The topline is simple.
Many if not most of those so-called MHAction protestors were not manufactured home residents.
But where did MHAction come from? What is the origin of their funding? Are there possible silver linings from the headlines they grabbed?
The Washington Post’s recent report on manufactured housing (MH) is part of the useful lens used to pull back the curtain on what MHAction billed as anti-an HUD Secretary Ben Carson, anti-MH industry protests.
MHLivingNews’ report spotlights the praise for the quality of the industry’s homes, by contrasting it against the protesters who themselves said that they tried to disrupt the Manufactured Housing Institute’s (MHI) final planned Las Vegas meeting.
Industry professionals are wise to keep in mind that these anti-business protesters ties to radical groups, revealed by the report linked below.
Washington Post – Protests of HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Manufactured Housing Institute, by MHAction, New York Communities for Change, CarsonWatch – An Inside Look – manufacturedhomelivingnews.com
A recent Washington Post (WP, the Post, or WaPo) report about a recent protest made it clear that manufactured housing is an important part of the solution to the growing affordable housing crisis in the USA. Here is part of what the WP report said.
The story above could prove useful, especially to retailers and communities that may have a customer that is interested, but on the fence, due to some online report that creates undue concerns.
The facts are presented. Modern manufactured homes truly are “amazing,” as Secretary Carson said – and federal data helps make the point.
As an attendee told MHProNews, their protests were ultimately not effective, as Dr. Carson ‘turned them into a punch line that drew laughter and applause.’
But those protestors still got headlines. That’s reason enough to know more, so that you and your team can respond to shoppers who may have questions about this kind of tactic.
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In the aftermath of last year’s Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) annual meeting, an MHI advocate metaphorically taunted MHProNews for our reporting on looming protests of their meeting. That skeptic isn’t doubting the forecast of MHAction protests any more. MHAction initially targeted the MHI annual event in Orlando last year.
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Submitted by Soheyla Kovach to the Daily Business News for MHProNews.com.
Soheyla is a managing member of LifeStyle Factory Homes, LLC, the parent company to MHProNews, and MHLivingNews.com.