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Manufactured Homes – Access & Equity – a Key Cure for America’s Housing Shortages, Wealth-Building Says Activist Donald Tye, Jr.

March 6th, 2018 No comments

Manufactured housing could cure most of the ills we have in this country as it pertains to the housing shortage.

Why then is it not being utilized as it could be?  Especially when it is known what the consent of the governed has been towards its use, i.e.: HUD?

The answer lies in the fact that super-capitalists and monopolies controlled by the few, lobby against the very democracy that afforded them the billions they have at their disposal. They are able to do this by making sure that on every level of the socioeconomic hierarchy, they have agents, allies, or directors forming what is called an Interlocking Directorate. 

These directorates can be very deceptive, because most times their job is not to steer but just to glean information to disseminate to the titular head of the organization. Many an activist, including myself, have fallen prey to this type of hidden maneuvering and manipulation.  Warren Buffett is among such Americans.

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Housing and Civil Rights, Super-Capitalism vs. Democracy

I was never in agreement with parts of the Civil Rights Movement as it pertained to making people do what they otherwise did not want to do. I believe that if you don’t want me in your store, then I should not go to your store.

However, I do believe in equal access.

I believe that people participating in a Democracy should be granted all the same access, holding to the words of the Declaration of Independence; “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

Simply put, a Democratic Government should give equal access to the governed. To all people who are citizens, black, white, yellow, etc.

It is in this vein that my parents, and I as a parent, disagreed with affirmative action. If you gave me access to: living wage jobs, bank loans to purchase a home and an equally unencumbered education, then I could do the rest by myself! That in and of itself is reparations.

I have said before that home ownership is the quickest way to build wealth.

Our personal experience with buying and paying off a factory-built home, in the days before the HUD Code for manufactured housing came into being, is another indicator that manufactured homes can rise in value side-by-side with conventional housing.

HUD and public officials need to make enhanced preemption of manufactured homes a reality. What else will fix the problem millions face caused by locals and officials blocking access to wealth-creating affordable? ##

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Rev. Donald Tye, Jr.
Actively Retired
Minister, Investor, and Business Professional

 

(Editor’s Notes: Rev. Tye has recently returned from Puerto Rico, where he saw the post-hurricane challenges first hand.  He’s also involved with investors in transformational studies in housing.  Tye is actively advocating for the use of the enhanced preemption passed into law by the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000.  The links below are related topics that sparked the letter provided by Tye above to MHProNews for publication.

Tye has also provided a sample of legal research from Harvard University on the challenges and problems that can be created by interlocking directorates. Stay tuned for that report…Titles to articles and illustrations are routinely provided by the publisher, as is the case here.)

 

Progressive “Nation” Reports on Monopolies Cites Buffett, Clayton, Others – MH Industry Impact?

YIMBY vs. NIMBY, Obama Admin Concept Could Unlock $1.95 Trillion Annually, HUD & MH Impact

Urban Institute Ask for Correction in Analysis of their Manufactured Housing Research, “Follow the Facts,” “Follow the Money”

State Association Quits Membership in Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), Explains in Writing, Why?

February 9th, 2018 No comments

The manufactured housing industry has long been a mainstay of affordable housing in the United States.  For decades the industry has provided an unmatched quality of life with an affordability not seen in any other sector of the housing market.  The homes and the land lease communities in which they are situated have become fixtures across the country providing an affordable, quality lifestyle to all segments of our population.  Over the years it has seen its ups and downs, but has been able to survive and even thrive through the difficult times.  The greatest hindrance and the greatest threat to the industry is not the economy, the homes or the communities, it is governmental interference and over regulation. 

The Manufactured Housing Communities of Arizona (MHCA) is a statewide association representing community owners in Arizona.  As state associations do, the MHCA has been very active and productive at the state level in combatting governmental interference with its burdensome regulations and obstacles.  At the state level most community owner associations have been able to not only monitor proposed local and statewide legislation, but interact with legislators to prevent onerous regulations that are detrimental to our industry.

The MHCA had joined a national association in hopes that we would get the same representation and effectiveness at a national level.  The national legislation and rule making over the last ten years has proven that we do not have that representation.  One only has to look at the passage of the Safe Act and the Dodd-Frank Act to see how devastating and onerous national legislation can be.  Other similar chattel groups (the RV industry) saw the proposals and their representation managed to have them exempted.  The national organization to which we belonged was apparently unaware of the legislation and its ramifications until after passage and it was already being implemented.  The rule making in the aftermath has been horrendous and little if anything has been done to stop the bleeding.  Recently, HUD has issued rules concerning the screening of prospective tenants for our communities.  Again, we find no one aware of what is happening, much less advocating on our behalf.  Installation requirements are being implemented that have no basis in common sense and the result will be additional burdens on community owners and added costs for homeowners.

Due to the lack of effective representation at a national level, the MHCA withdrew its membership from the national association to pursue other avenues of representation. We are not the only state association to do so.  The MHCA has been exploring other options; including hiring a lobbying firm that is prominent in Washington, D.C. 

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In some cases, the state associations represent community owners only and in others there is a single association representing all aspects of the industry.  We need a national association to advocate on behalf of community owners.  It does not need to be an association with conferences to attend or one that requires numerous meetings and publications.  Such an association needs to be very narrowly focused on monitoring proposed legislation and rule making.  We need someone to advocate on behalf of the community owners.  This singular task needs to be done at the congressional level and in the departments that make policy affecting our industry.  Every community owner, and every association that is accepting membership dues from community owners, should be concerned with the lack of representation at the national level and should be involved in finding adequate representation.  If you are willing to be a part of the solution, please contact our association office.

Manufactured Housing Communities of Arizona
2158 N Gilbert Road, Ste. 116
Mesa AZ 85203
Phone: 480.345.4202, Toll free 800.351.3350

You may also email our Executive Director Susan Brenton at: sbrenton@azmhca.com.

Thank you for your consideration on how you can help shape the future of our industry.

Sincerely, 

Neal T Haney,
President


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“No Greater Resource” in Manufactured Housing Industry

January 16th, 2018 No comments

Dear Tony and Soheyla,

Thank you for your great reporting on our industry and the challenges we face as independent retailers.

There is no greater resource that speaks to the issues and opportunities than your publications.

We are glad you spotlight the key issues we need to address to succeed.

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“Too bad not enough fellow retailers are planning accordingly.”  Thank you both.  ##

 

GusRodriguezTejasHomesConroeTxGus Rodriguez
Tejas Homes,
Conroe, Texas.

About the 41st Anniversary of the Start of Manufactured Housing

June 15th, 2017 No comments

MMarkWeissCEO-MHARR-ManufacturedHousingAssociationforRegulatoryReform-posted-IndustryVoices-MHProNewsThe establishment of the HUD Code was — and is — an important milestone for both the industry and consumers.  The industry itself sought out federal regulation under a preemptive, performance-based, uniform code of federal standards that balances the key factors of safety and cost, along with uniform enforcement within a federal-state partnership.

This type of federal regulation — so long as it is reasonable — allows the industry to pass-along the efficiencies of factory-construction to home buyers, in the form of unparalleled affordability and quality.

By every objective measure available, today’s manufactured homes have achieved the level of quality, durability, and safety that Congress envisioned when it passed the National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Act of 1974.

Now, it is time for HUD to take real measures to support and expand the availability and acceptance of those HUD Code homes as Congress directed in the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000.  To do that, however, will require a major shake-up of the HUD program by the Trump Administration.

Mark Weiss
President & CEO
Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR)
1331 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Suite 512
Washington, D.C. 20004
Phone: 202/783-4087
Fax: 202/783-4075
Email: MHARRDG@AOL.COM

UMH Properties’ Sam Landy Reacts to Call to Defund National Public Radio (NPR)

February 18th, 2017 No comments

NPR and UMH both care deeply about people.

UMH has operated manufactured home communities since 1969. We believe enforcement of our rules and regulations is best for the majority of the people who live in our community.

NPR is reminding us that we must exercise our authority with compassion. We welcome outside oversight and criticism as it allows us to objectively evaluate our actions.

As with many op-ed or letters to the editor, the headline and graphics are provided by the publisher, but the thoughts and words published are those of the writer. Other Industry Voices perspectives are welcomed on this or other relevant topics.

We believe in each case covered here, we in fact did the right thing for our residents. and that we did it in a compassionate manner.

We welcome NPR’s follow up.

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President and CEO
UMH Properties

(Editor’s notes: Mr. Landy’s Industry Voices guest comment came in response to the commentary on the Daily Signal, linked here, calling for NPR to be defunded.  Landy was cited in the article, linked below.

NPR and Fair Housing: Is “Liberal Bias” Creating Fake News?

For the interview, A Cup of Coffee withSam Landy, click here.)

Call to Defund NPR draws Manufactured Home Community Owner Richard Nodel, Nodel Parks, Reaction

February 18th, 2017 No comments

Negative coverage of our industry is something many media outlets are guilty of, but I am a patriot first.

Anything that is an abridgment of our constitutional rights is a greater threat to all of us than just a negative news article.

Let’s fight bad information with good information, and not have to resort to unAmerican activities like censorship of the media.

Just because we don’t like the report, do we try and shutter the source? ##

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Nodel Parks

(Editor’s note: Richard Nodel’s Industry Voices guest comment came in response to the commentary on the Daily Signal, linked here, calling for NPR to be defunded.  Landy was cited in the article, linked below.

NPR and Fair Housing: Is “Liberal Bias” Creating Fake News?)

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The headline and this text graphic are provided by the editor, as is common with most publications. The comments are those of the writer, Richard Nodel.  Other thoughtful comments by Industry Voices on this or other topics of professional interest are encouraged.

Discrimination, Injustice against manufactured housing – a Call for Action by Industry Professionals

August 30th, 2016 No comments

Tony, this news story out of Dover, DE is yet another example of blatant agenda and discrimination against our industry. More importantly, this is discrimination against affordable housing and the individuals who live in manufactured or pre-fabricated homes.

If anything, this Dover zoning/MHC story is a case of officials harming their own constituents. Rent control is proven not to work, save to drive out more affordable housing over time. Further, in neighboring Maryland, there are conventional houses built on land-lease.  Do you see the excuses used against manufactured homes in Dover being used against those conventional houses built on a land-lease in Maryland?  No.

TMHA’s D. J. Pendleton, quoted in the article linked here, was correct.  Excuses by public officials to deny manufactured homes are often fig leaves, mere window-dressing used to discriminate against manufactured housing, land-lease communities and sizeable groups of Americans.

The problems with the ABC TV news story out of Houston is also a case of media ignorance or bias.  By saying what kind of housing the shooting took place, almost implies that the house had something to do with the crime.

When have you ever heard a reporter say, “there’s been a murder in a site-built home”…?

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Graphic credit, MHProNews.com. The Dover story Brad is commenting on, is linked here, or by clicking the image above.

Lisa Tyler, Ph.D. and William P McCarty, Ph.D. have researched this issue of crime in manufactured home communities, and have disproven the old MHC’s and crime myth.

Todd Lamb is correct. Hands-on owners and managers who properly run their manufactured home communities – and lawfully screen for criminal history – will routinely find less crime than conventional housing neighborhoods in the same area.

However, I believe more than anything that these injustices should be motivation for us as an industry to do everything we can to elevate our brand identity.

If we continue to be complacent, history will continue to repeat itself and we will see more and more zoning laws that harm and hinder our much needed American manufactured home industry. ##
Editor’s Note, the comments above were submitted in reply to the story linked here, and to another story we will link up soon.)

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Mr. Nelms works with ManufacturedHomes.com and ModularHomes.com,
two companies dedicated to raising the brand image of manufactured homes and modular homes.

MH Industry Pro – and Self-Professed “Non-Writer” – Exonerates MHI staffers?

August 9th, 2016 No comments

I have known the executives that have managed MHI from Jerry Connors to Dick Jennison and they have all done a great job in different ways but they have also been criticized throughout their tenures.  It is a difficult task uniting and working with all segments of the MH industry which have so many individualists.

MHI has been and is the only national MH association sustaining MH financing divisions. MH money institution masterminds are allowed to join, serve, speak and run for seats on the board.

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It is a democracy that allows MHI management to hear from the best of our financial leaders.

So when I hear that MHI execs are failing their mission, it appears unwarranted, as they get all of their financial leadership and information from an accord of the best Pros in MH Finance.

We have had many MH lenders who have come and gone – from Security Pacific, All Valley Acceptance, GreenTree, Washington Mutual, Bombardier, Chase and Origen to mention a few – and MHI continues to be the go-to group to join, because they are the most knowledgeable, trustworthy and the hardest working national MH association.

It is stated that MHI is controlled by a few companies which make up 70% of the MH business, but thank God that they and other smaller companies are doing business as we need them all.

MHI execs and staff are allowed to make mistakes, as (do) you and I, but they should be markedly thanked for enduring negatives from naysayers and thus continue on with doing their capable work.  ##

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MHIS.info
2016 RVMH Hall of Fame Spirit Award Winner

Editor’s Notes: Click here see A Cup (err…glass) of Beer with…Barry Cole.

Barry – a respected industry colleague and a gentleman whom I consider an industry friend, is writing in response to critiques here on MHProNews, see the example story linked here.  For what its worth, from my perspective, Barry is modest as well as gentle, humorous and writes quite well indeed.

Other perspectives are welcome on this or other related industry topics. Does Barry refute the points made in the link above, or is this Op-Ed from him more of a feel-good for his supporters in Arlington, VA?

We Provide, You Decide.” ©

Proposed Austin Area Manufactured Home Community Blocked – TMHA’s DJ Pendlenton’s Reaction

July 22nd, 2016 No comments

This is an unfortunate outcome.  Here was a situation that seems to be a perfect fit for a new manufactured home community development.  The 10 acres in question residing in the city are attached to 50 more acres in the county – where it is anticipated that the property owner will create a new community anyway – at least according to one of the commissioners. 

The Cactus Rose community in Austin has grabbed headlines and sparked all manner of reactions from the media and politicians, including efforts to now include manufactured home tenants in a Tenant Relocation Project the city is working on. 

Here is an owner that would accept the displaced residents, which up until now there are no other options for them and a clear unwillingness by the city to lift zoning prohibitions elsewhere or create a new community with city land. 

However, this solution was rejected by advocates of Cactus Rose due to lack of public transportation, presumably hoping to hold out and continue to leverage their situation to get a bigger buyout or dedicated land from the city they deem acceptable.

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Graphic collage credits, top image/headline – Austin Monitor. Bottom photo/text – MHProNews.com.  See related story, linked here.

The blatant pre-textual reasons provided by those who testified against and voiced by some of the commissioners, while frustrating and illogically, are sadly nothing new. 

Citing concerns over flooding because the engineer told a nearby homeowner they would be “re-grading” the land, increased traffic congestion, and taxing a nearby school that is already at capacity, can seem reasonable out of context. 

Trouble is many of these same opposing views were fine with single family (housing), or as one commissioner mentioned, multifamily projects for the exact same 10 acres. 

Any of the alternatives that are deemed acceptable would have the same impact on land topography changes, and increased traffic and school congestion.  If these are in fact the concerns, then logically the only thing they should have been advocating for or acceptable with is no development ever of any kind. 

As pointed out in the article, it can appear traffic, schools and flooding were the issues presented, but what was really driving those in opposition were not those issues.  They were opposed to the people they stereotyped in a public meeting that they thought they could expect to move near them, because they viewed those people as bringing increased crime and vandalism. 

Like for so many diversified housing development decisions that fall short politically, not from logic or sound argument, but rather those who would tell you they are for affordable housing options, just Not-In-My-Back-Yard (NIMBY-ism). ##

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Executive Director
Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA)

Not Enough Hunger

July 7th, 2016 2 comments

marty-lavin-posted-on-mhpronewsI was born in a small mountain village in the north of Spain in 1943, so I do not remember the horrific Spanish Civil War of 1936-39 when over one million Spaniards died. But as I grew up, the family conversation frequently focused on the savagery and depravations of that era. I had missed nothing good.

In March 1949 we loaded a cattle cart with our few belongings, drove to the train station and via TWA flew from Madrid to Lisbon, to the Azores, to Gander, Newfoundland, with touchdown in NYCity. We arrived on my sixth birthday. My mother having been born in the US during her parent’s short visit here allowed us to leapfrog the thousands waiting for the very restricted immigration quota from Spain to the US, only 320 persons per year with thousands waiting. We would never have arrived.

I’m not sure my young parents knew what to expect in the States, but we knew we had just left a tyrannical country with bandleader Generalissimo Francisco Franco in charge of torture and death. Spain was then a country of intense hunger, and back-breaking work, full time work for both my parents by age 12. We did know we were now in the US, then and now the greatest country in the world.

Like so many immigrants my parents went to work at menial jobs, moved on to better over time, bought a car, bought a house, and eventually, with hard work and frugality the American dream arrived at the Lavin’s door step. What a country!

All during those days and into college age for me we lived in a $12 a month apartment in back of a creamery in downtown. We never felt poor, we were well fed, clothed, housed and happy. If you needed to heat the water over the stove to bathe, so what. In Spain we had no running water at all in the house, one had to go to the spring to get it, daily.

Illness interrupted the dream for my mother, as at age 35 she came down with cancer. Two years later she succumbed to that horrible disease and her dreams ended, but not those of her family.

I was very close to my mother, listened to what she said, as she was very intelligent, persistent and directed, mostly no-nonsense. That she sat in a school classroom for only three months of her life failed to diminish her smarts. She had them in spades with enormous drive. And she was observant.

One would think that if both parents are working long hours at low pay, there would be disappointments. Nothing could be further from the truth. From the moment they arrived they were taken in by the US, its people, the wonderful, safe life here, and the ability to live well and prosper through hard work.

As a six and seven year old one sees and hears things he remembers for the rest of his life. I remember well the oohing and awing at the wonderful and plentiful white bread they found here. After eating nothing but hard, nasty, black bread without taste, something as simple as white bread was a revelation.

One day my mom came home from her dish washing job in a bit of a huff. I asked her about her problem and what was bothering her. Turned out she was angry at some of her co-workers at the restaurant kitchen. For some reason I do not remember, they had rebelled at some minor occurrence, leading to what she felt was an unnecessary and unreasonable confrontation with the owner, which upset her greatly. She said the employees were wrong and that the owners were caring people who never asked employees to do anything they wouldn’t do.

Then came one of those jewels of thought that carries with you all of your life, a thought that you see constantly repeated. With a strained matter-of-factness she said, “This is an incredible country, none can be better, we are very lucky to be here, pero aqui no hay bastante hambre (but there is not enough hunger here).

I knew exactly what she meant even at my young age.

When you are truly hungry day after day, never with a full stomach, it does something to you.

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For years my folks spoke of food depravation they had suffered and the abundance they found here. It puzzled them that Americans often seemed so little driven to keep a job or strive for excellence, as they well knew the struggle life can be. Why would some Americans not strive for best?

In time their food hunger was replaced by car hunger, house hunger, better life hunger, rural land hunger, vacations and all the same things most Americans sought then (1950s). We got them all.

But the food hunger was never forgotten, never entirely vanished. In the Spanish culture of the time, food hunger was omnipresent, it drove one to work to eat.

How prescient was Rafaela Camelo Lavin all those years ago to see the waning of American hunger for better which had just won a First World War, survived a Great Depression, won an even worse Second World War, and was now in the throes of the great post-war affluence.

Even then she worried there was not enough hunger in Americans. Where the country has gone since her death in 1957 seems at this point an unfinished story, but I know just as Chief Joseph shed tears over litter years ago, Rafaela would be shedding tears over people who can work but live without working. She would wonder why we would do that to people when she knows work stems hunger, all hunger.

Industry hunger

Now as an industry we have been on a “home hunger” for 15 years. Hunger usually drives one to make changes to relieve or abate the hunger.

Are we baking a larger industry pie to eat better, or cutting the one we have into ever smaller pieces?

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Graphic by MHProNews.

Is hunger driving us to do the right things, the hard things, or like in the Spanish Civil war, will our industry winners be slightly less destroyed than the losers, just a very few lucky ones relieving their hunger?

The country seems headed to perdition, our habit of letting people eat, be housed and live normal lives without working destroys hunger and the need to behave properly in order to stem hunger. HUDVille, like the country, seems to miss the need to stem hunger.

Will this be the final step my mother saw those many years ago when she says, “Este es un gran pais y industria, pero no hay bastante hambre.

Rest in peace, my loving Rafaela. ##

marty-lavin-posted-on-mhpronewsby Martin V. Lavin

 

 

 

(Editor’s note: Marty Lavin is arguably one of the most successful people in our MH Industry. Totaro Award winner, with extensive, successful experience in MH Lending, MH Retail and MH Communities, he’s a person of deep, caring thoughts and often penetrating insights.)