard signed the two ordinances into law after the council approved them, he’s now asking the council to revise and clarify some of the language.

We are not trying to get rid of mobile homes [sic] in Iberia Parish. We welcome mobile homes [sic]. We recognize we have a problem with it,” said Richard.

I hope these new laws will fix those problems,” said Council Chair Natalie Broussard.

The first of the laws now classifies communities with three or more manufactured homes commercial property.

The second one requires owners of both new and existing communities to provide their own trash services beginning October 1st.

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For Broussard, she wondered exactly what all of this means.

Are these really commercial enterprises? Should they be treated like the other commercial enterprise and the developers or owners of these parks [sic] pay for their own trash disposal just like every other commercial enterprise in Iberia Parish?” asked Broussard.

She’s not alone.

If you have three or more trailers [sic], you’re now a trailer park [sic]. So, if I owned a trailer [sic] and I had two kids that wanted to live on the same property, we would be required as a trailer park [sic] to assume our own trash pickup,” said Councilman Warren Gachassin at a community meeting last month.

That’s one of our big failures in this ordinance is that we did not set up a way that anybody can apply for a variance,” said Broussard.

We need to offer some variance of making it commercial when it is truly family members living on the same piece of property and nobody is paying rent.”

Broussard also said that this is one of the areas that the council should review, in addition to the list of language that Richard has asked the council to clarify.

We can always amend an ordinance, so it’s very simple. Let’s let it go into effect now that he signed it,” said Broussard.

Let’s see how it works, and then we can start tweaking it. Nobody is opposed to making some necessary changes.”

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Town Decides on Manufactured Home Ordinance

March 28th, 2017 Comments off
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In a follow up to a story that the Daily Business News originally covered in February, the Iberia Parish, Louisiana Parish Council voted last week to adopt a new ordinance to regulate the development of manufactured home communities and subdivisions. This appears to be the end of the road for the development of new manufactured home communities in the parish.

Per the Daily Iberian, the ordinance has been passed back and forth between the Iberia Parish Zoning Commission and the council for months, with the Zoning Commission approving an amended version of the ordinance.

That ordinance is the one that was up for discussion last week.

The Zoning Commission decided to add two new zoning classifications, T-1 and T-2, specifically for manufactured home communities and subdivisions. One of those classifications would have to be obtained before a developer could establish a community.

There are no T-1 or T-2 districts in the parish.

This means any property to be used as a manufactured home community will need to be rezoned. Rezoning will  require public hearings that will allow neighboring landowners the opportunity to quash any proposed development before it gets off the ground.

I think this will kill mobile home park [sic] development in Iberia Parish,” said Council Chairperson Natalie Broussard.

If it requires a zoning change, it’s never going to happen.

Broussard said that her comments are based on a long running battle between the landowners of the proposed Safe Haven Mobile Home Park and nearby neighbors.

Neighbors managed to stall the development, even though many of the homes in the neighborhood already have manufactured homes on site.

On of those neighbors commented on the new regulations.

This would eliminate the problems we had,” said Emily Ransonet Kyzar.

The stalling prompted the developer, Shawn Pourciau, to file suit against the Iberia Parish Government after his preliminary approval was denied. That case is still pending in state court.

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In addition to the zoning requirement, the ordinance also calls for all manufactured home communities to secure an occupational license.

Does this regulation duplicate existing laws that stated mobile home parks [sic] were required to have a license?” asked District 10 Councilman Eugene Olivier.

They are, but they don’t,said Parish Legal Counsel Andy Shealy. “Most don’t bother to get an occupational license.

The license question became an issue for another councilman.

If they are required to get an occupational license, won’t this apply to existing developments?asked District 5 Councilman Warren Gachassin Jr.

Yes, they must be reviewed yearly,” said Shealy. “That is the key.

Then it does not affect just new developments like we have been told,” said Gachassin.

There are teeth in the law. It will affect existing trailer parks [sic].”

When Shealy confirmed that it would have an effect, Gachassin made his point clearly.

When we started this, it was about public safety,” said Gachassin.

It wasn’t about the all-out war on trailer parks [sic] it has become. It is an overreach in government regulation. It is a bit much.

The eventual motion passed, 9-4. Before the vote, one community owner voiced his concern.

You can’t overregulate, or parks [sic] will leave town,” said community owner Randy Theriot. ##

 

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Developers Turn to Modular in Housing Crisis

March 27th, 2017 Comments off
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In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, two developers have turned to modular housing to ease the stress of finding housing.

According to the Baton Rouge Business Report, Jak Kunstler and Susannah Bing believe that modular homes in Baton Rouge could be a solution to a housing shortage in the city’s older neighborhoods.

We’re in a housing crisis,” says Bing, a former executive with the East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority.

Bing teamed up with Kunstler two years ago to launch Louisiana Purchase Real Estate and Development.

There are people moving to Baton Rouge who want the nightlife, restaurants and activity that are closer to downtown, yet there are very few houses that are available or in good condition and they are priced out of that market. We see this as a tool to provide new housing in older neighborhoods, whether that is market rate or affordable.

The recently completed home by Bing and Kunstler comes in at 1,256 square feet, and looks similar to the classic homes in the area that were built 70 to 80 years ago. Two similar houses are planned for adjacent lots.

I think there is a stigma about modular housing to a certain extent,said Bing.

Nobody really understands what a modular house is. Everybody thinks it’s some house trailer [sic]. It couldn’t be more different. We tweak the houses to make them more south Louisiana.

Bing and Kunstler say their business plan calls for infill development projects in neighborhoods where additional housing is needed, and they’re looking to acquire vacant lots or adjudicated properties from the city-parish and redevelop the sites with their modular homes.

As Daily Business News readers are already aware, manufactured housing has also been used more frequently in urban infill situations as a solution to affordable housing shortages. For an in-depth look into what’s happening around the country, click here. ##

 

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