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New Era in National U.S. Manufactured Home Community Representation Underway?

January 7th, 2019 Comments off

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Despite what some might have (mis)understood about what our publisher wrote recently that included a mention or two of George F. (F?) Allen, the Daily Business News on MHProNews will continue to take a wheat and chaff approach with everyone in our industry, and those outside of MHVille as well.

 

That said, just because George F. (F?) Allen says something is so, let’s not presume it to be exactly as he describes it. Evidence is warranted, not merely Allen’s word.

After all, it was Allen, Roane, and Tom Lackey that made the mainstream news in 2018, in a rather scandalous way. Click the link on Allen’s name above to learn more. So consider the source, as you read these comments from Allen, about the new national land lease community operation.

 

The Topic?  New National Land Lease Community Association

The first order of business, from my perspective, was for NAMHCO to get organized and going. Done!” said George F. (F?) Allen in an email to his reportedly dwindling list of dedicated followers.  That part is reasonably accurate. But what about this next comment from Allen?

Second task? ID & get their lobbyist on board. Done! I know Tom Heinemann and think NAMHCO has made a good decision retaining his services in Washington, DC…”

Our publisher knows Tom Heinemann too, as do others. Will he be loyal to MHI, or NAMHCO?  Will he be loyal to the GSE he worked for, of NAMHCO?  These are among the reasonable questions that must be asked.

 

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Given human nature, odds are that accountability and scrutiny by MHProNews – this pro-industry, pro-consumer independent trade media – will make Tom Heinemann perform better than in the absence of that scrutiny.

NAMHCO deserves a good chance. It is hard to imagine that they would be anything but an improvement over the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI).  But the jury is out if this was a good, bad, or meh choice by NAMHCO for their lobbyist.  Time will tell.  More on NAMHCO, after their news release, below.

 

National Association of Manufactured Housing Community Owners
NEWS RELEASE
Mesa, AZ (December 18, 2018) – The National Association of Manufactured Housing Community Owners (NAMHCO) is proud to announce it has contracted with Tom Heinemann, of Heinemann Consulting to lobby on our behalf at the national level. In this role, Tom will be responsible for representing NAMHCO’s legislative and policy issues on Capitol Hill, before Federal Agencies, and among the trade and advocacy groups in Washington, D.C.
“Tom brings an impressive policy and advocacy experience from his work for the previous Administration and is well respected on the Hill and within the Housing policy community for his deep knowledge of housing affordability issues.” Said Neal Haney, President of NAMHCO.
“With his deep knowledge of manufactured housing issues, from building regulations to finance, I look forward to working with Tom in shaping the housing affordability debate.  By highlighting the important role that manufactured home community owners play in providing sustainable and affordable housing for working families and retirees.” Said Susan Brenton, Secretary of NAMHCO.
Among his various roles, Tom had provided advisory services to Fannie Mae on manufactured housing, served as a legislative advisor for housing finance to the Secretary of HUD, and helped shape the Making Home Affordable programs which helped millions of families avoid foreclosure during the housing crisis.
NAMHCO, established this year, is the first national trade association focused solely on the challenges facing manufactured home communities.  NAMHCO’s members include state manufactured home associations, individual community owners and related industries. NAMHCO works to inform policy makers at the federal level on issues pertaining to land use, community finance, small balance lending, HUD building regulations and installation standards, and chattel finance.
For more information, contact:
 Susan Brenton: suebrenton@me.com or 480-966-2446
Tom Heinemann: Tom@HeinemannConsulting.com or 202-276-0455
For NAMHCO Newsletter Volume 1 Click Here
2158 N Gilbert Rd, #116
Mesa, AZ 85203

 

A very fine letter by Neal T. Haney is found at the link below the byline and disclosures.  There is also an interesting one from Susan Brenton.

Get to learn more about NAMHCO’s president, Neal Haney, Susan Bretton, and their new lobbyist, Tom Heinemann. When will retailers, financial service providers, and others in MHVille make a similar move, to escape the clutches of Berkshire Hathaway dominated MHI?

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