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Orlando, Post Irma – Sewage, Power Outages, Alligators, Localized Flooding, and MHI’s Meeting

September 14th, 2017 Comments off
Post Hurricane Irma Flooding

Still from video, credit, Orlando Sentinel.

Floridian ‘refugees’ from Hurricane Irma tell MHProNews that there are reported possibilities of flooding of one or more rivers north of Tampa which may cause a temporary closure of I75.

As post-Irma rivers swell, for those traveling by car or other vehicles, it is advisable to check road conditions to obtain your best and safest route.

Per the Orlando Sentinel, power outages are yielding some interesting by products; such as raw sewage going into lakes and waterways (see video).

Other media have reported alligator sightings are up, and large numbers are still without power.  That includes businesses tied to the tourism industry.

OTR From MHI Members

Expect to hear after the [annual] meeting that the reason that attendance is down was Irma,” a ‘well connected’ Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) member told MHProNews.  “But it was possible that the attendance would have been down anyway, just as was the [MHI] Washington, DC Fly-in.”

Several members inform the Daily Business News (DBN) that they are going.

But some indicated they wished that MHI would reschedule the event. “I heard that Disney is pushing MHI to move ahead, since they are open,” a reliable source said was the word from the Arlington, VA organization.

But a board member stated that “it makes me sick” that MHI would not realize the “insensitivity” of holding a meeting this close to such a major tragedy in the Sunshine State.

They are tone deaf,” said another.

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Is it About the Money?

It’s about the revenue, they have a hefty fee for each event,” a member stated. While it was first raised about a different topic, does Marty Lavin’s dictums shown above apply as well to this scenario?

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Multiple MHI award winner Doug Gorman has called for Pam Danner, a personal friend of his, to be replaced as the head of the HUD Code Manufactured Housing Program. While MHI postures the desire for change, why aren’t they making the one common sense request that would make change a reality? This is an issue that MHI member factories, retailers and communities are among those pondering the question, for more click the graphic above.

It’s one thing for the Florida [Manufactured Housing] Association to have a meeting post-Irma, that may even make sense in terms of sharing insights and lessons learned,” a community operator said. “But MHI?  Come on.”

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Pam Danner, JD, as head of the manufactured housing program, ought to be the replaced, as has occurred with other Obama Administration hold-overs. Sources say that without MHI support, Danner could not still contain her role. For an in depth view of the various disconnects between MHI’s stated position and reality checks, click here.

What accomplishment will MHI point to for their members that do attend? Will the association finally state their reasons for their de-facto support of Pam Danner?  Will they address recent concerns raised by industry professionals in and out of MHI? ## (News, event, analysis.)

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Stinking Up the Place: Manufactured Home Community Issues

April 6th, 2017 Comments off
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The Ortega Village Community. Credit: MHVillage.

In Jacksonville, Florida, residents of the Ortega Village community say that they are tired… of the smell.

But it turns out that some residents may be causing the issue.

Per First Coast News, behind an attractive entrance to the community, lies a smelly, and potentially hazardous problem.

Sewer lines continue to back up at Ortega Village, and according to at least one resident, it’s been an ongoing issue.

It is disgusting and it has been going on too long,” said resident Kameelah Haywood.

I’ve been here a year and it has probably been five times where we have had sewage backed up into my toilet, and into the tub.”

The community, operated by Michigan Based RHP Properties and Bayshore Home Sales, has managed to identify the problem in a recent letter to residents.

We are experiencing high volume of sewer back up due to non- flushable items…. Socks, Shirts, Baby Wipes, golf balls, grease.”

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One of the backups. Credit: First Coast News.

Haywood says that in past instances, plumbers would come out to fix the problem, but that the fixes were temporary, as the backups would happen shortly afterwards. She also can’t figure out why the non-flushable items would affect her.

I’m not putting any of those things down the drain so why would I have that problem? asked Haywood.

It is my neighbor and the other neighbor, it is three of (them) that I know of.”

Residents say that the backups happen so often, they have to remove the sewer clean out cap to get the stench and sewage out of their homes. They also believe that they know what the issue is – the community’s lift station, which moves wastewater from lower to higher elevations.

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An unrelated lift station. Credit: Pollution Control Systems.

Haywood, who pays $650 a month in rent, says that she just wants the problem solved.

I feel it is their problem they should take care of it,” said Haywood.

Put me in another trailer [sic] or take care of the problem permanently.”

The Daily Business News recently has reached out to RHP Properties for comment and will update this story accordingly.

For more on sewage related challenges for manufactured home communities, including the case of Elmwood Mobile Manor in Puyallup, Washington dealing with the effects of flooding from a new community development, click here. ##

 

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State: MHC Sold Unlivable Home

January 24th, 2013 Comments off

DesertDispatch reports from Barstow, Calif. in San Bernardino County a factory-built home sold to a family at the Hacienda Mobile Home Park was alleged to have black mold, running sewage, an open electrical panel and a leaking water heater. Deemed uninhabitable by the Dept. of Housing and Community Development, Hacienda was cited for selling a substandard housing unit and has 30 days to repair the damaged home before trying to sell it again. MHProNews has been informed the Dept. of Housing noted 16 violations, including holes in the floor in two bathrooms, two bedrooms, a hallway and water heater compartment. The community manager claims the family inflicted the damage to get out of the contract.

(Photo credit: Brooke Self/desertdispatch–family with uninhabitable home)

Government Releases Housing Data for First Time

January 11th, 2013 Comments off

MHProNews has learned the U.S. Census Bureau and the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have for the first time made public their findings on the quality of housing in the U.S., available on the Census Bureau’s American FactFinder. The survey of the nation’s 115 million households includes apartments, manufactured housing, single-family homes, new construction, and vacant housing units, and documents information about everything from sewage and value to mortgage, safety features and socioeconomic status of the occupants. Statistics include: The median year the homes were built is 1974; owner occupied single-family detached and manufactured homes’ median size is 1,800 square feet, while renters units are 1,300 square feet (newly constructed homes are 2,200 square feet); 71 residents have a high rating of their homes, while residents of newer constructed homes gave their homes an 84 rating; 52 percent of the homes surveyed have two or more bathrooms, and 83 percent have a washing machine; and households pay on average $927 a month for housing, while the median of new construction residents pay $1,340 a month—both take 24 percent of household income. To access the full report click here.

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MHC to Receive Public Sewer Lines

October 30th, 2012 Comments off

With the soil long inundated with septic systems, residents of Greensprings Mobile Home Park in James City County, near Williamsport, Virginia implored the Board of Supervisors to extend public sewer lines to the community, according to Virginia Gazette. Owner Franklin Management Co. has been pumping and hauling sewage for years, but some backs up into yards, and threatens residents’ health. As MHProNews has learned the supervisors hesitated to pass the measure, fearing the owner would pass the $600,000 cost of the hook-up on to the residents, or develop the property into single-family homes, since the sewer lines would increase the value of the land. An agreement was eventually signed preventing the owner from passing the cost onto residents.

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Dirty Water

October 2nd, 2012 Comments off

Widespread environmental management problems at 73 manufactured home communities led to the imposition of a $1,339,000 penalty for violating state and federal clean water and waste treatment statutes. All the communities are connected to Frank Perano of Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, who has signed a consent decree to pay, pending court approval and a 30-day public comment period. The result of a multi-year investigation found 5,200 violations of state and EPA drinking water and sewage standards in 45 communities in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The various corporations of Perano have been cooperative, according to investigators, and have agreed to the required upgrades. As MSNBC tells MHProNews, a third-party environmental consultant will periodically perform quality control audits at the communities to assure compliance.

(Photo credit: Localism–Melody Lakes Country Cub Estates, one of the communities affected))

Enter, Manufactured Housing?

June 19th, 2012 Comments off

Community development lenders and investors might be eligible for $200,000 grants each from the departments of Agriculture, Treasury and HUD to replace some of the worst housing in the nation—worse than urban slums or some Indian reservations: It’s the “colonias” areas of the U.S. border with Mexico. Likely to be in rural areas or just outside big cities, the residents are largely Hispanic, mostly American citizens, with a cultural propensity to own land. Often sold by shady landowners who tend to confiscate the land if one payment is missed, the residents too frequently have no money for a house after acquiring the land, so the “homes” tend to be of leftover wood, tar paper, and other scrounged materials. In some instances there is no water or sewage hook-ups, providing a breeding ground for disease. In fact, NationalMortgageNews tells MHProNews, Bubonic plague has even been detected at some sites. The funding will be targeted for infrastructure and construction to provide healthful and safe conditions.

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