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HUD Office of Inspector General Breaks Up Section 8 Scam

April 8th, 2019 Comments off



The media release from HUD reported below is one of dozens of such incidents that are discovered every year, year after year.




Manufactured home community owner Marge Clark recently told MHProNews that in her view, perhaps the largest competitor to affordable manufactured homes is arguably subsidized housing.


Subsidized Housing vs Manufactured Homes, Community Owner Marge Clark Sounds Off


Actively retired Rev. Donald Tye, Jr. told MHProNews that he believes that however well intentioned it may be, numerous social ills result from “warehousing people like cattle.”



Tye explained that public housing – an entitlement – often yields addiction. Ownership vs. renting or living in “projects” leads to integrity, a view he likens to those of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


So while HUD has their reason for reporting this incident, manufactured home professionals could look at this same story through a different lens.  After years of abuse under administrations that are both Democratic or Republican, is there any reason yet to believe that such abuses won’t continue?

Has federal involvement in housing helped or harmed the communities and individuals they are supposed to represent?  That’s not to say that they can’t be better run, and of course the effort can and should be made.  But with decades of track record, a fresh look at this pattern is long overdue.  More on that point after HUD’s release, which follows.






            WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced that a Cook County, Illinois couple committed fraud by accepting housing assistance they were not qualified to receive in order to rent a property they jointly owned.


According to HUD’s complaint, Korey Sloan and Christie Caldwell are married and own a single-family property in Matteson, Illinois.  In 2006, Caldwell and the couple’s four children sought rental assistance from the Housing Authority of Cook County (HACC) to lease the home from Sloan, who posed as an unrelated landlord.


In her initial application for rental assistance, and in subsequent tenant recertifications, Caldwell denied any relationship with Sloan and any ownership interest in the property while the family continued to reside in the home.  As a result, Sloan and Caldwell fraudulently obtained rent subsidies they were not qualified to receive for more than seven years.


Following its investigation, HUD’s Office of Inspector General referred the matter to the Illinois Attorney General’s Office for criminal prosecution and to HUD for an action under the Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act (PFCRA).  An Administrative Law Judge for the Department ruled that, by failing to respond to the complaint, the couple admitted to defrauding the Housing Choice Voucher Program and is therefore liable for penalties totaling $25,830.

HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.


During the Obama Administration, our sister site made the following policy proposal.  ICYMI, see that still relevant report, linked via the text-image box below.


Reinventing HUD’s role in Quality Affordable Housing, Reducing Poverty and Dependency


HUD is not alone for waste, fraud, and abuse.  It happens locally, at the state and more broadly at the federal level.  Recall this factoid.



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Rise in Lumber Prices will Reflect in New Homes

December 17th, 2012 Comments off

Bloomberg tells MHProNews of all the 24 commodities tracked by Standard & Poor’s GSCI Spot Index, lumber features rose to a six-year high, having surged 37 percent this year. Following the collapse of the housing market in the U.S., a glut of wood drove prices down, but they have more than doubled since 2009. On the Chicago Mercantile Exchange today lumber futures for Jan. delivery hit $360.80 per 1,000 board feet, the highest point since April 2006, before settling at $358.20. Hakan Ekstrom, of Wood Resource International LLC in Seattle says as the U.S. economy improves, the price of homes will rise, which will offset the increased price of lumber. Noting if people believe prices will be higher next year, they should consider buying sooner rather than later. “Interest rates might not go much lower than where we are, so the earlier they can buy a house the better, because it’s not going to get much better from a buyer’s perspective,” says Ekstrom.

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Dodd-Frank not Likely to Vanish

September 11th, 2012 Comments off

BloombergBusinessWeek says while Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has vowed to repeal Dodd-Frank, it’s more likely he would water down some of the restrictions on the most lucrative and profitable investments while providing sufficient oversight to protect the banks. Specifically, banks would toss restrictions on investments in private equity and hedge funds, reduce the reach of the Consumer Federal Protection Bureau (CFPB), and block the Volcker Rule. MHProNews has learned Matthew Albrecht, an analyst with Standard & Poor’s, says the eight biggest U.S. banks could lose between $22 billion and $34 billion due to Dodd-Frank. Mark Calabria, a former Republican Senate aide, says, “From a bank’s perspective, you’d rather have piecemeal reform of Dodd-Frank, not only because there are things in the law you want to keep, but also because you’re going to have more control over the process.” Bank executives are aware of the public’s anger in its role in causing the recession and publicly may favor Dodd-Frank while their lawyers fight behind the front line to weaken the rules.

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RV/MH Hall of Fame gets $$ Boost

February 3rd, 2012 Comments off

Frontier Communications Corp. of Stamford, Conn. donated $10,000 to the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind. according to RVBusiness. A major provider of communications products to northern Indiana consumers, according to Tom McNulty, executive director and president of the museum, the funds will help maintain the financially struggling facility. Presenting the check on Tue., Jan. 31, Frontier chairwoman and CEO Maggie Wilderotter said, “We are very excited to make a contribution to the museum so we can keep the heritage of the RV industry alive and well. When we think about supporting our communities from a Frontier Communications perspective, we think broadly across what’s important in the communities that we serve. Providing them with funding to keep the museum going, we thought, was very important to the community.” has learned McNulty said the HOF cash position is better than it has been in two years, and bookings for the conference center have increased.

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