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State Associations, Companies Quit Membership in Manufactured Housing Institute, (MHI), One Explains in Writing, ‘Why?’

February 9th, 2018 Comments off

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The withdrawal letter now-published by the Manufactured Housing Communities of Arizona (MHCA) on Industry Voices is sober. It is a low key, ‘here are the facts’ now-open letter about why they’ve quit the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI).

But it might as well have been a bomb, as it is sending shock-waves through the industry as to its significance for MHI.


Nor is the MHCA alone.


In a message to the Daily Business News with their president’s letter attached, a source with MHCA told MHProNews that, “Yes, both Arizona and Nevada community owner associations dropped out of MHI [Manufactured Housing Institute]. Attached is a letter written by[MHCA] president, Neal Haney, regarding the situation from AZ’s point of view and you have permission to publish it. Hope this explains all.”

Permission to publish their letter was also given, and that letter is linked from a direct quote in that letter, above.

Sources within MHI tell the Daily Business Newsa number” of companies have also quit – not renewed – their membership.  Others that were considering membership – per another source – said that in the light of MHProNews and MHARR reports, have decided not to move ahead with joining MHI.

More on the corporate side of MHI member drop-outs in the days ahead.


Will Other State Associations Follow?

To be clear, fair, and balanced, there are happy – and unhappy – MHI members.

But even if unhappy, most other associations don’t have the freedom to do what the AZ and NV community owner associations did, says an informed source.



That’s explained in the previously published report, linked above. “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

Notice: a special report on a different, but related topic will appear this weekend.

Was the Urban Institute Misled, Duped, or Part of a Manufactured Housing Industry Scam?

Don’t miss it.



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State Associations – Clear Evidence of Advancing the Case for Manufactured Housing

January 4th, 2018 Comments off

2018-01-03_1959LennyKopowskiLMHALouisianaManufacturedHousingAssocDailyBuisnessNewsMHProNewsTheir video is professional quality.

The topic is a critical one for the industry – zoning and placement for manufactured homes.

Lenny Kopowski – with the Louisiana Manufactured Housing Association – presents in the video below another example of how state-level manufactured housing trade associations have taken an often bold, proactive role at developing the HUD Code manufactured housing industry’s image, education, and understanding.

The LMHA’s efforts – or that of other state associations we’ve covered here on the Daily Business News, and MHLivingNews over the years – merits to be contrasted with what has been done by the national trade group, the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI).

No video is perfect. 

But the fine LMHA video above was produced and posted online by LMHA about 6 years ago.  Meaning, they’ve been involved in doing that video educational effort, plus others, for years.

Meanwhile, MHI began late last year to publicize some of the advantages of manufactured housing. They did so after years of members and other industry professionals calling for such efforts – including from their own past president.


Giving Credit Where It’s Due, State Associations, and Manufactured Home Living

Two other examples of how state associations have taken a pro-active step in promoting educational facts about manufactured homes are linked above and below.

Quality Affordable Housing Hunters – Arkansas Manufactured Housing Association Works to Stop Myths, Deliver Facts

Among the reasons that this is important to the industry, investors, public officials, and manufactured home owners will be clarified in a report to be published here on the Daily Business News.  The facts, commentary, and analysis will be framed in the context of statements made by MHI President and CEO, Richard “Dick” Jennison, under oath.

Are the controversies, concerns, and allegations about MHI continuing into 2018? 


Will the MHI members compel the Arlington, VA based organization be reformed, or be replaced, under pressure?

Bloomberg, Rising “Mobile Home” Prices, and the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI)

Where is MHI’s response to problematic mainstream media reports, like the one above or below?

The REAL Truth, vs. Fake News, About Modern Manufactured Homes

MHProNews’ publisher has extended an invitation for MHI to respond to these and numerous other concerns in writing, which can then be published here for the industry at large to consider. 

What’s the Difference? Advertising vs. Educating

Or, in the alternative, there’s been an invitation for MHI to debate publicly at Louisville or Tunica via a video presentation that the entire industry could see. 

Will MHI take up the challenge? Time will tell. If they won’t debate or disclose, why not?

Crawford’s point about state associations is dramatically demonstrated by LMHA’s video, or the other state association examples linked above. “We Provide, You Decide.” ©  ## (News, analysis, commentary.)

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Frank Rolfe, Bob Crawford Video Comments on Current and New MH Association

June 13th, 2016 Comments off

Bob_Crawford_and_Frank_RolfeIn a video presentation, Frank Rolfe, a partner with Dave Reynolds in Mobile Home University, RV Horizons and MHP Funds, says he can call his congressional representative in Missouri and find out the chances of legislation passing that could positively affect the manufactured home industry, like altering Dodd-Frank.

Since it is often a one or two percent chance, Rolfe says Congress is like a business, and unless it is a hot-button issue, it is not likely to be changed, as MHProNews understands. He says everybody in the (MH) industry knows that Dodd-Frank is screwed up. If the party in the White House changes, there is a chance that many regulations will be repealed and perhaps that will include changes to Dodd-Frank. Other than that, based on feedback from his congressman, he has rather lost hope for a change.

Bob Crawford, the right hand man for industry legend Dick Moore, said Dodd-Frank was an overreaction on the part of the government, and while he does not envision Dodd-Frank being eliminated totally, he echoes Rolfe’s view that a change in the White House and the retention of incumbents could lead to some changes to the Act.

He says it will take a grass-roots effort for everyone to put pressure on their Representatives and Senators to make the needed changes because it is not in the interest of anyone in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to change.

Crawford says there has long been discussion about a post production national organization that represents retailers and community owners that could bring focus to this issue with representatives in Washington. He says the state associations do a good job looking out for their constituency, but they have to be nice to their representatives in trying to get rulings that benefit the industry and their particular issues.

Crawford envisions the new association as being more able to try and convince lawmakers of the need for change. “It is something that is sorely needed by this industry, and I would line up behind the first person who would take on this position,” he says.

Frank Rolfe says since the housing bubble in 2008 and the ensuing Dodd-Frank/CFPB debacle, he anticipates state associations will be more active in taking on community owner issues.

For the full interview, click here. ##

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Manufactured Housing Industry Execs Meeting over ByLaws Controversy; Legislative Agenda Advances

March 20th, 2013 Comments off

manufactured-housing-institute-gavel-bylaws-issue-posted-manufactured-housing-pronews-The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) is in the process of updating their bylaws, which was last done circa 2007, and led to controversy over proposed changes. The issue revolves in part around state association executives who seek to have a strong voice in MHI’s legislative and other agendas. MHI CEO Dick Jennison was contacted about the topic for comment. Jennison’s reply was: “…it would be inappropriate for me at this stage to officially comment while the bylaws changes are “pending” before the MHI Board for its consideration.”

It should be noted that bylaws are a matter of any association’s governance, and as such, are normally discussed and decided by board members, which makes Jennison’s response to our inquiry understandable.

State association executives were also contacted for comment, a number of whom shared thoughts about the topic off the record and copies of list-serve emails were provided to us about the controversy. From the state perspective, a number of executive directors feel their states deserve a strong voice at MHI, as their work is often critical in grass roots efforts. While some state associations threatened a possible walk out, a source close to the issues tells us that posture was walked back the next day. It should be noted that some execs clearly took a pro-MHI stand on the bylaws topic.

Reportedly a pair of non-state association parties have attempted to stir up the bylaws issue for some weeks.

An informed source close to MHI and the associations in question tells MHProNews that the offending language change in the bylaws was offered to be struck shortly after the issue arose in late February, in an effort to settle the issue between MHI and the state executives. With “bruises” evident in the respective camps, a private meeting was scheduled to take place at the upcoming Tunica Manufactured Housing Show to bring the various parties together for a resolution.

As one informed source stated, with similar comments from others to MHProNews, “I hope this gets resolved soon, as we certainly have bigger issues facing our industry than the MHI bylaws.”

The good news amidst this bylaws controversy is that it seems that progress is still being made in lining up bi-paritsan support for MHI’s federal legislative agenda. Our sources tell us that the plan is to file bills with bi-partisan support in both the House and the Senate at the same time, which is expected to take place “soon,” likely in the second quarter of 2013. That progress suggests that the parties nationally and locally are still working together in a professional manner. ##

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MHI Sluggers come to Louisville, Part I

January 16th, 2012 Comments off

In speaking to a packed room at the Louisville Manufactured Housing Show Jan. 12, Joe Stegmayer, CEO of Cavco/Fleetwood and MHI Chairman told attendees about the ongoing efforts of MHI to advance the Industry’s agenda in Washington. Stegmayer spoke of the critical nature of involvement by state associations, because “all politics are local.” Stegmayer said MHI and MHARR have been working together on some issues coming out of Washington. Both organizations participated in a conference call Nov. 22, 2011 with Federal Housing Authority (FHA) Commissioner Carole Galante and Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s program manager Henry Czauski. They discussed tight credit, a non-career administrator for the MH program, and representation on the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC). Stegmayer said he hopes they can work even more closely with each other in the days to come. He said MHI is carefully looking for a replacement for Thayer Long, and suggestions on a possible replacement should be sent to Sources tell MHProNews that the goal is to have a replacement for Thayer Long in place on or before March 2012. Some of the biggest names in the Industry were in attendance for Stegmayer’s address, along with a healthy dose of ‘mom and pop’ operators who make up the majority of the players in the Manufactured Housing Industry today.

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