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MHARRAttached please find your copy of the April 19, 2017 "MHARR WASHINGTON        UPDATE" an exclusive report and analysis addressing:

  •          HUD DEFIES PRESIDENT TRUMP’S REGULATORY REFORMS

·         LATEST HUD MEETING SHOWS NEED FOR PROGRAM SHAKE-UP

·         DE FACTO REGULATIONS DODGE REGULATORY REFORMS/2000 LAW

·         INDUSTRY MUST RESIST HUD INSTALLATION POWER-GRAB 

·         STRICT OVERSIGHT OF HUD PROGRAM BUDGET MUST CONTINUE

·         DOE MANUFACTURED HOUSING ENERGY RULE TAKES ANOTHER HIT

·         MHARR RESPONSE HIGHLIGHTS URGENT NEED FOR SECURITIZED CHATTEL

MHARR APRIL 19, 2017 WASHINGTON UPDATE.PDF

MHARRWashington, D.C., April 4, 2017 – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) reports that according to official statistics compiled on behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), year-over-year manufactured housing industry production increased substantially again during February 2017. Just-released statistics indicate that HUD Code manufacturers produced 7,312 homes in February 2017, a 19.3% increase over the 6,129 HUD Code homes produced during February 2016. Cumulative industry production for 2017 now totals 15,139 homes, a 26.2% increase over the 11,991 HUD Code homes produced over the same period in 2016.    

A further analysis of the official industry statistics shows that the top ten shipment states from the beginning of the industry production rebound in August 2011 through February 2017  -- with cumulative, monthly, current year (2017) and prior year (2016) shipments per category as indicated -- are:

       State           Cumulative      Current Month (Feb. 2017)              2017                       2016

 1.  Texas           69,088 homes                    1,213                             2,396                       2,197

 2.  Louisiana      28,099 homes                     512                              1,261                          613 

 3.  Florida          21,805 homes                     457                                 947                          901

 4.  Alabama       16,285 homes                    594                               1,620                         524

 5.  N.C              15,200 homes                    299                                  625                         563

 6.  Mississippi    14,049 homes                     280                                 549                          431

 7.  California      13,489 homes                     274                                 516                          497

 8.  Kentucky      12,884 homes                    185                                 464                          524

 9.  Michigan       12,486 homes                    469                                  881                          501

10. Tennessee     10,802 homes                    200                                 417                          407

                                                                                        

The latest information for February 2017 results in no changes to the cumulative top ten list.

MHARRWashington, D.C., April 3, 2017 – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) has learned that the former administrator of the federal manufactured housing program at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Mr. Henry Czauski, Esq., has retired from HUD as of April 1, 2017.  In announcing his retirement, Mr. Czauski stated that during his 37-year career at HUD, including 31 years in the Office of General Counsel as a Staff Attorney, Senior Attorney, Chief Counsel, Regional Counsel, Departmental Enforcement Center (DEC) Director, and six years as a Senior Advisor in the HUD Office of Housing, he “had the good fortune to do interesting work … with some great people.”

Mr. Czauski’s tenure at the HUD manufactured housing program spanned an important period, during which he restored fairness, equilibrium and, most importantly, respect for the law – fundamental and essential pillars for a program that had increasingly turned away from the letter and intent of the critical reforms mandated by Congress in the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 -- and has since turned away from the law in an even more serious manner. 

Mr. Czauski assumed the leadership of the HUD program during a particularly turbulent period that saw multiple changes in program management over a relatively short time, and held that position for nearly four years while maintaining the title of “Senior Advisor.”  In that role, he demonstrated not only a determination to comply with the law regarding both substance and procedure, but a level of respect for all program stakeholders and a devotion to the full purposes and intent of the 2000 law that has not been seen since. That devotion and respect, for the law and all program stakeholders – which has been sadly and inexcusably absent under the current program administrator – is necessary to achieve the positive results for both consumers and the industry that Congress intended, and must be restored if the program is to fulfill its crucial mission.

In Washington, D.C., MHARR President and CEO Mark Weiss stated: “Henry Czauski’s leadership of the HUD manufactured housing program represented an ‘oasis’ of reasonableness, fairness and equilibrium within a program that has too often been characterized by turmoil and disregard for plainly applicable legal requirements. His consistent respect for the law and for program stakeholders and their representatives – even when sometimes disagreeing on matters of policy – was a welcome departure from the norm both before and since.  He has been – and will be – sorely missed, and on behalf of MHARR, we wish him the best in all his future endeavors.”

In addition, former MHARR President and CEO – and current MHARR Senior Advisor Danny Ghorbani -- said: “Having represented the industry since the inception of the HUD manufactured housing program and having had the opportunity to work with program leaders over the course of five decades, Henry Czauski brought an integrity to the HUD manufactured housing program that was highly valued and should stand as an example to all who serve in that position.  I wish him all the best for the future.”

MHARR CZAUSKI RETIREMENT NEWS RELEASE.PDF

MHARRBy Mark Weiss

APRIL 2017

 In the natural world, the telltale scent of decay inevitably attracts predators and opportunists.  Apparently, it is no different with the decay of the HUD manufactured housing program over the past decade, and particularly over the past three years. With the program in a steep decline under its present Administrator, talk has once again emerged about “sunsetting” the program at HUD, along with its federally preemptive building code, “removing this expenditure from the federal budget,” and effectively returning the regulation of manufactured housing to the control of states and/or localities, as is the case with other types of housing. 

Such talk, historically, has had sources and proponents both inside and outside of the industry. For the erstwhile “insiders,” this talk is – and remains – more a reflection of misunderstanding, lack of understanding, or lack of knowledge of a complex federal program and complex federal regulatory system, rather than a well thought-out, credible argument for change.  Instead of taking-up the heavy lift of the round-the-clock vigilance required to press the federal program and its leadership to do the things required by law, and particularly the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of  2000 – which can only be done at the federal level (see below) -- the “insiders” would rather take the easy way out, and simply end the federal program, without examining the full consequences of doing so, to both the industry and consumers of affordable housing. Instead – in a further reflection of their fundamental misunderstanding – they offer inaccurate irrelevancies, such as the claim that eliminating the federal program would somehow “remove” program “expenditure[s] from the federal budget,” thereby “freeing-up dollars and other resources, to concentrate on subsidized housing” and other “housing programs.” The fact, however, is that eliminating the federal manufactured housing program would have a miniscule – if any – impact on the $40 billion HUD budget proposed for Fiscal Year 2018, as the program is – and has been, other than during a very short period when tax dollars were needed to start-up the installation and dispute resolution programs required by the 2000 reform law – self-funded via the certification label fee paid by manufacturers.

Among the “outsiders” which have sought the elimination of the federal program, are numerous groups and interests that – unlike the industry “insiders” – understand the federal program and the federal law upon which it is based all too well.  Those industry adversaries, including housing industry competitors, code groups, some states and localities, and would-be “service” providers under a regime of state and local regulation (including current HUD contractors), among others, have always opposed federal regulation of manufactured housing and have sought to destroy it based on their own narrow self-interests.  In particular, housing market competitors have a sharp understanding of all the actual – and potential – benefits that do and could accrue to the HUD Code industry as a result of federal regulation and particularly the full and proper implementation of the 2000 reform law. Those competitors could only wish to have a regulatory law like the 2000 Act.  To the extent that they cannot, though, they have consistently sought to undermine and destroy the federal program and subject manufactured housing to the same myriad of state and local regulation that, on average, represents nearly 25% of the cost of a new site-built home – adding regulatory compliance costs of nearly $85,000 to each such new home – according to a 2016 National Association of Home Builders study.   

No doubt, such industry competitors and adversaries would like nothing better than for the HUD Code industry to shoot itself in the foot by signing-up, voluntarily, for a shift to such debilitating regulation at the state and local level that would thoroughly undermine the competitive advantage that the industry and its consumers enjoy under current federal law.  But why would the industry ever do that?  If the HUD program is not living-up to its responsibilities and potential under the 2000 reform law, take the opportunities and prospects offered by the new regulatory policies of the Trump Administration and put the program back on track – with proper leadership – (see, the March 2017 inaugural edition of MHARR – Issues and Perspectives) but do not jettison the program for a “grass is greener” vision with absolutely no basis in fact.

Instead of groundless claims by the “ditch the federal program crowd” (one of whom is currently promoting a soon-to-be “explanation” in the pages of HUD’s periodic newsletter – little more than a propaganda organ financed by manufacturer label fees for self-promotion of the program and its regulators), let’s look at the facts, starting with a fundamental proposition. Manufactured housing, being inherently interstate in character – i.e., assembled in one place and regularly transported across state lines for delivery and installation -- is a textbook example of the type of interstate industry that can only be effectively and reasonably regulated on the federal level (in partnership with the states).  And Congress, from the time that it first legislated the comprehensive federal regulation of the industry via the National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Act of 1974, through today, has understood that uniform, performance-based federal standards, uniform federally-based enforcement and federal preemption are the bedrock cornerstones of the inherent affordability of manufactured housing and – if properly implemented – will continue to assure its affordability and its place as the nation’s most affordable type of non-subsidized housing and home ownership.

Reverting manufactured housing to regulation at the state and/or local level would subject manufactured homes to a dizzying array of varying standards and interpretations that alone would be toxic to the affordability that defines the market position of manufactured housing. The destructive market impact of such a change is illustrated by the historic production statistics for modular homes, versus HUD Code homes.  While manufactured housing production suffered a significant contraction in the mid-2000s – from which it is now recovering – production of modular homes (also factory-built housing) has never come close to HUD Code levels. Add to that the prejudice against manufactured homes and manufactured homeowners that remains pervasive in many communities around the nation – as reflected by the treatment of the elements of the industry that local and state officials can and do control already – (as well as the lack of proper and available consumer financing on par with other types of housing) and it becomes evident that such a change would be disastrous for the industry and the millions of Americans who rely on its affordable, non-subsidized homes.  Conversely, if such a reversion to state and/or local regulation were to occur, the resulting product, subject to a cost-hiking myriad of differing and potentially conflicting standards, would not be the affordable, non-subsidized manufactured homes that today are the nation’s most affordable housing.

Indeed, all one needs to know about what would happen to manufactured housing, its affordability and its consumers under a regime of state and locally-based regulation, is there to be seen now, in plain sight. Look at how local governments deal with manufactured home communities and the placement of manufactured homes generally.  How many welcome HUD Code homes as attractive, affordable housing, versus how many reject the very notion of accepting manufactured homes and manufactured housing residents into their neighborhoods, towns, or counties?  How many times does the industry need to read about new manufactured housing communities being rejected, or the expansion of an existing manufactured housing community being rejected by local officials? Or the placement of even a single manufactured home being rejected? 

Nor is such discrimination, in truth, based on the quality of today’s manufactured homes, which is outstanding by every objective measure, or the standards to which they are built.  It is based, rather, on outdated prejudices and perceptions – which become evident through a careful reading of media reports -- and flat-out bias against lower-cost housing and the lower and moderate-income Americans who reside in such homes. In too many places, officials want no part of lower-cost, affordable housing.  

As a result, does anyone seriously doubt that such officials, given even greater power over the acceptance or rejection of manufactured housing, would do anything but abuse that power to place even greater roadblocks in the way of manufactured homes entering their jurisdictions? Put differently, does anyone seriously think that the same officials would use their clout, influence and votes in state legislatures and on state boards to ensure building codes, standards and enforcement mechanisms that would preserve the affordability and availability of manufactured homes built-in and shipped from out of state (competing with local builders of other types of homes), or that they would use that power to impose a myriad of costly mandates and restrictions on manufactured homes, based on biases that are vividly demonstrated every day?

The answer to each of these questions is obvious.  A reversion to state and/or local regulation for manufactured housing would be ruinous for the industry and consumers, sacrificing affordability while empowering the industry’s adversaries and detractors to inflict even more harm than they do now.  

So what is the answer?  The answer, quite simply, is to make the federal program follow the law and implement the 2000 reform law according to its terms and full purposes.  And that begins with “draining the swamp” as President Trump has put it, at the HUD program, without pulling the plug on the program altogether.  In practical terms, this means re-assigning the current career program administrator – who was parachuted into the program in 2014, ahead of other possible candidates from within and outside the program – and under whose watch the program has sharply deteriorated and suffered as was addressed in detail in the March 2017 edition of MHARR – Issues and Perspectives. It also means elevating the program within HUD, in accordance with the 2000 reform law, and enacting the regulatory reform agenda of the Trump Administration in order to unleash the industry’s full economic and market potential, and enable it to produce and provide the hundreds-of-thousands of affordable non-subsidized homes that American families want and need today.

In short, the industry as a whole must protect the federal program, aggressively advance the full and proper implementation of the 2000 reform law and stop following – in some quarters – the failed approach of go-along-to-get-along, which in the Trump Era of administrative/regulatory deconstruction, is beginning to look and sound more like support for the unacceptable program status quo, which only benefits “the few” within the industry, at the cost of “the many.”

Mark Weiss

MHARR is a Washington, D.C.-based national trade association representing the views and interests of independent producers of federally-regulated manufactured housing.

“MHARR-Issues and Perspectives” is available for re-publication in full (i.e., without alteration or substantive modification) without further permission and with proper attribution to MHARR. 

MHARRMarch 21, 2017

Dear Sir or Madam:

The following comments are submitted on behalf of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR).  MHARR is a Washington, D.C.-based national trade association representing producers of manufactured housing regulated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) pursuant to the National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Act of 1974, as amended by the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 (42 U.S.C. 5401, et seq.).  MHARR’s members are primarily smaller and medium-sized independent producers of manufactured housing located throughout the United States.

In January 2017, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), as an adjunct to its December 29, 2016 final rule implementing the Duty to Serve Underserved Markets (DTS) provision of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA), issued a Request for Input (RFI) seeking “public input on considerations that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) should include in their determinations of whether to include manufactured home chattel loan pilot [programs] in their Duty to Serve Underserved Markets Plans, and if so, how such pilots could be designed, taking into account policy and safety and soundness considerations.” The RFI contains five areas of inquiry and related questions. In connection therewith, the RFI provides: “Interested parties may address any or all of the following subjects and questions, in addition to raising and addressing other issues related to the Enterprises pursuing a chattel loans pilot.”       

For its response to the RFI, MHARR attaches and hereby incorporates by reference herein: (1) the statement of its President and CEO, Mark Weiss, as offered and presented to FHFA at its February 8, 2017 DTS/FHFA “listening session” in Washington, D.C. (attached); (2) its written DTS statement as offered and presented at the January 25, 2017 DTS/FHFA “listening session” in Chicago, Illinois (attached); and (3) its March 15, 2016 written comments on the December 18, 2015 FHFA-proposed DTS implementation rule (previously filed in the DTS rulemaking docket).

In relevant part, MHARR, in these documents, rejects the concept of a limited, discretionary manufactured home chattel “pilot program” or “programs” as authorized by the December 29, 2016 FHFA final rule. Instead, as is further addressed, detailed and explained therein, MHARR seeks “a revised and reformed DTS implementation rule [that would] specifically authorize and mandate a series of Enterprise-securitized chattel loans in volume, staggered over multi-year periods, so that they can be analyzed and evaluated every three years for any adjustment as warranted for the next series. Given the high demand by very low, low and moderate-income consumers for such Enterprise-securitized loans -- and the estimated 250,000 empty spaces in existing manufactured home communities – this type of program would not only meet the full DTS obligations of the Enterprises, but would make affordable homeownership immediately available to millions of Americans.”

MHARR otherwise restates and reaffirms the comments set forth in the above-referenced and incorporated documents.

Sincerely,
Mark Weiss
President and CEO

cc: Manufactured Housing Industry Post-Production Members (without attachments)

[1] See, RFI at p. 2.

[1] Id. at p. 4.

                                     By Mark Weiss
MHARR
MARCH 2017

“Time for REAL Change at HUD … and Beyond”

Welcome to the inaugural issue of “MHARR -- Issues and Perspectives.” This will be the first in a new series of periodic articles addressing issues of concern to the manufactured housing industry and the American consumers who rely on affordable manufactured homes. For those accustomed to reading the “MHARR Viewpoint” column formerly published on a monthly basis in The Journal of Manufactured Housing, these articles will be familiar and will use a similar – although not identical -- format.  Unconstrained by limitations related to third-party publication, these articles will offer both analysis and opinion regarding the often-complex issues facing the industry, its members and manufactured housing consumers in Washington, D.C.  MHARR plans to publish these articles from time-to-time, providing them to the individuals, organizations, congressional members and staff, and government agencies on its extensive electronic distribution list.  It will also make them available, on a non-exclusive basis, for re-publication in industry (and other) trade publications, reports, journals and newsletters.

That said, with a new Administration having now taken office in the nation’s capital, committed, as one of its core principles, to the “deconstruction of the administrative [i.e., regulatory] state,” the single most important national issue facing manufactured housing, as a federally-regulated industry, is the reform, reconstruction and reorganization of the federal manufactured housing program at HUD to fully implement – and fully comply with – the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000.  It is the failure to implement the fundamental reforms of this law, which lies at the root of the most significant roadblocks facing the industry and manufactured housing consumers today.  Put differently, while some might wish to paper it over, deny it, or offer distractions, the key reality affecting the manufactured housing industry in early 2017, is that there is a HUD aspect to every major national-level roadblock that it – and its consumers -- confront. And if that is ever going to change, the HUD manufactured housing program must change, beginning -- but not ending -- with a change in leadership at the top of the program.

What are the “roadblocks?” The most serious include: (1) needless, costly and destructive over-regulation of manufactured housing by HUD (and other agencies); (2) continuing discrimination in securitization and secondary market support for manufactured home consumer loans (i.e., implementation of the “Duty to Serve Underserved Markets” – DTS) and chattel loans in particular; and (3) discriminatory land use laws that exclude or severely restrict the placement of HUD Code manufactured homes in large swaths the country. 

In spite of these major roadblocks, manufactured housing has mounted a steady – yet gradual -- economic recovery since hitting record-low production levels in 2009.  This is a tribute to the industry’s homes and its people, who persevere in the face of obstacles and prejudices that are either flat-out wrong, or were outdated long ago.  But a slow recovery is not enough.  With the ever-growing need for affordable housing and homeownership across the United States, and with the advantages that manufactured housing offers at an inherently affordable price, the industry should rightfully be producing hundreds-of-thousands of homes each year.   

So how does responsibility for these “roadblocks” and their extremely damaging consequences land at the door of the HUD program?  Simple. The landmark Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 imposes broad responsibilities on the HUD program, but the program, with its present leadership, entrenched contractors and equally entrenched regulators -- all laboring under a rigid, biased and thoroughly outdated perspective of the industry, its people and its homebuyers -- has utterly failed to live-up to that statutory mission.

Under the 2000 reform law, HUD’s mission is not merely to regulate manufactured housing.  Its responsibilities go much further.  The law, for example, directs HUD to: (1) provide “funding for a non-career [program] administrator;” (2) “ensure that the public interest in … affordable manufactured housing is duly considered in all determinations relating to the federal standards and their enforcement;” (3) “facilitate the availability of affordable manufactured homes;” (4) “facilitate[e] the acceptance of … manufactured housing within HUD;” and (5) “broadly and liberally” construe federal preemption.” There is plenty more in the 2000 reform law, but these directives are sufficient to make the point.

Congress knew that it was asking HUD, in the 2000 reform law, to be more than a regulator for manufactured housing.  It knew that manufactured housing, despite its quality and affordability, continues to face discrimination – both within and outside government. That is one of the reasons it directed the appointment of a non-career administrator for the program – knowing that in order for manufactured housing to play its full and rightful role within the broader housing market, it would need a powerful, assertive and accountable political appointee to elevate the status of the program at HUD, sweep away the bias that holds back both the industry and its consumers, and hold the line against entrenched regulators and entrenched, revenue-driven contractors.

Instead of the fundamental reform, though, that Congress sought to impose on program regulators (which the program, during the entire legislative process, sought to defeat or undermine), the basic structure and orientation of the HUD program has remained the same – with a career administrator, entrenched, revenue-driven contractors wielding the power of judge, jury and executioner, and entrenched regulators – with a severely outdated perspective of both manufactured housing and the federal program -- committed to ever more intrusive, intensive and costly regulation.  Indeed, if anything, the program over the past three years, has sharply deteriorated, totally disregarding its broader mission under the 2000 law, while ratcheting-up regulation and the virtually unchecked and illegitimate power of its contractors, including, now, not just the 40-year, de facto sole-source program “monitoring” contractor, but its installation contractor as well. 

 The program, under the current career Administrator, therefore: (1) is completely absent from HUD’s latest five-year strategic plan; (2) has significantly intensified regulation and regulatory compliance costs, despite hard data showing that today’s manufactured homes offer an unprecedented level of quality for consumers; (3) has allowed revenue-driven contractors to turn good ideas emerging from the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC) – like a streamlined “on-site construction” system -- into a paperwork boondoggle that is driving producers to avoid covered site-work altogether, or deliver site-completed homes as modulars in order to avoid the HUD quagmire; (4) is allowing its installation contractor to effectively take-over the federal installation program; (5) is seeking to assume de facto control over installation standards and programs in states with approved state law installation programs; (6) has increased the certification label fee paid by manufacturers by 156%; (7) has blocked collective industry representatives, with hard-earned institutional knowledge, memory and expertise, from serving on then MHCC as voting members; and (8) shortly after the label fee increase, sought to short-shrift State Administrative Agencies (SAAs), threatening the viability of the federal-state partnership underlying the entire program, until MHARR intervened.  And that is just within HUD itself. 

Broaden out the focus a bit more, and the failure of the program and its leadership becomes even more evident.  Take energy regulation. What has HUD done to stop the U.S. Department of Energy, in a fundamentally-tainted rulemaking process, from singling-out manufactured homes and manufactured homebuyers for crushing energy standards (strongly opposed by MHARR) that will far exceed standards imposed on million-dollar site-built homes and devastate the HUD Code market – in a still pending rulemaking?  In a word, nothing.

Take the availability of consumer financing for manufactured homebuyers.  Manufactured housing activity under the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Title I program has fallen to insignificant levels due to the Government National Mortgage Association’s (GNMA) unduly restrictive 10-10 rule.  Both FHA and GNMA are HUD agencies.  What has HUD done to change the devastating status quo?  Nothing. 

Meanwhile, the Federal Housing Finance Administration (FHFA) has issued a final “Duty to Serve” (DTS) implementation rule – strenuously opposed by MHARR -- that fails to impose any mandatory “duty” regarding manufactured home consumer financing on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac at all, other than a duty that they explain why they are doing nothing to better serve HUD Code consumers. The response from HUD in two open rulemakings?  Zero, while manufactured home owners – at least the ones not excluded from homeownership altogether due to the resulting higher-than-necessary interest rates – are needlessly forced into higher-rate loans in a less-than-fully-competitive financing market.

How about land use and placement?  Towns and communities discriminate against HUD Code homes, HUD Code communities and HUD Code consumers around the nation every day, often excluding manufactured homes altogether, or concentrating them into lower-income pseudo-“ghettos.”  HUD, under the 2000 law, could preempt those measures.  It has also claimed authority, under its Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule, to override local zoning ordinances that discriminate against affordable housing.  Indeed, it recently forced a Pennsylvania community into a consent agreement reversing a zoning enactment against an affordable housing development under that same regulation. But what has the HUD program done to prevent the wholesale exclusion of HUD Code homes that it fully and comprehensively regulates? Again, nothing.

All of this hurts consumers and the industry’s small businesses the most. Larger industry businesses, shielded by multi-billion-dollar corporate mega-empires, either do not care, or quietly applaud the disproportionate damage inflicted on smaller competitors while awaiting opportunities to corner an even larger share of the market. Warren Buffet himself alluded to this in his latest “Shareholder Letter” to Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. stockholders: “Some years the gains in underlying earning power we achieve will be minor; very occasionally the cash register will ring loud. *** Every decade or so, dark clouds will fill the economic skies, and they will briefly rain gold.  When downpours of that sort occur, it’s imperative that we rush outdoors carrying washtubs, not teaspoons.” (Emphasis added).

Needlessly harsh, discriminatory and unnecessarily costly regulation only helps seed the clouds that produce the kind of “downpours” Buffet refers to. President Trump knows this.  He knows that over-regulation strangles the smaller businesses that are the engines of higher employment and greater economic growth. That is why he has pledged to reduce or eliminate unnecessary, job-killing federal regulation, and has already issued Executive Orders designed to begin the process of achieving that goal.

Such policies are tailor-made for the manufactured housing industry to fundamentally reform the HUD manufactured housing program and put it on a path to fully comply with all aspects of the 2000 reform law.  Another opportunity like this may never present itself again, and the manufactured housing industry – being subject to comprehensive federal regulation -- should be at the head of the queue to take full advantage of these policies rather than debating whether to get in the line at all, as some in the industry continue to contemplate.

That is why MHARR recently issued a list of policy priorities approved by the Association’s Board of Directors at its post-election, November 2016 meeting.  Those priorities make it clear that after years of abuse by federal regulators acting contrary to the law and empowering entrenched revenue-driven contractors to target the industry, the new era of regulatory deconstruction being ushered-in by the Trump Administration offers a profound opportunity that must not be missed or squandered.  While other segments of the industry have not given any public indication of a change in course, direction or approach based on this new reality, MHARR has already started to take action based on these fundamental objectives:

  • Elevate and include manufactured housing in all HUD (and other federal) housing and housing finance programs on the same terms as other types of housing;
  • Immediately re-assign the current career HUD manufactured housing program administrator and appoint an appropriately-qualified non-career administrator in accordance with the 2000 reform law who would fully embrace and properly implement that law and any and all regulatory policies and orders put in place by President Trump;
  • Immediately prepare and issue a new Request for Proposals (RFP) for the HUD program monitoring contract which would provide for, encourage, and ensure full and fair competition for that position, eliminate all “make-work” programs and functions artificially loaded into the current contract, consistent with Trump Administration regulatory policies and orders, and terminate the existing monitoring contract upon the identification and selection of a new contractor;
  • Seek the immediate withdrawal of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) proposed manufactured housing energy rule pursuant to executive action by either the incoming DOE Secretary, the President, or other appropriate authority and, if necessary, seek a congressional resolution pursuant to the Congressional Review Act of 1996 to reject any such rule if or when finalized; and
  • Demand and ensure securitization and secondary market support for manufactured home chattel loans in a significant and timely manner by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, so that consumers are not needlessly either excluded from the housing market or unnecessarily forced into higher-cost loans within a less-than-fully-competitive consumer financing market.

Obviously, this list is not exhaustive, as there are numerous other issues – particularly impacting the industry’s post-production sector – such as discriminatory zoning and placement restrictions, federal preemption and non-discriminatory consumer financing beyond the “duty to serve” – which also must be addressed. 

But now is no time for more go-along-to-get-along.  Now is the time, as President Trump said in his speech before Congress, to think boldly and act boldly – to demand new leadership at the HUD program in full accordance with the law, to seek new blood and fresh perspectives within the program and among its personnel, and to flush out the entrenched contractors and entrenched interests that use the federal program – and abuse its stakeholders – to feather their own nests.

MHARR will act.  Will others?  Time will tell.

                           Mark Weiss


MHARR is a Washington, D.C.-based national trade association representing the views and interests of independent producers of federally-regulated manufactured housing.

 “MHARR-Issues and Perspectives” is available for re-publication in full (i.e., without alteration or substantive modification) without further permission and with proper attribution to MHARR.

MHARRWashington, D.C., March 13, 2017 – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) has formally called upon the newly-confirmed Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Gov. Rick Perry, to withdraw, in toto, the proposed manufactured housing “energy” rule published by DOE in the Federal Register on June 17, 2016.

In a March 10, 2017 communication to the Secretary (copy attached), MHARR states that the proposed rule, “rooted in ‘climate change’ activism and advanced by ‘energy’ special interests through an illegitimate and scandal-plagued regulatory process, threatens to needlessly destroy [the] affordability [of manufactured homes] and simultaneously exclude millions of consumers from the manufactured housing market – and from home-ownership altogether.”

The proposed rule, which could increase the retail cost of an average multi-section manufactured home by $6,000.00 – and ultimately more, because regulatory compliance, testing and enforcement-related costs were never considered by DOE in developing the rule – would not result in energy cost savings for manufactured homebuyers and, according to comments filed in the DOE rulemaking by the independent George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center (copy attached), could actually result in net energy life-cycle operating cost increases that would “affect a large market share of manufactured homes.”

MHARR, unlike some industry organizations, has been a fierce and consistent opponent of both the proposed DOE rule and the fundamentally-tainted administrative process that led to its adoption. Thus, in a November 2016 post-election communication to DOE, MHARR called for the Department to cease and desist from any further activity on the proposed manufactured housing rule pursuant to Congress’ November 15, 2016 warning to all federal agencies against “finalizing [any] pending rules or regulations in the [Obama] Administration’s last days.”  Subsequently, in a January 6, 2017 communication to the chairmen of the relevant committees in both houses, MHARR urged Congress to review and reject the pending DOE rule and/or any final manufactured housing rule, if, in fact any is ultimately published, under the Congressional Review Act of 1996.

Strong action by the DOE Secretary, though, to withdraw the egregious proposed rule, would avoid the need for congressional intervention.

In Washington, D.C., MHARR President and CEO Mark Weiss stated, “The DOE manufactured housing ‘energy’ rule is a textbook example of a destructive, big government ‘solution’ in search of a problem.  Manufactured homes, comprehensively regulated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, already have median energy operating costs that are less than, or comparable to, other types of housing, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.  To single out manufactured homes and their mostly lower and moderate-income buyers for what amounts to a huge, regressive tax that would devastate both them and the industry in order to satisfy special interests, is incomprehensible, indefensible and precisely the type of baseless, damaging federal regulation that President Trump has vowed to eliminate. This horrendous proposal, developed through an equally horrendous and illegitimate process, needs to go.”

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