HUD, Urban Institute Webcast on Housing Vouchers Thursday Sept 20th – Manufactured Housing Opportunities?


On July 29, 2016, the Housing Opportunity through Modernization Act of 2016, (H.R. 3700) was signed into law,” with Wisconsin Housing Alliance (WHA) reminds readers. “This gives the more than 2 million families that have a HUD Section 8 voucher the added flexibility of using the voucher to pay for the full annual cost of purchasing a manufactured home.”


It’s a move that many supported, inside and outside of the manufactured housing industry.  But so far, there’s been little appreciable change that can be specifically pin-pointed to this new law, as the HUD Code manufactured housing shipment chart below reflects.

There are plenty of opportunities in manufactured housing, one of them being this HUD Voucher program, at least on paper. But as the shipment diagram above reflects, since the program was passed, there is no appreciable change that can be pin-pointed to this program. It remains to be seen if the Thursday webcast will address this issue, which if properly implemented in a fair and balanced fashion, could be good for HUD, consumers, and the manufactured home industry.

The law also makes it possible to use housing vouchers for site fees in manufactured home land lease communities. See a document from HUD on that topic, linked here as a download.

HUD Secretary Ben Carson, M.D., and the Urban Institute did research aimed to increase the impact of those housing vouchers.  A webcast will be held tomorrow, see the details per the HUD news release to MHProNews.

After the release HUD release below will be some closing points, and related report links.




2:00 – 4:00 P.M. EDT



Secretary Carson launches major landlord outreach campaign

At 2 p.m. EDT on Thursday, September 20th, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Urban Institute will present the findings of a new study examining landlord treatment of renters participating in the nation’s largest housing subsidy program, the Housing Choice Voucher Program. HUD’s Pilot Study of Landlord Acceptance in the Housing Choice Voucher Program examines landlord acceptance of housing vouchers in five cities:  Philadelphia; Los Angeles; Fort Worth; Newark, New Jersey; and Washington, DC.

HUD Secretary Ben Carson recently formed a Department-wide Landlord Task Force and is launching a nationwide outreach campaign to hear directly from landlords and property managers.  Scheduled listening forums are intended to reveal how HUD might make the voucher program more accessible and acceptable, specifically in higher opportunity neighborhoods where landlord participation is lowest.  Read more.

This presentation will be offered via webcast at


WHO:            Members of HUD’s Department-wide Landlord Task Force

                        Urban Institute research team


WHAT:          Landlord acceptance of housing voucher holders


WHEN:          Thursday, September 20, 2018

                        2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EDT


HOW:             Watch HUD’s webcast at



MHProNews readers are reminded that the Urban Institute (UI) has ties to Warren Buffett, and Berkshire Hathaway.


The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI)’s SVP Lesli Gooch recently referred to Brian Montgomery as “their” candidate. These may or may not be relevant for the webcast tomorrow and what follows.  But those related reports are linked further below.


MHProNews plans to monitor this program, to see if it is tilted toward what former MHI award winner Marty Lavin has called “the big boys” that often seem to get special treatment at MHI.  “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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