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HUD Secretary Ben Carson Surprise Appearance at Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee, Exclusive Quotes – Addressing Manufactured Home Industry

May 2nd, 2019 Comments off

 

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HUD Secretary Ben Carson told the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC) yesterday that manufactured housing “is a product which clearly fills a need that would otherwise go unmet.”

 

Secretary Carson made a surprise appearance that the MHCC meeting in Washington, D.C. yesterday.
Per informed sources, HUD’s Office of Manufactured Housing Programs (OMHP) staff requested Carson come by and address the group, which occurred at about 2:30 PM ET on 5.1.2019. The MHCC is part of the regulatory reform mandated by the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000.

Secretary Carson said that “HUD is a strong proponent of manufactured housing.”

• “Manufactured housing is one of our real priorities.”

• “We want to reduce regulatory barriers while maintaining quality, durability and safety” of manufactured housing.

• “Home ownership is the principal mechanism for the development of wealth in this country.”

• HUD is committed to “protecting the quality, durability, safety and AFFORDABILITY of manufactured housing,” emphasis on the word affordability has been added by MHProNews to stress a point that Carson made.

Each of these points Dr. Carson respectfully shared with attendees are ones made on MHLivingNews and/or here on MHProNews over the years.

But it is refreshing to hear HUD’s Secretary to repeatedly be making such positive comments. See his comments to the industry last year, when he pledged a “new era of cooperation” with the industry. The comments below were provided by HUD to MHProNews – and can be accessed via the linked text-image box below.

 

“A New Era of Cooperation and Coordination,” is Promised by HUD Secretary Carson, Saying “I Hear You”

 

For those who won’t be attending the MHI meeting in New Orleans, HUD has assured MHProNews that the full text of Carson’s address will be provided. So you can save time, travel and hassles – and read it all, right here on the Daily Business News on MHProNews for free, next week.

The photo at the top is from a HUD’s ManuFACTured Housing Newsletter dated March 2017. That’s significant, because facts matter. An industry blogger, regrettably known for mistaken or misleading statements, said recently asked and answered (incorrectly) this question. ‘When was the last such newsletter published?’ Our records indicate December 2015…” Wrong. Will said blogger print a correction?

Time will tell.

 

MHProNews Correction

Speaking of correction, fair is fair. MHProNews needs to adjust a mis-read of our own. We’ve previously stated that Amazon’s Alexa Fund, which co-ventured with Obvious Ventures in Plant Prefab in getting into factory-home building, had cited the new housing market figure of $330 billion a year here in the U.S. That statement indeed came from the same press release, but it was Obvious Ventures – which is de facto partnering with Amazon’s Alexa Fund in Plant Prefabs that cited that figure. Our apologies for the misstatement, which is hereby amended.

 

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MHProNews correctly cited the quotes herein above, but later conflated Alexa and Obvious as to who said the $330 billion dollar comment. That said, both firms are involved in Plant Prefab. Rephrased, it was a nuanced point, that we are hereby correcting, per SPJ Code of Ethics standards.

While the point is nuanced, the essence of the facts we reported nevertheless remains the same and had the same source. Alexa Fund and Obvious Ventures see a $330 billion dollar new home market. HUD Secretary Carson sees manufactured housing in very positive terms.

There will be another upcoming report on Secretary Carson and manufactured housing. While there is work to do at HUD, it must be acknowledged that Carson is taking steps more routinely than his predecessors in raising the profile of the industry in a positive way.

 

Watch for another report about Carson and MHVille before this weekend, only here on the Daily Business News on MHProNews, where “We Provide, You Decide,” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

 

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HUD Action on Multiple Issues Rejected by Manufactured Home Industry Groups, Professionals

September 25th, 2018 Comments off

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  • MHCC DELIVERS STRONG REBUKE TO HUD
  • MHARR COMMENTS FURTHER OPPOSE DOE ENERGY RULE

 

The Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC) was the focus of reports by the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), and the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR).  A review with fact-check of one of those MHI reports, is linked below.

Report: Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Follows Prior MHProNews Lead

 

Meanwhile, MHARR issued the following statement to MHProNews, which can be read at the link below on the MHARR website, or further below on MHProNews. Following MHARR’s release to the Daily Business News, there is a link to related reports.

 

Washington Update – MHARR September 19, 2018 – an Exclusive Report and Analysis

 

EXCLUSIVE REPORT AND ANALYSIS

 

 

MHCC REJECTS HUD ACTION ON MULTIPLE ISSUES

 

The statutory Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC), meeting in Washington, D.C. from September 11-13, 2018, tackled a lengthy agenda of proposed items, including proposals derived from deregulatory comments filed by MHARR (and other stakeholders) pursuant to Trump Administration Executive Orders (EO) 13771 and 13777, concerning a wide range of matters, including the Subpart I regulatory process, multi-unit manufactured homes, so-called “add-ons,” on-site construction and HUD’s proposed “frost-free foundation” Interpretive Bulletin (IB) (all of which were raised and addressed in detail by MHARR in its February 20, 2018 manufactured housing program deregulation comments pursuant to EOs 13771 and 13777), as well as separate comments regarding the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Notice of Data Availability (NODA) on proposed manufactured housing energy standards (see also, article below). HUD’s ultimate disposition of these (and other anticipated) deregulatory recommendations by the MHCC (and other program stakeholders), will be a key test of the implementation of the Trump Administration’s deregulatory policies at HUD, including the strength and persistence of Trump Administration appointees at the agency, as contrasted with the entrenched regulatory bureaucracy at HUD and other federal agencies including, but not limited to, DOE.

 

  • Subpart I Procedures: The MHCC approved a motion to reduce the frequency of in-plant record reviews in 24 C.F.R. 416(a)(4) from “at least” once per month to once per quarter (MHCC Log Item 153).  Industry members will recall that when Subpart I was amended in 2013, as a consequence of a Petition for Rulemaking filed by MHARR seeking wide-ranging reforms to the overly and unnecessarily-costly Subpart I process, HUD – in the final rule (i.e., after the rulemaking comment period had expired) – surreptitiously inserted language in the rule requiring “at least” monthly IPIA record inspections. MHARR, at the time, and ever since, has strenuously objected to the needless and unduly burdensome “monthly” record inspection mandate — including calls to eliminate that baseless mandate in its June 7, 2017 EO 13771/13777 comments to HUD and its February 20, 2018 comments regarding the specific application of EO 13771/13777 to the HUD manufactured housing program. While mandatory quarterly inspections will still unnecessarily constrain IPIA discretion to conduct fewer inspections for manufacturers with proven compliance records, the change would nevertheless help to reduce regulatory compliance costs from current excessive levels and represents a step in the right direction.

 

  • Energy Regulation: The MHCC took several important steps on energy regulation.  First, by a vote of 17-1, following extensive comments by MHARR’s representative at the meeting, the Committee rejected a motion by a former MHCC member and energy special interest participant in the DOE Manufactured Housing Working Group (MHWG) that would have put the MHCC on a path to actively consider DOE’s high-cost June 2016 manufactured housing energy standards proposed rule, even though that proposal has effectively been superseded by the August 3, 2018 DOE NODA. Put differently, that proposal (MHCC Log Item 170), would have done an end-run around DOE’s retreat from the fundamentally tainted and arguably scandalous June 2016 DOE proposed rule, and would have retrenched that proposal, effectively, as a potential HUD standard. In addition, the MHCC (with significant input from MHARR’s representative at the meeting), only days before the September 17, 2018 DOE NODA comment deadline, adopted resolutions strongly expressing its continuing disapproval of DOE’s extremely costly and market-disruptive energy proposals for HUD Code manufactured housing (see, article below for the text of the MHCC’s resolution), and calling, as well: (1) for continuing HUD engagement with the MHCC on this matter; (2) for HUD’s Policy Development and Research (PD&R) office to develop information and data on potential energy regulation cost impacts on manufactured housing within sixty days; and  (3) for DOE (and, effectively, Congress) to re-delegate the entire matter of manufactured home energy performance back to HUD. MHARR, as the only national industry organization to continually oppose this rulemaking from its inception and at every stage, will continue to make this matter a top Association priority going forward.

 

  • Frost-Free” Interpretive Bulletin and “Field Guidance”: The MHCC also took action on MHARR’s call in its EO 13771 and 13777 deregulation comments (see, February 20, 2018 MHARR comments at pp. 28-30) for the withdrawal of HUD’s proposed “Frost-Free Foundation” Interpretative Bulletin, which would unilaterally and unlawfully change the existing federal manufactured housing installation standards be equating “acceptable engineering practice” — currently permitted by section 3285.312 of the standards — with the requirements of the American Society of Civil Engineers 32-01 reference standard in every instance.  By a unanimous vote, the MHCC recommended that HUD withdraw the existing proposed IB – the development and publication of which MHARR had strenuously opposed in written comments filed with HUD in 2017 and in direct meetings with HUD Secretary Ben Carson and senior-appointed HUD officials – and that further action on an amended, legitimate IB be referred to the MHCC’s Regulatory Subcommittee. Going forward, in addition to necessary changes to any IB, MHARR will also seek a parallel MHCC resolution for the withdrawal of HUD’s Frost-Free Foundation “Field Guidance” memorandum, which preceded the proposed IB and has not been rescinded.  This Frost-Free “Field Guidance” memorandum was addressed in MHARR’s February 20, 2018 EO 13771/13777 comments, which called for the withdrawal and/or invalidation of multiple “Field Guidance” edicts that were issued by HUD without MHCC review and recommendations as required by the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000.

 

  • Carports, Garages and “Add-Ons”: The MHCC, in addition, addressed multiple proposals dealing with standards changes and/or the withdrawal of HUD “Field Guidance” memoranda (which were never submitted to or addressed by the MHCC, in violation of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000) concerning carport-ready homes and attached garages. In part, the Committee voted to recommend the withdrawal of HUD Field Guidance memoranda requiring Alternate Construction (AC) approval for carports, by effectively classifying carport-ready designs as involving an “add-on.” The Committee also adopted a resolution supporting amendments to various sections of the Procedural and Enforcement Regulations to permit specific “add-on” structures, including garages. Again, each of these changes have been specifically addressed and advocated by MHARR in both written comments and direct interactions with HUD officials.

 

  • Multi-Family Manufactured Homes: Lastly, in response to a specific proposal (MHCC Log Item 160) addressing, among other things, the definition of the terms “dwelling” and “dwelling unit” within the Part 3280 Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards, HUD confirmed that a previous MHCC proposal to permit “multi-unit” manufactured homes – crafted and approved by the MHCC with the strong support and significant substantive input of MHARR – will be included in upcoming standards revisions currently being developed by HUD.

While, as is demonstrated above, the MHCC made important progress in a number of key areas, and particularly with respect to deregulatory proposals submitted in response to HUD’s manufactured housing program-specific EO 13771/13777 regulatory review, significant portions and aspects of the nearly 250-pages of proposals forwarded to the MHCC by HUD (essentially passing-through deregulatory comments submitted by 157 organizations and individuals) remain to be considered and addressed.  MHARR, therefore, will continue to aggressively seek proper HUD engagement with the MHCC, timely MHCC consideration of deregulatory proposals and participation in the program EO 13771/13777 process, and both timely and proper follow-up by HUD in accordance with both EO 13771/13777 and all applicable provisions of the 2000 reform law.   

 

MHARR STRONGLY OBJECTS TO NEW DOE ENERGY PROPOSALS

 

            MHARR has filed comments strongly opposing alternative new energy proposals put forward by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in its long-running and irretrievably-tainted manufactured housing energy standards rulemaking.

In written comments filed on September 17, 2018, MHARR, in response to an August 3, 2018 DOE Notice of Data Availability and Request for Information (NODA) regarding a series of “alternative” DOE proposals for manufactured housing energy criteria, objected to the adoption of any proposed manufactured housing energy standards based on – or derived from data developed during – the fundamentally tainted, illegitimate and fatally-flawed “negotiated rulemaking” process conducted by DOE in 2015 and 2016. That process, as demonstrated by documents obtained by MHARR pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), was structured by DOE and special interest allies as widow-dressing after DOE, by its own admission, “impermissibly” distributed copies of a draft energy rule to many of the same special interest groups.

Noting that manufactured homes, built in accordance with existing HUD standards, already achieve whole-house energy operating costs that are less than – or, in the case of electricity — only slightly higher than those for other types of homes, at a significantly lower purchase price that is inherently affordable without the need for costly government subsidies, MHARR stressed that the “alternate” DOE proposals (as well as the June 2016 DOE proposed standards) would either: (1) exclude hundreds-of-thousands (and potentially millions) of households from the manufactured housing market and homeownership altogether, with no possible offsetting benefits; or (2) offer minimal benefits to those not altogether excluded from the market at a significant additional initial cost of as much as $5,000.00 for a double-section home in Climate Zone 3 that would harm home purchasers and negatively impact competition within the manufactured housing market to the extreme detriment of smaller, independent manufactured housing producers.  

            As the only national industry association to continually and consistently oppose DOE energy standards for manufactured housing – during the “negotiated rulemaking” process (and even before), during the June 2016 DOE rulemaking process (including a direct meeting with the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), which ultimately rejected the DOE proposed rule), and now in response to the 2018 NODA – MHARR successfully pursued MHCC comments opposing both the June 2016 DOE proposed rule, and now the NODA “alternate proposals,” with the MHCC stating in a resolution:

“The MHCC objects to the timing and substance of DOE’s request for information and content of the Proposed Rule. [The] MHCC … sees a need for significant review of work done previously as well as further review of conclusions reached in this Notice of Data Availability. The time allotted for comment in this notice is insufficient for the committee to properly consider all of the questions posed by DOE.  We strongly urge the Secretary of HUD to exercise his option under 42 U.S.C. 17071(a)(2) to seek further and ongoing counsel from the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC) regarding proposed rules published by the Department of Energy (DOE) in the Federal Register Vol.83 No. 150.  In accordance with HUD’s preemptive authority under 42 U.S.C 5403 (g), it is the belief of this committee that the goals of affordable and safe energy efficient housing would be best served by re-delegating this regulatory authority to HUD/MHCC.”

MHARR believes, and has advised DOE, that it essentially has three possible courses in this matter, either – (1) abandon any manufactured housing energy rulemaking; (2) re-start its manufactured housing energy rulemaking process from the beginning, to eliminate any ongoing taint or prejudice from the improper and illegitimate “negotiated rulemaking” process; or (3) face potential litigation if it fails to act in accordance with either of the foregoing courses of action.

 

As it has been from the outset, possible DOE energy regulation, and aggressive, consistent opposition thereto, is – and will remain – a top regulatory priority for MHARR.

 

MHARR 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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HUD Updates: Safety Precautions or Regulatory Overreach?

September 9th, 2017 Comments off

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The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is preparing to publish a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking which would make updates to the Federal Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards, according to Occupational Health and Safety (OHS).

They state that the proposed rules have been adopted at the recommendation of the HUD Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC). This is in addition to another proposed rule that is currently under review, which will have a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking published sometime in September.

According to the reginfo.gov website, the proposed rule is based on the third set of MHCC recommendations to update and improve various aspects of the Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards,” according to OHS.

It would add new standards that would establish requirements for carbon monoxide detection, stairways, fire safety considerations for attached garages, and for draftstops when there is a usable space above and below the concealed space of a floor/ceiling assembly, and it also would establish requirements for venting systems to ensure that proper separation is maintained between the air intake and exhaust systems.”

MHARR responds

In a press release, linked here, the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) pointed out that even though these proposed rules may be “based on the third set of recommendations” by MHCC, those recommendations were subjected to editorial revisions” by HUD.

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MHARR also reminded industry members that in the past, those revisions have been used by HUD to significantly modify the MHCC recommendations.

MHARR has spoken out on more than one occasion about excessive regulations being created by HUD, including the recent issues regarding federal preemption on a number of issues including fire sprinklers, and a proposed Frost-Free Interpretive Bulletin.

MHARR will continue to carefully monitor the rulemaking process for this new round of manufactured housing standards to ensure that the program does not engage in its customary manipulations in violation of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000,” per MHARR. ## (News.)

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HUD’s Over Regulation of Manufactured Housing, Industry, Consumer Impact

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The Department for Housing and Urban Development (HUD), has churned out more proposed new regulations for the manufactured housing industry, per a release from the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR).

In just the last month the Daily Business News reported on proposed new regulations for installation standards, and a “frost free” Interpretive Bulletin.

Now in HUDs latest edition of their Semi-Annual Regulatory Agenda (SRA), MHARR tells MHProNews , “it will soon issue a proposed rule that – as described by HUD –would “add new standards that would establish requirements for carbon monoxide detection, stairways, fire safety considerations for attached garages, and draftstops when there is a usable space above and below the concealed space of a floor/ceiling assembly.” 

In addition,” says MHARR, “the impending proposed rule, according to HUD, “would establish requirements for venting systems to ensure that proper separation is maintained between the air intake and exhaust systems.”

In the SRA, HUD says that the proposed rule “is based on the third set of recommendations” which are developed by the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC). However, they also say that those recommendations were subjected to “editorial revisions” by HUD.

MHARR pointed out that in the past this has meant significant modifications from the original recommendations of the MHCC.

And as Daily Business News readers know, HUD has at times rejected MHCC recommendations, and advanced their own.

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The MHARR release also said that, “If there were need for a further illustration of the urgent need for new leadership at the HUD manufactured housing program – with the re-assignment and replacement of the current Obama Administration holdover director” – the fact that the new proposed rule for manufactured housing was the only proposed rule for HUD in the entire SRA, is exactly that.

The full MHARR release is available for download here. The SRA is available for download here. ## (News, analysis.)

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Retailers, Communities, Producers Warned – Another HUD Power Grab

June 27th, 2017 Comments off

In what the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) says is a violation of the Trump Administration’s Executive Orders issued January 20, 2017 to ease regulations, the HUD MH program published an interpretive bulletin (IB) in the Federal Register that will alter the standards for MH foundations in “freezing climates.”

Having first emerged in April, 2016, MHARR states this is another example of an “out of control… program Administrator who appears to be pursuing an individual agenda particularly targeting smaller industry businesses.” MHARR says not only does it fly in the face of recommendations of the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC), it will also unnecessarily increase the cost of manufactured homes to smaller producers as well as to lower income prospective consumers. MHARR adds it will continue to benefit revenue-driven HUD program contractors.

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Terming it another HUD power grab, MHARR says the IB violates the regulatory “freeze” order which directs all Federal regulatory heads to refrain from sending regulations to the Federal Register “until a department or agency head appointed or designated by the President after noon on January 20, 2017 reviews and approves the regulation.”

MHARR says the bulletin was issued under the name of General Deputy Assistant Secretary for Housing Genger Charles, an Obama holdover, and not an agency head. Additionally, the IB defies the Trump Administration Executive Order that requires a governmental agency to repeal two existing regulations for each new one it imposes, something HUD has clearly not done.

MHARR urges all program stakeholders to contact their congressional representatives and HUD officials to withdraw the IB. Comments on the proposal are due on or before August 21, 2017.

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MHCC Recommends Significant Changes to HUD Frost Free Foundation Bulletin

December 14th, 2016 Comments off

HUDManufacturedHousingConsensusCommitteeMHCC-postedDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsThe Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC) voted to recommend significant changes to a December 8, 2016 draft of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) “Interpretive Bulletin” (IB) on requirements for so-called “frost-free” and “frost-protected” foundations in areas with freezing climates.

The action, by the full MHCC follows a November 28, 2016 meeting of the MHCC Regulatory and Enforcement Subcommittee, the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) tells MHProNews.

The Subcommittee, at that meeting, overwhelmingly rejected a motion which would have recommended that HUD use a 51-page report prepared by its installation contractor – SEBA Professional Services L.L.C. (SEBA) and consultants to SEBA.

Instead, noting the absence of an actual proposed IB at that meeting for review and debate, the Subcommittee adopted a resolution calling on HUD to “draft an Interpretive Bulletin before the December 12 MHCC teleconference taking into consideration the comments from the November 28 MHCC Regulatory Subcommittee teleconference.

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Among the principal objections noted at the Subcommittee meeting – as previously highlighted by MHARR in an October 20, 2016 communication to HUD and verbally at the October 25-27, 2016 MHCC meeting in Washington, D.C. — was the SEBA report’s de facto substantive amendment to section 3285.312 (b)(2) and (3) of the federal installation standards to effectively equate “acceptable engineering practice” in the design of a frost-free/frost-protected foundation to the mandates and requirements of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) reference standard 32.

Based on these and numerous other objections to the proposed IB and SEBA report, MHARR, in its December 9, 2016 comments – and during the MHCC conference call — urged the MHCC to “reject” the proposed IB with “instructions to specifically address the major concerns that have been raised regarding the substance, legitimacy and extremely harmful expected impacts of the IB and the allegedly supporting SEBA report.

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MHARR states that with only four weeks remaining before the inauguration of a new president and a new administration, and with both Congress and the incoming president calling for a moratorium on all pending regulatory activity, there is no basis and no justification for a rush to judgment on new de facto regulations that would needlessly increase costs for consumers and effectively overturn the federal-state partnership envisioned by Congress for installation regulation, with the states having primary authority to regulate if they so choose.

Daily Business News coverage of MHARR’s call for a federal moratorium on critical regulations in the final days of the Obama Administration is linked here.

The full memo from MHARR regarding the MHCC is linked here. ##

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Sunday Morning Recap-Manufactured Housing Industry News April 17-April 24, 2016

April 24th, 2016 Comments off

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MHARR Slams Danner, HUD. Clayton in line for air base homes contract. Sears Homes paved the way for prefab. Canada’s ATCO marching far South. Modulars for female vets. MHCC set to meet. Site built homes drop. Private, non-profits collaborate on affordable housing. Deer Valley, Skyline active stocks. Town wants to restrict MH to under 20 years. News and views to keep you factory-built informed.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Inventory of Entry-value Homes Slipping, Raising Prices

Friday, April 22

Clayton may get Nod to Add Housing at Growing Air Base

Modular Home Houses Homeless Female Vets

Skyline Corp. Advances Strongly for Second Consecutive Day

Sun Communities To Announce Quarterly Results

Sears & Roebuck Homes Presaged HUD Code and Modular Homes

Universal Forest Products Posts Record Revenue

Thursday, April 21

Sales of Previously-owned Homes Rises in March

Skyline Corp. Spikes 17.26%; UFPI falls -5.21%

MHARR Criticizes Danner, HUD for Violating the MH Improvement Act of 2000

Puyallup RV Show will Include several Manufactured Homes

Dodd-Frank: Sticking it to Habitat for Humanity?

Wednesday, April 20

MHCV Advances +1.14 percent; Northstar gains most of MH-related Stocks

Canada’s ATCO Acquires Stake in Chilean Modular Housing Company

Lakeside Manufactured Home Community Receives $6M Fannie Mae Refi

Trump Towers, Clinton Cruises to NY Win

Tuesday, April 19

IA Manufactured Housing Association Meeting around the State

MHCC set to Meet May 25, 2016 via Teleconference

In Insider Trading…..Cavco, Drew and UMH Properties

MHCV Advances +4.56 percent; Nobility Homes Gains +11.11 percent

New Home Construction Falls to Six Month Low

Housing Complex Designed by Social Action Architects

Monday, April 18

Clayton, Next Step, NeighborWorks Collaborate on Low-income Housing

Home Builders Sentiment Remains Static; Attracting Workers Remains Problematic

After Leading Gains for Two Days, Deer Valley Plunges

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Sunday Morning Recap-Manufactured Housing Industry News April 10–April 17, 2016 ##

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MHARR Criticizes Danner, HUD for Violating the MH Improvement Act of 2000

April 21st, 2016 Comments off

mharr logoThe Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) tells MHProNews a letter from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to David A. Tompos, president of NTA in Nappanee, IN indicates HUD has hired SEBA Professional Services, LLC to review installation manuals for manufactured homes (MH). The review will be based on the design review process used by the Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS). After review the report will be distributed to the appropriate DAPIA.

A second letter, to manufactured housing stakeholders, from Pamela Beck Danner, Administrator of the Manufactured Housing Programs at HUD, addresses complying with Installation Standards when installing foundation systems in freezing climates. She writes there have been issues with current instructions, and until HUD can complete an assessment of the manuals, and issue definite guidelines, she offers three different options as “interim guidance” to maintain long-lasting stability: conventional footings below the frost line depth; Frost Free Foundations; and Frost Protected Shallow Foundations.

 MHARR responded with a letter to Ms. Danner accusing her of needlessly increasing regulatory compliance costs for MH businesses and consumers while lining the pockets of program contractors. MHARR says her actions also violate the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 which requires review by the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC).

MHARR states for Frost Free Foundations Ms. Danner says to hire a soils engineer or geotechnical engineer to determine if the soil can be made non-frost susceptible, which would add to the expense of the home, about which HUD has said nothing.

Noting that “guidance” directives from HUD often evolve into mandates, circumventing procedural protections, again without the required input of the MHCC, MHARR says the memorandum also violates the primacy of state authority in the interpretation and construction of installation standards adopted pursuant to state law. Increasing the cost of MH makes it less competitive with other types of housing.

In regard to HUD’s unilateral hiring of SEBA to conduct reviews of installation manuals, MHARR asks what are the manuals being reviewed for, what are the qualifications of SEBA to conduct such a review, under what authority is that review being conducted, and what are the justifications for the review?.

MHARR’s insists that these actions run contrary to the 2000 Act and need to be considered by the MHCC as required by law. ##

MHCC set to Meet May 25, 2016 via Teleconference

April 19th, 2016 Comments off

HUD logoMHProNews has learned from amazonaws the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC) will sponsor a teleconference meeting on Wed., May 25, 2016 from 1 PM to 4 PM Eastern Daylight Time.

A public meeting, citizens wanting to comment are encouraged to register in advance, and the MHCC will strive to include citizen comments within the time constraints of the meeting agenda.

In addition to approving the minutes from the Jan. 19, 2016 meeting, Technical Systems Subcommittee, NFPA 70-2014, the agenda will focus on consideration of replacing Subpart I

of 24 CFR 3280 with incorporation by reference of applicable provisions of NFPA 70,

National Electrical Code-2014. MHCC will also review submitted proposed amendments to NFPA 70, National Electrical Code.

The MHCC is an advisory committee, and can only make recommendations to HUD. ##

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MHARR Presses MH Administrator to Retract New On-site Rule

February 4th, 2016 Comments off

mharr logoFollowing MHProNews‘ post Jan. 28, 2016 regarding the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform’s criticism of HUD for increasing the inspection of on-site manufactured homes, which also increases the cost to the consumer, the Sept. 8, 2015 rule is set to take effect March 7, 2016.

Presented during the Louisville Manufactured Housing Show at a Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC) meeting in Jan., not one member of the MHCC voted in favor of it.

MHARR says combined with the current AC regulations, the new on-site measures would add “unnecessary on-site procedures and mandates so extensive and costly that they would destroy the ability of manufacturers and retailers to affordably provide consumers with features and amenities they clearly want.”

To this end, MHARR has written a letter to the manufactured housing program Administrator Pamela Danner. The letter is downloaded here.

DANNER ON-SITE LETTER

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