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Dr. Carson Calls for Comments on HUD, MHARR Reacts

May 16th, 2017 Comments off
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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) posted a notice in the U.S. Federal Register yesterday, inviting comments related to identifying existing HUD regulations that may be “outdated, ineffective, or excessively burdensome.”

The directive, issued directly by HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson, is in accordance with Executive Orders (EO) 13771, “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs”, and Executive Order 13777 “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,” put forth by President Donald Trump in January and February respectively.

The notice is somewhat unusual in that it was issued directly by HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson (and not a lower-ranking Department official),” MHARR President & CEO Mark Weiss told MHProNews.

The notice states that HUD is in the process of establishing the agency Regulatory Reform Task Force required by EO 13777, and is seeking input from affected stakeholders in order to identify regulations that:

(1) Eliminate jobs, or inhibit job creation;

(2) Are outdated, unnecessary, or ineffective;

(3) Impose costs that exceed benefits;

(4) Create a serious inconsistency or otherwise interfere with regulatory reform initiatives and policies; or

(5) Rely, in whole or in part, on data, information, or methods that are not publicly available or are insufficiently transparent to meet the standard for reproducibility.

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Mark Weiss. Credit: MHProNews.

Weiss says that, as MHARR stated immediately after EO 13777 was issued, the President’s regulatory reform initiatives “offer, potentially, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the industry and consumers to put a severely out-of-touch and out-of-control federal program back on track.”

For those in the industry who still downplay the possibility of regulatory reform at HUD and continue to believe that the intolerable status quo within the manufactured housing program is somehow good enough – or inevitable — this follow-through on the President’s regulatory initiatives by the HUD Secretary should be a call to action to move quickly and decisively for serious changes to the HUD program,” said Weiss, who continued, “to bring it into full compliance with the 2000 reform law and to conform the program to the reality of the manufactured housing industry today where outstanding homes, outstanding quality and outstanding value have resulted in unprecedented customer satisfaction and minimal levels of consumer complaints.”

The deadline for comments is June 14, 2017. Weiss says that MHARR plans to submit comments aggressively targeting these regulatory abuses, and urges others within the industry to do the same.

The full notice from the Federal Register is linked here. ##

 

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MHARR Calls for Federal Moratorium On Critical Regulations

November 23rd, 2016 Comments off
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The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) has joined with President-elect Trump and leaders in Congress in calling for federal agencies to place a moratorium on pending regulatory actions during the final days of the Obama Administration.

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MHARR president and CEO M. Mark Weiss. Credit: MHProNews.

MHARR tells the Daily Business News that they are calling on the heads of three agencies specifically – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) to defer further action on pending controversial rules or actions that could have a severely negative impact on both the manufactured housing industry and American consumers of affordable housing.

MHARR will closely monitor all regulatory activity affecting manufactured housing during the remaining term of the Obama Administration, and will keep the industry apprised – and take further steps — as warranted.

For additional details on MHARR’s call for a moratorium, including the official news release and letters sent to regulators and public officials, click here.

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As long-time Daily Business News readers know. MHARR represents independent producers of federally-regulated HUD Code manufactured homes.##

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MHARR November Washington Update, Exclusive Report and Analysis

November 3rd, 2016 Comments off
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The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) has released it’s November 2016 Washington Update, an exclusive report and analysis that addresses key issues with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Covered in this month’s report:

 

  • Fifty state installation power grab by HUD, including key highlights from MHARR’s white paper urging action to prevent it;
  • Major proposed update to electrical reference standard, including details on MHARR’s review of the standard;
  • A formaldehyde proposal that would eliminate “warning” notice, with expected actions to be taken by HUD.

The full MHARR exclusive report and analysis is available for Daily Business News readers here. ##

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HUD Funding Local Housing Authorities to House Homeless Vets

July 14th, 2016 Comments off

Homeless_Veteran__stock-photo/veteran postedDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsThe U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded over $5 million to 42 local public housing authorities (PHAs) who are actively working to end homelessness among veterans.

The additional funds will help these PHAs administer a joint program with HUD and Veterans Affairs to provide permanent homes and support services for the tens of thousands of chronically homeless vets across the nation.

In addition to trying to house homeless veterans in an expedited fashion, the PHAs are also initiating a robust marketing campaign, hosting Landlord Fairs to recruit landlords and other property owners to participate in the program. According to va.gov, in a Veterans Affairs video, First Lady Michelle Obama encourages landlords to help end homelessness among veterans .

As MHProNews has learned from portal.hud.gov, the awards range from $1,801 for Mason City, Iowa, to several PHAs in California that received a total of $2,283,516.

Might not manufactured homes be useful in housing homeless vets who have families? ##

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July Housing Starts Reach Highest Level since Oct. 2007, Led by Single-family

August 20th, 2015 Comments off

house under const  housingwireStatistics from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Commerce Department indicate housing starts nationwide edged up 0.2 percent in July to a seasonally annual-adjusted rate (SAAR) of 1.206 million units, the highest level since Oct. 2007, according to worldpropertyjournal.

Single-family starts increased 12.8 percent to a SAAR of 782,000 units while multifamily production dropped 17 percent to 424,000 units. The opposite was true in June, as MHProNews reported July 20, 2015 when single-family starts dropped 0.9 percent from May and multifamily spiked 28.6 percent as the demand for rentals rose.

National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Chief Economist David Crowe said, While multifamily production has fully recovered from the downturn, single-family starts are improving at a slow and sometimes intermittent rate as consumer confidence gradually rebounds. Continued job and economic growth will keep single-family housing moving forward.

Regionally, in July housing starts rose 20.1 percent in the Midwest and 7.7 percent in the South, while the Northeast fell 27.5 percent and the West dropped 3.1 percent.

New housing permits fell overall 16.3 percent in July: single-family slipped 1.9 percent to a a rate of 679,000, while multifamily dropped 31.8 percent to 440,000. ##

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HUD Code Production Continues Rising

August 5th, 2015 Comments off

mhi  photo credit  mh under productionThe Manufactured housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) informs MHProNews that statistics released by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) indicate production of HUD Code homes for June, 2015 rose 7.8 percent above June, 2014 production to 6,062 homes over last year’s 5,624 homes.

On the year, HUD Code production now totals 33,319 homes, an increase of 8.6 percent over the 30,675 homes produced through June of 2014. Industry statistic indicate the top ten shipment states remain unchanged from the previous month, with Texas far and away in the to spot, followed by Louisiana, Florida, North Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, California, Tennessee and Oklahoma. ##

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New Home Sales Drop in March

April 23rd, 2015 Comments off

pending sale  paul sakuma  AP Photo creditAccording to statistics released by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Census Bureau, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) tells MHProNews sales of new single-family homes fell 11.4 percent in March to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 481,000 units.

After two robust months of new home sales, some readjustment is inevitable,” said David Crowe, chief economist of the NAHB. “This is the best first quarter since 2008, and attractive mortgage rates and pent-up demand should keep the market moving in the right direction.

Inventory of new homes for sale hit 213,000 in March, a 5.3-month supply at the current sales pace. Regionally, only the Midwest saw new home sales rise, by 5.9 percent. Sales dropped 33.3 percent in the Northeast, 15.8 percent on the South and 3.4 percent in the West. ##

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August Housing Starts Decline 14.4 Percent

September 18th, 2014 Comments off

housing slides  cnnmoney  creditThe U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Census Bureau inform MHProNews housing starts fell in all four regions of the country in August by 14.4 percent to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 956,000 units. Multifamily production led the downward trend, falling 31.7 percent, while single-family dropped 2.4 percent to a SAAR of 643,000. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)’s Chairman Kevin Kelly says despite the slip, “Single-family starts are still 8 percent above last year’s level.” Regionally, the Northeast fell 12.9, the Midwest lost 10.3 percent, the South slid 10.9 percent and the West, a whopping 24.7 percent. In August, building permits slipped for single-family homes 0.8 percent, but for multifamily it dropped 12.7 percent. ##

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HUD Code Production Rises Nearly 20 Percent in July

September 3rd, 2014 Comments off

mh_on_truck__credit_champion_homesAccording to the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform, the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) statistics reveal that production of manufactured homes jumped 18.4 percent in July over July 2013, 5,675 HUD Code homes this year as compared to 4,793 produced in July 2013. On the year, overall production is up 7.1 percent over last year’s totals, 36,350 this year versus 33,926 for last year.

Texas continues to lead the top ten list with shipments since Aug. 2011 (34,553) nearly triple those of homes going to second-ranked Louisiana (12,667), followed by Florida with 8,726 HUD Code homes. North Carolina is fourth with 7,285 homes, then Alabama with 7,147 homes. Mississippi, Kentucky, California, Tennessee and Oklahoma round out the top ten. MHProNews understands the top ten list did not change from last month. MHARR adds a reminder that this continued growth indicates there is no need for costly changes under the Title VI program or expanded energy mandates by the Department of Energy (DOE). ##

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North Carolina County Suggests Removing MH Age Restriction

September 2nd, 2014 Comments off

mfg home abandoned  jdnews  jacksonville  ncThe Greene County Planning Board in North Carolina, after reconsidering the county’s manufactured home (MH) ordinance which restricts homes being brought into the county to no more than 15 years old, has removed the restriction and recommended the decision to the county commissioners. A North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled in 2009 Pasquotank County had exceeded its statutory authority in limiting homes brought in to no more than ten years old. According to what insurancenewsnet.com tells MHProNews, in 2013 Wayne County lifted its ban on an age restriction for MH, but the homes must meet requirements established by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) July 1, 1976, and be inspected by the county inspection department.

Greene County Planning Committee Chairman Danny Taylor said the only part of the ordinance the county has so far enforced has been the age restriction, and that nothing has been done about abandoned homes. He added that electricity is not supposed to be turned on in an MH brought into the county without a certificate of occupancy, but there are homes in violation of that ordinance. Another problem mentioned is if someone brings a home into the county that does not meet the standards, there is nothing to prevent it from just sitting there because it would cost more to remove the home than the property is worth. Currently, the building inspector can only consider health and safety conditions of a manufactured home, such as broken glass or a hole in the floor, similar in many respects to what MHProNews understands is the case in many rural counties where population is low, leading to a lessened tax base that results in reduced services. ##

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