The “U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson reaffirmed his commitment to reforming the Department’s manufactured housing program,” said the IMHA in a statement to the Daily Business News.
“Secretary Carson stated the importance of manufactured housing as a source for addressing the nation’s affordable housing crisis and that HUD’s approach to the regulation of manufactured housing should change,” the Indiana state association said.
“According to the economists, we are experiencing the biggest jump in housing prices in four years – prices are rising while the supply of housing is getting smaller. It’s basic supply and demand,” said Secretary Carson, M.D. “That’s why everyone in this audience and the manufactured housing industry is so important – and that’s why I am here today. You are a big part of the solution to providing unsubsidized, quality, affordable housing.”
The comments echoed what he said recently to a Senate oversight hearing in the video, posted below.
Secretary Carson said, “HUD is now positioned to usher in a new era of cooperation and coordination with your industry. Make no mistake, we understand how you are vital to our economy and to our agency’s goal of making safe, quality, desirable and affordable homes for millions of hard working Americans.”
Secretary Carson recognized the work the industry is doing to make homes more affordable, while creating good jobs.
Secretary Carson noted that the Trump Administration appreciates all the efforts underway in the industry, specifically citing the use of a number of American suppliers and products when constructing manufactured homes.
Unlike his predecessor, Secretary Julian Castro who appeared at an MHI event via video, Dr. Carson made a personal appearance at the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) annual meeting in Las Vegas. The Trump Administration has been widely seen as more business and regulatory friendly than prior ones. ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)
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