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Manufactured Home Community Owner Alert, Rent Control, MHAction Plans Organized Action in Several States

May 31st, 2018 Comments off


Rent control fights are heating up in California and Illinois, and manufactured homeowners are continuing to organize for better treatment from corporate landlords,” the leftist-activist group, MHAction stated in a release to the Daily Business News.

Nationwide, MHAction is joining a coalition of affordable housing advocates calling for Congress to fully fund HUD and reject proposed rent increases for recipients of section 8 funds. Now, more than ever, as corporate real estate investors move into ownership of manufactured home communities, apartment buildings, and single family homes, we need a strong, fully funded HUD to advocate for our communities,” per their statement.

On May 15th, manufactured homeowners in Illinois, from Urbana and Beecher, joined tenant activists with the Lift the Ban Coalition for a lobby day in Springfield to call for the repeal of the Illinois state law that prevents rent control. Many other homeowners from across the state who were unable to travel to Springfield participated by writing letters and making phone calls to their state Senators. We’ll be holding a conference call next week, Wednesday June 6th, to update everyone on the status of SB 3512 and talk about how we can build momentum for rent control this summer,” per MHAction.

Regular, long-time Daily Business News readers recall that MHProNews has been warning industry investors and professionals about the actions of this group for some years. A recent report, is linked below.  So, thoughtful readers should not construe reports about them, as an endorsement of their efforts or thinking.

Behind So-Called “MH Resident Activists,” MHAction’s Kevin Borden, Anti- HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Manufactured Housing Industry Protests

In California manufactured homeowners are continuing to work in coalition with affordable housing advocates statewide to fight for expanded rent control and real solutions to the affordable housing crisis. We’ll be holding a conference call on Thursday, June 14th to discuss how manufactured homeowners can help pass the Affordable Housing Act in November, and use the increased focus on housing issues to build momentum for community fights,” per their release, which is peppered with sign ups, that have not been included in this column.

In Maryland and New York, communities owned by Sunrise Capital Investors are continuing to fight back against drastic rent increases they received last January,” they stated in their call-to-arms for fellow activists.

If you have updates on your local work you’d like us to share,” said MHAction, “or would like support from other manufactured homeowners, send us an email,” they requested.

The group creates stories, shares photos, graphics, and videos designed to attracts more activists.  They have apparent ties to Black Lives Matter, the now-dissolved ACORN group, and other left-wing activist organizations.

As has been previously noted, their core thinking is heavily laced with socialistic and other flawed economic concepts.

MHProNews will continue to monitor the group for industry professionals and investors, and plans to report about their problematic activities periodically. “We Provide, You Decide.” © (News, analysis, and expert commentary.)

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Related Reports:

Frank Rolfe, MHU/RV Horizons Protest by MHAction; Nathan Smith/SSK/MHI Flashbacks?

Washington Post – Protests of HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Manufactured Housing Institute, by MHAction, New York Communities for Change, CarsonWatch – An Inside Look

“Death by Government,” Fascism, Communism, Socialism, ‘Big Brother,’ per Williams, Rummel and Owens


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HUD Secretary Ben Carson Exclusive Video – ‘Absolutely!’ ‘We Need Crusaders’

June 30th, 2017 Comments off

HUDSecBenCarsonAbsoluteNeedHousingCrusadersAffordableHousingManufacturedHomeDailyBusinessNewsResearchDataReportsVideoDailyBusinessNewsMHProNews410As June 2017 winds to a close – a time which President Donald J. Trump proclaimed to be Home Ownership month – Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Dr. Ben Carson hosted a video broadcast via Facebook, which MHLivingNews captured, enhanced from the original and provided to the Daily Business News.

The video Q&A discussion provides several insights into Dr. Carson that could prove useful to the manufactured housing industry.

Carson Raise the Topic of Factory Housing and Innovation

Carson himself raised the topic of factory-based home building.  He spoke too about innovations that the free enterprise system could create and provide, that would yield lower cost home ownership options.

The discussion includes some of the following topics:

  • Financing programs
  • The Section 8 voucher can be used to buy housing program
  • Programs to help prepare or get people into a home successfully
  • Public Private Partnerships
  • Getting people out of troubled housing projects and poor environments
  • The connection between health and housing, and much more
  • The need for 5 and 10 year planning
  • The “absolute” need for crusaders

Dr. Carson presents himself as a true believer in free enterprise.

He also wants helping people to get an opportunity to climb the ladder to success.  Carson notes that those who own a home have an average net worth of $200,000, while those who rent have an average net worth of $5,000.

HUD’s new secretary wants sustainable home ownership, which he admits isn’t for everyone, but he wants those opportunities to expand to millions more than enjoy it today. ##

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Senate Passes Bill to Allow MH Purchase with Section 8 Vouchers

July 15th, 2016 Comments off

Manufactured Housing Institute loge-credit-Manufactured Housing Institute-postedDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsThe Senate has passed H. R. 3700, as the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) informs MHProNews, the Housing Opportunity through Modernization Act (HOTMA), which will allow Section 8 vouchers to be used for the purchase of a manufactured home (MH). The House of Representatives passed the legislation in February, and President Obama is expected to sign it into law.

An amendment offered by Representative Peter Welch (D-VT) was added on the House floor—by voice vote– that allows Section 8 not only for the purchase of MH but also for leasing the land, mortgage payments, property tax and insurance.

This change would actually allow families to purchase a home instead of using their Section 8 voucher to rent an apartment. While the measure does not provide any direct funds or require anyone to use a voucher to live in an MH, it gives the 2.1 million Section 8 voucher holders the option to use their voucher to acquire a manufactured home.

The amendment was supported by House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), and ranking member Maxine Waters (D-CA). The main thrust of H. R. 3700 is to improve the quality of life for public housing residents, cut program costs, encourage work and expand homeownership opportunities.

MHI was a part of a coalition of more than 40 housing and advocacy groups advocating for Senate passage of this legislation, including other manufactured housing professionals, and states it has worked for over a decade urging passage of these reforms. ##

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Modular Housing for Native Americans

February 14th, 2013 Comments off

RedLakeNationNews informs MHProNews the first modular housing development in Portland, Ore. opened move-in ready to fanfare Wed., Feb. 13. Commissioner Nick Fish greeted those gathered at the opening ceremony of Kah San Chako Haws (East House in Chinook), a LEED Gold-certified energy-efficient modular apartment complex. Since Native Americans living in poverty are reluctant to use public housing and tenant vouchers, the project is a step in addressing that problem in their community. The nine-unit complex is comprised of three studio apartments, three one-bedroom and three two-bedroom apartments. Total time for design through financing and construction was 13 months, as compared to the 18-24 months site-built construction would have required. Collaboration for the section 8 modular housing included the Native American Youth and Family Center, the Portland Housing Bureau, Meyer Memorial Trust, State Housing and Community Services, and Capital Pacific Bank.

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MHI’s Jason Boehlert at Louisville

January 15th, 2012 Comments off

At the Louisville Manufactured Housing Show, Jason Boehlert, Vice President of Government Affairs for MHI, responding to a question from about the possibility of altering the provisions of Dodd-Frank that negatively impact the MH industry, said, “Where a lot of these measures fail in reforming Dodd-Frank is when they are too broad, they don’t have bi-partisan support. Luckily for us, we have one of the namesakes (Rep. Barney Frank) willing to work with us on this issue. As long as we keep our asks targeted, I think we have a decent shot.” MHProNews: “Even with all the bi-partisan conflict in Washington these days?” Boehlert: “I think on the margins there are opportunities on a targeted basis.” MHProNews: “Since Barney Frank is not seeking another term, do you think he will step up a little farther then he has in support of changes?” Boehlert: “His position has been the same whether he’s running or not. He has always been pretty consistent in support of the (MH) industry. The only industry he has been willing to work with is ours. He has not gone out in the forefront of anyone else. There are not a lot of Democrats on the House Financial Services Committee for whom manufactured housing is an interest or concern, and that number is dwindling. Republicans are willing to do almost anything about Dodd- Frank, they tend to be more pro-industry, and more likely to be from rural areas. Democrats on that committee are more from urbanized areas where there is no manufactured housing presence. To them, affordable housing is rental housing, Section 8.”

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