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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.)

brad-nelms-coo-manufactured-homes-com-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-comBrad W. Nelms
Mr. Nelms works with ManufacturedHomes.com and ModularHomes.com,
two companies dedicated to raising the brand image of manufactured homes and modular homes.

HUD Code Manufactured Housing, “The Discrimination Code”

August 25th, 2016 No comments

Tony, you are so right on the HUD Code has become a deadly “discrimination code,” especially as it applies to manufactured home financing.

But it doesn’t end there.

Recent stories here and elsewhere have chronicled the inability to site a manufactured home in certain areas, where MODs pass, but HUDs fail, in spite of the fact the exterior and interior may be indistinguishable.

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Methinks we may have to face how much we want to continue to allow the “Scarlet Code” to continue to damage our brand. ##

(Editor’s note: Marty’s comments are in reference to a Daily Business News article on zoning and connected challenges, linked here, and related commentary, linked here. For an indepth video interview with award-winning MH finance pro and community owner, Marty Lavin, click here.)

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Zoning, Opening up Urban Infill and Making Sure Citizens who want Manufactured Homes are Heard

August 25th, 2016 No comments

For the last three or four years, the South Carolina association’s focus is to move beyond killing bad zoning proposals and working to reopen areas that have been closed to manufactured homes for many years.

In some areas it’s been easy. Progressive planning officials in several towns have been very interested in using manufactured homes for “urban” infill.

Here’s a case where the people of Georgetown actually petitioned to allow manufactured homes.  Sometimes citizens have a better understanding of the role manufactured homes can play in meeting local needs for work-force housing than many officials.

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This effort is still on-going.  MHISC will work with the members of the subcommittee to make sure the voices of the 150 residents that asked for the rezoning to accommodate manufactured homes are heard. ##

(Editor’s note: These thoughtful comments were sent in the wake of the Daily Business News report on a zoning related case, linked here. Two more Op-Eds on zoning are linked here and here.)

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Government Affairs Director
Manufactured Housing Institute of SC

Discrimination, Zoning and Disparate Impact on Manufactured Homes, Owners, Prospects

August 25th, 2016 No comments

The discriminatory exclusion of manufactured homes by local governments is a major problem for the industry and consumers.  It artificially stunts industry growth, while it unfairly deprives Americans of access to the nation’s most affordable housing — effectively excluding lower and moderate-income citizens from entire communities.

While this phenomenon is dressed-up as “zoning” by those on the other side of the issue — in part because the federal government has historically been reluctant to interfere in local “zoning” matters — we need to be clear about what is actually going on, in the language we use to refer to it, and how we address it.

The reality — in many, if not most cases — is that “zoning” is simply a fig leaf for what amounts to discrimination; discrimination against our homes to be sure, but, more importantly, discrimination against the people who buy them, own them and live in them.

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As MHARR has stressed before, there have never been more tools available to the industry and consumers to address this issue at — and beyond — HUD.  These include not only the enhanced preemption of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000, but HUD’s new rules on affirmatively furthering fair housing and the recent Supreme Court decision allowing discrimination claims to be pursued based on evidence of “disparate impact.”  ##

(Editor’s note: This was the first for publication commentary sent in the wake of the Daily Business News report on a discriminatory zoning case, linked here. Two more Op-Eds on zoning are linked here and here.)

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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
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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)