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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Huge Opportunities for Manufactured Housing

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

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Senator Dean Heller. Official photo.

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

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

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

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L A ‘Tony’ Kovach, credit, MHVillage.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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Mark Weiss. Credit: MHProNews.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Former HUD Secretaries Endorse Ben Carson for Post

January 16th, 2017 Comments off
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Dr. Ben Carson at his confirmation hearing. Credit: Fox News.

With confirmation hearings underway for Dr. Ben Carson as Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary, the voice of opposition is speaking loud and clear.

Although you have many accomplishments in the medical field, there is relatively little in the public record that reveals how you would further HUD’s mission to ‘create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all,” said Senator Elizabeth Warren in an open letter to Carson on January 10th.

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Elizabeth Warren. Credit: Orlando Sentinel.

But some of those who have held the post in the past disagree.

Per Newsmax, a bipartisan endorsement came in a letter to Sen. Mike Crapo, (R-Idaho,) chairman of the Committee on Banking, House and Urban affairs, signed by former HUD secretaries Henry Cisneros, Mel Martinez, Alphonso Jackson and Steven Preston.

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

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

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

In response to the endorsement, Carson released a statement.

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Dr. Ben Carson. Credit: UPI.

I am immensely grateful for the support of Secretaries Cisneros, Martinez, Jackson and Preston, and it is a great honor to be mentioned with such accomplished public servants,” said Carson.

If confirmed, I look forward to listening to the concerns of the American people in order to develop new solutions to age-old problems, especially increasing opportunity, and making America’s neighborhoods stronger.

A View From MHARR

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The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) was in attendance at Carson’s confirmation hearing on January 12th.

While manufactured housing was not specifically addressed during the hearing, which tended to focus more on philosophy and approach, rather than specific programs, Dr. Carson did acknowledge the burgeoning need for affordable housing, stressing his interest in ‘public-private partnerships’ and greater private-sector involvement and participation in HUD programs and activities, to more effectively address those needs, as well as a results-oriented approach to HUD’s mission,” MHARR said in a statement.

Perhaps most importantly, from the overall tenor of Dr. Carson’s testimony, it is evident that he plans to undertake a ‘fresh start’ at HUD, with a new perspective and leadership style that is likely to be a significant departure from recent senior-level management at the Department.   

MHARR will continue to closely monitor the Senate confirmation process for Dr. Carson and will follow-up in accordance with the discussion and decisions of the Board.

The Daily Business News will continue to follow the confirmation hearings and provide relevant updates. For additional coverage of the nomination of Dr. Ben Carson, click here.

The full endorsement letter is linked here. ##

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Shortage of Affordable Housing Could Severely Impact 40% of Boomers

May 25th, 2016 Comments off

baby_boomers____howstuffworksWith 8,000 to 10,000 Baby Boomers hitting the 65 mark daily, a task force from the Bipartisan Policy Center, arguing that there is a link between housing and health that will impact the well-being of the country’s senior population, is urging the federal government to spur investment in affordable housing for seniors.

Comprised of former Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros, former HUD Secretary and U.S. Senator Mel Martinez and former U.S. Representatives Allyson Schwartz and Vin Weber, the task force is recommending expansion of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program to finance the production and preservation of affordable rental units.

As nationalmortgagenews tells MHProNews, the group recommended funding for Section 202, which provides rental assistance for seniors, and that LICHTs be used to attract funding from health care programs for services that will be needed by an older population.

The center reports in 2013 there were only 4.3 million rental homes available to extremely low-income households, but a need for housing for 11.2 million households, leaving a shortage of 6.9 million homes. With approximately 40 percent of seniors over 62 estimated to have assets of under $25,000 to sustain them over the next 20 years, the lack of affordable housing threatens to leave many possibly homeless.

Affordable housing is the glue that holds everything together,” Martinez, who co-chaired the task force, said in a news release. “Without access to affordable housing and the stability it provides, it becomes increasingly difficult to provide home and community-based supportive services that can enable successful aging.”

In order to make the necessary changes to accommodate health and accessibility needs, the task force suggests a new Modification Assistance initiative be implemented by the federal government, in conjunction with local and state governments, to utilize tax credits, grants and forgivable loans to assist the aging population.

Additionally, the group stated that HUD should create lending products that allow elderly borrowers access to home equity.

As MHProNews understands, this scenario could be an ideal situation for HUD to promote the affordable, quality manufactured housing it so vigorously regulates. ##

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