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Warning – Number 1 Manufactured Housing State, Texas – Reports Month Over Month Rise, Year over Year Shipment Decline Continues

May 2nd, 2019 Comments off

 

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Last night, the Daily Business News on MHProNews looked at regional data that revealed 3 states with increases, but 3 others with significant declines in new manufactured homes shipped.

 

 

Now, in our pre-dawn report, multiple tips from members of the Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA) provided their state’s latest – sobering – shipment data.

Quoting the TMHA, following the graphic below.

 

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Manufactured home shipments for March moved up 4.9% over February. The month-over-month growth was aided by an additional work day and stemmed from a 10.5% increase in multi-section shipments which once again beat single-section shipments for the fourth month in a row. Single-section shipments slipped -0.7% from February.

We’re now past the point where the year-over-year comparisons for a single month should be substantially impacted by FEMA units and March saw a marked -26.8% slowdown in comparison to March of 2018, which was last year’s peak month.

Multi-sections shipments were down -9.8% and single-sections were down -39.5%.

While shipments were soft this month, the early data indicates that retailer sales expanded in February and titles issued thus far for March sales also indicate strong year-over-year growth for that month. We’ll be watching the titling data as it comes in, but It appears likely that last year’s backlog constraints led retailers to over order and build up a stock of homes in inventory that they are now selling from. If the year-over-year elevated sales continue, then shipments should pick up later in the year as those inventories decline.”

 

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Certainly, TMHA has significant influence from Clayton Homes, Berkshire Hathaway brand lenders, and the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI). Their staff arguably has the same “How Gold Rules” pressures that other state association executives have previously reported, see that, in the report linked from the text-image box that follows.

 

 

But the independent minded thinkers in MHVille need look no further than what MHI member companies that are publicly traded have said in their investor packets.

 

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Skyline Champion (SKY) have said similarly.

 

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In 1998, manufactured homes (MH) outsold RVs by some 3 to 2. In 2017, RVs outsold MHs by some 5 to 1. RVs recovered far more quickly from 2008. The facts raise questions. One, is the effectiveness of MHI as the post-production or ‘umbrella’ association in the country. The other question is more sobering. Has Buffett-Berkshire “Moat” strategies kept manufactured home production at historically low levels to allow a few big boy brands to consolidate others at a discounted ‘value’ by MHI insiders?

 

There are clearly investor concerns at play, because both Skyline and Cavco are trading below where they were about 6 months ago. See those related reports, below.

Facts matter.  During an affordable housing crisis, there certainly could be some variation, but the rise in shipments could be much stronger than it has been.  See the related reports to better understand the various forces at play that arguably are artificially limiting manufactured housing – often from within.

 

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That’s this morning’s pre-dawn episode of “Industry News, Tips, and Views Pros Can Use,” © where “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

 

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What the Latest Numbers from #1 Manufactured Housing Market Texas Reveals

December 28th, 2018 Comments off

 

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In a media release from the Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA), here are the latest insights.

 

Shipments in November moved down from both October and November of 2017 as the market faced fewer production days, rising interest rates, and falling oil prices,” said the TMHA statement.

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Manufacturer annual totals for (November, year to date) MH shipments in Texas,” are as follows.

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During an affordable housing crisis, however someone might chose to spin it, the manufactured housing numbers from Texas are foreboding.  Pause to consider what the market potential is, versus the actual results?  For example:

 

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The new data from Texas yesterday reveals once again the arguably false claims by the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) and their dominating Berkshire Hathaway members, such as Clayton Homes. 

In response to our Daily Business News on MHProNews fact-checks, evidence, and “follow the money” research, a voice from Indiana is whining in defense of MHI, instead of standing up for the interests of the independents he claims to represent.  

But far more important than a threatening letter from a claimed attorney for the Arlington, VA based MHI, or a voice from Indiana that can’t refute a single claim made here on MHProNews, are those dozens of new readers signing up for our industry-leading emailed news updates, joining the thousands of others already on our e-list.  

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As or more important are those from within MHI – or within/tied to Clayton, 21st Mortgage, other Berkshire brands, and from other industry sources – who are providing a growing stream of news tips.  

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Traffic on MHProNews has steadily grown for about 16 months, because industry professional readers want to know. Smoke and mirrors from Knoxville, Arlington or their rewarded allies only takes professional people so far, or for so long. Then, pros eventually wise up to the fact that sweet voices that say sweet things may in fact be leading you into troubled waters.

So while others in MHVille who are tied to the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington Axis play “the smear”  plus duck, dodge, dismiss, detract, distract, and defame – MHProNews will show the facts, evidence, and what common-sense suggests. Remember the 6Ds, and then understand why people use them.  By contrast, we hold those ‘MH leaders’ accountable for results that don’t match their claims or words.

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It’s simple, actually. If any of our MHProNews reports were factually inaccurate, then the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington Axis and their allies could simply disprove them. So why don’t they? Why do our fact checks stand on their own merits? Because the facts checked stand unrefuted. It’s the principle of Occam’s Razor.

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The fact that MHI is apparently using another purported pawn-puppet – one tied to SECO related scandals – instead of dealing with the issues that are keeping manufactured housing at historic lows suggests the latest ‘over the target reactions is for them a #Nettlesome issue.  Compare what TMHA said to what MHI themselves said, because facts are facts, no matter how #Nettlesome. 

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Facts are facts. If MHI, Clayton, 21st or anyone designated on their behalf can point to factual errors in a report, let them do so. The TMHA and MHI data only confirm what MHProNews previously reported, summarized in part in the graphic below.

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Otherwise, the industry must recognize that the data reflected above or in other related reports linked further below stand publicly undisputed. Emotions have their proper place, when emotions rouse us to do what a mature person intelligently should do. But heads in the sand and happy talk help no one, but a few consolidators a.k.a. monopolistic players.

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Reason and common sense must be in the mix too.

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The only way to solve a problem is to first recognize it exists, and then use a goal-and-solution oriented approach, one based upon facts to solve what needs correcting.

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If MHI’s CEO Richard ‘Dick’ Jennison had a good explanation for why the performance is so poor, in spite of their multimillion-dollar budgets and all of their supposed promotional efforts, why doesn’t he just give the explanation?

 

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The wise don’t go to a doctor over an illness or disease, and then beg for a reason to keep doing unhealthy habits. Rather, the wise seek the facts, then look for the path that returns the body – business, or an industry – back to good health.  For a late Christmas gift, we give once more the gift of the unvarnished truth coupled with common sense. Some will hate that truth or fact checks, but the largest professional audience in MHVille finds us to be informative, as well as entertaining.

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OTR from industry pros. We get the full range of comments, but the most common words we read include, these two “Thank you.”

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Gus’ message came in response to a series of exposes on issues within manufactured housing, as well as tips, strategies and opportunities.

The MH industry has been essentially flat when it could be rocking and rolling. We’ll dig more deeply in to the causes and solutions in 2019. Join us for the ride by signing up for our popular headline news emails, above or below. See the related reports, below the notices and byline, for more insights and facts on the new manufactured home shipment trends.

Rephrased, we’ll have FUN in 2019 while calling the ‘powers that be on’ the carpet, and holding their performance up to their own problematic claims and words, vs. the actual performance our once roaring industry achieved.  The only way things will change is if the status quo is challenged.

That’s this morning’s MH “Industry News, Tips, and Views Pros Can Use,”  © where “We Provide, You Decide.”  © ## (News , analysis, and commentary.)

 

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Texas, Florida Hurricanes Slam September Hiring, First Jobs Drop in Years

October 6th, 2017 Comments off

StormCloudsSeptemberJobsReportDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsCooltText576The U.S. lost 33,000 jobs in September after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma hit Texas, Florida and other Southeastern states. It was the first decline in nearly seven years,” reports AP, the Washington Times, and others.

The unemployment rate fell to 4.2 percent from 4.4 percent, the Labor Department said Friday, the lowest level since February 2001,” AP said.

Manufactured housing industry lenders have told MHProNews that the hurricanes are adding wrinkles to their collections processes, as those impacted by storms are struggling to regain their footing.

Sellers, as has been previously reported, are feeling a very different set of impacts as FEMA and longer wait times are adding to independent retailers stress.

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There is legitimate reason for concern,” Crawford told MHProNews. “If they [FEMA] commandeer a large portion of production/plants, all of us independents are going to feel that hit and, depending on your suppliers, that could be a BIG hit.”

Other retailers have said similarly, as was previously reported at this link here.

We can see why FEMA buys direct from manufacturers to expedite new homes to those [storm victims] who lost their homes,” Rodriguez said. He is “Absolutely” sympathetic to the needs of those tens of thousands of hurricane victims.

However,” the Tejas Homes leader asked, “who is looking out for the long-term viability of the [independent] retailer organizations?”

Public officials across the political divide are responding as they can, pointing operations to resources for home owners and businesses that may help.  See a recent report, linked here.

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More Impact from FEMA to Come?

Ross Kinzler told MHProNews that he expects other kinds of impact ahead on manufactured housing independents — producers, and retailers.

Kinzler – the actively retired Wisconsin Housing Alliance’s (WHA) prior executive – said, “…HUD code labels should not used for FEMA,” a point he’s made for several years.  The harm it produces to the industry, “has played out time and again.”

Watch as the Harvey units flood back into the retail market in 24 to 36 months, depressing new home shipments,” Kinzler predicts.

If the past is any experience, the industry could go from feast to famine rapidly, if the proper steps aren’t taken.

You can’t sell in bulk to FEMA…AND sell full price units later without taking a hit,” Kinzler said.

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Ross Kinzler, retired Executive Director of the Wisconsin Housing Alliance. Credits, MHProNews.

Back to the Jobs Report…

Looking past the hurricanes’ impact, the job market and economy generally look healthy,” the Washington Times said. “Some economists expect job growth to rebound in the coming months as businesses in the area reopen and construction companies ramp up repair and renovation work.”

That statement dovetails with a Daily Business News report on expectations of manufacturers.

One manufacturing trade group predicted this September slam on jobs, but said that the longer term outlook for the 4th quarter in the U.S. was brighter.  See that report, linked here.

But short term, there will be pain, experts say.

Roughly 1.5 million people were unable to work last month because of the weather, the government said, the most in 20 years,” per the U.S. Labor Department and the Washington Times.

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These facts underscore why Juanita Duggan, president of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), has stressed the urgency of tax reform, to boost the economy and spark the economic growth that might lift the U.S. economy past debt and other looming economic challenges. ## (News, analysis.)

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Association, Members Respond to Hurricane Harvey, FEMA and Related Manufactured Housing Efforts

September 8th, 2017 Comments off
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With tens of thousands of households left homeless after Hurricane Harvey, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is preparing for what administrator Brock Long believes could be years of work to get people back into homes.

  • As the Daily Business News (DBN) on MHProNews has previously reported,
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    the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD),
    as well as manufactured housing industry professionals,

are all gearing up for the biggest housing relief efforts seen in the United States to date.

The DBN has also reported on an urgent call from FEMA for manufactured homes.

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Now the Alabama Manufactured Housing Association (AMHA) has informed MHProNews that many of the 4,500 requested emergency housing units will come from Alabama.

A lot of our retailers and manufacturing plants are already FEMA contractors, and they have a great deal of experience with building these homes,” said Alabama Manufactured Housing Association Deputy Director, Lance Latham.

“Alabama is Uniquely Prepared to Meet this Need”

There are some twelve manufactured housing plants in the state of Alabama.  Those production centers reported have nearly 4,000 employees. In 2016, those manufactured home plants produced more than 11,000 homes.

That total, sources say, does not include units made specifically for FEMA.

Our industry is very strong in Alabama, and because of that we are in a position to help,” said Latham. “As one of the top four states in the country for producing manufactured housing, Alabama is uniquely prepared to meet this need.”

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FEMA Manufactured Housing Units (MHU) can be between one and three bedrooms, and must be handicap accessible. The MHUs are built and inspected to the same HUD Code for manufactured homes, but have specific features that FEMA desires for emergency relief use.

During the recent urgent call for manufactured homes, FEMA will be taking all homes up to three bedrooms, and no larger than 16 X 72, per Federal Business Opportunities.

While FEMA gathers up existing manufactured homes for survivors of Harvey in Texas or Louisiana, manufacturers will need to replenish their inventory. Builders are striving to keep up with existing sales from retailers, communities and developers.  But they are also striving to prepare for the possibility of major hurricane destruction in Florida and the southeastern Atlantic, as Hurricane Irma is projected to make landfall.

Disruption in the Supply Chain Could Stall Production

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Supplies like plywood could see a shortage due to Hurricane Harvey. Image credit, Love To Know.

Sources in Alabama have told MHProNews that there could be a temporary disruption of supplies as many of the suppliers are in the Houston metro area, where Hurricane Harvey made landfall less than two weeks ago.

Disruption in the supply chain is expected to affect both manufactured housing and the conventional housing industries, as well as remodelers. The first things expected to see a price hike are plywood and OSB.

According to the same sources, several manufacturers are already announcing the rise in prices to retailers, communities and developers.

The price of fuel is also temporarily up, which will tend to lead to a fuel surcharges.

All these potential shortages can affect the efficiency of the production of additional manufactured homes for FEMA.  Still, the response time using MHUs or other manufactured homes is likely to be much more rapid than conventional construction, because similar factors will impact ‘stick builders.’

Regardless, AMHA states that manufacturers in Alabama are prepared, and that “the plants can easily switch over to doing FEMA units,” per AL.com. ## (News.)

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Historic Hurricane Season as Hurricane Irma Approaches the Florida Coast, Can FEMA Keep Up?

September 6th, 2017 Comments off
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In Florida, we always prepare for the worst and hope for the best,” said Florida Governor Rick Scott, and while the exact path of Irma is not absolutely known at this time, we cannot afford to not be prepared.”

Less than two weeks have passed since Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas as a Category 4 storm, leaving a mass of destruction in its wake.

Now, a similarly terrifying storm is making its way through the Atlantic, with enormous potential to make landfall in southern Florida.  While not a record, Fox News said that it could be the first time in 102 years that two category 4 hurricanes make landfall in the U.S.

Hurricane Irma is now a Category 5 hurricane, making landfall in the northern Caribbean Islands. The storm is expected to downgrade to a Category 4 before potentially making landfall in southern Florida, per AccuWeather.

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Potential impact zones for Hurricane Irma. Image credit, AccuWeather.

At this time, it is too soon to tell where or if it will hit in Florida.

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But given the computer models, Governor Scott has already declared a State of Emergency for all counties in the state.

He has also activated the Florida Air and Army National Guard, with 100 members called to duty immediately.

All 7,000 members of the state’s guard are expected to report Friday morning, per the Orlando Sentinel.

Our state emergency management officials are working with our federal and local partners to prepare for any potential impacts from this dangerous storm,” Scott said. “And it is crucial that we have access to every available resource to protect our families and communities.”

Emergency measures that may be taken include shoring up beach dunes, building emergency beams, and plans for potential evacuation.

It is incredibly important that all Floridians pay attention to this incredibly dangerous storm,’’ Scott urged residents. “Do not sit and wait to prepare. Prepare now.”

Residents, both new and life-long, are not taking chances when it comes to this storm. According to the Herald Tribune, keeping water on the shelves was nearly impossible for stores on Tuesday.

Since the storm isn’t expected to reach the state until sometime Friday to Sunday, residents have time to plan.“Time is definitely on our side,” said Matt Bragaw, a forecaster at the National Weather Service in Melbourne. “It’s definitely daunting, but it’s times like this where being calm and collected are a necessity.”

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Carrie Morse of Sarasota stocks up on hurricane supplies at Circle A Food Place in Sarasota, FL. on Tuesday. Image and captaion credit, the Herald Tribune.

Even for those who will not experience a direct impact with Irma there will be high winds and heavy rains over the weekend.

This is definitely a serious situation for everyone in the Florida peninsula,” Bragaw said. “If [the storm] steers east or west, we’ll still feel some impacts.”

FEMA Could Pre-Position Manufactured Homes, Buy Others from HUD Code Home Sellers

As the Daily Business News report linked from the graphic below stated, now is a good time for manufactured home sellers to contact FEMA officials, who are already seeking manufactured homes in disaster impacted Texas and Louisiana.

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It is unknown at this time what effect, if any, a weather related disaster may have on planned manufactured housing industry events in Florida.

Can FEMA Keep Up With Two Category 4 Hurricanes?

Since FEMA and other government resources will be strained due to last week’s destruction in Texas, more preparation and storm aftermath may rest on individuals, Myers said. It may be crucial to evacuate ahead of the storm, so preparation is key,” per AccuWeather.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is already working around the clock in Texas to help get the nearly 40,000 people who lost their homes out of shelters, and into a more permanent form of housing. Just yesterday, the agency issued an urgent call for manufactured homes for Hurricane Harvey survivors.

In Texas, relief efforts came quickly because President Trump declared a State of Emergency ahead of time, as the Daily Business News has previously reported.

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In preparation for Irma, President Trump has done the same – declaring a State of Emergency in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands on Tuesday, per Fox News.

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Three of many possible paths Hurricane Irma can take over the weekend. Image credit, AccuWeather.

However, with relief efforts only beginning in Texas, will FEMA be able to keep up with the needs of Americans if Irma makes landfall as a Category 4 hurricane?

The U.S. has not sustained a direct hit from two Category 4 or above hurricanes in more than 100 years,” Evan Myers, AccuWeather expert senior meteorologist and chief operating officer, said.

Readers from Florida – as well as anyone who wants to keep track of where Hurricane Irma is headed – can keep watch with the livestream below.

If there is an evacuation order in your area, please follow it,” Gov. Rick Scott said Tuesday. “We can rebuild your home but we cannot rebuild your life.” ## (News.)

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In Response To Tragedy, A Principle Based Message of Hope, Solidarity, Subsidiarity

August 31st, 2017 Comments off
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Over the past few weeks the nation has experienced a lot of tragedy.

First, there was the sad events in Charlottesville, which raised the ugly specter of racism among a tiny group of Americans again.  

Then, there is the more recent Hurricane Harvey’s devastation in Texas, which has shown an example of people of all backgrounds pulling together. But the sheer scope of the tragedy can’t be measured in the cost in dollars alone.

In response to Charlottesville, manufactured housing advocate, the Reverend Donald Tye, Jr. and MHLivingNews/MHProNews publisher L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach prepared a statement of “healing and hope.”

Citing sources, Tye and Kovach point to principles of Christianity and morality as foundational in America.   Not to declare a national religion, but to encourage the best of people, the duo say.

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As people from a variety of walks of life come together to help those devastated by Charlottesville, Texas, Florida and now Louisiana, the reminder they shared is that we are all part of one human race, one nation, and one earth.

Among their quotes, “United we stand, divided we fall.”

You can read the full statement from Reverend Donald Tye, Jr. and Kovach on MHLivingNews, linked here. ## (News, announcement, analysis.)

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VP Mike Pence, Industry Voices Sound Off on Manufactured Housing Relief for Harvey Victims

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The state of Texas is about to undergo one of the largest recovery-housing missions that the nation has ever seen,” Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long said during a news conference Monday. “It’s a long process. Housing is going to be very frustrating in Texas. We have to set the expectations.”

Since last Friday the Daily Business News has been tracking Hurricane Harvey, the devastation left in its wake, and what it could mean for manufactured housing.

What was originally estimated to be just under $40 billion in damages has quickly turned into $100 billion or more, per Newsmax.

The Daily Business News has also reported that FEMA is already gearing up for what Long estimates could be years trying to rectify housing needs in Texas.

Once you start to wrap up the life safety mission and you’re moving citizens who may be trapped or isolated, you’re trying to get them to a shelter, you’re trying to minimize the time that they spend in that shelter,” said Long.

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Brock Long, Administrator of FEMA. Image credit, Congressional Fire Services Institute.

As the search and rescue phase begins to draw to a close, thousands of households are thinking in terms of long-term shelters. FEMA’s goal is to support Texas – and now Louisiana – to get storm victims out of shelters and into some form of semi-permanent or permanent housing near their communities and jobs, as much as possible.

Housing is going to be very frustrating in Texas,” Long said. “And we have to set the expectations. But we already have disaster housing assessment teams on site. We’re already working very proactively with the state.”

Those who have no financial means to obtain new housing will have access to disaster assistance, which will find them accommodations at motels or apartments.

So far, more than 22,000 have begun the application process for emergency disaster assistance, per USA Today.

The goal of this is, if we can’t put you back in your home because it’s destroyed or because the floodwaters are there and are going to be there a while, we want to get you out of the long-term sheltering,” Long said.

FEMA’s Manufactured Homes Will Be an Option for Thousands Displaced by the Storm

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Vice President Mike Pence. Image credit, Wikipedia.

Thousands of manufactured homes are pre-positioned to respond,” said Vice President Mike Pence to Sean Hannity on his radio show.

FEMA says that this time, manufactured homes are being used as a last resort accommodation, when there are no longer hotels or apartments available for housing.

The last resort is to bring in manufactured homes and travel trailers,” Long said.

But that is a long process,” he added. “We don’t start dragging in manufactured homes and travel trailers right off the bat. They’re not going to be on your property tomorrow by any means.”

While Long said that they will bring in manufactured housing, but will also use travel trailers, at least one industry professional is questioning the accuracy of that statement.

Mark Weiss, President and CEO of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) says he thinks that inaccurate.

Well, they’re lumping manufactured housing in with RVs, which is wrong factually and also not FEMA policy as I understand it.  That policy is to use federally regulated HUD Code housing and not RVs,” Weiss told MHProNews.

In his interview with Hannity, Vice President Pence added that manufactured homes would be available sooner “thanks to president Trump signing a disaster declaration before the storm even hit.”

Pence used the correct terminology each time he spoke about the issue of manufactured homes.  A HUD Code producer in Indiana, where Pence was governor, told MHProNews that the vice-president he was “well informed” on the issues, including the use of proper nomenclature.

Another source concurred.

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Vice President Pence is well versed in manufactured housing,”  Ronald L. Breymier, Executive Director, Indiana Manufactured Housing Association (IMHA) told MHProNews.He is originally from Columbus, Indiana and even before he was elected Governor he was familiar with our industry due to a friendship with one IMHA-RVIC’s board members (now deceased) who owned manufactured housing communities. As Governor he was sensitive to and responsive to Indiana’s manufactured housing industry.”

Logistics

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Weiss told MHProNewsthat saying that MH are the last resort may reflect the practical logistical reality of getting manufactured homes into the disaster zone in significant numbers, right away.”

Texas MHA Will Help Provide Housing

FEMA is not the only ones who will be working to provide housing for the Texans who lost their homes in this devastating natural disaster.

Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson, numerous private and corporate groups, and the Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA) are all among also doing what they can to help residents get back into homes as soon as possible.

TMHA has pledged to help in both the immediate future and long term rebuilding efforts to come.  We are organizing within our membership ranks to prepare in the event our industry, in particular, came play a role in the recovery efforts,” the association told MHProNews in a release.

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Texas Manufactured Housing Association. Image credit, TMHA.

TMHA has asked retailers and communities to take stock of their inventories should they be asked about help housing those who were displaced. They said they have not been asked yet, but have been in the past.

Gus Rodriguez of Tejas Homes, near Conroe, TX was among the retailers that told MHProNews that they were gearing up to assist flood victims looking for housing.  The retailer indicated that they closed during the heaviest parts of the storm, but were re-opening and ready to go with a good level of inventory.

 

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FEMA manufactured homes that were used in Minnesota after flooding. Image credit, FEMA.

President Trump Thanks Everyone for Working Together

Earlier this week, the White House Press Room told MHProNews that, Today, President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will travel to Corpus Christi, Texas, where they will receive a briefing on Hurricane Harvey relief efforts with local leadership and relief organizations. In the afternoon, the President and the First Lady will tour the Emergency Operations Center in Austin, Texas.”

During the storm briefing, Trump commended everyone in his cabinet for working so hard and so well together to provide Texans with everything they need to get through this terrible time. The full video of the briefing is below.

Louisiana and the LMHA

At this point our thoughts remain with those in Texas that are experiencing what we here in Louisiana felt 12 years ago. We remain ready to assist in any way we can,”  said Leonard Kopowski with the Louisiana Manufactured Housing Association to MHProNews.

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Leonard Kopowski. Credit: MHLivingNews.

 

As far as Louisiana, early reports show nearly 2,000 houses affected and 5,000 residents displaced.  The LMHA will stands ready to serve those seeking new homes for their families,” Kopowski said.

Catastrophic and life-threatening flooding continues in southeastern Texas and portions of southwestern Louisiana,” the National Weather Service said in an advisory this morning. “Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses, as well as other drainage areas and low-lying spots.” ## (News.)

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Is FEMA Prepared for Hurricane Harvey Recovery?

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FEMA is going to be there for years,” Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” in regards to the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

Long added, “This disaster is going to be a landmark event.”

Hurricane Harvey made landfall last Friday night, between Port Aransas and Port O’Connor, Texas. It hit as a category 4 hurricane, per CNN.

Earlier on Friday, the Daily Business News had reported that the storm was expected to do $36.9 billion in damages if it had made landfall as a Category 3 hurricane.

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MHProNews heard from a retailer north of Houston that indicated they had temporarily closed their sales center during the deluge.

They expected to reopen Wednesday or Thursday to brisk business.

Flooding, Destruction 

At this time a more accurate estimate for the damage is unavailable, as the storm is an ongoing event. Considering the storm made landfall as a Category 4 not 3, and the damage is extensive, as the videos below from CNN reveal.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has reminded residents to follow all local weather warnings and says that the Trump Administration has been accommodating throughout the events of the last week.

I’ve talked to President Trump several times, as well as his Cabinet members and his officials, and especially the head of FEMA,” said Abbott. “And we’ve made multiple requests, and we’re getting absolutely everything we need.”

When asked in the CNN interview whether or not FEMA was prepared to stay in Texas for “months on end,” Long replied saying, “We’re setting up and gearing up for the next couple years.”

Damage from Hurricane Harvey goes beyond what was caused by high winds. Much of the damage has been caused by flooding, with people escaping their homes through second story windows and even through holes in the roof – as you saw in the video above.

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Brock Long, Administrator of FEMA. Image credit, Congressional Fire Services Institute.

The state has seen more rain in a few days than they normally see in a year, with The Weather Channel estimating 50 inches of rainfall before the rain finally subsides.

I’m asking for all citizens to get involved here,” Long said. “Donate your money, figure out how you can get involved as we help Texas find a new normal going forward after this devastating disaster.”

FEMA also put up a page today that provides safety tips and emergency numbers for Texans.

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Tragic Events Outline Opportunity for Manufactured Housing

There are an estimated 30,000 people in need of shelter after losing their homes to the storm, per ABC News.

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Manufactured housing Units – designed for FEMA, called MHUs – will be an expected part of the FEMA response. Given the extraordinary damage expected, will FEMA reach out to retailers, as they did during Louisiana flooding? Photo credit, WAFB.

Though the circumstances are tragic, it’s an opportunity for the manufactured housing industry to once more step up to the plate, and provide assistance to those in need.

 

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Damage from Hurricane Harvey in Texas. Notice that manufactured homes in the background seem to be stable, while these RVs have tipped over. Image credit, Washington Times.

Hurricane Harvey was the strongest storm to make landfall in the U.S. in a decade, per The Queensland Times. The destruction it has caused has been significant, and the flooding won’t stop until well after the rain does.

Whether the recovery for the state takes months, or years, it is a long road ahead for the cities in Texas affected by the storm.

The Austin-American Statesman reports that Gov. Abbott gave the Trump administration an “A-plus” for its response to Hurricane Harvey, saying “all across the board, from the White House to the federal administration to FEMA, they’ve been very helpful.”  The president is expected to make a visit today to the flood ravaged state.

This is a storm that the United States has not seen yet,” Long said. ## (News, analysis.)

Related: What Will Cost Be For Hurricane Harvey’s Recovery?

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Hurricane Harvey, Billions in Damage Expected, Tragic Opportunities for Factory Home Builders?

August 25th, 2017 Comments off
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Texas is meeting Hurricane Harvey.  Currently a Category 2, per the NOAA, it is set to do billions of dollars in property damage.

Hurricane Harvey is threatening Texan’s and nearby coastal states with torrential rainfall and flash flooding.

The heavy rains from the storm are expected to continue, perhaps until next Thursday or even Friday.  It may drop as much as 34 inches of rainfall.

That’s as much or more as parts of the state usually sees in a year, all in the course of one week.

The local weather service is being blunt about the situation, saying “some structures becoming uninhabitable or washed away” and “numerous road and bridge closures with some weakened or washed out” are likely.

According to the Houston Chronicle and a report released by Irvine, CA based CoreLogic, at least 118,000 homes in the Houston area alone are at risk for damage should the hurricane make landfall, especially if it hits as a Category 3 storm.

The cost to rebuild these homes – including labor and materials – is being estimated at $20.8 billion.

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Along the Texas coast there are around 232,721 homes that are also at risk of damage from Category 3 hurricane conditions.  If so, the estimated cost to rebuild statewide is $39.6 billion.

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Rainfall outlook for Texas during Hurricane Harvey. Credit, The Weather Channel.

These numbers are estimates of course – and until the storm is over there is no way to get a clearer idea of what the total damages will be.

The National Weather Service (NWS) warns that “structural damage to sturdy buildings” and “complete destruction of mobile homes” is likely around the eyewall of the hurricane.  It is unclear, based upon the quotes, if the NWS meant pre-HUD Code mobile home or post-code manufactured homes, or both.

While no one claims manufactured homes are tornado or hurricane proof, the facts reflect a far more durable structure than media and weather services report.

Per a report done in Florida, linked here, the post-storm facts make it clear that manufactured homes – notably those post 1994 – are in several cases performing as well or better than conventional housing.

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You can see for yourself in the MHLivingNews video where people talk about the surprise of coming back after evacuating to their home standing strong and proud as always.

As that previous Daily Business News article points out, some 80% of damages to manufactured homes during hurricanes were due to the improper attachment or tie-down of add-ons, such as porches and carports.  Flying debris is another problem, for all kinds of housing.

Tragic Opportunities for Manufactured and Modular Homes?

While it is too soon to tell, it would not be a surprise if FEMA was called in, post storm.

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Graphic from a prior story, to see that report, click here. Credit: Russ Desantis, The Record.

While HUD Code manufactured homes are sturdier and safer than older mobile homes, or some conventional housing, residents should follow hurricane evacuation warnings when they are given. ## (News, analysis.)

Friday Evening Update: This storm has progressed into Category 3, and is now a Category 4 hurricane.

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Sunday Morning Weekly Recap Manufactured Housing Industry News June 25 to July 2, 2017

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As vacation season rolls on, we’ll try something just a little bit different again today for our weekly recap of .  Reader feedback, always encouraged and appreciated.  Matthew and his work are missed, but we hope his trip to the mountains will be a good one!

What’s New on MHLivingNews.com

We’re testing out some new things on the Daily Business News this week too, and have had some guest writers doing reports for us.  Traffic on these reports have been good  – that’s always a positive sign – but your written feedback is appreciated. 

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June 28th, 2017

 

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June 27th, 2017

 

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June 26th, 2017

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Sunday, June 25th.

Sunday Morning Weekly Recap Manufactured Housing Industry News June 18 to June 25, 2017

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