Closures for Manufactured Housing, Others Announced, More Pending, plus Sunday Weekly Headline News Review 3.15 to 3.22.2020


In New York, which is becoming this nation’s epicenter of the virus outbreak, Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered all nonessential businesses to close by 8 p.m. Sunday,” said MNPRNews.

California, Illinois, New York and New Jersey are among the growing list of states that have ordered shelter in place emergency executive orders, said USA Today. Odds are that more will do so, as Minnesota Public Radio said.

Among our weekly headline reports below, the positions of manufactured home producers The question has been raised, who will be impacted by those orders to close?

That answer seems to vary based on the state.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf ordered closures of “all non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania to close their physical locations as of 8 p.m. today, March 19, to slow the spread of COVID-19. Enforcement actions against businesses that do not close physical locations will begin at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 21.”


This is a cropped version of the full list from PA, so as to highlight housing and construction sectors. The full list is found at this link here.

By contrast, Illinois executive order, linked here, seems to offer an exemption for housing construction. It certainly sounds like factory-built home construction should be exempt. That may be a technical point for HUD Code professionals, because IL has not had a manufactured home builder for some time.


As with several other notable items on the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) website, this list is slightly outdated. It is at times like these that if MHI were doing their self-proclaimed job properly and were routinely updating their own information, it could prove useful.

Nevertheless, the item from IL below might be relevant for reasons shown in the red-boxed comments.



Time will reveal how many other states will follow the forced shutdown or “shelter in place” emergency order trends. At this time, about 1 in 4 Americans are under such an order. Something similar is happening in other nations.

Thoughtful readers have raised the topic if the cure for this pandemic – shutting down big parts of the economy – will have a greater cost than the disease? It is a point that merits discussion. But if a business is ordered to close, how many independents will have the financial ability to fight such an order, if they wanted to do so? At best, perhaps the issue should be raised for later discussion.


Communities and Evictions

In Iowa, Governor Kim Reynolds on Friday 3.20.2020 “announced a series of new emergency measures” that included “stalled penalties and interests from property taxes and suspended some evictions for homes, apartments and manufactured homes.”

It seems to be only a question of time when a business in manufactured housing is directly and/or indirectly impacted economically.

The world as professionals and investors in manufactured housing and all other sectors of the American economy that we knew just a few weeks ago is now upended. Health, safety, business impact and constitutional issues abound. For instance, what about gun shops? Is it violation of one’s constitutional rights to shut the gun retailers who make the ability to keep and bear arms possible? Or is it a violation of the section 1 of the 14th Amendment to order businesses to close without compensation or due process of law? That potentially relevant section reads: “nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” Noting the issue isn’t taking sides, it is merely saying that these are legitimate questions that merit follow up.

Not to be forgotten is the steep dive in oil, sparked by a price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia. That may on the surface sound good to many – cheaper prices at the gas pump – but if energy companies go under, the loss of jobs would be expected to have a ripple effect in markets that are often served by manufactured housing retailers and communities.

It seems likely that these government mandated shutdowns will mean that increased numbers of manufactured housing professionals will have more time to read about the issues that impact their industry. Thanks to our sources and supporters, MHProNews provides the single largest and demonstrated most-read resource in America for factory-built housing pros. Thanks for being part of making that statement a reality.

With no further adieu, let’s dive into the headlines from the week that was from 3.15 to 3.22.2020.


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


What’s New on MHLivingNews

A senior member of a non-MHARR HUD Code builder recently told MHProNews that we are entertaining, creative as well as informative. That same person has also said that at times we appear to be a bit insane. There is a method to the madness. For example, topics are picked for MHProNews and our sister site on MHLivingNews that shed light on the industry’s 15+ years of sustained underperformance.

What’s New on the Masthead

The featured image includes several metaphorical items. It can be seductive – but dangerous – to believe certain things. A mask, among other meanings, is used to project a false face, often used by actors. The eye conveys vision or understanding, which that woman and the mask partially obscures. The wall can stand for the harsh reality that sets in when illusion and the hard facts meet. NOTICE: it may make sense to read Crimson Contagion – linked below before reading this report.

What’s New on the Daily Business News on MHProNews

Saturday 3.21.2020

“Crimson Contagion” Statement to Congress by Robert Kadlec, MD, Assistant Secretary For Preparedness and Response


Friday 3.20.2020

White House Statements, Manufactured Housing Institute Teaser, plus Manufactured Home Investing, Stock Updates

Two Track Approach to Fight Discriminatory Zoning Pursued by Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform


Thursday 3.19.2020

China Coverup Timeline – Axios, Southampton U – Delays Cost Countless Lives, U.S., World Trillion$; plus Manufactured Home Investing, Stock Updates

Facts from ER Doc on COVID19; plus, Nobility Homes Sales Data; Other Manufactured Housing Industry Producers – Obstacles and Opportunities

Wednesday 3.18.2020

Zacks on Builders, Clayton Homes Announces COVID19 Reaction Plan, Emerging State Bridge Loans for Small Businesses, White House Updates, plus Manufactured Home Investing, Stock Updates

Employers, Employees Face Daunting Risks from COVID 19 – OSHA, Legal, CDC Guidance

Tuesday 3.17.2020

Trillion Dollar Worker-Small Business Coronavirus Relief Plan, Chapman University’s Kotkin Calls for “Decoupling” from China, plus Manufactured Home Investing, Stock Updates

Shake it Up! Great Debate Proposed NOW Between President Trump, former VP Biden and Senator Sanders

Monday 3.16.2020

Canadian Trade Group Share Coronavirus Tips, Insights – plus Manufactured Home Investing, Stock Updates

“Feckless” “Swamp” Leadership! MHARR Documents “Tainted” Process Harmful to Affordable Housing Consumers! Manufactured Home Independents

Sunday 3.15.2020

Pick Pockets, Free and Illegal Speech, Weapons of Mass Distraction, plus Sunday Weekly Headline Recap 3.8 to 3.15.2020



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Stating the obvious can bring clarity. The world that we knew just a few weeks ago has been upended.  Right or wrong, plants will be closed by government fiat. Numbers of evictions will be halted. The Tunica Show has been shut down for the first time in its history.

Who is benefiting from this unfolding tragedy? Because there are most certainly winners and losers. It is in such times that deception and reality often clash.




Among the obvious losers will be the dead and those whose lives, professions, investments and businesses have been harmed or wiped out unexpectedly.




Odds are you and/or your colleague(s) will have more time for reading. This is the time to dive deeper and question what the powers that be in manufactured housing have done – or failed to do – for over a decade.




There are retailers reporting mixed results in their traffic. But even those who say that traffic has been steady expect it to take a hit soon. Stay tuned for more, including that promised unpacking of the latest from MHI. That’s it for this Sunday installment of “News through the lens of manufactured homes and factory-built housing” © where “We Provide, You Decide.” © (Affordable housing, manufactured homes, week in review, reports, fact-checks, analysis, and commentary. Third-party images or content are provided under fair use guidelines for media.) (See Related Reports, further below. Text/image boxes often are hot-linked to other reports that can be access by clicking on them.)

We are happy to work with members of both major parties and independents to accomplish what is needed for ethical manufactured housing professionals and millions of current and potential manufactured homeowners. Note: MHI loves photo and video ops, but they don’t always mean what they might seemingly imply. Photo ops can be arranged.

By L.A. “Tony” Kovach – for

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 This article reflects the LLC’s and/or the writer’s position, and may or may not reflect the views of sponsors or supporters.

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