Joint HUD, White House Announcements Aim to Advance the American Dream


Press releases from both the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the White House pressroom to the Daily Business News on MHProNews could be summed up with this goal in mind.


There is a need to revive, expand, and protect the American Dream for all.

President Donald J. Trump signed a new EO – Executive Order – based upon authority from the 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017. It is meant to foster development of the opportunity zones that MHProNews has previously reported on, for example, in the two articles linked below.


Factory-Built Housing Pros, Opportunity Zones Roll-Out Approaches, Insider Look


Each article can be accessed by clicking on the linked box, later, for more details.  Because there are already – per reports – some in factory-built housing that are preparing to act on these opportunities.


Opportunity Zones Law in Place, Poised to Benefit Some 50,000,000 Americans


Given a pending fuller implementation of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act (MHIA) of 2000 and/or under Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH), these Opportunity Zones could be welcome news for HUD Code manufactured home and other factory- builders.


Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing, a Novel Yet Proven Solution to the Affordable Housing Crisis That Will Create Opportunities, Based Upon Existing Laws –

Affordable quality housing is one of the most critical issues of our time. So too is affordable home ownership, which should be the ideal goal over rental housing. A challenge is zoning and land use, which is highly politicized, and thus is often misunderstood. What follows is adapted from the comments letter addressed as shown below.


The creation of more jobs, and less government dependency clearly are good for people, budgets, and those who want to serve the millions who have been trapped in programs and economic conditions that arguably keeps millions poorer.

The HUD press release will be first, followed by a complementary but broader media statement from the White House afterwards.

Please note that by providing these federal releases in toto, it gives industry readers an opportunity to see the take – in this case – from the White House and HUD, unfiltered by other media.  MHProNews tees up the factory-built home industry context, you get to see for yourself what these branches of your government have to say.






WASHINGTON – Today, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order establishing the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council and named U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson as its chairperson.


The Council’s 13 Federal member agencies will engage with governments at all levels on ways to more effectively use taxpayer dollars to revitalize low-income communities. The Council will improve revitalization efforts by streamlining, coordinating, and targeting existing Federal programs to Opportunity Zones, economically distressed communities where new investments may be eligible for preferential tax treatment.


Additionally, the Council will consider legislative proposals and undertake regulatory reform to remove barriers to revitalization efforts and present the President with options to encourage capital investment in economically distressed communities.


“These are still early days for the work of the Council and Opportunity Zones, but the groundwork has been laid,” Secretary Carson said. “The seeds the President has planted are growing and the promise they hold will improve places long forgotten, and the lives of those who call those places home.”


President Trump signed the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, creating Opportunity Zones to stimulate long-term investments in low-income communities. The program offers capital gains tax relief to those who invest in these distressed areas. This program is anticipated to spur $100 billion in private capital investment in Opportunity Zones. Incentivizing investment in low-income communities fosters economic revitalization, job creation, and promotes sustainable economic growth across the nation, especially in communities HUD serves. Read more about the Opportunity Zones program.


Opportunity Zones are a powerful vehicle for bringing economic growth and job creation to the American communities that need it the most.  On average, the median family income in an Opportunity Zone is 37 percent below the state median. To date, 8,761 communities in all 50 States, Washington D.C., and five Territories have been designated as Opportunity Zones. Nearly 35 million Americans live in communities designated as Opportunity Zones.

Currently, there are approximately 380,000 Public Housing units and approximately 340,000 Project-Based Rental Assistance units within Opportunity Zones. Nearly a third of the more than 100,000 rental units preserved through HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) are located in Opportunity Zones. Read more about the RAD program.



Opportunity Zones are a key part of the tax cuts signed into law by President Donald J. Trump last December. Today, they got another huge boost.

“For decades, job growth and investment have been concentrated in a few major metropolitan areas,” the President said after signing an executive order to create the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council. “Some cities have thrived, while others have suffered chronic economic and social hardship. With Opportunity Zones, we are drawing investment into neglected and underserved communities of America.”

The purpose of Opportunity Zones is to lift up communities that have been neglected by Washington and left behind for far too long. The typical family income in these areas is 37 percent below their state’s median level. The average poverty rate is 32 percent—almost double the national average. Nearly 35 million Americans live in these communities. Now, help is on the way.

Here’s how it works: Tax relief is offered in exchange for long-term investments in the low-income communities that need it most. These poorer areas begin to see more job creation and lasting growth. This private investment fuels human potential in these communities, whereas government spending programs too often extinguish it.

The upshot: All Americans, regardless of zip code, should have access to the American Dream. With Opportunity Zones, we get closer to that reality.

President Trump is lifting up the communities that Washington forgot.

Watch: The President signs today’s executive order


‘We need to know who is coming in and going out’

Yesterday’s tragic terror attack at a Christmas market in Strasbourg, France, reminds us that national security is nothing without border security.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo explained the stakes. “This is an enormous challenge. We have this problem in the United States as well,” he said. “Lots of folks that we’re watching, we think are at risk, we try to monitor. But the numbers are so big. It’s why, frankly, border security matters.”

“We need to know who is coming in and out of our country.”

Controlling the border is a matter of public safety—one that includes many threats beyond terrorism. From October 2017 through this July, U.S. Border Patrol seized 6,423 pounds of cocaine, 532 pounds of heroin, 439,531 pounds of marijuana, 10,382 pounds of methamphetamine, and 332 pounds of fentanyl from Border Patrol checkpoints.

It’s time to make a deal. There’s nothing partisan about protecting our borders to encourage legal immigration.

Throwback: When Sen. Chuck Schumer believed in securing our border

Watch: President Trump host Democrat leaders in the Oval Office

For years, Democrats have acknowledged the need for border security—even voting for it in the past. Why won’t they come to the table in 2018?


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