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“Trailer Parks,” Presidential Candidate, Prior HUD Secretary Julian Castro on MH Community Operators, Residents Not Knowing Their Rights

May 20th, 2019



If you don’t think that manufactured housing could become a 2020 campaign issue, as part of the broader affordable housing debate or otherwise, then the video below is just one of several reasons why it could be.  Perhaps even why it should be.



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Don’t forget what the Last Week Tonight with John Oliver viral hit “Mobile Homes” video launched – and revealed.

For example, as an upcoming report will reflect, the word heard from statehouses to Washington, D.C. is that the HBO satirical assault on specific manufactured home firms is sparking political debate.

That storm cloud could spell problems for manufactured home industry independents. And with HUD Code shipments already down, for 7 straight months.  It begs the question, will the Oliver video have an impact sales too? What is certain is that ignoring the political warning signs that could become business impacts is not an option for savvy professionals and investors.

In that context, at a minimum, this first video below is a reminder that affordable housing is an ongoing issue. Manufactured homes have a role to play in that scenario. Prior HUD Secretary Julian Castro acknowledged that in the video in his own words.



Castro did not put down manufactured homes, even though he could have done so in this agenda-driven video interview. At the same time, Castro raised issues that are not so different than the ones John Oliver’s errantly namedMobile Homes video raised.



You must meet people where they are. Terminology must be taught and caught. Make a habit of using the correct terminology. Share correct terminology with others, because it matters.



The terminology matters because
the terminology determines the
construction standards a home was
built to,” Steve Duke, LMHA.


Castro’s Favors to MHVille?

It may sound odd from a pro-industry publication, but former Secretary Castro may have done the industry a dark favor, by speaking out frankly on topics that Oliver’s “Mobile Homes” has made an issue too.  ICYMI, or need a refresher on the background to the Oliver video, see the report linked below.


Prosperity Now, Nonprofits Sustain John Oliver’s “Mobile Homes” Video in Their Reports


What will the manufactured home industry’s independents and other leaders do to fix the harmful stereotypes and vexing problems?

In the Manufactured Housing Institute’s (MHI) favor, and to their ‘credit,’ they obtained the Castro video below, while he was HUD Secretary.  It should be married up with the OZY Media video, above, compared and contrasted.



Note that MHProNews coverage of a candidate at this stage of the 2020 race should not be construed as an endorsement. However, MHProNews will later discern and recommend specific candidates in each of the major parties that we think is the best candidate from that party for our industry and consumer’s interests. If significant independent candidates enter the 2020 White House race – such as Howard Schultz – we likewise reserve the right to discern and potentially endorse an independent in the race for 2020. Rephrased, we expect to have a candidate among Democrats that we will say is the apparent best from that party for the interests of the MH industry and consumers perspective. We expect one candidate from the GOP, and possibly one from independents and/or minor parties. That will maximize manufactured housing’s independents and MH homeowners potential influence on the 2020 race.

That said, why didn’t the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) successfully and sufficiently engage back then with Secretary Castro to get him to use correct terminology in a video like this?  That’s but one of several possible questions.  Frankly, the terminology is arguably less Castro’s miss than MHI’s.  Why?

Recall, it is MHI that claims to represent all segments of factory-built housing.  They have taken on the mantle of the industry’s post-production national trade association.  That makes it their job.  They should do their job properly, change their claims, or get out of the way.

MHI also claim to be promoting the industry and regulatory conditions in their IRS Form 990 filings. Those IRS forms are 990s are signed by Richard ‘Dick’ Jennison under penalties of perjury.

The Castro video was obtained years ago.  Is that more than enough time to post it on the MHI website?



The HUD Secretary Ben Carson speech has been missing from the MHI website, but so too is this one from HUD Secretary Castro. Doesn’t this once more prove the point of equally controversial Frank Rolfe?


Rolfe is a prominent – and controversial – MHI member.


This is the tip of a proverbial iceberg. Will enough MHVille professionals learn from the 2009 fiasco?



For a more complete understanding of the issues at play, and for a new report that goes in depth on a public site that you can share with others, see the link here and below the byline and notices.  During an affordable housing crisis, MHI is seemingly asleep at the switch as manufactured home shipments have dropped for 7 straight months. These are reality checks – stark wake up calls.



As a pro-ethical growth, pro-industry, pro-consumer trade publisher that is the runaway #1 in manufactured housing, it seems apparent after years of mild to modest challenges that question MHI’s leadership, that more direct and serious efforts are arguably needed. See the related reports below for more insights and details.


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