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Criminal Justice Reform, Benefits Cited, Including MH Industry, Communities, American Society

June 13th, 2019 Comments off


MHProNews has periodically dipped into the topic of criminal justice reform, for a variety of reasons.  First and foremost, there have been numerous cases of over-sentencing.  But beyond that, there is a need for labor too.

Thanks to record high employment and low unemployment rates, the opportunity for those who have served their time to reintegrate into society with gainful employment has jumped.

When the White House sent the press release below, we knew we had to run with it over other closing stories that might have been run this evening.



Kim Kardashian West and President Trump highlight the power of criminal justice reform

Last December, President Donald J. Trump signed the First Step Act—the first major overhaul of the U.S. criminal justice system in more than a decade.

For too long, our prison system has failed incarcerated Americans. Oversentencing kept many people behind bars for years after they’d paid their debts to society and were ready to rejoin and reinvest in their communities. Others left prison ill-equipped for employment and life on the outside. As a result, many succumbed to crime and re-imprisonment.
WatchKim Kardashian West at the White House
In just four months after President Trump signed the First Step Act, more than 1,000 requests for a reduced sentence were granted. Soon, thousands more who were once subjected to unfair sentencing will get a second chance.

Today, the President discussed the next step in making justice reform a lasting success: empowering Americans to find jobs—and a purpose—after leaving prison. For former inmates, the difficulty of reentering society was often made even tougher because of scarce opportunities for employment. That needs to change.

“As a result of the booming economy, we are bringing Americans who have been on the sidelines back into the workforce—including former inmates,” President Trump said.

The Trump Administration is taking additional action to encourage U.S. companies to invest in “second chance” hiring. The Department of Labor, for example, will grant $2 million to States this month for bonds that incentivize businesses to hire and train former offenders.

That opportunity can begin while inmates are still completing their sentences. For those currently incarcerated, the Department of Education is expanding an initiative to make Pell Grants available for their education and training.

President Trump is helping all Americans earn a second chance.

Washington Examiner: Criminal justice reform is already working.



The governors leading the way on getting more Americans hired 

Earlier this year, the White House asked America’s governors to share their top priorities for 2019. Their answers echoed one of President Trump’s most important agenda items: workforce development for Americans of all stripes.

This afternoon, a bipartisan group of governors met with both President Trump and Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump to discuss clearing any obstacles standing in the way of true economic mobility for our workers.

 President Trump: “Tremendous progress” on fulfilling careers

These governors have been innovators in tackling that challenge, breaking down barriers such as restrictive occupational licensing, a lack of quality job training, and access to child care in their states. At the table today were Governors Doug Ducey (R-AZ), Brian Kemp (R-GA), David Ige (D-HI), Kim Reynolds (R-IA), Chris Sununu (R-NH), Tom Wolf (D-PA), Bill Lee (R-TN), and Mark Gordon (R-WY).

“One of the most rewarding things is to see people coming off the sidelines and back into the workforce,” Ivanka Trump said during today’s discussion. “Whether it’s criminal justice reform, second chance hiring, all the work we’re doing around skills training—employers are getting creative.”

The Pledge to America’s Workers: 9.8 million opportunities and climbing!

That’s today’s final installment of News Through the Lens of Manufactured Homes, and Factory-Built Housing,” © where “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)



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Best Selling Author, Speaker, Consultant Tim Connor on Power in the Wrong Hands

September 12th, 2017 Comments off

Featured image by, Kidzone Online.

Power in the hands of the wrong people over the years regardless of their wealth, race, gender or political leanings have always been and always will be dangerous,” said Tim Connor, CSP, factory built housing trainer, speaker, and bestselling author of over 80 books, including “Soft Sell – the New Art of Selling.”

Conner’s comments were exclusive to MHProNews on a recent article citing an apparent, but questioned, conflict between Warren Buffet, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, and Tim Williams, the CEO of 21st Mortgage and Finance, and the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) chairman.

As industry professionals and Daily Business News readers know, 21st Mortgage and Finance is one of three leading companies in the manufactured home (MH) industry, owned by Buffett’s conglomerate, Berkshire Hathaway.

Berkshire Hathaway owns or has interests in other lending, suppliers and service providers that intersect with manufactured housing.


Tim Conner. Image credit, Professional Speakers Bureau International.

The cited conflict is between the views of Williams and Buffett.

Buffett is an avid supporter of the progressive movement. He supported former-President Barack Obama, and backed Senator Hillary Clinton during her presidential campaign.

If progressives think that their agendas are good for us all in the long run they are living in a bubble,” Connor said.

In a PowerPoint presentation Williams used provided for members at an MHI meeting, he pointed out that two of the two of the four top challenges to increasing MH sales are the “progressive ideology” and “CFPB Regulation and enforcement.”

Yet, President Barack Obama and Secretary Hillary Clinton – both of whom Buffett actively supported – are in line with “progressive ideology,” and support the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Dodd-Frank.


Many progressives and wealthy people feel that it is their right and privilege to direct the lives on us all whether politicians, business leaders or Hollywood idiots,” said Conner.


Warren Buffett, right, credit Wikipedia. Tim Williams, right, credit, LinkedIn. Collage credit, MHProNews.

The Daily Business News recently reported that big tech companies and the billionaire’s who run the companies could have far more influence – or means to influence – public opinion than many may realize.


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So it is with most billionaires. They could care less about regulations or deregulation! They buy influence on either side of the aisle. It’s just business.” manufactured housing advocate, Rev Donald Tye, Jr. said.


Anecodtale evidence suggests that the wrong terminology impacts price. But it also impacts people’s emotions, see the poet who rejected the use of the t-word with regard to her home, by clicking the image above.

If every day common sense people let these folks take our freedoms away without a fight – well – we will deserve what we get,” Conner said. For his full commentary, click here. ## (News, Analysis.)

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Power Restored to Manufactured Home Community

April 14th, 2017 Comments off

Credit: KGW.

Just south of Portland, Oregon, residents at the Angel Haven Mobile Home Park had a wild weekend.

According to KATU, a major windstorm knocked out power to the community last Friday, leaving over 100 homes in the dark.

A major concern for officials was that more than 120 residents suffer from serious medical conditions, and they rely on electricity to power lifesaving equipment. For Lorrie and Steve Watts, the outage was particularly concerning.

Both are diabetic, and had about a thousand dollars-worth of insulin stored in their refrigerator.

The old folks here, we need your help, it’s not just me,” said Steve Watts.

I just bundle up and wait for another day.”

Luckily for the Watts, and others, Sunday was the good day they were waiting for. Work crews from Portland General Electric (PGE) showed up in force to tackle the issue, which ended up being a melted fuse after power was initially restored Saturday. A sudden overload of demand as crews restored power caused the system to fail a second time.

Crews reconfigured parts of the system to prevent this type of failure from happening again.

We realize that we have a tremendous responsibility in empowering our community,” said PGE spokesperson Melanie Moir.

We care deeply about this community and we want to get everybody up and running as quickly as possible.”


A home in the community. Credit: MH Bay.

PGE also told residents that this serves as a good reminder to make sure that people have safety plans in place in case of emergencies.

I went to the store to grab a bag of ice to put in my cooler and the husband calls and says the power’s back on,” said Lorrie Watts.

I can’t be any happier to get heat in there, and I want to thank these PGE crews for coming out, doing all they can to get us back on power.”


Safety and Manufactured Housing

While this instance did not directly point to the stereotype of manufactured housing being a lightning rod for issues, it serves as a good reminder that officials, news agencies and the general public often specifically point out manufactured homes and communities – often identified incorrectly as “mobile homes” and “mobile home parks” – vs. site-built homes in damage reports.

On average, about 1 in 5 structures identified as “mobile homes” by the media are in fact pre-HUD code mobile homes.  They are routinely the ones that suffer the most damage, because HUD Code manufactured homes are more durable by design.

HUD Code manufactured homes that are properly installed and maintained have a similar life expectancy as conventional housing. Any housing that is not, for whatever reason, properly maintained tends to fall into disrepair and can deteriorate more rapidly, and thus, shorten its useful life expectancy.

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