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MHI Legislative Fly In Clouded By New Controversy

June 26th, 2017 Comments off
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The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) has been plagued by missteps and allegedly avoidable controversies, which, along with their lack of performance in achieving their own stated goals, has created industry concerns, according to sources’ statements to MHProNews.com.

The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) has created its own controversy, on the eve of their much ballyhooed “Legislative Fly-In” to Washington, D.C.  Two of the industry trade association’s senior staffers were allegedly terminated, days prior to their event, as was first reported by the Daily Business News, at this link here.

The Arlington, VA based trade group has removed the names of Vice Presidents Lois Starkey, and Tom Heinemann from their staff roster, but would not answer questions as to the cause of the two departures.

While the Executive Committee presumably knows, queries to several MHI board members and state association executives revealed that many were in the dark about the staff changes.  “I don’t know. If so, I didn’t hear. If I hear something I will let you know,” read one email to MHProNews.

I have not heard. As long as she’s been there I can’t see her quitting without sending some communication out. Obviously she was rushed out regardless,” said another.

Sources suggested to MHProNews.com that Lesli Gooch – Senior VP, a Ph.D. and failed Republican candidate for Congress – demanded and got the two former MHI VPs’ terminations.

There was also friction reported between MHI President Richard A. Jennison and Starkey.

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Starkey was involved in the more technical side of the federally regulated HUD code for manufactured housing. Sources say that while work-arounds are possible, not having that kind of experience on staff is troubling.

Starkey also is said to have had perhaps the most total tenure with MHI, outside of their educational affiliate.

Terminations – Signaling an MHI Pivot Regarding HUD? 

Sources are also saying that under growing pressure from grassroots elements of the industry, that MHI might be relenting on asking the Trump Administration for a new administrator over the HUD’s Manufactured Housing Program.

Commenting on Starkey, one source told MHProNews that “She [Lois] and Pamela Danner appeared to be tight. Pamela always went straight to her at any event and would generally see them leaving to go have dinner together.”

Several industry voices have been calling for a change at the leadership of the HUD Code manufactured home program.

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Pam Danner, JD, HUD Code Manufactured Housing Program Administrator, speaking as she often has at an MHI event.  Danner and MHI have appeared to be “cozy,” say sources, which has lead to questions as to why MHI can’t get Danner to relent on alleged regulatory overreaches. That grass roots pressure on MHI may be coming to a head, as time will soon reveal, in one way or another.  Photo credit, MHProNews.

Mark Weiss, president and CEO of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR), MHProNews editorially, and even voices from within MHI have called for a new program administrator to replace Pam Danner, J.D. as part of a necessary changes the industry is seeking at HUD.

MHARR has accused HUD of being out of compliance with federal law on several issues. MHARR’s leadership has also said that MHI goes along to get along with HUD, which hurts independent producers, perhaps to the indirect benefit of larger ones.  That Washington, D.C. based trade rival to MHI says that while they are representing producers, the harm being done applies to communities, retailers, suppliers and all those who want to see the industry grow more rapidly.

One rumor is that Starkey – who has some history with Danner – and Heinemann, who was formerly with HUD – were in part being swept away to make room for a shift on MHI policy regarding keeping or replacing Danner.

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In reports found first on the Daily Business News, MHI’s centerpiece efforts for reforming Dodd-Frank have low odds of success, per third party research. Several wonder, what’s the point or strategy? 

The Fly In Agenda’s Featured Focus Itself is Doubtful

MHProNews has previously reported that third party research reveals that MHI’s plan for reforming Dodd-Frank is unlikely to pass. See the most recent report on that, linked here and here.

For the report on the termination, related controversies at MHI, click the link here.

For commentary on this incident, framed in the context of the need to reform the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), click here.

For MHARR’s position on their call to replace Danner, click this link here. ## (News, Analysis.)

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

June 25th, 2017 Comments off

The New June 2017 articles on the MHProNews.com home page are live, with the full line up on display at this link here.

If you’ve been super busy, traveling, have been on vacation, or are new to the Daily Business News  on MHProNews, welcome to our weekly recap of the Manufactured Housing Industry’s News, Tips and Views that Pros Can Use.” ©

 

 

Let’s start with what’s New on MHLivingNews.com

At Death, What do You do with a Mobile or Manufactured Home?

Highlights of What’s New on MHProNews.com and the Daily Business News

 

 

 

 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

 

 

 

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City Expanding Affordable Housing

 Friday, June 23, 2017

The Homeless are Finding Benefactors in Many Cities

Skyline Investor Move$ Spotlight; Other MH Stocks, Broader Markets Mixed

 

 

Senior Staff Shakeup at the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI)?

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Are Americans Hunting for the Single Sectional Manufactured Home Alternative?

Competitive Enterprise Institute Grades Trump on Energy, Domestic Policies

 Thursday, June 22, 2017

 

Huge Loss to Affordable Housing Stock May Be in Offing

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Investor$ Big Move$ – LPX Spotlight; Tricon, LCI lead, NOB, SKY Bleed

Free Resource for Retailers, Communities, Your Customers and Residents

Jana Kasperkevic, Tiny Houses, Manufactured Homes & Financing

USDA Celebrating National Home Ownership Month

 Wednesday, June 21, 2017

 

Fearful Residents Ask, “Are There Murderers Living Here?”

Modular Housing Scandal? HUD Investigating, Senator McCain Blasts, Wants Reforms

Insider Trades, UMH – Carlyle Surges, Skyline Slips

‘CFPB Rectal Exam,’ Congressman Stresses Need for Credit & Financial Reform, Manufactured Home Pros React

 

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Is this MH Community Owner, Plus Thousands of Others, Unwittingly Waiving Rights Under Federal Law?

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

 

Summit Homes, Clayton Subsidiary, Donates to St Jude’s, Skyline JUMP$

Datacomp Releases Another JLT Manufactured Home Community – June 2017 Rent, Occupancy Reports, for Seven Markets

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Posh, Massive New Manufactured Home Community Being Developed

War Talk Worries? How Is It Impacting Markets?

National Home Ownership Month, MSU Tornado Researcher-Mark Skidmore-Touts Manufactured Homes as “Great” Option

 

Monday June 19, 2017

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Why Cavco Bought Lexington Homes, per Joe Stegmayer – CG, AMG, MHCV Up

Consolidation? Not just Manufactured Housing, Look at Banking – Similar Causes?

Starting Today, it’s Prosperity Now, CFED’s Rebranding

Michael Geller, Making a Home for Manufactured Housing, a Vision for America

 

Sunday Morning Weekly Recap Manufactured Housing Industry News June 11 to June 18, 2017

 

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