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“Economic Racism.” Angry Residents, Students, Civic Leaders Fight Plan to Ban Affordable Manufactured Homes, Industry Professionals Sound Off

April 9th, 2019 Comments off

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The proposed action by the City of Bryan is an unvarnished and discriminatory attack against lower and moderate-income citizens who rely on manufactured homes as affordable, non-subsidized housing.  The proposal is seriously misguided at best, as noted by Tony Kovach and Lance Inderman, and stands in direct conflict with the legitimate goals and objectives of federal law, which supports the unfettered availability of manufactured housing for ALL Americans.  The City would be well-advised to be extremely cautious about taking any such ill-advised step.”

 

Mark Weiss, JD,

President & CEO

Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR)

 

 

The local NBC affiliate, KAGS news video, posted below, tee’s up for newcomers to this topic the painful and politically charged controversy.

 

 

Attorney and MHARR leader Mark Weiss’ words about the importance of not overstepping the federal government’s authority under the provision of “enhanced preemptiontakes on a new meaning and urgency when read in the light of the written statements of the residents of Bryan, TX.

 

 

KBTX 3 from Bryan provided the video above which likewise helps frame the events unfolding there.  One civic leader who called the Daily Business News on MHProNews yesterday said that the city’s planning and zoning (P&Z) and some municipal officials were “lying to the people” of Bryan about the proposed plan to ban inherently affordable manufactured homes.  While he didn’t elaborate, long-time MHProNews readers are aware of cases in various parts of the country where special interests encouraged local leaders to help them profit from thinly-veiled or hidden agendas.

 

Frustrated, Angry, Pleading Residents of Bryan Sound-Off to Protect Their Right to Affordable Manufactured Homes

What follows are a series of quotes from letters and messages by residents to city officials in Bryan.  They were provided by a civic leader to the Daily Business News on MHProNews, and each comment is in response to their municipality’s planned ban on manufactured housing in areas of the city that are currently allowed.

Among those residents of Bryan, Texas protesting a planned ban on manufactured homes is a former American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) member. The AICP is a designation from the American Planning Association’s professional institute.

Robin Rabinowitz wrote to the City of Bryan to say the following.

 

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Dimple Susebery wrote to say she is “…totally against…” the proposed ban.  Another frustrated resident and local businessman made his case as follows.

 

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Ms. G. Wade wrote the city, with a gut-wrenching plea that finished with, “...please take the time to think of the people who will end up with nothing.”

 

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I’m a black male,” said Jonathan Jackson in his typed message to municipal officials. Jackson said, “…we pay taxes, what’s up with our rights…” Jackson said he doesn’t earn a lot of money, who are you [i.e.: city officials] to tell us we can’t buy a mobile home?

 

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Charles Nelson and Hendrix Nelson said it was a right and a need for some to choose the affordable manufactured housing option.

 

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Missy King, President of the Bryan-College Station Regional Association of Realtors, said that the city would be diminishing the supply of affordable housing if this plan is passed. King said that there were numerous unintended consequences such a move could yield.

 

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A self-described investor in manufactured homes – who’s letter had the typed name “Mark Smith” – was essentially alone in arguing for the ban among the messages provided to MHProNews.  Smith’s comments are apparently self-serving ones, as he says he is only for manufactured homes being placed in manufactured home communities – which a local source said he owns at least one. Smith’s letter says not even new manufactured homes should be allowed on the hundreds of sites in the city presently vacant, lots where federally preemptive HUD Code manufactured homes would be welcomed under current law if this city ordinance is defeated.  His message can be read along with all others provided to MHProNews, at this link here.

Robert Patten in an apparent email to city officials said, “We pay for it [our property, our manufactured home], we should always own it. I’m for the American way. God bless the USA.”

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In another message, Patten wrote city officials to say he felt that their constitutionally protected rights were being violated by the city’s planned policy.  That raises a point that too few ponder, because public officials must take an oath of office, that routinely includes the pledge to uphold the U.S. Constitution.

 

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Elaine Washington blasted the city fathers for not building very good conventional housing, while defending her family’s right to own a manufactured home on their own land.

 

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Economic Racism?

A local source that looked at records of those who owned a HUD Code manufactured home or pre-HUD Code mobile home in Bryan said that well over half appeared to be a minority, based upon their surnames.

Several members of the Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA) sounded off to MHProNews off the record. Lance Inderman, as Mark Weiss’ quote above indicated, sounded off on-the-record to the City of Bryan, as well as to the various nonprofits, media, and other public officials to whom Kovach’s letter was emailed.

 

Inderman wrote, “To Bryan City Officials and All Others in this thread.

I’m a former long time serving board member and chairman of the Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA) and a partner in Jessup Manufactured Housing and Platinum Cottages who both build manufactured homes here in Texas. We have a retailer who sells our homes in Bryan, so we are definitely an interested party.

That disclaimer noted, as a lover of free enterprise and limited government, I would largely concur with what Tony has written. 

Thank you, 

Lance Inderman.”

 

Inderman is part of the self-proclaimed “MH Militia.”  A photo of the “militia” below was taken in Tunica, MS recently at the industry trade show there.

 

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Letter Cited MHARR, Federal, NAR, Other Sources

As Weiss’ comments indicated, MHProNews publisher L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach sent a detailed letter to Bryan’s mayor, city attorney, and city council members. The 10-page document addressed to Bryan was sent via email, and included CCs and BCCs to several:

 

  • nonprofits,
  • manufactured home industry members from firms of all sizes,
  • industry associations that ought to be involved,
  • federal and state officials,
  • along with mainstream media,
  • attorneys, and others.

 

The letters, messages and pull-quotes from Bryan residents shown above were sent to MHProNews by a Bryan civic leader who heard about Kovach’s letter.

Apparent Hispanic, African American, and Anglo ethnic group members were among those the weighed in via email and/or by phone to MHProNews about their frustrations there.

Among those who called or emailed MHProNews, some took the time to express their thanks to Weiss, Inderman, and Kovach for their help in battling for the rights of the city’s residents.

Some of those who contacted this trade media platform indicated they had heard about the 10-page letter from Kovach to the City of Bryan that Weiss and Inderman referenced, but had not yet seen it. They asked for copies to be emailed to them.

A Hispanic caller said he planned to be at the council meeting Tuesday night, and he wanted that 10-page letter for potential use with city officials. Tony Kovach stated in his email to that resident the following:

 

If you look carefully at the attached, it debunks their economic arguments, and also makes the legal cases for why what the City of Bryan is doing is – IMHO – illegal.  It violates federal law.”

 

That document from Kovach is linked here. It is laced with third-party and legal references.  It explains why what some city leaders in Bryan hope to achieve could backfire, as Seattle and other cities that didn’t protect affordable homes and manufactured housing had painfully discovered.

ICYMI, or have not yet seen the sobering story “Seattle is Dying,” that viral video and related report can be accessed at the hot-linked text-image box below.  In a nutshell, a lack of affordable housing was forcing growing numbers into tents, cars, or cardboard boxes. Residential and commercial properties had their sidewalks lined up with those homeless. Despair, drugs, addiction, and crime are among the vicious cycle of tragic outcomes of not having sufficient numbers and price-points affordable homes.

 

 

Beyond referencing the point that city leaders were essentially deciding between conventional homes sitting side-by-side with either manufactured homes or tents and boxes of the homeless, Tony Kovach also made two legal arguments based upon federal law. One cited “enhanced preemption,” and linked a report on the federal preemption topic from the MHARR website.

Another legal argument made in the letter to Bryan was the principle of Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH).

Among the off-the-record discussions by phone and via messages from sources in Texas were statements that to the effect that if the city leaders in Bryan errantly pass their proposed manufactured home ban, that legal action should follow. Indeed, some of the linked non-profits already have a track record of such suits, successful ones.

 

Bryan City Officials

While Bryan’s city officials have not formally acknowledged they have the 10-page document from Kovach, a similar shorter summary was faxed by MHProNews to various city officials days ago, and fax confirmations noted that those transmissions were received. Furthermore, some of those who called or emailed MHProNews said that they learned about the Weiss, Inderman, and Kovach emails from city sources.

So, there is no plausible doubt that the City of Bryan has the messages from Weiss, Inderman, and Kovach.

The Kovach letter to Bryan city officials noted that a student activist group he addressed in a separate memo – the Young Dems of BCS – are also busily trying to stop the ban against manufactured homes. See more about the Young Dems in the downloadable item linked here.

 

Bryan City Council Meets Tonight

Sources on the ground in Bryan tell MHProNews that they will report back on what occurs Tuesday night at the council meeting. Stay tuned.

As thousands of regular MHProNews readers know, prior outreaches to two other cities in recent months that included MHARR’s Mark Weiss and Tony Kovach resulted in both of those cities saying they were stopping their planned restrictions on manufactured homes. One city formally thanked MHProNews and MHARR for their input.

See those examples of successfully halted scenarios in the related reports, below the byline, offers, and notices.

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Going PreFab, Habitat for Humanity Announces Plan for Factory Home Building in 2019

December 29th, 2018 Comments off

 

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Habitat for Humanity has long had ties with former President Jimmy Carter. The former president and peanut farmer’s brother Billy Carter had significant positions in manufactured home operations, as has been previously reported on MHLivingNews and MHProNews.

 

Those facts were not mentioned by the Sonoma County Habitat for Humanity when they announced plans this week to secure a location for a production center to build prefabricated or prefab housing components.

Every person deserves a safe place to call home,” says the Sonoma County, Habitat for Humanity website.

Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County, CA released a new video “A Place for Humanity,” produced by PH Productions and DangerBrain.

The nonprofit has built some 36 homes since 1984. But they plan to dramatically change those numbers with this new prefab housing production center endeavor.

We’re doing great things in our community and moving forward in BIG ways. Habitat for Humanity is Building Together, Building a Future, Building Innovation, Building Opportunity, Building Momentum. Let’s Build the Future Together!” – per SoCo Habitat’s website.

 

 

 

The video above reveals at the end a home that looks similar in layout to a single sectional manufactured home.

Hannah Beausang for the Sonoma County, California Press Democrat wrote on 12.27.2018 that “Habitat for Humanity Sonoma County, part of the international faith-based group, plans to open a zero-waste factory that could harness paid and volunteer workers to churn out walls and floors for about 70 prefabricated homes each year, CEO Mike Johnson said. The nonprofit is seeking a warehouse in central Santa Rosa [CA] to create such a facility, which would be modeled after a similar Habitat for Humanity factory in Edmonton, Canada, Johnson said,” per Beausang’s narrative.

We are really committed to doing things differently … We have to lead that effort and do projects in ways that yield a lot more units for a lot less cost and a lot less time,” Johnson stated.

Habitat is hunting for a 16,000- to 20,000-square-foot warehouse in January, 2019. Johnson’s goal is for the factory to be operational by the end of March, 2019.

Fundraising will help cover the yet-to-be-determined costs of buying the land, according to Johnson.

In their vision, here are some details:

  • The prefab factory will cost an estimated $500,000 to operate annually,
  • The production center would have the capacity to create walls and floors for a home every two days.
  • Once components are created and delivered to construction sites, houses could be built in about two weeks.
  • Habitat for Humanity plans to partner with Napa-based Healthy Buildings, which already operates a similar production center.
  • Workers will be trained during the first series of walls and floors construction for Duncan Village, a 16-home affordable housing project in Windsor, CA.
  • Using the warehouse/factory, Habitat hopes to significantly scale up its production to produce 600 new homes in Sonoma County in the next eight years.
  • They note that the goal comes on the heels of last October’s wildfires which destroyed more than 5,300 homes there in Sonoma County.
  • The factory could also produce components for other developers, including the Habitat for Humanity in Butte County, CA, where nearly 14,000 homes were destroyed by fall 2018 Camp fire.
  • The nonprofit plans to partner with Santa Rosa Junior College to obtain an $8 million federal grant to build a 12,000- square-foot construction and trades training facility on the Petaluma campus, according to Nancy Miller. Miller is the college’s director of regional adult programs.
  • Presuming the funding is awarded next month, construction on the $10 million facility will be done in a parking lot in the back of the campus, and that too could begin this spring, said Miller.

The Santa Rosa Junior College training center could open as early as spring 2021, said the Press Democrat. They expect between 350 and 500 students to graduate annually from the skilled trade programs.

Habitat for Humanity staff would partner with the college for training students in prefabricated building and construction. Graduates will complete site-work training on Habitat building sites, as noted.

 

Coffee Time?

Factory-builders, investors, and professionals, this is just one project in a sea of affordable housing needs. There are some 8.3 million housing units needed in the U.S., according to figures from chief economist Lawrence Yun of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) earlier this year

Yet despite such huge needs, HUD Code manufactured housing may only produce some 100,000 (+/-) in 2018? And single family modular builders will produce far less than those numbers.

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Understand, Plan, and Execute – Monday Morning Sales Meeting

March 26th, 2018 Comments off

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All planning ought to be based upon reality.

 

It’s not easy for a person to be objective about themselves, or their location/operation.

Multiple HUD Code manufactured home producers and lenders reps have shared with the Daily Business News a similar observation.

What is that third-party, outside looking in observation? That the marketing and sales expertise is low at a number of manufactured home (MH) street and community based retailers.

Rephrasing, according to third-party MH industry observations by field reps, MH retailers and communities routinely need improvement.

It’s axiomatic that “you can not give yourself what you do not have.” As the clever saying goes, “you don’t know what you don’t know.”

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When the same observation about a lack of marketing and sales skills is made time and again,
and the industry’s collective sales results are still well below historic norms,
it’s time to listen, and act upon it, isn’t it?  Because all planning ought to be based upon reality.

Many of the expenses at a retail location are fixed, so lost sales opportunities are far more expensive than the modest investment in professional marketing and sales training.

 

Why Such Modest Results, When Opportunities Abound?

Week after week, MH industry and third party media reports indicate the tremendous need for affordable housing. There are good reasons to believe that the typical retail or community could increase sales by no less than a “factor of 5” —  500 percent or more growth potential.

That obviously being so, why are the results for manufactured home retailers so low? Especially when compared to the industry’s own past?

UMH President Sam Landy has stressed the personal responsibility of each business for marketing their own location. While Landy was talking about marketing, doesn’t that same principle obviously apply to selling skills and sales processes?

The other side of the responsibility coin is this. Some HUD Code producers today invest in their independent retailers and communities to various degrees, while others do little, especially when compared to the greater sales and production levels of the past.

HUD Code Manufactured Home Builders used to routinely provide all sorts of training and marketing for their independents. Sales results were often higher then too.  Coincidence? Hardly.

The first video below makes the factual, reality-based case of how to begin to sell more homes.

The following video explains how a previously struggling location dramatically increased their business, after working with our consulting and coaching operation.

 

Yes, There are Other Factors

It’s a fact. No trade publisher in manufactured housing has reported on the other causes of the industry’s low sales levels more than MHProNews has. It’s important, even vital, for independents to recognize the trends and forces that caused the industry’s slide to its currently low levels.

At the same time, there are retailers and communities that have demonstrated success in precisely the same kind of circumstances that you and your peers have.

Once others have proven they can do something, it becomes easier to recognize that “if they can do it, then I can too.”

Or as Henry Ford brilliantly said, “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.”

Hear what millennial and third generation partner Tom Fath said in his own words about why the process we teach works, and yields happy home owners.

 

Learn, Earn, Return

The savvy professional must have a never quit, can do, learn, earn, return mindset.

By yourself, or with the support of others, either way selling MH retailers and selling MH  communities must do whatever is honest and sustainable that brings better results.

When the billionaires note the need to study issues (reading, research),
when successful companies bring in outside experts,
these are big clues for operations of all sizes.

Need a new or better:
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sales system,
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marketing,
third party video interviews or
other channels of honestly, profitably earned new business?

Then call me at 863-213-4090, or email tony@MHMSM.com.

As one of the most endorsed, recommended and best recognized professionals in manufactured housing, it pays to start your reality check with Tony right away.

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Sam Zell calls Obama plan “half ass-d”

May 15th, 2017 Comments off
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When it comes to the wisdom of Equity LifeStyle Properties (ELS) Chairman and billionaire Sam Zell, there’s never a shortage of fireworks.

Obama’s $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 was a ‘half-ass-d stimulus bill,’” said Zell on CNBC this week, as he promoted his new book, Am I Being Too Subtle?”

Zell also disagreed with comments from Warren Buffett, who claimed that the Republican bill to replace Obamacare would “cut the hell out of taxes” for the rich if the measure were to make it through the Senate without any changes.

The GOP approach to health care on taxes is not for the rich or the poor,” said Zell.

It balances out the system.”

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In a similar interview with TheStreet, Zell said President Donald Trump has an extraordinary opportunity to revive an economy that died from eight years of regulatory oppression under Barack Obama.

I think we’ve had 8 years of kind of an anti-business administration with very little representation from the business community,” said Zell.

And, while Zell wasn’t a fan of the Obama Administration stimulus plan of 2009, he sees a different opportunity for the Trump Administration.

I think President Trump has a similar stimulus opportunity but without the debt because he can achieve that goal by deregulation,” said Zell.


Zell says that he feels like the Trump Administration could repeal enough regulations to give an estimated $1 trillion boost to the economy, and that he’s even more optimistic than he was before the election.

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Speaking on commercial real estate, Zell made no bones about what he sees, in terms of major retailers like Macy’s and J.C. Penny.

I don’t think landlords will be able to find new tenants that can attract the same amount of traffic as the big-box stores,” Zell told TheStreet.

There’s a reason why [those stores] paid almost no rent – their goal was to generate traffic.”

Zell and Manufactured Housing

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As Daily Business News readers are aware, leaders in business, including Zell, clearly understand the significant business opportunity in manufactured housing.

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Warren Buffet and Berkshire Hathaway, which owns Clayton Homes, and independents such as John Bostick with Sunshine Homes are “doubling down” on the industry, with Zell being quoted as saying during this interview “Everyone calls them trailer parks. Pencil head, it’s not a trailer park.“

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Obamacare in the Crosshairs – What’s the President’s Plan?

April 14th, 2017 Comments off
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In the ongoing battle surrounding Obamacare, its repeal and its replacement, President Donald Trump is utilizing skills and tactics made famous in his book “Art of the Deal.”

In interviews this week, including one with the Wall Street Journal, President Trump said that he’s exploring the idea of withholding key Obamacare payments, a move designed to get Democrats to the table to negotiate.

I don’t want people to get hurt,” said President Trump.

What I think should happen — and will happen — is the Democrats will start calling me and negotiating.”

The move by the President could throw insurance markets into chaos, which in turn could put Democrats in a position to deal on repealing the law.

At the heart of the matter are the payments themselves, known as cost-sharing reductions (CSRs). The payments reimburse insurers for giving discounted deductibles to low-income Obamacare enrollees.

House Republicans have sued over the payments, arguing they are unconstitutional without a congressional appropriation.

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ObamaCare is a jobs killer as well as unpopular with tens of millions of voters. Double digit hikes are coming in 2017, if this bill isn’t repealed and replaced by a GOP president and Congress.

One prominent Democrat spoke out forcefully in response to the President’s proposed move.

President Trump is threatening to hold hostage health care for millions of Americans, many of whom voted for him, to achieve a political goal of repeal that would take health care away from millions more,” said Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.)

This cynical strategy will fail. Our position remains unchanged: drop repeal, stop undermining our health care system, and we will certainly sit down and talk about ways to improve the Affordable Care Act.”

President Trump has not said for sure whether he would actually seek to cancel the payments, or whether or not Congress should appropriate the money.

I might continue the payments so that I won’t be blamed for chaos in the system. That’s part of the reason that I may go the other way,” said President Trump.

The longer I’m behind this desk and you have Obamacare, the more I would own it.”

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While the suit from House Republicans is ongoing, President Trump could simply drop the defense of it and cancel the payments, which would likely result in insurers either spiking premiums or dropping out of the Obamacare market altogether.

Insurers are also pushing for more certainty, as they decide whether or not they will participate in Obamacare next year. Some Congressional Republicans have also called for appropriating the money, which could override any decisions from the Trump administration, and keep payments going.

 

A Real, Practical Solution for Healthcare?

The Daily Business News recently covered the story of Dr. Josh Umbehr of Atlas MD, discussing a potential “best option” for Obamacare repeal and replacement in terms of controlling costs and providing cost-effective services.

Umbehr’s co-op model has already been proven in their clinic, and in other clinics that are doing something similar. For additional insight on this plan and how it would work in combination with the proposed health plan from the Freedom                                 Caucus, MHProNews reached out to a respected MD about the concept.

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Dr. David Murdock. Credit: Healthgrades.

I’ve always liked this type of practice. It doesn’t include hospital care or specialty care, but that could be covered by the catastrophic insurance with a large deductible,” Dr. David Murdock, a cardiologist from Wausau, WI, said to MHProNews when asked about this practice.

If I was a primary doctor, I would push this for my patients.”

Murdock explained that this proven medical care system was a case of back-to-the-future.

That’s actually a return to the way medical care was done in the years before Medicare and widespread insurance,” Murdock said. “It’s not new, it’s a return to how it worked well in the past.“ 

You can see the built in mechanism to contain cost,” said Murdock.

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