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President Donald Trump Talks About Factory Built Housing Legend to Scouts

March 6th, 2019 Comments off



There are several kinds of people when it comes to President Donald J. Trump, or any other human being for that matter. Some will only look at the name, and what they think is bad about the man, for whatever reasons. Yet anyone who looks into a mirror closely enough will find flaws. Humanity cries out for the ancient Biblical principle of separating “wheat from chaff” – of separating that which is good from a person or organization – from that which is harmful or problematic.


Similarly, some will blindly accept anything about someone they believe in, be Bernie Sanders, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Ronald Reagan, some star or business legend, sports or news personality, or whomever.  

Grounded reality suggests something more pragmatic between such extremes. No American president or politician has yet achieved sainthood. That doesn’t mean there haven’t been great leaders, as well as problematic ones. Intelligent people ought to be discerning. POTUS Trump critic and liberal CNN commentator Van Jones told the conservative crowd at the recent CPAC conference that the 45th president deserves credit for his work on prison reform.

Wheat and chaff. Separate the good from whatever is not.

With that tee up, let’s turn to this headline topic about President Donald J. Trump, who with Energy Secretary Rick Perry – the former Governor of Texas standing by him in the video below – spoke about a legend in the factory-built housing industry. 


Why this Video, Why Now? 

First, as with many issues that are possible pluses, this topic by the 45th president is one that could benefit manufactured, modular, and other prefabricated housing producers.

Yet once you hear the legend’s name, if you search the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) website today, it’s missing.  Not found. By contrast, it’s worth noting that you can find this legendary factory builder’s name previously here on the MHProNews website. 

Second, the president is taking about inspirational qualities to these Scouts such as “winning” and “momentum.” Aren’t those potentially positive qualities every business or organization should seek?

Furthermore, with new HUD Code manufactured home shipments year over year (YoY) in decline now for several months, where are the victories or momentum in manufactured housing today? 

As the latest  – down again – new manufactured home shipment data sinks in, one should consider all that is right, and all that is wrong, with manufactured housing.

It’s time for ‘inspirational dissatisfaction.

Gripping isn’t the same as problem solving. Rather, dissatisfaction should ideally inspire the search for solutions. 

The purpose of MHProNews has in spotlighting any given p issue is in part accountability. But also so that professionals, advocates, investors, and others of good will can examine the facts, evidence, and make more informed choices as a result.

So nagging problems beg to be examined, and then once understood, challenges beg for a solution.

The genius Albert Einstein once commented that it he had an hour to solve a problem, he would spend 55 minutes examining the issue, then, Einstein would spend the last few minutes proposing the solutions.

Part of the premise of free enterprise is that a need can be turned into an opportunity.

Dissatisfaction should inspire the desire for solutions. That requires information, inspiration.

The publisher of MHProNews tells our twelve year old son, “goal and solution orientation, always.” Steven Covey, author of the 7 Habits of Highly Successful People said, “Seek first to understand, then to be understood.”

To be understood, factory-built housing pros must grasp the various reasons why manufactured and modular homes are misunderstood.

Got a problem? Look for solutions. President Trump – it must be recalled – was a successful businessman before becoming a candidate for the Oval Office. Mr. Trump was a builder. What this video posted below reminds factory-built housing pros – among other useful things – is to never quit a good cause, especially if it involves something that you love or care deeply about. 

If you don’t have momentum, figure out how to get it. We all need mojo to become successful. We need mojo to sustain success too.

The final possible practical use for this video is simple. It is in YouTube! That means your website’s webmaster could post this video on your site too. Why not highlight President Trump’s positive, inspirational talk to Scouts about a factory built housing industry legend?

Perhaps no prior president has a better understanding of factory-building than Donald J. Trump. In this video, Mr. Trump asked that legendary factory builder, “Why did this happen to you?” 

Given that our industry was almost 400 percent more productive in 1998, isn’t that a timely question for our industry to ponder?

Perhaps no U.S. vice president has more understanding – and better knows the terminology and lingo of manufactured housing – than VP Mike Pence. MHProNews sources from the production state of Indiana tell us that VP Pence understands our industry.


Why not take his information about a historic innovator and be inspired? Enjoy the video, and then share it with your circle of influence.  Then, check out the related reports that reminder readers that this president – and the first lady Melania Trump – may be the only president while in office to visit a manufactured home community. Mr. Trump may be the only man, before becoming president, to be personally involved in the launch of another now-successful factory-builder.

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U.S. President Praised “The Mobile Home Industry,” Manufactured Homes are “Here to Stay”

June 20th, 2018 Comments off

It’s historic…

You are entrepreneurs in the best tradition of the free enterprise system.”
~ The President of the United States to the MH Industry


The U.S. President began his talk with these words, “There are problems in the economy and in the mobile home industry.  I am not so naïve as to deny that. I am in the business of looking for problems – and solutions. I am a problem solver and an optimist. I am optimistic about the future of the economy and the future of the mobile home industry.  My optimism stems from the belief that our problems – and that is the first step toward solving them. To recognize problems is constructive.  To become obsessed with them is destructive.”

Imagine how motivated about a thousand manufactured home (MH) industry professionals were to hear what HUD Secretary Ben Carson had to say at MHI’s last planned meeting in Las Vegas earlier this year.


Composite of images from HUD Secretary Carson, Twitter.

Then picture a time in the MH Industry when the President of the United States was happy to speak to the industry, and the industry was happy to hear in person from the Chief Executive of the U.S.

Rearview mirrors are not as important as the windshield, but they are necessary for safety, insight, learning, and growth. Driving would be far more dangerous without side-and-rear-view mirrors.   The same principle is true for investing, to operate or expand a businesses, and for savvy politicos. Everyone that buys a business or a property does due diligence to see what the past performance looked like. Its hard to find a business that doesn’t check the background – the history – of a job applicant.  History matters.

The opening words above, and what follows below, are from then-President Gerald R. Ford, in a speech given to the “Mobile Home Manufacturers Association” dated March 22, 1973.  The original notes are from the Ford Presidential Library.  All of those notes are found at the end of this report as a download.

The best way to solve problems is to concentrate on our strengths.  And if you look at the economy and at your own industry you see many strengths, many reasons for confidence,” said Ford’s notes, which include hand-written revisions.

Ford’s speech notes go through a significant amount of economic data, woven between his comments about the blossoming then pre-HUD Code mobile home industry.

Then President Ford’s speech positions the next section of praise following part of his address that focused on balancing the budget.

Then, as now, there is a need to control federal housing costs. The common-sense solution, then and now, is to let as much of that be done by private enterprise.  Federal policy should be used to support solutions, rather than be an obstacle for private industry, in this case, the factory-built home industry.

I have noted with great interest the bill introduced by Lou Frey of Florida…,” Ford said.  That bill would eventually become the National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Act of 1974. “I am sure that each and every one of you shares Lou Frey’s concerns and respect his motivation,” Ford stated.


What’s the outlook for the mobile home industry?  It can only be described as bright.  My information is that production now is running at an annual rate of nearly 700,000—and that is a fantastic figure for what really is a still a very young industry.”  It should be noted that mobile home shipments never broke 600,000 units in a year, but the way that then-President Ford described it is akin to what today would be called the “Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate” or SAAR, used in conventional housing as well as with HUD Code manufactured homes. That SAAR may indeed, during that time of year, have been at a near 700,000 annual rate.

It is important to note again why the Daily Business News recently spotlighted the story of Rollohome.  In short order, that firm went from start-up to 60,000 new homes shipped in just 2 years.  If that was achievable then, surely it can be done with our greater technology today?  For more on that, readers can circle back later to the linked report, below.

Rollohome, Creating 60,000 Factory-Built Homes in 2 Years


Ford on MH

Ford pointed to the VA program, and how it was modified to support financing of manufactured homes for veterans.

Then, it was Vietnam, but more recently, Afghanistan and Iraq are among the places that millions of veterans have served.

Ford’s logic of supporting the factory-built home industry applies today, as it did then.  It is one of several reasons that MHProNews has supported editorially common-sense, sustainable tweaks to FHA, VA, USDA (Rural Housing) and the lending programs that GSEs are supposed to be providing via their Congressionally mandated Duty to Serve (DTS) manufactured housing.  One such related report is linked below, and can be read later for more insights.

Two Great Laws Already on the Books NOW,  Can Unlock Billion$ Annually for Manufactured Housing Industry Businesse$, Investor$

As you know, Congress in 1970 approved a law letting the Veterans Administration guarantee loans on mobile homes, as well as on the lots to place them on,” Ford’s speech-notes said.

Ford apologized for the “red tape connected with” the VA program, a reminder that then and now, legislation is the start of a process, not the end. “The VA mobile home program has fallen far short of its goals. But it is now picking up.  In recent weeks VA officials have conferred with mobile home manufacturers and dealers and with money lenders.  They want to make the program go,” Ford explained.

But VA officials are doing everything they can to promote the mobile home loan guarantee program, and it is beginning to accelerate,’ said Ford, adding “Of the 5,460 mobile home loans guaranteed by the VA last year, 4,178 were to post-Korean vets.”

You are entrepreneurs in the best tradition of the free enterprise system.”

I say the future of your industry is bright because you’ve got a lot going for you. Mobile homes are the only low cost new homes available,” then President Ford said. “The cost of producing stick-built housing has risen dramatically.  At the same time, with your assembly line methods, you are doing something to lick high housing costs—and it is the mobile home purchaser who benefits.”

That same point applies then and now. It is once more worth noting that President Donald J. Trump worked an example of factory-home building into a speech featured by the Daily Business News, at the link below, which can be referenced later for more insights.

President Trump Spotlights Factory Home Builder in Speech, Proven Promotion, Support of Industry Advancement

I am not here to promote the sale of mobile homes,” Ford said, so that he didn’t sound like he was a pitch-man for the industry.

But there is no question that the mobile home industry holds revolutionary potential for future advancement in the field of housing.  Mobile homes have become a major segment of the nation’s housing supply.  They are here to stay,” said Ford to finish is speech.


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There are many reasons this speech of President Gerald R. Ford still matters today.

President Ford was arguably correct on several points, which applied then and now.  They include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Presidents Nixon and Ford are among those who specifically praised the value of the mobile home industry – which is what the industry was, prior to the passage of the National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards – in solving the nation’s affordable housing needs.
  • HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Vice President Mike Pence, and President Donald J. Trump have all praised either manufactured homes specifically, and/or factory-built homes in general. Danny Ghorbani, and MHARR President and CEO Mark Weiss, JD, have both cited the opportunity the industry has with this administration (see the video, below.)
  • Ford was correct in saying that problems must be identified and understood, before they can be tackled and resolved. Editorially, MHProNews has advocated a pragmatic, reality-based approach to problem solving.  The industry must separate the unhealthy chaff from the fine wheat.
  • Then and now, federal access to financing options that level the playing field were important.
  • More affordable manufactured home owners would mean more Americans who aren’t renting or getting housing subsidies.
  • Millions of more manufactured home owners would mean millions of more Americans building equity and personal wealth.
  • Unlike rentals, a manufactured home loan can over time be paid off. Once a home is mortgage-free, maintenance, insurance, utilities, and taxes are all that remains, so that’s as inexpensive as modern living costs can possible get.
  • Building more manufactured homes would mean more good jobs.
  • From the federal budget perspective, millions of more manufactured homes would mean fewer people depending taxpayer subsidized housing, and/or other programs.
  • Ford proved to be correct about the “revolutionary potential for future advancement in the field of housing” about the evolution of the industry from the mobile home era to the modern manufactured homes today. Factory-home-building made sense then, and now.
  • Enforcement of existing laws are a key, including the enhanced preemption provided by the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000.
  • Logically, enforcing the laws linked above would yield some $2 trillion in additional Gross Domestic Product, according to the university researchers.

There’s more, of course, but the points are clear.

President Ford recognized that the MH industry is necessary.  It is currently underperforming, as the chart below reflects.


What was accomplished previously in sustainable shipment levels, can clearly be done again.

The industry’s professionals and investors must grasp the tremendous opportunities, vs. the realities to be dealt with. The challenges to the industry are both from within the industry, and from the ranks of the ill-informed naysayers outside our industry too.

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Ladies – Love, Lunacy, Leadership, and those “Laddies”

December 23rd, 2017 Comments off

Ladies, you recall the following expression. The only difference between men and boys are the price of their toys.

Ladies, you know the time we gals invest in picking out the right outfit to ‘suit’ the occasion. In making sure that our hair, and makeup are just so.

You know that the men, the “laddies” in our lives, may do things out of love that may look to an outsider, a little…looney. But their ‘lunacy’ may be quiet, messy, leadership.



It may not be politically correct to say so, but as the video of the White House Christmas, and the VIce President’s Residence we posted last night, it was easy to reflect on this truth. There are decidedly feminine forms of leadership.



By the way, the First Lady outpolls her husband. 😉 Melania has been a model of class in a White House under constant fire since the 45th President, Donald J. Trump, took up residence.



These are examples of what lady and laddie leadership look like.



There are those that say that Ivanka is becoming quite the power player in D.C. Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, are successful in their own right.

They are also successful as family team players.

They are another pair of examples of what leadership looks like. The same could be said for the Trump sons, daughters, their families and all those whose team effort – last year and this – made “a big, beautiful Christmas gift” for Americans possible.



Presidential Leadership

Speaking as someone who earned her degree as an MD, its an understated medical fact. A woman and man fit together, and ideally complement each other.

It was as I studied medicine that all those medical marvels made me realize that humanity is too complex to be an accident. God is real, our Designer, and eternal. A freedom-loving Creator alone explains so much. So why have some tried for years to sideline God in society, business, ethics, or everyday speech?

It’s leadership by the President and First Family thats making Merry Christmascool, and proper to say again.



It’s also presidential leadership to take on a bold agenda, using politically incorrect methods.

The President of the United States (POTUS) has flown in the teeth of the messy resistance of his opponents, and has accomplished so much for “We, the People” in his first year in office.

Leadership isnt putting a finger in the air, and seeing which way the wind is blowing.

Leadership is setting sail with a great destination in mind, and not panicking when turbulent winds buck, billow, and blow.

We are living in an extraordinary time.


Giving Birth, Then and Now

Ladies, if youre a mom, you know that giving birth is typically a messy – but ever so beautiful – business.

Now we might ask why God, as Creator, made birth so messy, yet beautiful?

But it is so. It’s like opposites attracting, it’s just true.



The humble, and wise, princes and paupers, all still seek Him.


For about 2.5 billion people, Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. The King of the Universe, who came humbly into this world. That time in Bethlehem was a messy political and economic time, and a surprising way to bring heaven to earth.

It’s hard to say no to the outstretched arms of a humble, lovely, infant baby king.

We wish the President, Vice President Mike Pence, Dr. Ben Carson, the Trump Cabinet, their families, and amazing team a Merry Christmas.

Our son is much shorter than yours and Melania’s son, Mr. President. But our son Tamas leads our daily prayer, which includes a call for Presidential health, safety, Thanksgiving for the election victory, and much success for you and your cabinet on behalf of the American people.

The Trump Family are a fine example of what leadership under non-stop fire looks like. Collaborative, calm, cool, and classy.


What Leadership Looks Like

Leadership is keeping promises.

Leadership is not letting opinion polls slow or cower you.

Leadership is speaking often unpopular realities, doing the unexpected, all to accomplish as much and as rapidly a bold agenda as one can. Then to wake up, and go back into battle to make the moves and deals needed to keep the progress coming.

It was obvious to tens of millions of us that the business man as president would be a fine leader. That he could shake up the rigged system. One who would show us as Americans what winning looks like again. What honest, if messy, work looks like.  The president’s humor pops up at the very start of the prayer from Dr. Ben Carson, in the video below.


Our industry and nation has a need for more leadership like yours, Mr. President, First Families, and HUD Secretary Carson.




Ladies, some of you have a husband thats not quite as meticulous about appearances as you are.

Ladies, some of you have a man that may get dirty doing his work, or whose work causes him to fly into the face of terrific odds, not unlike the president has. Some are from that never, ever, quit mentality that made America the greatest nation on earth.

If so, recall what everyday leadership looks like.

Honest, sound leadership can take surprising forms from unlikely people.

God plays no favorites. The Creator loves us all.

But some take their God-given talents and use them as best as they can, in ways that are often – like birth – messy looking.

American greatness is being reborn. The incentives to tap our unique talents are being revived. Of course, it’s messy!

That persistent, and to many surprising, theme of God and Country are part of this First Familys example to the rest of us.



For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6 (Bible Hub)

Salvation is messy, and surprising. From our family to yours, Merry Christmas to all. May the New Year be happy and bright. ## (Image credits, Pixabay, White House, unless otherwise; all third party images are shown under fair use guidelines).

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She’s a European educated immigrant from Iran, whose prior pro-Trump article by Soheyla appeared for several months on the President’s campaign website.


Thousands picked it up, linked and posted it, including the Trump Campaign website. Untold numbers read this message from Soheyla Kovach in April 2016, in support of Donald J. Trump for President of the United States.





Spotlight-National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), Manufactured Housing, Tax Reform

September 28th, 2017 Comments off

NFIBTaxReformNationalFederationIndependentBusinessDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsSources with the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) tell MHProNews that they have about the same number of manufactured housing industry members as the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) does.

All told, the NFIB has some 325,000 member companies.  That’s about 1,000 times the size of MHI.

A now retired manufactured housing industry state association executive told the Daily Business News (DBN) on MHProNews that he “partnered” with NFIB successfully on several issues in his market.

As the industry’s professionals seek association-level national leadership voices that could provide a sound alternative to MHI, it’s good to get a feel for how large and impactful the NFIB is, what their position is on an issue such as tax and regulatory reform, and how professional they are compared to MHI.

The DBN has reported on NFIB for several years across a spectrum of issues.

The bottom lines are that they are pro-small business, promote less federal regulation, work for lower rates and a simpler tax code, and support many other issues that will often appeal to the small-to-mid sized manufactured housing operation.



A recent report on NFIB is linked here, or by clicking the graphic above. ## (News, analysis.)

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MH Industry Pros Offer Hurricane Harvey Challenge, Tips on Faster Insurance Claims, President Trump, VP Pence – Disaster Updates

September 2nd, 2017 Comments off

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All American hearts are with the people of Texas and Louisiana. We mourn and pray and struggle through the hardships — together. We know that a long and difficult path lies ahead to get our neighbors back in their homes and on their feet. But we also know that we are stronger than the obstacles in our path. Arm-in-arm, we will strive, we will endure, and we will emerge stronger than ever before.” – President Donald J. Trump

The Daily Business News has been keeping up with the progress on relief efforts so far in Texas, and now Louisiana, after Hurricane Harvey rampaged the coast.

The White House sent the statement  above– and the video below – to MHProNews in a release.

The White House also informed MHProNews that Vice President Pence and his wife visited Hurricane Harvey survivors and volunteers on Wednesday, August 31.

On behalf of the American people, with the leadership of President Donald Trump to the people of Texas, we are with you today. We will be with you tomorrow, and we will be with you every day until this great state and these great communities recover and rebuild to be even better and stronger than ever before,” said Vice President Mike Pence.

Support for Hurricane Harvey Relief, West Virginia Manufactured Housing Industry Contributes

The Daily Business News has recently reported on the beginning on what industry pros and Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), estimates will be years working to rebuild the Texas coast.

The West Virginia Housing Institute Inc. will be donating to Hurricane Harvey relief – and encouraging and challenging others in the industry to do the same.

President George T. Gunnell and the West Virginia Housing Institute Inc. board of directors, in conjunction with our MHEC leader Marla McAfee, has directed me to donate $1,000 each to aid our friends and sister organizations in Texas and Louisiana to help mitigate the pain from Hurricane Harvey,” Andy Gallagher wrote in an e-mail to MHProNews.

We would like to challenge every other state organization and MHI to match our donation to aid victims of the floods,” Gallagher wrote.  He said that the New York Times had vetted the following three organizations.  This is useful, as numerous scams are being reported.

An Update from Homeland Security

In a conference, Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossert gave a statement encouraging Hurricane Harvey survivors to get to a shelter to use a computer or phone to contact disaster assistance should they need it.

Bossert also took a moment at the end of his statement to remind people that it is never too soon to start on the process of an insurance claim if their home was covered under home, renters, or flood insurance.


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John Waters and Barry Noffsinger of Credit Human Federal Credit Union provided MHProNews with tips and a guide to handling insurance claims that covers everything from what to keep track of, how to spot a fraudlent contractor, and more.

Those tips are available for download here.

It’s going to take some time, there’s going to be a high volume of calls, and we’re going to make sure your needs are attended to as soon as possible,” Bossert said. ## (News.)

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

August 31st, 2017 Comments off

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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.


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


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.


Credits, IMHA,

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.”



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.


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.



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.


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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VP Mike Pence, NFIB President Juanita Duggan, on Small Business Issues

August 1st, 2017 Comments off

VPMikePenceNFIBPresidentJunaittaDugganSmallBusinessConfidencePresident Trump probably said it best when he said that small businesses in his words, embody the American pioneering spirit and remind us that determination can turn aspiration into achievement every single day,” Vice President Mike Pence said in a speech to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).

Since President Trump was elected back in November, there has been a lot of positive improvements in the economy – especially on the small businesses front.  Regulatory rollbacks are making a difference, as this previous report reflects.


As long time, careful Daily Business News readers know, the NFIB reports as many – or more – members from manufactured housing as MHI does.  All told, NFIB has some 325,000 members – more than the estimated total number of full time equivalents (FTEs) working in the manufactured housing industry. To see the previous report, click the graphic above. NFIB = credit.

According to VP Pence’s speech, “Since Inauguration Day I’m pleased to report businesses like those gathered here today have created more than 850,000, new, good-paying jobs all across America.”  It was one of several applause lines reported by the White House to MHProNews.

But will the growth continue if the Trump Administration’s promises of health care and tax reforms are not met before the end of the year?


Jack Mozloom, image credit is as shown.

Small-business owners are deeply disappointed,” Jack Mozloom, a spokesman for the NFIB, said. “The high cost of health care has been the No. 1 concern for small business owners for more than three decades.”

Without Passing Legislation, Will Confidence Fade?

Job growth appears to be slowing down, says Reuters. While it could be just a small seasonal downturn, it could may be partially due to Congress neglecting to pass any bills on the major issues of healthcare and taxes already.

The NFIB recently released a report which found that the “small business optimism” index is down to 103.6, from May’s 104.5.

Some, like Juanita Duggan and Bill Dunkelberg, believe the drop is likely because small business owners are slowly losing faith in Congress to make any real improvement in the near future.

As Washington fails to deliver on those two priorities small-business optimism is dropping,” said Juanita Duggan, President and CEO of the NFIB. “Gridlock is driving down small-business optimism, which will eventually drive down the economy.”

The number of businesses planning to hire new employees dropped 3 percentage points from May to June. However, the current 15 percent is still higher than has been seen in years.  Hitting 18 percent in May was the highest expected hire rate among small businesses since 2006.

Hiring activity remains strong by historical standards, but the drop in June was unmistakable,” said Bill Dunkelberg, NFIB’s chief economist. “Whether this is the start of a negative trend or a one-month blip is something we’ll have to keep an eye on.”


Bill Dunkelberg, NFIB’s chief economist. Photo credit as shown.

High tax rates and the Obamacare health care mandates are all things that hinder small businesses ability to thrive, says the NFIB, and both are issues small business owners have been fighting to reform for decades.

If Congress wants small businesses to invest in the economy, then they must cut taxes and simplify the code,” said Duggan.

Promises of Big Things to Come for Health Care and Taxes

During his speech to the NFIB, Pence heralded good news and more promises of health care reform, with a repeal and replace of ObamaCare, and “one of the largest tax cuts in American history”.

I don’t have to tell small-business owners that the Americans’ tax code is one of the biggest barriers to success for working families and small businesses like all of you.” the White House press office told MHProNews that Vice President Pence said later in the speech.

This all comes only days after the Senate voted against a bill that would have repealed key parts of Obamacare that millions of Trump and GOP voters are unhappy with.  President Donald J. Trump has signaled they aren’t giving up.  Per the speech, neither is the vice president.

But I truly do believe that the strength of America also lies in the courage and in the hearts of men and women who get up every day, put their feet on the floor, and make a small business work. (Applause) And so I want to encourage you on.  Let your voice be heard, but also have faith.” 

Pence urged small business people to pray and work to sustain what they’d already accomplished together, “we’ve begun to see in the recovery of the American spirit and the rebound of the American economy is really just the beginning.  And under President Donald Trump, with your help, I know the best days for America and for American small business are yet to come.”

The full text of his speech, per the White House, is linked here. # #

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