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Tenn. City Bans Tiny Homes

August 1st, 2016 Comments off

Tiny_Home_Tennessee_New_Frontier_Tiny_Home_their_credit postedDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsThe city commissioners of Etowah, Tennessee in the southeast part of the state have passed an amendment banning the siting of Tiny Homes within the city limits, as newschannel9 tells MHProNews.

While some communities use the miniature homes for homeless people, and others to support simpler lifestyles, Etowah Director of Community Development Chris Ingram said he wants to preserve the historic look of the town and keep home prices high, something Tiny Homes do not provide. “It seemed wise to study the issue for maintaining our neighborhoods and trying to keep a fairly consistent look to the extent that we decided it best to institute a minimum square foot requirement,” Ingram said.

The new ordinance restricts new homes built in Residential Zone 1 are required to be at least 800 sq ft, while any new homes in Residential Zones 2 and 3 have to be at least 600 sq ft.

Tiny Home builder Jeremy Weaver said the ban is discriminatory against people who want to live a certain way. “There are a lot of people these days that want a smaller house – under 800 square feet. A lot of people even want them under 500 square feet that want a really nice house, they just want it to be smaller,” he added.

David James, Etowah’s vice mayor, voted for the amendment but is having second thoughts. He noted, “We have a lot of homes in Etowah that are in disrepair or burned out, or grown up in weeds. I’d rather see a very pretty quote-unquote tiny house than a grown up lot.”

Weaver said progressive cities around the nation are beginning to allow Tiny Homes. ##

(Photo credit: Frontier Tiny Home, Tennessee)

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Housing Issues on Tap for D.C. Discussion

September 10th, 2013 Comments off

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is sponsoring a forum on housing, Building a Better Future: America’s Housing at a Crossroads, Tue., Sept. 17, 2013 at the Newseum in Washington, D. C. Hosted by CQ Roll Call, a provider of Congressional news and legislative tracking, the free event will bring together members of Congress, their staff, industry and association leaders and other stakeholders in the housing market. Topics on the agenda include the outlook for housing demand, GSE Reform, and how tax reform might affect homeownership and the economy. U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) are on the schedule as keynote speakers. MHProNews has been informed panel sessions will feature governmental, academic, and business experts.

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Non-profit Housing Organization Teams with Clayton Homes

July 19th, 2013 Comments off

The non-profit Next Step, based in Louisville, Kent. has helped over 100 families purchase energy-efficient manufactured homes through its connections with affordable housing organizations across the country. Partnering with Maryville, Tenn.-based Clayton Homes, the largest producer of manufactured homes in North America, Next Step has placed homes in 20 states. As MHProNews has learned from wate.com, the homes feature energy-efficient heating and cooling units as well as high performance windows and insulation.

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House Committee to HUD: Hire Manufactured Housing Administrator or Else

June 29th, 2013 Comments off

The 2014 fiscal year House Appropriations Committee measure that outlines budgets for the Dept. of Housing and Urban development (HUD) contains a provision that HUD must choose a permanent administrator of the Office of Manufactured Housing within 120 days of the legislation’s enactment. Introduced by Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.), if HUD fails to meet this deadline, the agency will lose $50,000 in salaries and expense budgeting for each day the requirement is not met, according to the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) newsletter. The report accompanying the bill states that “the Committee understands that a substantial backlog of recommendations approved by the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee exists, and a lack of action and attention in this area has meant that codes and standards have not kept pace with technological innovation or allowed the industry to keep pace with consumer demand. The Committee looks forward to a more focused and responsive office under permanent leadership.” Knowing of the committee’s activity, a week prior HUD issued a notice announcing its search for someone to fill the administrator post, reversing a long-standing policy to leave the post vacant. As MHProNews knows, this marks an important milestone for the industry.

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Community Spared Sewer Loss

June 3rd, 2013 Comments off

Following up on a post MHProNews published May 22, 2013, regarding sewer service at an MHC possibly being shut off June 5 because of a $17,884.35 bill, mymotherlode reports a sign was posted at the community saying, “The sewer bill has been paid,” and signed, “Management.” Jim Clayton (not the founder of Clayton Homes of Maryville, Tenn.), owner of Columbia Mobile Home Park in Columbia, Calif., had previously said the bill would be paid before the deadline. A call to determine if full payment was made did not elicit a response.

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Clayton-Bradley Academy Opens July 19

May 22nd, 2013 Comments off

Following an article MHProNews posted April 1 regarding Clayton Homes CEO Kevin Clayton partnering with teacher Patricia Bradley to open a STEM school (science, technology, engineering, and math), knoxnews says classes are on track to start July 19, with Bradley as principal. The Clayton-Bradley Academy will begin with 140 students in K-6 and add a grade each year until it becomes K-12. Sited on the grounds of Clayton Homes in Maryville, Tenn., stressing the importance of education Clayton says quality education attracts people who want good schools for their children, and that in turn draws businesses into the community. “Ultimately that keeps property taxes lower because you’ve got companies who pay the majority of your property taxes, which lowers it for everyone else,” Clayton said. “I’ve found it to be true. If you want low property taxes, invest in schools.” While funding for the school has been completed for this year, the non-profit will field a fund raising drive to insure sustainability as the school expands. Noting the academy will integrate music, English, and the arts into its core subjects, and draw on a project-based learning approach, Bradley says, “We want to move learning from the knowing part of learning to using it in real life. We want to use that connection.” Clayton Homes is the largest producer of manufactured housing in North America.

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Clayton-Bradley Academy set to Open

April 1st, 2013 Comments off

Updating an article we posted Feb. 11, 2013 regarding Clayton Homes’ teaming with teacher Patricia Bradley to open Tenn.’s first STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) school, KnoxNews says the Clayton-Bradley Academy in Maryville has hired a full staff of teachers and enrolled half of the anticipated K-6 students. Adjacent to Clayton Homes HQ, the 25-acre campus will include state-of-the-art classrooms that connect to a 8,590 square foot multipurpose room. Set to open July 19, with an enrollment limit of 140 students, the school intends to add a grade every year until it becomes K-12. As MHProNews knows, Clayton Homes is the largest producer of manufactured homes in North America.

(Photo credit: Sarah Herron/KnoxNews–Patricia Bradley and Kevin Clayton)

A Cautionary Note to Residents of MH in Tenn.

January 14th, 2013 Comments off

Noting that fires move more quickly in small spaces, Tennessee State Fire Marshal and Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak is urging the 250,000 residents of manufactured housing in the state to install smoke alarms and plan an escape route in case of a fire. The news release through equities says although manufactured homes are no more prone to have a fire than site-built, the smaller space leaves less time to escape. In 2012 there were 368 manufactured home fires reported resulting in 14 deaths, 19 non-fatal injuries, and causing $5.4 million in property damages. The state tells MHProNews each bedroom and every family/living room should have a fire alarm and they should all be wied together so when one sounds they all sound. The first safety tip listed in the news release is when shopping for a manufactured home, make sure you buy one manufactured after June 15, 1976 that has a HUD label certifying it meets minimum standards.

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Galante finally Approved to Lead FHA

January 2nd, 2013 Comments off

NationalMortgageNews reports over a year after the Senate Banking Committee voted to send Carol Galante’s confirmation to the full Senate as Commissioner of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), the Senate voted 69-24 to confirm her appointment Sunday during a special session dealing with the fiscal cliff controversy. As MHProNews reported Dec. 14, 2011, Sen. Jim Demint, (R-SC), leveling charges at Ms. Galante of being short-sighted at a Senate Banking Committee hearing on her nomination, said, “We need people with a sense of urgency (italics added) about the need to turn things around and reduce our debt and avoid future bailouts.” Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), noting more needs to be done to repair FHA’s financially challenged single-family program, says as the confirmed commissioner Galante can now assemble her own staff and take more aggressive steps. The acting head of FHA since July 2011, she will also serve as a HUD assistant secretary.

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Clayton, Whirlpool Deal

December 3rd, 2012 Comments off

ApplianceMagazine reports Whirlpool Corp. has inked a single-source supplier agreement with Clayton Homes, Inc. of Maryville, Tenn. Beginning Jan. 1, 2013, Clayton’s customers will be able to choose from a variety of Whirlpool’s kitchen appliances. A subsidiary of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, Clayton is the largest producer of manufactured and modular homes in North America, as MHProNews knows.

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