Washington, D.C., February 6, 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 December 2016. Just-released statistics indicate that HUD Code manufacturers produced 6,995 homes in December 2016, a 23.6% increase over the 5,657 HUD Code homes produced during December 2015. Cumulative industry production for 2016 thus totals 81,136 homes, a 15% increase over the 70,544 HUD Code homes produced during 2015. For context, cumulative annual industry production figures since 2008 are as follows:
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 December 2016 -- with cumulative, monthly, current year (2016) and prior year (2015) shipments per category as indicated -- are:
State Cumulative Current Month (Dec. 2016) 2016 2015
1. Texas 66,692 homes 872 12,747 13,592
2. Louisiana 26,838 homes 1,900 7,769 4,485
3. Florida 20,858 homes 428 5,453 4,954
4. Alabama 14,665 homes 253 3,612 2,822
5. N.C 14,575 homes 273 3,333 2,977
6. Mississippi 13,500 homes 239 3,183 2,581
7. California 12,973 homes 216 3,120 2,956
8. Kentucky 12,420 homes 175 2,692 2,384
9. Michigan 11,605 homes 358 3,866 2,845
10. Tennessee 10,385 homes 141 2,282 2,114
The latest information for December 2016 results in no changes to the cumulative top ten list.
While continued growth in manufactured housing production levels since 2010 is encouraging, given the high and growing demand in the United States for affordable housing and home ownership – and given the unprecedented quality and amenities offered by today’s manufactured homes at a price-point that cannot be matched by any other type of housing – annual production levels should rightly be in the hundreds-of-thousands of homes. The industry and its consumers, however, continue to suffer from baseless discrimination and equally baseless, costly and competition-smothering regulatory mandates imposed by government agencies. With the Trump Administration committed to a policy of reducing and/or eliminating needless, job-killing federal regulation, the industry must seek a top-to-bottom reform of the HUD manufactured housing program, to free it from the outdated biases and prejudices of entrenched career regulators and contractors that continue to restrain industry growth, while demanding full and expedited support for manufactured home chattel lending by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) and the Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs).