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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.

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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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Mississippi Summit Focus is on Affordable Housing

September 18th, 2015 Comments off

mississippi_manufactured_housing_associationThe Mississippi Regional Housing Summit will be held in Vicksburg beginning Sunday, Sept. 20 through Tue., Sept. 22 to focus on providing affordable housing in the 2nd Congressional District. With 400 people registered to attend, and the first of its kind in the state, it is drawing public officials, vendors, developers and other people involved in the housing industry or public housing.

I think this is needed, and I believe that we will be able to show people how to find ideas and avenues to meet housing issues,” Mayor George Flaggs Jr. said. “This idea was suggested by Congressman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss).

The Mississippi Manufactured Housing Association (MMHA) is one of the sponsors, and will have three manufactured homes on display for participants to view, as MHProNews has learned from vicksburgpost.

In addition to Thompson, speakers will include Edward Jennings, Region IV director of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Prairieview A&M University Architecture Department will give a presentation on green home construction and discuss funding programs available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Program.

What we’re doing is offering information and ideas to people and officials to help them find innovative ways to provide affordable housing in their areas,” said Vicksburg Housing Director Gertrude Young. “Affordable housing is a major need, especially in areas in the Delta where a lot of the housing is substandard. We want to show people what’s available in affordable housing and funding sources they can use.

She added that 32,000 veterans from Mississippi will be released from military service and will need affordable housing. ##

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Manufactured Home Community has Right to Re-rent Homesites

May 16th, 2015 Comments off

mfg home  credit mhpronewsThe Mississippi Supreme Court upheld an appeal’s court ruling which gives the Cleveland Mobile Home Park in Richland, MS the right to re-rent vacated homesites in the manufactured home community (MHC). The city of Richland wanted to reduce density in the MHC, arguing homesite re-use was non-conforming and therefore in violation of the city’s ordinance.

The Court ruled Richland’s zoning law was “arbitrary and capricious” and violated Cleveland’s “constitutional right to enjoy its property.” The Madison-Rankin Circuit Court had ruled in Richland’s favor, as msbusiness informs MHProNews.

The owners of Cleveland appealed that ruling, saying that re-filling a vacancy was continuation of an established use, not expansion of a non-conforming use. The Mississippi Manufactured Housing Association (MMHA) said upholding Richland’s zoning law interpretation would have “devastating effects on manufactured-housing parks across Mississippi.

Noting the government cannot manufacture a zoning violation by changing the rules, Attorney Ben Williams, who was involved in challenging Richland’s ordinance, said, “Citing both the Mississippi Constitution and the U.S. Constitution, the Mississippi Supreme Court reiterated its 1923 opinion that a citizen’s ‘lawful use of his property is one of the most sacred rights reserved to him under our Constitution.”’ ##

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Mississippi Manufactured Home Community Receives Statewide Award

February 19th, 2015 Comments off

stoney-creek-mfg-home-community-ms-2The Mississippi Manufactured Housing Association (MMHA) recently awarded Stoney Creek Mobile Home Community of Richland, Mississippi, the 2014 Community Development Award.  This honor is awarded to the best in manufactured home communities in the State of Mississippi as determined by the MMHA Board.

After receiving and reviewing numerous nominations from across the state, the board made their selection. Management at the State Street Group, LLC,  the company that owns and manages Stoney Creek, said they were honored to receive the award.  In addition to Stoney Creek, this company owns and manages seven additional manufactured home communities in the Jackson, Mississippi, area. ##

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MSMHA Director Jennifer Hall Hails Senator Thad Cochran’s Election Win

June 26th, 2014 Comments off

Facing an energetic and aggressive challenger who took advantage of the anti-Washington, DC mood, Mississippi Republican Senator Thad Cochran, stunned by the June 3 primary that denied him an electoral majority, beat back TEA Party challenger Chris McDaniel by less than two percentage points, 6,400 votes in the Republican primary, virtually assuring him of another term in the U. S. Senate.

Jennifer Hall, Executive Director of the Mississippi Manufactured Housing Association (MSMHA), is wearing red as she stands near Sen. Cochran as he thanks his supporters for the win.  Hall’s husband is by her in the photo.

MHProNews understands that Mrs. Hall was active in the Senator’s campaign, and is pleased by the Cochran victory. ##

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Passages: Jeffrey Duane Bell

February 28th, 2014 Comments off

A member of the Mississippi Manufactured Housing Association’s (MSMMHA) Hall of Fame , Jeffrey Duane “Doc” Bell, 53, passed away Feb. 21, 2014 in Little Rock, Arkansas. His nickname came from his stint as an athletic trainer at the University of Mississippi. A district manager for American Modern Insurance Group, he also served on the executive board of the MSMMHA. MHProNews.com sends its most sincere condolences to his family. ##

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Mississippi Association Goes to Bat Over Zoning Changes

November 16th, 2010 Comments off

From Mississippi, the Rankin Ledger reports that the Rankin County Board of Supervisors has delayed action on the county’s revised zoning ordinance and map. The move came after residents and the Mississippi Manufactured Housing Association expressed concern several changes are too restrictive for manufactured homes. Association director Jennifer Hall told MHMSM.com that there hasn’t been enough of a use change in the area to warrant the rezoning from agricultural to Residential 1A. Hall points out that under the proposed zoning, cows, horses, goats and other farm animals would be allowed in the new zoning without a permit, but manufactured housing would require review. Moreover, Hall says that a review process has not been defined and will most likely be determined by whether neighbors are likely to complain or not. Hall says a defined process would need to be followed, and as it stands, determining whether a home is allowed or not is left to the subjectivity of Supervisors who have appointed themselves to the Planning Commission. Look for an upcoming full report on MHMSM.com.