Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform

HUD Secretary’s New Role Should Help to Advance Manufactured Housing

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  Washington, D.C., July 9, 2019 –The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR), in a June 28, 2019 communication to HUD Secretary Ben Carson (copy attached), has called on the Secretary to take strong action on four key matters relating to the availability, utilization and affordability of federally-regulated manufactured …

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HUD Code Production Decline Continues

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Washington, D.C., July 3, 2019 – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) reports that according to official statistics compiled on behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), year-over-year HUD Code manufactured home production declined again in May 2019. Just-released statistics indicate that HUD Code …

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HUD Code Manufactured Home Production Decline Continues, May Updates

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Washington, D.C., May 6, 2019 – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) reports that according to official statistics compiled on behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), year-over-year HUD Code manufactured home production declined once again in March 2019. Just-released statistics indicate that HUD …

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MHARR Cautions Congress on Two Unnecessary And Damaging Manufactured Home Bills

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Washington, D.C., July 1, 2019 – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) in a June 26, 2019 communication to both houses of Congress (copies attached), has called on legislators to take no action on pending proposed bills that are at best unnecessary and, at worst, harmful and damaging …

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White House Announces Council on Eliminating Regulatory Barriers To Affordable Housing

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MHARR participated in a conference call on June 25, 2019, conducted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), during which White House officials announced the impending issuance of an Executive Order (EO) to create a “White House Council on Eliminating Regulatory Barriers to Affordable Housing.” While the …

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Unnecessary/Damaging Bills Introduced in Congress

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MHARR, based on numerous inquiries from industry members, has conducted a study and investigation of parallel bills introduced in the Senate and House of Representatives, entitled the “HUD Manufactured Housing Modernization Act of 2019.”  The Senate version of the bill – S. 1804 – was filed on June 13, 2019. …

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“Time to Investigate Fannie And Freddie’s Mishandling Of DTS”

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It’s been more than ten years since Congress enacted the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA) and its “Duty to Serve Underserved Markets” (DTS) mandate.  DTS directs both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to “develop loan products and flexible underwriting guidelines to facilitate a secondary market for mortgages on manufactured …

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HUD Code Production Decline Continues But Moderates

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Washington, D.C., June 3, 2019 – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) reports that according to official statistics compiled on behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), year-over-year HUD Code manufactured home production declined again in April 2019, albeit at a moderating pace. Just-released …

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Brief History and Objectives of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR)

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The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) was established on July 3, 1985 as the “Association for Regulatory Reform” (ARR). The Association changed to its current name in the summer of 1997. Based in Washington D.C. since its founding, MHARR was formed to represent the views and interests of …

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Major and Continuing MHARR Accomplishments for the HUD Code Manufactured Housing Industry and Consumers of Affordable Housing

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Led the industry in securing the enactment of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000(2000 reform law), which mandates specific accountability-based program reforms for the federal manufactured housing program, directed the appointment of a non-career program administrator, established an enhanced level of federal preemption, created the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee …

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HUD Rescinds 2017 “Guidance” On Carport-Ready Homes

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MAY 21, 2019 In one of its first substantive regulatory reform actions under Trump Administration Executive Orders (EO) 13771 and 13777, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced on May 20, 2019 (see, copy attached), that it is rescinding sub-regulatory “guidance” issued in 2017, requiring Alternate Construction …

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MHARR Launches “Fighting Discriminatory Zoning Mandates” Manufactured Housing Project

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Washington, D.C., May 15, 2019 – With manufactured housing producers, retailers and communities offering their best homes (and related consumer protection) ever, and in light of the failure of the ostensible representation of the industry’s post-production sector to fully and effectively advance the marketing, consumer financing and, most importantly, the …

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MHARR Testimony to Congress Seeks Increased SAA Funding and Corresponding Contractor Reductions

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Washington, D.C., May 10, 2019 – With manufactured housing production levels heading downward again in 2019, the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) has once again called on Congress, in appropriations legislation for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020, to direct HUD to reduce funding for its bloated, over-grown program “monitoring” …

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Assistant Secretary Brian Montgomery Removal of Obsolete and Superseded Guidance Documents Letter

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Re:  Notice of Removal of Obsolete and Superseded Guidance Documents – Docket No. FR-6156-N-01 Dear Secretary Montgomery: As you know, the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) is a Washington, D.C.-based national trade association representing the views and interests of smaller and medium-sized independent producers of manufactured Housing regulated …

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New, Revised, and Proposed Energy Conservation Standards and Test Procedures for Manufactured Homes

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Ms. Sofie Miller U.S. Department of Energy Room 6A-013 Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy 1000 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20585 Re: Proposed Procedures for New or Revised Energy Conservation Standards and Test Procedures for Consumer Products – EERE-2017-BT-STD-0062; RIN 1904-AD38 Dear Ms. Miller: The following comments are submitted …

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MHCC Addresses Multiple Issues, HUD Secretary Carson Praises Manufactured Homes at Meeting

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MHCC ADDRESSES MULTIPLE REGULATORY ISSUES MHCC CITES “MAJOR INACCURACIES” IN DOE-NODA SUBPART I TO BE REVIEWED AGAIN MHCC CALLS FOR WITHDRAWAL OF FROST FREE IB MHARR PROPOSAL ON MHCC ROLE ADVANCES PD&R REPORT OFFERS ON-SITE CHANGES HUD SECRETARY PRAISES MH IN ADDRESS TO MHCC  The Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC) …

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MHARR Calls on HUD Secretary to End Discriminatory And Exclusionary Zoning of HUD-Regulated Manufactured Homes

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Washington, D.C., April 30, 2019 – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) in an April 24, 2019 communication to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary, Ben Carson (copy attached), has called on the Department to federally preempt local zoning ordinances which discriminatorily exclude manufactured homes regulated …

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Washington Update – MHARR September 19, 2018 – an Exclusive Report and Analysis

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EXCLUSIVE REPORT AND ANALYSIS  IN THIS REPORT:                                                   SEPTEMBER 19, 2018 MHCC DELIVERS STRONG REBUKE TO HUD MHARR COMMENTS FURTHER OPPOSE DOE ENERGY RULE  MHCC REJECTS HUD ACTION ON MULTIPLE ISSUES The statutory Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC), meeting in Washington, D.C. from September 11-13, 2018, tackled a lengthy agenda of …

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“Lead, Follow … Or Get Out of The Way”

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The last decade-plus has not been especially kind to the manufactured housing industry and consumers of affordable housing. The 21stCentury began with a great deal of promise for the industry and consumers alike. With record production levels and a comprehensively-reformed federal manufactured housing law (i.e., the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act …

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