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“Decline of Extreme Poverty in Perspective,” Infographic, Report

September 21st, 2018 Comments off


We’ve been trained by the media to think that things are always getting worse – including on subjects like poverty,” said Visual Capitalist in comments to the Daily Business News on MHProNews.


For example,” Jeff Desjardins wrote, “a recent survey showed that 87% of respondents thought that global poverty rates haven’t changed, or have gotten worse, over the last 30 years. However, the exact opposite is true.”

One billion people have been lifted out of extreme poverty since 1990,” the statement continued, with the provided infographic “putting the important issue into the context of data.”

We’ll look at the infographic, and then after, address how this can prove useful to managers, owners, investors and others.


To see or download the full sized infographic, click here.


Facts Matter, and Where Poverty Still Exists

The United States and the West has played a role in spreading rising incomes to much of the world, through trade, investments, grants, and aide. That doesn’t mean that there hasn’t been corruption or waste in those efforts. But it does reflect that conditions have steadily improved.

Let’s briefly note that third world countries have a keen interest in prefab housing.

The chart above doesn’t specify the causes behind why extreme poverty still exists.


The videos above and below are for illustration purposes only. The closing still below is interesting, as those are solar panels on the roofs of those prefab units.

Dedicated Daily Business News on MHProNews readers know that Venezuela, North Korea, Cuba, and Haiti are among the nations where it is found, and the causes are often tied to their governments. Rephrased, nations with severe corruption and socialism are key causes.

But so too are areas impacted by war, narco-terror, and other terrorist-connected activity.

The related reports are important to consider, as you share these with team members or those you know that may be influenced by the rising belief – especially among millennials – of socialism in the U.S. See too the videos on Poverty, Inc., Shadows of Liberty, and more in the related reports, linked below.


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Housing, Jobs, Poverty, Opportunity – Kerner Commission Remix, HUD and Manufactured Homes

February 27th, 2018 Comments off


Just over 50 years have elapsed since then President Lyndon B Johnson announced the formation of the Kerner Commission. It was formed in response to race riots protesting poor housing, insufficient jobs, educational, and other issues in Detroit and other cities across the country.  In the vintage video below, the first few minutes are a list of names on the commission, followed by the issues – including housing – that sparked riots, along with other related issues.


Democratic President Johnson called for


  • prayer and peace,
  • threatened rioters with severe penalties, 
  • while promising preparations and touting efforts already underway.


Then and now – housing, jobs, dignity and opportunities were important issues.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulated manufactured housing program could provide many of the necessary ingredients for genuine progress.

In the wake of the comments that came into HUD in response to their ‘top down’ review of the manufactured housing program, the Kerner Commission, then and now, considerations are timely.

Why?  As noted, because housing, jobs, dignity and opportunities were important issues then – and now.


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.


 Isn’t this part of the antidote to the t-word issue?

Lessons of Decades of Failure

As the Daily Business News noted in the recent comments to HUD linked below from L. A. “Tony” Kovach, after over $22 trillion in federal spending on ‘poverty programs,’ the challenge of poverty levels remains the same.


Trulia, HUD, MHLivingNews, MHARR, MHProNews, and numerous others have proposed practical steps that could save tax dollars, while leveraging mostly private capital to solve these and related issues.

The YIMBY vs. NIMBY report linked below references a UC Berkley and University of Chicago research that asserts how housing policies are costing the economy nearly $2 Trillion dollars a year.


YIMBY vs. NIMBY, Obama Admin Concept Could Unlock $1.95 Trillion Annually, HUD & MH Impact


As President Johnson then, or President Donald J. Trump now, alike noted — faith, family and the inspiration of our flag are also elements that must not be overlooked.

But after 5 decades of social, economic, and political experiments, pragmatists should now admit that those policies have failed. Trillions in federal, state, and local spending failed to solve what faith-infused morality, free markets, and free people alone can fix what is holding tens of millions of Americans in rentals, trapped in poverty.


The Trump Administration and HUD Secretary Carson and his team can fix much, not all, of this using private capital by fully grasping what manufactured homes are truly like today.


HUD technocrats must immerse themselves and learn the industry’s complex dynamics, so that they can unleash the multi-trillion dollar housing component of the economy.

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What the HUD PD&R screen capture – with linked download available below – reflects is a lack of understanding about how enhanced preemption could solve the affordable housing crisis using mostly private capital. The research is useful, but adding in the missing ingredient of enhanced preemption would make it priceless.


Trulia, and HUD’s own commissioned research, say that affordable housing – and specifically manufactured homes – don’t negatively impact other housing from appreciation.



Don’t Put All the Eggs in One Basket

Beyond follow up and engagement with HUD on the comments, manufactured housing professionals and home owners would be wise to take at least two more steps.

1)    Manufactured home professionals would be well advised to contact their legislators now, and ask them to prompt HUD on the broad and liberal use of HUD Code manufactured homes.  You could link this report, others or send the PDFs of comments submitted to HUD, found linked below.  Send them with your own comments encouraging proper reforms of the manufactured housing program.

Shake Up at HUD Manufactured Housing Program May Stop Industry Overregulation, per MH State Association

2)    Legal Action. As two of the comment letters linked below indicate, allegedly monopolistic practices are part of the problem.  The comfortable relationship between the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) – via a reported intermediary – with HUD’s Pam Danner can’t be overlooked.  What was missing from MHI’s 5 point comments was precisely that issue – ‘who will be next in line to run the manufactured housing program leadership?’

Lawsuits for Triple Damages – Anti-Trust, Anti-Monopoly Law, Manufactured Housing, and You

After all of the drama with Pam Danner, JD and her leadership of the manufactured housing program office at HUD, and that was harming the industry, was nothing learned about the importance of having a reasonable person at the helm of the program?

Now You Will Hear — the Rest of the Story

Andy Gallagher, “Ousting” Pam Danner, MHI, Clayton’s RVP, WVHI – “Transparency”

Harper – Thank You Rev Donald Tye, Fighting for Enhanced Preemption of Manufactured Homes

4 sets of linked proposals to HUD are at in the focus section, were linked above, and are also found below.

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Between a Rock and a Hard Place – Residents Face Challenges

March 17th, 2017 Comments off

An unrelated manufactured home in Weimar, Texas. Credit: Rentals.

In Weimar, Texas, a situation at a city council meeting this week spurred a bittersweet commentary regarding low income, manufactured home community residents, and the struggles that city officials often have in trying to solve related challenges.

This past Thursday Weimar council had a real challenge on their hands. There was a mobile home park [sic] in town that wasn’t zoned as a mobile home park [sic],” wrote Colorado County Citizen Publisher Michelle Banse Stokes in an editorial.

Changing the zoning designation meant several families would have to upgrade their substandard housing with repairs or replacement. Not changing the designation would mean that they’d have to go. It was an oversight that’s been going on for decades. And the families held their breath as they awaited council’s decision.

Stokes then took note of how the council was trying to work through the situation.


Publisher Credit: Michelle Banse Stokes LinkedIn.

The mayor called several times for someone to speak, but the families, little ones in tow, simply sat in silence,” wrote Stokes.

Council members discussed the problem for over an hour, seeking advice from the city attorney and code enforcement officer. It was easy to see that they didn’t take their jobs lightly.

Weimar officials, and our mayor in particular, have been making a visible effort to clean up our little town. Old homes are being torn down and replaced with new brick ones, citizens with debris in their yards are being cited and loose animals are being impounded. And I think everyone would have to admit, these are good things for our town.

As the council members worked to come up with a viable solution, Stokes noted her feelings about the battle between better quality housing, while realizing the potential of pushing those less fortunate out in order to make that housing a reality.

No one wants to see children living in poverty, but it exists all around us. Cleaning up this mobile home park [sic] will make it look better from the outside and it may raise the standard of living there, but it may also push out the people that live there now,” wrote Stokes.


Weimar, identified by red marker. Credit: Google.

One council member suggested during the meeting that they could just get new homes, as it would be cheaper than repairing the ones they had. Let’s get real … if these people could afford a better home, don’t you think they would already have it?

In the end, as the council rendered their decision, Stokes had mixed feelings.

My fear is that these families will be forced to the outskirts of town by the new ordinance and it’s requirements. And that is why I was glad I wasn’t in council’s shoes Thursday when they declared the property a mobile home park [sic],” wrote Stokes.

All and all, I agree with their decision. There really wasn’t anything else they could do. I can only hope that they will make good on their word to work with the property owner and residents by providing adequate time to get the homes where they need to be.

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Affordable Rentals Rare in Rural America

August 14th, 2013 Comments off

Rapoza Associations reports nearly 30 percent of all rural households, which covers some 7.3 million families, are either unaffordable, overcrowded or substandard. Over 47 percent of all rural households are spending more than 30 percent of the their income on rent, which classifies them as cost-burdened; and almost 50 percent of those households pay over 50 percent of their income on housing costs. While costs related to housing are typically less in rural areas, rates of poverty are more than the national average. HousingWire reports rural renters have median incomes of $25,833, 35 percent below that of the average rural resident and 48 percent less than the national median income. In addition, MHProNews has learned 96 of the country’s poorest counties are in rural communities.

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Affordable Rental Units becoming More Scarce

June 27th, 2013 Comments off

The competition for affordable rental housing resulting from the recession, itself partly a product of the roughly 4.4 million people who lost their homes to foreclosure, has led to a shortage of homes for the extremely low-income sector. Defined as those earning less than 30 percent of the median income in their communities, their numbers increased by 2.1 million in the years from 2007-2011 to 12.1 million. Meanwhile, the number of rental units affordable to them dropped in that same period from 6.9 million to 6.8 million, according to a report by Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing studies. As tells MHProNews, tighter government budgets are reducing the building of subsidized housing just as more people are falling into poverty. Additionally, the number of households spending over half of their income on housing hit 20.6 million in 2011, an increase of 14.6 percent since 2007, and 49 percent more than in the previous decade.

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Modular Homes Housing the most Vulnerable

November 26th, 2012 Comments off

Under a program to combat poverty and hunger in rural areas, AllAfrica reports the provincial governor of Kwanza Sul, Eusebio de Brito Teixeirain, of Angola, has dedicated the first 12 of 50 modular homes to impoverished residents of Kassongue district. Beneficiaries of the new homes were identified with the help of traditional and civil authorities. MHProNews has learned the shortage of adequate housing is acute for many of the most vulnerable citizens in this country in southwest Africa.

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