Matthew Silver

Following a 25-year career operating a custom hardwood furnishing business and occasional writing, Matthew Silver has been writing professionally for over a dozen years, six of those for the factory-built housing industry. Otherwise, he may be found performing folk music in the Indianapolis area.

The Affordable Housing Crisis and the State of Off-Site Housing, Expert’s Commentary

Gallions Reach in East London, UK, is home to an unused gas plant, a deteriorating shopping center and a floodplain that reaches out to the Thames River as it leaves London, an open area that gives one a slight sense of desolation, according to Inside Housing. In the middle of …

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View of Wildlife Changing for Residents of Manufactured Home Community

Residents of a manufactured home community in Santa Clarita, California are upset about the new view of a hillside in their backyards that was once covered with wildlife, and more upset realizing there may be little they can do about it. The owner of Canyon View Estates, Kerry Seidenglanz, said …

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Modular Housing may be Key for Students

Where is the lack of affordable housing not an issue? It is particularly severe in urban areas of California. People are renting garages to live in in some neighborhoods around Los Angeles. The Mercury News reported in April, 2017 the median price for a single-family home in the nine-county Bay …

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Retailers, Communities, Producers Warned – Another HUD Power Grab

In what the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) says is a violation of the Trump Administration’s Executive Orders issued January 20, 2017 to ease regulations, the HUD MH program published an interpretive bulletin (IB) in the Federal Register that will alter the standards for MH foundations in “freezing …

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Existing Manufactured Homes Rising in Value

“It is of concern to me,” Hjelle said. “We are seeing a significant increase in the affordable housing area, which I would consider starter homes, mobile homes [sic], condos and apartments. More so than in the higher-end homes.” Snohomish (WA) County Assessor Linda Hjelle, was commenting on the increase in …

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OPEC Disarray May Yield Manufactured Housing Industry Hooray

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In the 1970’s President Jimmy Carter urged the nation to turn down thermostats as a way of conserving resources, to become “energy independent” from foreign countries. Some wags suggested Americans lower our body temperature below 98.6 as a means to conserve energy. Now, some forty plus years later, the Trump …

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Putting the Cart Before the Horse—Er, House—in Montana

For several years, MHProNews has been following the booming growth of the Bakken oil field in western North Dakota, as in the example that is linked here. The boom created an influx of thousands of job seekers, and their need for prompt availability of homes was primarily met with factory-built, …

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Sunday Morning Weekly Recap Manufactured Housing Industry News June 18 to June 25, 2017

The New June 2017 articles on the MHProNews.com home page are live, with the full line up on display at this link here. If you’ve been super busy, traveling, have been on vacation, or are new to the Daily Business News  on MHProNews, welcome to our weekly recap of the Manufactured Housing Industry’s “News, Tips …

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City Expanding Affordable Housing

In a move reflecting a growing trend across the nation, the city of San Bernardino, CA is partnering with Neighborhood Partnership Housing Services “to ensure that persons of all walks of life have opportunities to find suitable and affordable housing in San Bernardino,” according to a report from the city’s …

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The Homeless are Finding Benefactors in Many Cities

As people all across the nation flock to urban areas seeking opportunity that is not so readily available in small towns and rural areas, the price of homes tend to rise along with the value of land. Readers of MHProNews are familiar with our many stories of manufactured and mobile …

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Are Americans Hunting for the Single Sectional Manufactured Home Alternative?

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The hands down king of affordable permanent housing in the U. S. is single section (a.k.a. ‘single wide’) manufactured homes. On a cost per square foot basis, they are hard to beat, as U.S. Census Bureau – and other research from sources such as Zillow, or the National Association of …

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Huge Loss to Affordable Housing Stock May Be in Offing

Similar to re-purposing pressures in urban areas in the United States, our manufactured housing neighbors north of the border are facing redevelopment issues that threaten to uproot them from long-standing manufactured home communities. Vancouver, British Columbia is home to approximately 1,000 manufactured home communities, according to the Manufactured Home Park …

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What Michigan State Climate, Tornado and ‘Mobile Home” Researchers Missed, and Admitted

“Though mobile homes offer a relatively inexpensive but comfortable housing alternative, it appears that this trend has made the United States more vulnerable to tornadoes over time,” claims Climate Change, Tornadoes And Mobile Homes: A Dangerous Mix. Mark Skidmore and his colleagues crafted the Michigan State University study, which said, …

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Passages: Curt Hames

After nearly half a century of selling factory-built homes, and according to his daughter, “a walking encyclopedia of the manufactured home industry,” Curt Hames passed away Sunday, April 30 at age 92, in Hiawatha, Iowa. After retiring from the army in 1969, having served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam, he …

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Passages: Gary “Mac” McClanahan

One time vice president and member of the Board of Governors of the IMHA-RVIC, Gary “Mac”McClanahan, 77, passed away April 28, 2017. Active in the Capital City Manufactured Housing Chapter in Indianapolis, “Mac” was honored with the Citizen of the Year Award in 2009, and had recently devoted his efforts …

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Former Sugar Plantation Sees Reallocation of Manufactured Homes

In 1821 Charles Bulow purchased nearly 5,000 acres of land in northeast Florida, in what is now Flagler County. According to Florida Today, local historian Al Hadeed said, “The Bulow Plantation was one of the largest plantation enterprises in territorial Florida. It was very successful because its major crop was …

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Modular Homebuilder could add Up to 40 Jobs

A new business is set to expand in the Pocatello, Idaho community that could see the addition of up to 40 employees. Modular Zip Kit Homes owner Chris Jaussi expects to find a manufacturing facility in the area within the next two weeks and hopes to begin hiring by June …

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Road Construction will Require Manufactured Home Residents to Move

More than two dozen homes in Greenwood Estates manufactured home community just south of Indianapolis, Indiana will have to relocate while Worthsville Road is expanded to accommodate increased traffic and development from U. S. 31 to State Road 135. The first leg of the expansion, from U. S. 31 to …

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Bill Beneficial to Manufactured Home Industry

An article in Tulsa World notes that Senate Bill 91 in the Oklahoma State Senate specifies that if personal property taxes become delinquent on a manufactured home situated on property not owned by the owner of the home, and the county treasurer places a notice in the local newspaper, then …

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Waste! Fraud! Abuse! Its Impact on Business

As part two on our series on federal taxation, the Daily Business News spotlights today what private and federal research reveals to be hundreds of billions of dollars in waste, fraud and abuse. The Trump Administration has made tax reform a hallmark of their agenda, and President Donald J. Trump …

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