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MHARR to Secretary Perry: Withdraw Unnecessary MH Energy Rule

March 13th, 2017 Comments off

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The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) tells MHProNews that it has formally called upon the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Gov. Rick Perry, to withdraw its proposed manufactured housing energy rule.

MHARR says that the proposed rule is “rooted in climate change activism and advanced by energy special interests through an illegitimate and scandal-plagued regulatory process, threatens to needlessly destroy the affordability of manufactured homes” and “simultaneously excludes millions of consumers from the manufactured housing market – and from home-ownership altogether.

According to MHARR, the proposed rule could increase the retail cost of an average multi-section manufactured home by $6,000.00 or more because regulatory compliance, testing and enforcement-related costs were never considered by DOE in developing the rule.


DOE Secretary Rick Perry. Credit: Wikipedia.

MHARR has been on the record as an opponent of both the proposed DOE rule and the “fundamentally-tainted administrative process” that led to its adoption.

In a November 2016 letter, the organization called for the DOE “to cease and desist from any further activity on the proposed manufactured housing rule pursuant to Congress’ November 15, 2016 warning to all federal agencies against finalizing any pending rules or regulations in the Obama Administration’s last days.


M. Mark Weiss. Credit: MHProNews.

The DOE manufactured housing ‘energy’ rule is a textbook example of a destructive, big government ‘solution’ in search of a problem. Manufactured homes, comprehensively regulated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, already have median energy operating costs that are less than, or comparable to, other types of housing, according to the U.S. Census Bureau,” said MHARR President and CEO Mark Weiss.

To single out manufactured homes and their mostly lower and moderate-income buyers for what amounts to a huge, regressive tax that would devastate both them and the industry in order to satisfy special interests, is incomprehensible, indefensible and precisely the type of baseless, damaging federal regulation that President Trump has vowed to eliminate.

The full letter from Weiss to Secretary Rick Perry is linked here. ##


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Ben Carson Confirmed as HUD Secretary, MHI and MHARR Commentary

March 2nd, 2017 Comments off

Ben Carson prepares to endorse Donald Trump. Credit: ZeroHedge.

The Senate, in a 58-41 vote Thursday, has confirmed Dr. Ben Carson to be the next Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Carson’s nomination was approved by a bi-partisan majority of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee in a vote on January 24, 2017.

Dr. Carson’s then-pending confirmation came up during the MHI meeting in San Antonio, February 12-14th.

MHI’s Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Chief Lobbyist, Lesli Gooch, Ph.D. created some hallway buzz among members after her briefing on Monday, February 13th.

Gooch told members during her presentation that she had received an email


Lesli Gooch. Credit: MHI.

from an inside source that predicted Dr. Carson would be confirmed that Friday [Feb 17th],” a MHI connected source in attendance told MHProNews.

That proved to be incorrect,” another source said, “which those who know Washington [D.C.] well would have known, because senators routinely take off on Friday to travel home.”

The Daily Business News was advised that Gooch said there would be heavy engagement of HUD by MHI, once Carson was confirmed.

When MHProNews asked MHI staff and senior members during the meeting if they favor keeping Pam Danner on at HUD, the reply was that the issue had not yet been decided by the executive committee.

MHARR’s Viewpoint

M.Mark.WeissJDPresidentCEOMHARRManufacturedHousingAssociationforRegulatorReform-creditManufacturedHousingIndustryDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsThe Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) tells MHProNews that Secretary Carson has promised to conduct an objective, ground-up assessment of the effectiveness of HUD programs upon his arrival at the Department, in order to both promote efficiency and achieve better results for the millions of Americans in need of safe, decent and affordable housing. Dr. Carson has also indicated that one of his first initiatives as Secretary will be a nationwide “listening tour” regarding the operation of those programs and the housing needs of Americans.

MHARR says that an item of particular importance for the HUD Code manufactured housing industry, as the nation’s private-sector affordable housing solution, is Dr. Carson’s comments at his January confirmation hearing.


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At that time, Secretary Carson emphasized the importance of private sector involvement and public-private initiatives to more effectively meet HUD’s mission and serve the affordable housing needs of lower and moderate-income Americans. Equally important for the HUD Code manufactured housing industry, particularly its smaller businesses that have suffered for nearly a decade under costly regulation, will be a commitment by Carson to fully and properly implement all remaining reform elements of the landmark Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000. This also includes President Trump’s signature policy of eliminating unnecessary, job-killing federal regulation.


M. Mark Weiss. Credit: MHProNews.

MHARR congratulates Dr. Carson on his Senate confirmation to be the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and looks forward to working with him to advance the role, the utilization and the affordability of manufactured housing – which must be federally-regulated because of its fundamentally interstate character — across the entire range of HUD housing and housing finance programs, and beyond,said MHARR President and CEO, Mark Weiss.

Under Dr. Carson’s leadership and in accordance with the mandate of the 2000 reform law, the status and role of the HUD manufactured housing program should be elevated within HUD, while the participation of manufactured housing within all HUD programs, on the same terms and same basis as other types of housing, is ensured.

A full release from MHARR on Secretary Carson’s confirmation is linked here.

MHProNews and MHLivingNews publisher L.A. “Tony” Kovach penned an open letter to Dr. Carson, which is linked here. ##


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3 New 2015 Board Members Elected to RV/MH Heritage Foundation

November 17th, 2014 Comments off

darryl-searer-credit=rv-mh-hall-of-fame-posted-ManufacturedHomeLivingNews-com-2At its recent RV/MH Heritage Foundation board meeting, Darryl Searer was re-elected treasurer and also elected chairman of the board.  Searer also serves as president.

In addition, the board elected three new members to the board of directors and also elected its executive committee, according to Searer, president.  (* Asterisk indicates members on the board’s executive committee.)

The new board members include:

* Ellen Kietzmann, Blue Ox, (RV)

* Betty Whittaker*, Secretary, Kentucky Mfg Housing (MH)

* Tom Walworth*, Statistical Surveys (RV)

The RV/MH Hall of Fame is just completing its most successful year in its history,” Searer said. “We welcome these new board members who will join the existing board in helping us meet the challenges as we move forward and take the Hall of Fame to even higher levels of success.”

For more details on this news release, please click here. ##

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Manufactured Housing Institute announces Executive Committee election results

September 15th, 2014 Comments off

mhi-logoThe Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) has announced the election of their new officers, which took place during their annual meeting at Scottsdale, AZ 9-15-2014.  

The executive committee officers are; Nathan Smith (SSK Communities), Chairman.   Tim Williams (21st Mortgage), Vice Chairman.  Howard Walker (ELS), Treasurer.  Kevin Clayton (Clayton Homes), Secretary.
The annual meeting included division meetings, with those officers expected to be announced later this week. ##
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