April Release of Feb 2024 Manufactured Housing State Level Production-Shipment Data with U.S. Totals, Most Complete-Concise YTD Manufactured Homes Report; plus Sunday Weekly MHVille Headlines Recap


The Institute for Building Technology & Safety‎ (IBTS) operates under a contract with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to collect new HUD Code manufactured housing data for the federal agency. Per their website: “IBTS is the single source for manufactured home data used to identify whether a home was built according to the HUD Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards (HUD code) and, if so, how it was designed and constructed.” Using official HUD data, the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) provides the single largest known publicly available collection of U.S. HUD Code manufactured housing data at this link here. In stark contrast to Washington, D.C. based MHARR, to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the Arlington, VA based Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) for some years have limited monthly manufactured home production reports to members only. MHI has also apparently limited other industry information once previously made available to the public.  With that in mind, this report is one of the few that makes available to thousands of industry professionals, as well as to others peering into the intricacies and oddities of the manufactured housing industry, information that reflects the health of the industry as measured by production, factual, and thus authentic (vs. faux, paltering or posturing) industry trends.  The data that follows is for new HUD Code manufactured home “Shipments and Production Summary Report 2/01/2024 – 2/29/2024.” The breakdown is by state.

That is followed by a recap of the national information made available courtesy of MHARR.


Part I

Institute for Building Technology & Safety‎

Shipments and Production Summary Report 2/01/2024 – 2/29/2024

State SW MW Total Floors
Dest. Pending 19 11 30 41
Alabama 260 243 503 746
Alaska 1 0 1 1
Arizona 77 137 214 353
Arkansas 95 101 196 297
California 44 190 234 434
Colorado 26 22 48 70
Connecticut 9 2 11 13
Delaware 10 31 41 73
District of Columbia 0 0 0 0
Florida 222 433 655 1,096
Georgia 112 250 362 613
Hawaii 0 0 0 0
Idaho 4 18 22 41
Illinois 29 24 53 77
Indiana 115 44 159 203
Iowa 16 3 19 22
Kansas 22 16 38 54
Kentucky 122 207 329 536
Louisiana 258 147 405 554
Maine 10 15 25 40
Maryland 7 10 17 27
Massachusetts 3 5 8 13
Michigan 109 92 201 293
Minnesota 13 25 38 63
Mississippi 179 160 339 500
Missouri 74 56 130 186
Montana 16 11 27 38
Nebraska 14 2 16 18
Nevada 4 32 36 69
New Hampshire 4 7 11 18
New Jersey 7 16 23 39
New Mexico 64 66 130 197
New York 46 57 103 160
North Carolina 221 314 535 851
North Dakota 3 11 14 25
Ohio 88 55 143 198
Oklahoma 91 102 193 295
Oregon 42 62 104 171
Pennsylvania 61 86 147 234
Rhode Island 0 1 1 2
South Carolina 206 305 511 816
South Dakota 5 15 20 35
Tennessee 111 203 314 517
Texas 716 830 1,546 2,386
Utah 5 16 21 37
Vermont 1 3 4 7
Virginia 44 64 108 172
Washington 17 97 114 215
West Virginia 43 53 96 149
Wisconsin 20 10 30 40
Wyoming 25 5 30 35
Canada 0 0 0 0
Puerto Rico 0 0 0 0
Total 3,690 4,665 8,355 13,070
State SW MW Total Floors
States Shown(*) 203 210 413 624
 Alabama 732 783 1,515 2,304
*Alaska 0 0 0 0
 Arizona 71 138 209 350
*Arkansas 0 0 0 0
 California 34 176 210 393
*Colorado 0 0 0 0
*Connecticut 0 0 0 0
*Delaware 0 0 0 0
*District of Columbia 0 0 0 0
 Florida 60 238 298 541
 Georgia 178 357 535 895
*Hawaii 0 0 0 0
 Idaho 23 66 89 157
*Illinois 0 0 0 0
 Indiana 367 197 564 761
*Iowa 0 0 0 0
*Kansas 0 0 0 0
*Kentucky 0 0 0 0
*Louisiana 0 0 0 0
*Maine 0 0 0 0
*Maryland 0 0 0 0
*Massachusetts 0 0 0 0
*Michigan 0 0 0 0
 Minnesota 39 56 95 151
*Mississippi 0 0 0 0
*Missouri 0 0 0 0
*Montana 0 0 0 0
*Nebraska 0 0 0 0
*Nevada 0 0 0 0
*New Hampshire 0 0 0 0
*New Jersey 0 0 0 0
*New Mexico 0 0 0 0
*New York 0 0 0 0
 North Carolina 212 317 529 846
*North Dakota 0 0 0 0
*Ohio 40 29 69 98
*Oklahoma 0 0 0 0
 Oregon 54 156 210 377
 Pennsylvania 159 212 371 585
*Rhode Island 0 0 0 0
*South Carolina 0 0 0 0
*South Dakota 0 0 0 0
 Tennessee 533 774 1,307 2,082
 Texas 985 956 1,941 2,906
*Utah 0 0 0 0
*Vermont 0 0 0 0
*Virginia 0 0 0 0
*Washington 0 0 0 0
*West Virginia 0 0 0 0
*Wisconsin 0 0 0 0
*Wyoming 0 0 0 0
*Canada 0 0 0 0
*Puerto Rico 0 0 0 0
Total 3,690 4,665 8,355 13,070
Ashok K Goswami, PE, COO, 45207 Research Place,  Ashburn, VA


Part II

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                    Contact: MHARR

(202) 783-4087



Washington, D.C., April 3, 2024 – 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), HUD Code manufactured housing industry year-over-year production increased in February 2024. Just-released statistics indicate that HUD Code manufacturers produced 8,355 new homes in February 2024, a 27% increase over the 6,577 new HUD Code homes produced in February 2023. Cumulative production for 2024 now totals 15,830 homes, a 13.6% increase over the 13,528 HUD Code homes produced over the same period in 2023.

A further analysis of the official industry statistics shows that the top ten shipment states from January 2023 — with monthly, cumulative, current reporting year (2024) and prior year (2023) shipments per category as indicated — are:




The February 2024 statistics move Tennessee into the 9th spot on cumulative the top-ten shipment state list, while California moves to 10th place.

The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform is a Washington, D.C.- based national trade association representing the views and interests of independent producers of federally-regulated manufactured housing.

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Part III

The data above on the top ten states is insightful in several respects. For instance. California is now a top ten state. More specifically, MHARR said “while California moves to 10th place.”

California is by far the most populated state in the country. It has one of the worst affordability problems in the U.S. So why is California only #10 in manufactured housing industry shipments?

Do you see how out-of-whack a close look at the data reveals manufactured housing’s issues are?

“…I’ve indicated for some time, we have a place to put challenge in our industry, particularly in larger metropolitan areas like Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Atlanta, Denver. And that difficulty is not being remedied, at least not currently.” Hodgson’s Legacy Housing was an MHI member at the time that comment was made during an earnings call, and per an available MHI’s member directory, still is.
https://www.manufacturedhomepronews.com/legacy-delivered-18-6-return-on-shareholders-equity-over-last-12-months-hiring-retail-mhc-insights-legacy-housing-legh-earnings-call-transcript-q3-20/ “Look, the biggest headwind of this – in this entire industry is where to put these [HUD Code manufactured] homes.” Duncan Hunter, President and CEO Legacy Housing (LEGH).
The first two months of 2024 yielded some 15,830 homes. If that pace was maintained through the year it would equal about 94,980 total new HUD Code manufactured homes in the U.S. That would be a pace similar to the years 2019-2020, and less than 2018, 2021 and 2022. That would also be about 72 percent lower than production in 1998. https://www.manufacturedhomelivingnews.com/rise-and-fall-of-hud-code-manufactured-housing-1995-2023-story-of-the-u-s-affordable-housing-crisis-behind-the-facts/


So, the snapshot of production and shipment facts are in Parts I and II above. The stories behind those facts are explored and unpacked in the facts and analysis provided in the following linked reports by category.

Don’t miss today’s postscript.

With no further adieu, here are the headlines from the week that was from 4.21 to 4.28.2024.


What’s New and Recent on MHLivingNews







Statements to Congress by Kevin Clayton-Clayton Homes for Manufactured Housing Institute; John Bostick of Sunshine Homes on Behalf of Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform








What’s New and Recent from Washington, D.C. from MHARR









What’s New on the Masthead



‘Which Came First the Chicken or the Egg?’ Unveiled – Science-Reason-Faith-Business-Ethical Behavior Challenges Reveal Keen Insights on Charlie Munger, Sam Zell, Warren Buffett and Many Others




‘Grand Canyon Sized Gap’ Between the Elites and Most of Us – Research Reveals What the 1 Percent Think of the 99 Percent – Survey Results, Facts, with Population Manipulation MHVille Analysis


Selections from the Words of Wisdom by Best Selling Author, Speaker Tim Connor, CSP



What’s New on the Daily Business News on MHProNews

Saturday 4.27.2024



Friday 4.26.2024



Thursday 4.25.2024



Wednesday 4.24.2024



Tuesday 4.23.2024




Monday 4.22.2024



Sunday 4.21.2024



Postscript (Part IV)

For longer-time and well-informed on manufactured housing industry issue readers, particularly those who are manufactured housing industry professionals, several things should be apparent. Passing a law, as difficult as that can be, is only half the battle in Washington, D.C. The other half of the battle is getting a law properly enforced once a bill has been enacted into law.

In manufactured housing, there are three laws that are vexing the manufactured housing industry today.

Lest someone misunderstand and think that it is just MHVille that is suffering under problematic law enforcement, one need not look beyond the broken border with Mexico to realize that other laws are not being properly enforced. Indeed, someone could go through a litany of federal departments and federal laws and then ask, what is being properly administered according to Congressional intent or the vision of the founding fathers?

  • HUD’s mission, per the website: “HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.” Clearly, the affordable housing crisis reveals that isn’t happening.
  • From the FHFA’s 2022 report: “FHFA engages closely with the regulated entities as they work to fulfill their responsibilities to support affordable housing financing…” Without DTS being properly implemented, that isn’t occurring.
  • The Department of Homeland Security (DHS): “The DHS mission is to ensure a homeland that is safe, secure, and resilient against terrorism and other potential threats” and “The Department of Homeland Security secures the nation’s air, land, and sea borders to prevent illegal activity while facilitating lawful travel …” At present, what is being facilitated is unlawful entry into the U.S. That is the opposite of its supposed mission.
  • The Department of Energy (DOE) is: “The mission of the Energy Department is to ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions.” As anyone who is paying attention to their utility bills knows, energy costs at home and fuel for your automobile, pickup, or SUV are up.
  • According to the Department of Defense (DOD) website: “The Department of Defense provides the military forces needed to deter war and ensure our nation’s security.”  What wars have been deterred in the past three years?  Was Russia deterred from invading Ukraine? Was Hamas deterred from attacking Israel? Are conflicts in Africa, Asia, or Latin America deterred? How did the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan work?
  • Certainly, those sitting in the White House or the vice president’s office are part of the problem for these issues, as are their appointees at the various agencies. But think about it. What federal agency is fulfilling its mission, other than the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)? And how many want the IRS to be even more efficient at taking tax money so it can be squandered on programs that don’t solve the fundamental purpose for which an agency or department is supposed to exist?

That’s not to say that every federal employee is ‘bad’ or corrupt. Rather, it is to say that the leadership of these organizations and at least segment of the staff are behaving in ways that are flawed at best.

It is also to say that Congress is failing at their role of oversight and control. Congress has the power of the purse. Apparently, several of these agencies feel like they can dare Congress not to fund them, even if they are not doing their job properly. Congress keeps shoveling money to bureaucrats at record ‘peace time’ levels even though those agencies are obviously often not properly fulfilling their missions.

And meanwhile, the rich who are able to tap into the system are getting richer while the poor, working class, and middle class are routinely getting poorer.

There is a need to clean house. In hindsight, it is apparent. It was a huge mistake to have Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in the White House, save for this exception. During the past 3 years, it has become apparent that corruption and cronyism are features of the federal government, not some aberration.  Those who think they want a new world order – where government is even further removed from We the People should look around and see that if policies can’t be easily changed for the better in Washington, D.C., how is it going to be easier to change if the seat of government moves to Bejing, Paris, London, Berlin, Havana, or any other possible seat of world government? ##







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Our son has grown quite a bit since this 12.2019 photo. All on Capitol Hill were welcoming and interested in our manufactured housing industry related concerns. But Congressman Al Green’s office was tremendous in their hospitality. Our son’s hand is on a package that included the Constitution of the United States, bottled water, and other goodies.

By L.A. “Tony” Kovach – for MHProNews.com.

Tony earned a journalism scholarship and earned numerous awards in history and in manufactured housing.

For example, he earned the prestigious Lottinville Award in history from the University of Oklahoma, where he studied history and business management. He’s a managing member and co-founder of LifeStyle Factory Homes, LLC, the parent company to MHProNews, and MHLivingNews.com.

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