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MHCC to Meet in October

September 21st, 2012 Comments off

The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) informs MHProNews the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC) will hold an in-person meeting Oct. 23-25 in Arlington, VA. MHARR notes this will be the first MHCC meeting in over a year, and the first since the payment dispute between HUD and the Administering Organization (AO), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), ended July 24, 2012.

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First MHCC Meeting in a Year Set

August 8th, 2012 Comments off

The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) reports the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC) Administering Organization (AO), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), has asked MHCC members to state their preference for a meeting date between Oct. 23 and 25, 2012, the first full meeting since Oct. 2011. MHCC’s activities had been suspended due to HUD’s non payment to the AO, going into the third month of inactivity, but since payments have been restored, MHARR notes a majority of members have indicated they will be able to attend within that time frame. As MHProNews has learned, MHARR will provide updates on preparations as they unfold.

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HUD Pays, MHCC Back in Business

July 24th, 2012 Comments off

An informed source tell MHProNews that HUD has paid Administering Organization (AO) services provided by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The source indicates that HUD plans to have phone and face to face meetings with MHCC (Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee) members before the end of the year.

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MHARR to HUD: You’re Not Hitting the Nail on the Head

July 13th, 2012 Comments off

In its Washington Update, the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) is seeking federal support for public and private chattel lending to expand capital, liquidity, and number of lenders for the low to moderate income manufactured home buying market. Noting it is not likely for any major policy change to happen before the November elections, MHARR paints several scenarios of post election power with Dodd-Frank on the cutting board, ranging from a Republican president and Congress, repeal of the law may be possible, to a Democratic White House and Congress wherein no major reforms would happen, perhaps just a few tweaks to the law. The report also states Congress has voted to cut the HUD program funding from $6.5 million authorized in the 2012 FY to $4 million for 2013. MHARR has long advocated for MH program funding to correspond to industry production, and has called on Congress to closely examine HUD’s MH budget. The association says for the third straight month the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC) has been rendered inactive by HUD’s alleged “glitch” in not paying the administering organization, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), for invoices dating back to 2009. MHARR suspects the “glitch,” which they were told was remedied several weeks ago, “could be yet another intentional effort to undermine a key element of the 2000 law.” For the full report, please click here.

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HUD Suspends MHCC Activities

May 17th, 2012 Comments off

Following HUD’s suspension of the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC) Administering Organization (AO) services by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) because of HUD’s failure to pay the NFPA, the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) sent a letter to Carol Galante, HUD Assistant Secretary-Federal Housing Commissioner. In reminding Ms. Galante of their meeting last fall in which the importance of the MHCC as part of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 was stressed for proper operation of the MH program, MHARR President Danny Ghorbani reiterates HUD’s disregarding the role of the MHCC as intended by Congress. He says, “…the indefinite suspension of all MHCC activities threatens to return the program to the type of closed door, unaccountable and non-transparent regulatory practices that Congress sought to end through the reforms of the 2000 law.”

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