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FEMA Opens Its First Manufactured Home Community In Disaster Response

April 25th, 2019 Comments off



The state’s most destructive wildfire broke out just before dawn Nov. 8, burning nearly 14,000 homes in the communities of Paradise, Magalia and Concow, and killing 85 people,” said KQED News. The blaze’s destruction worsened an already difficult housing crisis in and around the nearby city of Chico: Butte County had some 2,000 homeless, NPR reported, and many survivors were left scrambling for housing, with some crashing in Chico and others staying in tents or RVs on their scorched properties.”


FEMA said Thursday it’s preparing to open the first of four of what KQED misnamed “mobile home parks” devoted to Camp Fire survivors in the next few weeks.  The agency plans for around 700 FEMA manufactured housing units (MHU) eventually.

FEMA stated last week that nearly 1,000 people need temporary housing in RVs and manufactured homes.




The first FEMA MHU community, Rosewood Estates in Oroville, CA the units has 40 homes with one-, two- and three-bedroom units.  They are furnished, but aren’t fancy.  Those assigned to the units can live there for up to 18 months.

Building the sites for manufactured homes involved several state and local agencies.  That meant permissions, inspections, and permits, said FEMA spokesman Michael Peacock.  Peacock was responding to criticism about how long it has taken the agency to bring in temporary housing for fire survivors.

We are working as fast as we possibly can to provide shelter to those survivors,” he said.  In fairness to FEMA, if local hassles slowed them down, that needs to be considered, doesn’t it?

FEMA offers various types of housing aid, like RV trailers and rental assistance. Currently, FEMA is providing more than 7,400 people impacted by the Camp Fire with rental aid and offering temporary housing to some 260 families, according to the agency’s data.

The PBS/NPR affiliate said that At this rate, it may take as long to get the FEMA trailer parks up and running as the year and a half time frame the agency says people will be temporarily housed.”  Ouch for all of the obvious reasons.



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FEMA, Manufactured Housing Units, Behind the Scenes Look, Hurricane Florence Backgrounder

September 12th, 2018 Comments off



Hurricane Irene was a storm that hit North Carolina a few years ago that can give some insights into what the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is doing to prepare for the expected strike Friday of Hurricane Florence. FEMA stressed yesterday that they’ve learned from every prior event.


Manufactured Housing Units (MHUs) are one of several options that federal officials can respond with when it comes to disaster relief/emergency housing needs.

FEMA and MHUs have evolved since this video linked here or shown above with Adobe flash was produced.

POTUS Trump: Everyone in Hurricane Florence Path Should “Get Out,” Plus MH Market Updates

If Hurricane Florence does hit the East Coast, as many weather experts fear, hopefully FEMA officials will do a better job with their terminology (the t-word is significantly overused in the first linked video, above).



Anecdotal evidence suggests that the wrong terminology impacts price. But it also impacts people’s emotions, see what poet Lois Requist said who rejected the use of the t-word with regard to her home, by clicking here or the image above.

If, God forbid, Florence hits as a major natural disaster, manufactured home production could be shifted, as we learned last year.  


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Emergency Request For Proposals for Manufactured Homes, Deadline Tomorrow

October 3rd, 2017 1 comment

EmergencyTxGLOProposalsRequestedDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsThe Texas General Land Office (GLO) is Requesting Proposals from qualified Respondents to manufacture and supply residential Manufactured Housing Units (MHUs) as temporary housing for Texas residents affected by Hurricane Harvey in designated areas along the Texas coast and inland,” said the agency in a release.

DJ Pendleton and the TMHA are “currently aware of at least one major staging area in Herne, Texas.  We suspect additional areas will soon be developed, and have heard one such area might be near the San Antonio area,” they said in a statement to

The services solicited herein include the manufacture and delivery of the MHUs to staging areas designated by the GLO in Rockport, Corpus Christi, and Houston, Texas,” the Texas GLO said.

The solicitation, see below, includes transportation, installation and maintenance of said MHUs.


D.J. Pendleton. TMHA – credit, MHProNews.

Respondents may also submit proposals under this Solicitation to transport the MHUs from the staging areas to the residents’ home sites, install them on site, and provide maintenance for the duration of occupation by the residents.”

The published deadline is 10.4.2017 at PM CT.

Agency Requisition Number:   RFP-X0013723-DF

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TMHA tells MHProNews that they may be getting additional information later today.  If so, there will be an effort made to update this report once that information is in hand.

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Sunday Morning Weekly Recap Manufactured Housing Industry News, September 24 to October 1, 2017

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Modular Housing Scandal? HUD Investigating, Senator McCain Blasts, Wants Reforms

June 21st, 2017 Comments off

NavajoTribeModularHousingScandalAZRepublicDailyBusinessNewsResearchReportsMHProNewsThe AZ Republic has been reporting on a brewing scandal that could make FEMA’s embarrassment over their Louisiana placement of Manufactured Housing Units (MHUs) pale by comparison.

The Navajo Housing Authority spent $12 million building 91 new homes, all but one was later demolished.

Then, “After failing to spend nearly a half-billion dollars in federal housing funds over a decade, a Navajo Nation agency has been pouring money into a project to produce small, modular dwellings at a cost of nearly $300,000 each — and possibly much more, according to tribal documents,” per the Republic’s Dennis Wagner and Craig Harris.

Their Navajo programs were already behind schedule. They had over $400 million in federal housing funds to spend that had gone unused.

Pressure from tribal President Russell Begaye and members of Congress has festered over the business practices at the Navajo Housing Authority.  Senator John McCain (R-AZ) said the tribal group “remains a broken public housing agency that is grossly misusing taxpayer funds.”

Tribal records reportedly show that a company named LAM/Rockford Construction, LLC was contracted in 2014 to build tribal housing.

With studies and work moving slowly, what was begun as 260 planned homes was reduced to 170, and the average cost per home soared.

When asked about the controversies, in a written statement LAM/Rockford said 170 homes are completed and 90 more will be built.

We look forward to completing this important project with NHA in support of their mission to bring sustainable and cost-efficient homes to their nation,” their statement reportedly concluded.

Slide credits, AZ Republic.

Loren Miller stated in an agency news release that the modular dwellings are high quality. “These homes aren’t the standard home trailers [sic] you see out there,” Miller said. “These houses are not going anywhere.”

Nor are the costs for modular housing by any means, ‘standard.’

If only 170 dwellings are completed, as the NHA announced last year, the price per house would be $447,000 based on $76 million in contracts,” Wagner and Harris said. “The houses are small, prefabricated structures ranging from two-bedroom units of 1,000 square feet to slightly larger three-bedroom dwellings. They were built by a subcontractor in Albuquerque and trucked to the reservation.”

Because it is being built on tribal land, the costs were for the homes, labor and infrastructure.

Commenting in a post on the reports, Bob Sundhal said, “It is the same thing in Phoenix. The City [of Phoenix] is building apartment buildings for low income housing that cost $350K per apartment. Meanwhile, luxury apartments are being built (using private funds) for less than $300K.”

Richard Prince, Jr. posted, “Sounds a lot like the demolition corruption probe in Detroit.”

While this text graphic refers to the homes as ‘manufactured,’ the balance of the AZ Republic report states they were in fact modular construction.

Given the huge sums the federal government allocates for housing projects, this is just another example of how public housing can often misuse funds, compared to private sector projects. The Daily Business News will monitor this and other similar stories. ##

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The Costly Crawl of Bureaucracy: FEMA at its Finest?

December 13th, 2016 Comments off

FEMA manufactured home leaves distribution center on Sherwood Ave. in Baton Rouge.

Although an article in The Advocate from Oct. 16, 2016 states Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) manufactured housing units (MHUs) targeted to survivors of flooding in August in Louisiana cost around $100,000 to build, transport and install, a current article in the same publication states FEMA is paying $129,200 for each home on the survivor’s property. The cost to install an MHU in an existing community is $149,000, and as much as $179,000 if sited in an FEMA designated group area.

Rep. Garret Graves official photo.

It’s idiotic. It’s the fleecing of America, example No.10,000,” U. S. Rep. Garret Graves, a Baton Rouge Republican, tells MHProNews. “You’re spending more money, and it’s taking longer. You’re saying, ‘We may be slow, but at least we’re more expensive.'”

RossKinzler-priorWHAExecDirectorManufacturedHousingIndustryConsultant-MHProNews363x544-Ross Kinzler, manufactured housing industry consultant and prior Wisconsin Housing Alliance executive director commented to MHProNews, “Who is shocked any more by $10,000 government toilets?  Nothing FEMA does makes sense.”


Four months after the floods that killed 13 and displaced 100,000, families that have been approved may have to wait another 90 days for the homes that range from one to three bedrooms, and are up to 980 sq. ft.

FEMA estimates it is paying $62,500 for each unit, $23,000 for installation, $15,400 for maintenance and then adds $23,000 as administrative overhead cost, according to what the agency told Rep. Graves.

FEMA’s federal coordinating officer, Tito Hernandez, when asked about the excessive cost compared to market rates, said, “The FEMA unit is strong, it’s a higher quality, it’s more solid than many being sold commercially.

Tito Hernandez, FEMA.

Local Dealers Strongly Dispute that Assertion

Troy Davis, a Hammond, LA manufactured home dealer with over 30 years in the industry, stated he could sell that particular model for $38,500 including delivery and installation and still make a profit as a retailer, less than a third of the FEMA price. Noting he was approached by middle men who asked him to sell for too low a price, said, “They’re not paying no more than $32,000 for the units, and then they’re getting marked up by the middle men.”

He thought the true wholesale cost of the FEMA MHU’s to be around $20,000, if FEMA made a bulk buy. Others MHProNews spoke with thought that figure was too low, and would in fact cost more than 20k.

Agreeing with Davis is Factory Expo Home Centers General Manager Robert Chambers. When told FEMA was spending $129,000, he responded, “I can sell you a very big home for that.” He estimated transport should cost around $6 a mile and installation $2,000. 

With 2,616 people placed in FEMA homes, there is a waiting list of 2,700 who Hernandez said should be in their homes by the end of January.


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Local Official, Angered by the FEMA Crawl, Purchases MH for Employees

Sheriff Jason Ard, credit – Facebook.

While Rep. Graves and other local and state officials have consistently complained about the slow pace of the homes coming in, Sheriff Jason Ard of Livingston Parish, fearing he would lose deputies whose homes were destroyed in the flooding, and were still living in tents, used departmental money to acquire 25 manufactured homes of 1,200 sq. ft. each for $35,000 apiece. While it took only 28 days to complete the deal, the cost to Ard came to $100,000 per home because he had to purchase land to site the homes after FEMA rejected a less expensive alternative because it was in a flood plane. However, he still saved $50,000 to $75,000 each, based on FEMA’s projected cost for group sites.

While Hernandez insists FEMA’s priority is to provide safe homesites as quickly as possible, he says, “I’m not thinking about the price.”

The state may have other thoughts: Louisiana has to pick up ten percent of the tab. ##

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FEMA Approving Residents, Asking Manufactured Home Retailers to Sell Units

October 31st, 2016 Comments off

Residents of St. Mary’s, Georgia wade through flooded streets. Credit: AJC.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that residents in Georgia’s Liberty and Long counties have been approved for FEMA assistance in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.

According to the Coastal Courier, FEMA’s amended “declaration of major disaster” issued on October 24th means homeowners and business owners may now be eligible to receive funds to help cover costs related to home, property or business damage due to the hurricane.

The assistance may come in the form of a grant or a loan, and consideration for aid will be based on whether or not residents are uninsured or if their insurance will not cover all losses.

FEMA recommends residents file a claim with their insurance company before filing any claims with the agency. Once completed, residents will then be informed by their insurance agent what will and will not be covered, which may fit the requirements for receiving FEMA Individuals and Households Program Assistance (IHP).


Hurricane Matthew satellite photo. Credit: UK Telegraph.

IHP consists of two provisions: housing assistance, and other needs assistance according to FEMA.

Aid will cover the following segments:

  • Rental Assistance
  • Direct temporary housing assistance
  • Repairs
  • Replacements
  • Medical/dental
  • Funeral
  • Childcare
  • Personal property
  • Transportation
  • Moving and storage

As Daily Business News readers are already aware, we provided extensive coverage of Hurricane Matthew and the misplaced stereotypes related to manufactured housing and natural disasters, here and here.

More manufactured housing needed in Louisiana 

Louisiana Flood damage, August 2016. Credit: BBC

Louisiana Flood damage, August 2016. Credit: BBC

Following up on an initial request for proposal (RFP) earlier this month, FEMA has provided additional details on the type of manufactured housing needed in Louisiana.

FEMA is seeking individual retailers with commercial off the lot, two, three, four, and five-bedroom Manufactured Housing Units (MHUs) with dimensions up to 16 x 72 to support FEMA disaster operations in the state.


Collage credit, MHProNews. Original photo credit as shown above.

In this solicitation, FEMA notes that having the units available will help it provide housing options to people whose homes, as a result of a disaster, are destroyed or made — temporarily or permanently — uninhabitable.

FEMA anticipates awarding multiple Firm Fixed-Price Contracts with a base ordering period for up to 100 MHUs, and three option quantities for up to 400 MHU units, with a possibility of increasing the quantity.

The agency plans to issue contracts on a rolling basis, and is leaving the solicitation open through January 19, 2017. Contractors who can provide the required MHUs can submit a proposal anytime through January 19, 2017.


Credits: Russ Desantis, FEMA, The Record. Text and collage credits: MHProNews.

FEMA says it will evaluate all offers each week, and the cutoff for that week’s review is every Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. EST.

The Daily Business News has provided extensive coverage of the floods, the fallout from them and the MH industry response. ##

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U.S. Senator touts Lexington Homes, awarded $6.76 million contract from FEMA for manufactured homes

September 26th, 2016 Comments off

lexingtonhomessenatorthadcochran_manufacturedhousingindustrynews-mhpronewsIn the effort to provide shelter for the many displaced after the devastating August flooding in Louisiana, Mississippi-based Lexington Homes is about to step into the limelight, the Clarion-Ledger reports.

Lexington Homes, a HUD Code manufactured home builder, was awarded a $6.76 million fixed-price contract from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which will be used to construct and deliver 155 manufactured homes.

The agreement includes four option years.

Flood victims whose pre-disaster home is either inaccessible or uninhabitable may apply for temporary housing assistance through the FEMA Individuals and Households Program. FEMA provides one, two and three-bedroom units through this program, as was reported in the story linked here on MHLivingNews.

Lexington Homes was one of seven builders in the running for this delivery/indefinite quantity contract.

The temporary housing assistance offered by FEMA can help disaster victims rebuild their lives,” U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) said in a statement. I am pleased that a Mississippi manufacturer has been awarded a contract to supply this housing.”

Cochran is chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and serves on the subcommittee with funding jurisdiction over FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security.

Cochran was supported during his re-election bid by Mississippi Manufactured Housing Association (MSMHA) Executive Director, Jennifer Hall, as the photo below reflects.


Thad Cochran, foreground, Jennifer Hall, in red to the left in this photo, credit Getty.

Perhaps the most surprising part of the recovery process was the hesitancy to embrace manufactured homes as an option sooner. It was just a few days ago in R.C. Williams’ “one month later” report, that FEMA insisted that manufactured homes were a last resort for flood victims.

Instead, FEMA instructed families to find hotels. But according to local station WBRZ, no rooms were available after calls were made to 10 different hotels.

Manufactured homes are a proven option for displaced residents. They will also be selected by some who may opt to buy a home rather than rebuild a badly flood-damaged house.

We’re slowly turning from response to recovery. This is going to be a long time effort,” a FEMA spokesman said. “The thing with the manufactured house units, is that we have to work with the state and local officials that we put it in a safe place.”

Lexington Homes, Inc. was founded in August 2004 in Lexington, MS. The company provides affordable housing to Mississippi residents, as well as those living in the surrounding states, through a network of independent retailers.  ##

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One Month Later… What’s Happening in Louisiana’s Post Flood Recovery?

September 19th, 2016 Comments off

Credits – CNN, KTBS, FEMA and MHProNews for text graphic and collage.

While millions watched the drama unfold on TV, residents throughout the state of Louisiana were dealing with historic rains and floods that would drastically impact their lives.

Steve Duke, Louisiana Manufactured Housing Association (LMHA) Executive Director described it as an event of biblical proportions – I was looking for the animals to start paring up. It just wouldn’t stop.”

As MHLivingNews reported here, Duke, and the industry, stood at the ready to assist.

John Bostick, president of Sunshine Homes was quoted as saying We have almost unlimited capacity” to up production from already busy levels, and meet the increased demands from Louisiana.

Shortly after the rains passed, the reality started to set in. While the manufactured home industry was ready to serve, FEMA was still working to figure out housing for those impacted by the historic floods.

As Matthew Silver reported on August 17th, some 40,000 people had applied for federal assistance and 8,000 had stayed in shelters that Monday. FEMA was planning to send teams into shelters and communities to assess needs.

An August 19th updated report by Silver revealed there were then 70,000 assistance requests, 12 lives lost and no definite plans on bringing in manufactured homes.

With the September 8th report, while homes were being placed, things had not progressed as rapidly as many had hoped.

More recently, according FEMA, more than 100 MHUs are still sitting empty.

A FEMA spokesperson, speaking at a town hall meeting in Watson, LA that evening said they were slowing transitioning to a recovery effort.

We’re slowly turning from response to recovery. This is going to be a long time effort,” a FEMA spokesman said. The thing with the manufactured house units, is that we have to work with the state and local officials that we put it in a safe place.

According to WBRZ, they were told about the same thing a month ago. FEMA employee Willie Nunn said back in August that they were looking to inspect sites for temporary homes then, but that they were ready to go.

 willienunnfema-postedmanufacturedhousingindustrydailybusinessnewsmhpronewsWe have them here, we have to folks here ready to take them out to the sites where we need to have them,” said FEMA’s Willie Nunn.

While all of this is alarming, the last part of this report is most telling:

FEMA has insisted that manufactured homes are a last resort for flood victims. They have instructed families to find hotels. But the local news station, after calling 10 hotels, found none with any rooms available. ##

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FEMA’s Manufactured Home Units Likely Heading to Louisiana

August 17th, 2016 Comments off

FEMA_temporary_housing_unit_txlihis_dot_files postedDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsThe Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will begin determining how it may address the thousands of people who have been flooded out of their homes, according to theadvocate. With 20 parishes having been included in the federal disaster declaration, 40,000 homes have been damaged in the rising tide of floodwaters that have overwhelmed Baton Rouge and parts of southern Louisiana.

Some will live with family or friends, some in rentals, and those with minor home damage will have their homes repaired and move back in.

The other option may be manufactured housing units (MHUs), much unlike the formaldehyde-laced trailers FEMA used so disastrously following Hurricane Katrina, as MHProNews knows.

This is not the FEMA travel trailers,” FEMA head Craig Fugate said on Tuesday. “If we need to bring in any kind of temporary housing units, they are better than they’ve ever been. These are HUD-approved, they all meet HUD standards and in many cases exceed them,” he said.

Some 8,000 people stayed in shelters Monday night, and 40,000 have applied for federal disaster assistance. Gov. John Bel Edwards said it’s too early to know exactly what temporary housing may look like as the flood waters continue to hamper relief efforts and make it difficult to determine the exact need for housing.

FEMA will be sending teams into shelters and communities to document the needs of the flood victims so that plans can be implemented. ##

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