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“Mobile Home Ban” Suit Win, “Equal Justice Under Law,” Manufactured Home Owners, Buyers, Industry

December 5th, 2017 Comments off

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McCrory, [AR] and all of our communities, should invest in residents rather than criminalize poverty,” Telfeyan said.

Telfeyan’s comments addressed to MHProNews related to a victory reported by the Associated Press (AP), which attracted nationally attention to the discrimination case in McCrory, Arkansas.

A city in east-central Arkansas has settled a federal lawsuit brought by a national civil rights organization over an attempt to ban mobile homes worth less than $7,500,” said AP as quoted in U.S. News and World Report.

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Per AP, “…the McCrory City Council passed an ordinance in September 2016 banning trailers [sic] that have a value of less than $7,500. Equal Justice Under the Law sued the city and its police chief in January, calling the ordinance wealth-based discrimination. The group filed the lawsuit on behalf of a couple who were told they’d have to move out of their $1,500 mobile home.”

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It’s unclear from the photographic evidence if the home was a pre-HUD Code mobile home, or perhaps an older HUD Code manufactured home (MH).  But neither would properly be called a “trailer.”  To learn more about proper terminology, click this link here, or the graphic below.

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The council repealed the ban in January,” said AP, adding that, “Equal Justice officials say the Tuesday settlement totaled just over $20,000.”

“…even though state law in Arkansas prohibits cities from totally banning manufactured/modular home placements; restricting them only to rented lots in ‘parks’; or setting conditions/restrictions that are dissimilar to those for ‘site-built units’ – a number of cities still attempt to unduly restrict MH placements due to unsubstantiated fears of plummeting property values and ‘undesirables’ that their decisions-makers fear will inhabit such domiciles,” said the Arkansas Manufactured Housing Association’s JD Harper, in an Industry Voices column to MHProNews, linked here.

Harper said it’s an important victory for the MH Industry, current home owners and prospective manufactured home buyers.

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There are industry legal minds that have told the Daily Business News off-the-record that while useful, settlements aren’t a legal precedent.

MarkWeissJDPresidentCEOManufacturedHousingAssocRegulatoryReformDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsThat noted, another industry attorney, Mark Weiss, JD, commented, “Great stuff by JD Harper about the Equal Justice Under the Law in McCrory,” case.

Weiss is the president and CEO of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform.

Most of the bans/restrictions that I’ve heard of, focus on age or specific features,” Weiss told the Daily Business News.

A source with ties to MHARR told MHProNews that this case is one that the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) and HUD should be pursuing, under the enhanced preemption enacted by the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000.

The Arkansas Times said that “The couple makes about $13,000 a year, well below the federal poverty line.”

This settlement is a victory for Lindsey [Hollaway and], David [Watlington], and impoverished people everywhere. No one should fear being chased out of their hometown simply because they are too poor to afford a more expensive residence. At a time when civil rights feel under attack in this nation, this settlement is a victory for everyone who values individual dignity, according to Telfeyan.

McCrory will pay some $20,000 for the settlement, attorney fees, fine forgiveness, and other costs.  As MHLivingNews has spotlighted, public officials who do the proper research often discover what the elected official in the interview linked below learned.

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Equal Justice Lead Counsel, says, ‘Willing to Consider Other, Similar Cases’

Your “readers should alert you [MHProNews] to any other ordinances that limit manufactured housing on the basis of value or age and contact you immediately if/when anyone is being faced with eviction based on an alleged violation of such an ordinance,” said Catherine Sevcenko, JD.

Sevcenko is the legal director at Equal Justice Under Law.

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Assuming the person who gets in touch with you would be willing to be a plaintiff, there is a good chance we might be able to get

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involved,” Sevcenko said.  The attorney explained that “we can never promise legal representation until we have reviewed the facts and circumstances of a particular case.”

Sevcenko provided MHProNews with a case out of North Carolina that she stated is useful in such claims.  That case, is linked here as a download.

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Moratoriums on “Marijuana and Mobile Homes”

June 27th, 2017 Comments off

MoratoriumsMedicalMarijunaMobileHomesManufacturedHousingIndustryReportsResearchDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsThe Herald Leader reports that the Siloam Springs, Arkansas Board of Directors approved a pair of moratoriums on Tuesday to “buy time for city code change on medical marijuana and mobile home [sic] trailer parks [sic].”

The local paper said that “The moratoriums will temporarily prohibit applications from being made for medical marijuana groweries and dispensaries or for mobile home [sic] and manufactured home developments.”

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The View From AMHA

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JD Harper, Executive Director, AMHA, credit, LinkedIn.

JD Harper, Executive Director of the Arkansas Manufactured Housing Association (AMHA) tells MHProNews that, “Unfortunate headline writing by someone’s editor.”

I don’t believe it is nearly as bad as it appears,” said Harper.

The AMHA executive director has some 20 years in the industry, and said in an emailed statement that, “I was recently contacted by the city administrator of Siloam Springs (whom I’ve known for many years).  He asked for the industry’s input on re-vamping the city’s ordinances and subdivisions regulations relating to manufactured home communities.”

I provided a number of pieces of information, including: a model zoning ordinance and placement regulations; the state statute governing municipal authority over manufactured home zoning; the state’s installation standards; definitions for ‘manufactured homes’, ‘modular homes’ and ‘mobile homes’; an article from our legal counsel; and info about the City of McCrory being sued for discrimination for banning certain housing units,” Harper said.

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I feel confident that the City of Siloam Springs will proceed with an abundance of caution.”

Harper has been leading-the-charge in his state to improve the understanding and image of manufactured housing, as some of  the graphics from the AMHA website shown above, demonstrate. ##

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Squamish Over Vancouver? BC Tiny House Controversy, Leadership, MH Parallels

June 12th, 2017 Comments off

TinyHouseTravailsAnastasiaKoutalianosBCTinyHouseCollectiveCTVNewVancouverManufacturedModularPrefabTinyHouseDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsThey are described by Vancouver’s CTV News as small, affordable and illegal.

Their advocates don’t claim that they are the entire solution to Vancouver’s growing affordable housing crisis, but they think they are part of the solution, if they’re given acceptance.

And meanwhile, Cory Grandfield says that their home – custom made and perfect for them, is being forced by the city to move.

North of the border, just as has occurred in many U.S. jurisdictions, tiny houses face a fight.  But what makes this story one that tiny – and manufactured home advocates – ought to follow closely, is that supporters of tiny houses have organized to fight city hall, wherever in British Columbia that they meet resistance.

Anastasia Koutalianos, the co-founder of the BC Tiny House Collective, is advocating for Grandfield and for others in Vancouver with tiny houses, but is not finding the welcome mat out for them.

I think it’s really about having a conversation with the city planners and council and really showcasing there’s a demand for this housing stock,” she told CTV News.

But until that happens, Grandfield thinks he’ll park his tiny home in Squamish.

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Tiny Trendy Among Several Manufactured Home Producers

While some are being built to the ANSI or HUD Codes, there are tiny houses being built by HUD Code builders to no code at all, which have been displayed at events such as the Tunica Manufactured Housing Show. What’s certain is that those who are producing them see the potential for added sales in a market perceived to have more positive media than manufactured housing does.

But the legal challenges for true, unregulated, tiny houses remains.

MHLivingNews and the Daily Business News have chronicled many of the tiny house challenges.  But what the tiny house enthusiasts are doing, is that a model for more successful engagement by manufactured home residents?  Given that a strict reading of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 (MHIA 2000) supports enhanced preemption of manufactured homes, should they be more accepted in towns and cities?

Stan Dye has said, yes, they think that’s what should happen.

Other retailers –  like Gary Adamek from the Houston, TX market area – have told MHProNews that zoning is a bigger issue by far than Dodd-Frank ever was.

Several state association executive directors aren’t happy about the lack of back-up for preemption of the industry’s homes coming from the HUD Code manufactured home program’s current director, Pam Danner.

Not speaking directly to Danner’s controversial command over the program, J.D. Harper focuses his comments on local officials.

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JD Harper, Executive Director, AMHA, credit, LinkedIn.

I’ve told many city officials that I don’t believe that manufactured homes belong on every lot in every zone in every town – but I DO believe there are MANY lots in MANY towns which restrict manufactured homes where a factory-built residence would provide access to decent, affordable housing for working Arkansans — without having an adverse impact on surrounding property values or the quality of life in that neighborhood,” J.D. Harper said to MHProNews.  His full commentary is linked here.

 

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Jay Hamilton, Executive Director,  (GMHA).

Jay Hamilton, the executive director of the Georgia Manufactured Housing Association, said: “The one issue that will prohibit affordable housing in the future — not only manufactured homes, but site-built — is local zoning and covenants.”

As noted, Adamek is among those professionals who believes that zoning for manufactured housing is bigger and more harmful than

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Gary Adamek, Fayette Country Homes, TX.

the challenges caused by the Dodd-Frank Act. Describing battles with cities and towns in his state, “…some will simply pass ordinances that flatly prohibit manufactured homes,” says Adamek. “They don’t even have to get fancy about it.” 

MarkWeissMHARRPresidentManufacturedHousingIndustryDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsMHARR has long sought the enforcement of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000, as a way of unchaining the industry and creating hundreds of thousands of additional opportunities for sales every year.  They include a call for comments on changing HUD’s regulations, per a door opened by the Trump Administration which has already proven a willingness to scale back on business and job killing regulations.  Those deadlines for comments are June 14, at 11:50 PM.  MHARR’s message on the issue is linked here.

These are among the reasons that MHProNews publisher, L. A. “Tony” Kovach in his comments to HUD has asked for replacing Pam Danner in her leadership over the program, and has called for the full implementation of the MHIA 2000. Kovach believes that wishing and hoping aren’t a strategy– it will require thoughtful and routine engagement to effect the changes needed.

He also points to the huge potential growth the industry could enjoy, if the MHIA 2000 were being fully enforced, a call that MHARR has been making for several years too.

Comments to HUD can still be made, please see the article – with four easy steps to comment – linked here.

Back in BC…

The BC Tiny House movement has organized about 1000 people to fight for their cause. Can manufactured homes – with millions of owners, and thousands of more businesses, manage some day to do the same? ##

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Arkansas MHA’s ‘GET THE FACTS’ Video Series Completed

September 2nd, 2016 Comments off
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JD Harper, Executive Director of the Little Rock based Arkansas Manufactured Housing Association has told the Daily Business News  that, “Our organization has been working on a series of short videos to address common myths, misconceptions and stereotypes that many potential homebuyers have about the quality, value and safety of manufactured homes.

Harper added that he’s announcing the launch of those videos, which will be featured on MHProNews as a featured article in our September issue.

The September Featured Articles – and videos – will be published and ‘go live’ on the MHProNews home page Saturday evening, Sept 3rd.  Update: Link to the AMHA videos is here.

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Says Harper, “I hope that you enjoy the results of the project.” ##

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L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach is the publisher of MHProNews.com and MHLivingNews.com.

(Editor’s Note: As the insightful report today by Joe Dyton reflects, MHProNews is welcoming periodic guest writers. ICYMI, Matthew Silver is taking some much needed and well-earned time off, and L. A. “Tony” Kovach will be helping fill the Daily Business News role in the interim).

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Arkansas MHA Names Industry Achievement Recipients

October 15th, 2015 Comments off

arkansas mfg housing assocThe Arkansas Manufactured Housing Association (AMHA), at its 44th Annual Meeting and Convention held in Little Rock, presented Industry Achievement Awards to association members for their contributions to the manufactured home industry.

AMHA Executive Director J. D. Harper tells MHProNews Country Comfort Homes of Hot Springs, AR was named 2015 Sales Center of the Year for their outstanding customer service. Country Comfort is the state’s largest-volume seller of custom factory-built homes by Deer Valley Home Builders of Guin, Alabama and Scot-Bilt Homes of Waycross, Georgia.

Lexington Homes, Inc. of Lexington, Mississippi received the Manufacturer of the Year Award for the consistency of their production of HUD Code homes shipped into the state.

The 2015 Factory Sales Representative of the Year honor goes to Ed Spaeth of Lexington Homes. He began his career in the MH industry in 1982, selling homes for Spirit Homes in Conway, AR until it closed in 2002. He remained with Spirit’s parent organization, Cavalier Homes, until 2011, and has been with Lexington Homes the last three years.

The 2015 Supplier of the Year award goes to A&R Mobile Home Supply of Cabot, AR. Founded in 1987 by Russell McGough, A&R is still a family-owned business supplying a wide range of service and supplies to the factory-built home business. ##

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Passages: Dee Greiner

June 11th, 2015 Comments off

dee greiner  thecabin  credit obitLong-time veteran of the manufactured housing (MH) industry, Dee Greiner of Conway, Arkansas passed away in her home June 9, 2015. She began her MH career with Barcraft Industries in 1967, and in 1972 joined the staff of Castle Industries, becoming vice-president. In 1986, according to thecabin, she co-founded Prestige Housing, which later became Spirit Homes. She served many years on the board of the Arkansas Manufactured Housing Association (AMHA), and became its chairwoman in 1991. In 1998 she was inducted into the AMHA’s Hall of Fame. MHProNews sends its deepest sympathies to her family. ##

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Arkansas Mortgage Recording Bill Stirs Up Criticism

February 10th, 2015 Comments off

arkansas-state-capitolA bill being drafted by the Arkansas Circuit Clerks Association that would require counties to record and report all mortgage assignments and mortgage releases is getting some backlash.

The Log Cabin Democrat tells MHProNews that Jonathan Greer, general counsel for the Association of Arkansas Counties has been working with the Arkansas Circuit Clerks Association to draft House Bill 1053 and get it filed.

Greer said the Arkansas Realtors Association, Arkansas Manufactured Housing Association and Arkansas Land Title Association have expressed concerns about the bill. “We’re meeting with them to see if we can’t resolve their concerns before presenting the bill,” he said.

The Arkansas Realtors Association at this point is not in favor of the bill because of recording costs, said Rhonda Wharton, president of the Arkansas Circuit Clerks Association.

Most mortgage assignments are one page documents, Wharton said. According to the bill, recording one page costs $15, and each additional page costs $5. Usually that cost is passed on to the person who has the mortgage.

J.D. Harper, executive director of the Arkansas Manufactured Housing Association said he has distributed the information about mortgage assignments and releases to the association’s lenders to see what their concerns are.

Harper said he understands there may be some changes coming to the bill, and his association won’t have a position one way or the other before it sees the final piece of legislation.

Greer said one such change might be removing the additional $100 fee for recording mortgage assignments and mortgage releases 90 days after execution.

“We may make some changes to satisfy them,” he said, “but I don’t know if we can.”

Rep. Charlene Fite (R-80) and Sen. Terry Rice (R-9) are sponsoring the bill, which is anticipated to be considered by the Insurance & Commerce Committee in the Arkansas State Legislature this week. ##

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State Manufactured Housing Association Reveals Honors Bestowed

October 27th, 2014 Comments off

arkansas mfg housing assocThe Arkansas Manufactured Housing Association (AMHA) recognized leaders in the industry at its 43rd Annual Convention in Little Rock recently, MHProNews  learned from AMHA Executive Director,  J. D. Harper.

Kevin Hawks of Hawks Enterprises was inducted into AMHA’s Hall of Fame, which is the highest honor bestowed upon any individual for a lifetime of achievement. A ten year board member of the AMHA, he was recently re-appointed as an industry representative by Gov. Mike Beebee to the state agency that regulates the factory-built housing industry. Hawks Enterprises has received the “Retailer of the Year” award three times.

Other honors akevin_hwaks__hawks_sales_ar_hall_of_fame_oct_2014warded:

Putnam Homes of Fort Smith named 2014 “Sales Center of the Year.”

Lexington Homes, Inc. named “Manufacturer of the Year.”

Ben Hooker of Southern Estates named “Factory Sales Representative of the Year.”

A&R Mobile Home Supply and Service of Cabot named “Supplier of the Year.”

Members Recognized for Long-Time Membership of Arkansas MHA:

> Skyline Homes for 40 years
> Franklin Homes for 30 years
> Capital Buyers for 20 years. ##

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Energy Makeover for AR Manufactured Homes Contest on Track

May 29th, 2014 Comments off

Following a story MHProNews.com first posted May 9, 2014 regarding an energy efficiency makeover contest for an all-electric manufactured home sponsored by Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, we have learned the homes have to be at least 320 square feet, permanently anchored and owner-occupied by a consumer member of one of the co-ops. Included among the options offered this year are geothermal heat pump technology, membrane roofing and sealant materials, and energy-efficient windows and doors, appliances and lighting. The Arkansas Manufactured Housing Association (AMHA) reports one of every three new dwellings in the state are manufactured homes, according to ect.coop. Entries must be submitted by July 15, 2014, and the winner will be announced in August. “The six previous makeover winners are enjoying lower utility bills in the comfort of their transformed homes,” said Bret Curry manager of residential energy marketing for the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas. ##

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