Manufactured Housing Institute Leaders Asked – Why Hasn’t MHI Sued HUD for Failure to Enforce Manufactured Housing Improvement Act Enhanced Preemption? Plus, Markets, MH Stock Updates


Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) leaders have been formally asked to respond to a range of questions and concerns related to their performance on behalf of the manufactured housing industry’s companies and employees. The question has been posed to them because MHI claims to represent “all segments” of manufactured housing. That email dated 1.6.2022 was sent to MHI’s chairman, Leo Poggione, MHI CEO Lesli Gooch, Ph.D., that included other MHI corporate leaders, MHI staff and attorneys is shown below.

Additionally, a new press release has been issued to mainstream news media. More on that in a planned follow up report. Other issues are brewing that MHI has failed to inform the industry at large about.  Why are MHI emailed “news and updates” heavy on selling their services and event, which come at a cost to attendees and per their Form 990 are profit centers for MHI? Why are MHI emails so light – or entirely absent – on issues that matter to manufactured housing professionals?

“Isn’t it odd at best that MHI’s leadership has not taken the legal action that [L.A. “Tony”] Kovach, MHProNews, MHARR and others have long asked for? Isn’t it obvious that a plausible and evidence-based case exists that MHI is only posturing efforts while their dominant brands are steadily consolidating the manufactured housing industry’s independents?” So said one of several emails received following those inquiries. Note that dozens of state association executives and some others were included as BCCs.

Here is the email with inquiries from MHProNews. Newcomers and long-term readers should bear in mind that MHI used to respond routinely and promptly to inquiries, until they apparently decided that the questions were too revealing. MHProNews’ inquiries have evolved to underscore the point that MHI is ducking a response to legitimate and serious questions about their performance, actions, inactions, and accountability for their various stances.


L. A. “Tony” Kovach for MHProNews
to: Leo Poggione @ Craftsman Homes [current MHI Chair, note: Craftsman has Cavco Industries as a major stakeholder]
Eric Hamilton @ Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance
Tim Williams @ 21st Mortgage Corp
Matt Webb @ 21st Mortgage Corp [attorney]Lesli Gooch @ MHI CEO
David Goch @ WC-B Law [attorney]
John Greiner @ Graydon Law [attorney]
date: Jan 6, 2022, 6:04 PM
subject: MHI leadership and attorneys, request for comment

Leo, Lesli, et al,

1) You are hereby being given an opportunity to respond to any or all of the reports linked below, some of which call into question Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) leadership and effectiveness, based on documented and factually-based concerns.


2) Also, MHProNews is hereby requesting a response to the following. After 20+ years since the enactment of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act (MHIA) of 2000, at what point will MHI sue to get the enhanced preemption provision enforced?


3) Additionally, why hasn’t MHI made any statement about HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge denying in a CSPAN video recorded hearing the interpretation of the MHIA’s “enhanced preemption” provision that Lesli Gooch is on record saying MHI desires enforced?


You know the drill. Please email your response to each of the questions above for our mutual accuracy.  Kindly type your reply below each question.  There are no word limits.

Thank you,

[for MHProNews]


Note that dozens of state executives and others who blog or publish were included in the inquiry. MHI will be hard pressed to deny they have received the inquiry. Numbers of reports were linked following that message to MHI leaders. They included, but were not limited to, the following.

MHI has not yet publicly acknowledged to the industry the death of former MHI member, and the first administrator for HUD’s Office of Manufactured Housing Programs (OMHP), William Wade “Bill” Matchneer. One possible reason is that like other former MHI members who dare question – even indirectly – MHI’s narrative, they are tossed down the Orwellian Memory Hole. Consider Marty Lavin, J.D., a longtime MHI member who served various MHI boards and task forces. See the report linked below, which directly relates to the inquiry made of MHI leaders. What does the subtle message seem to be? Don’t disagree with publicly MHI and their corporate leaders.
If MHI were serious about enforcing enhanced preemption, instead of merely posturing support for it, the statements in this report would be one of the exhibits for such a case. See the report for more.

As of 10:11 AM ET on 1.7.2022 some replies and messages have been received. Delivery to MHI leaders have been confirmed by a reliable source. But no MHI leaders or attorneys have yet to reply.

Under ‘talk can be cheap,’ is the following reminder of what MHI has claimed, but demonstrably failed to pursue in court. But let’s press this fact check, evidence-based analysis and commentary a bit further.

See Ayden, North Carolina, and Bryan, Texas controversies where MHI was directly asked to weigh in with local officials in a practical push to get enhanced preemption enforced. MHI – per local sources – said and did nothing. What good are words if they are not followed up by deeds?
A tip to MHProNews from a longtime connection with MHI revealed that MHI was bragging about this event when a look at the actual video footage revealed it was an embarrassment to MHI’s leadership on the MHIA and enhanced preemption.

That silence by MHI should be viewed in the light of this comment by outside MHI attorney David Goch to a member who was making a rather public complaint about MHI’s lack of performance. Note the thinly veiled threat if MHI feels their organization’s name is being unjustly disparaged?


Goch is a paid mouthpiece for MHI. This pull quote from a letter from Goch is fascinating. On the one hand, Goch says that MHI is working for the interests of all and wants all points of view. But then, Goch threatens in writing a then MHI member who dared question the association. They cannot have it both ways. Part of the irony is that in hindsight, as the evidence mounts, it becomes obvious that MHI has postured efforts for almost 20 years, since the start of the Berkshire era of manufactured housing began. Coincidence? Or just part of a broader plan that has benefited a few at great cost and harm to the many?


Apparently, MHI has not found any factual errors in the allegations and claims lodged against them?

2022 is the year for something new, while sharpening the lessons learned in recent years.




Lesli Gooch note: an as yet unconfirmed claim has been brought to MHProNews’ attention that Gooch is quietly seeking a new role away apart from MHI. While that has not yet been confirmed, a similar word from a proven source regarding the retirement from MHI of their prior President and CEO, Richard “Dick” Jennison proved accurate some months later. MHProNews will monitor that claim to see if it proves to be accurate or not. But if it should prove accurate, the increased spotlight on Gooch et al for their hype vs obviously low performance when compared to their own aims and claims may prove to be a factor in her departure. will keep the industry’s readers and other interested parties advised as “the manufactured housing professional accountability project” continues.


Not every MHI member is focused on consolidation. This report is fresh and insightful on several levels.


Next up is our business daily recap of yesterday evening’s market report, related left-right headlines, and manufactured housing connected equities.

The Business Daily Manufactured Home Industry Connected Stock Market Updates.  Plus, Market Moving Left (CNN) – Right (Newsmax) Headlines Snapshot. While the layout of this daily business report has been evolving over time, several elements of the basic concepts used previously are still the same. For instance. The headlines that follow below can be reviewed at a glance to save time while providing insights across the left-right media divide. Additionally, those headlines often provide clues as to possible ‘market-moving’ news items.

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Headlines from left-of-center CNN Business – from the evening of 1.6.2022

  • Inflation looms
  • A “Sold” sign is on display on the lawn of a new house in Pearl, Miss., Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021.
  • Mortgage rates just climbed past 2021 levels in the first week of the new year
  • Airlines cancel another 1,600 flights, citing worker coronavirus cases
  • America calls out sick
  • Americans are tired of Covid and ready to spend
  • These 37 Bed Bath & Beyond stores are closing
  • What’s next for Elizabeth Holmes?
  • On the anniversary of January 6, social media platforms are on high alert
  • Republicans wasted no time dragging Big Tech into the culture wars in 2022
  • Conspiracy, deflection, and mockery: How right-wing media is marking the January 6 anniversary
  • This high-tech bird feeder takes bird watching to the next level
  • Indian startup may revolutionize ocean farming with a ‘sea combine harvester’
  • Taco Bell is selling a $10 monthly taco subscription
  • Bottles of Coca-Cola Co. Fresca brand soda move along a conveyor belt at the Swire Coca-Cola bottling plant in West Valley City, Utah, U.S., on Friday, April 19, 2019.
  • Coca Cola is releasing a boozy version of this soda
  • BMW’s crazy concept car changes colors
  • Quit your job? Here’s what to do with your 401(k)
  • Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams at a gun violence prevention community meeting and press conference on July 14, 2021 at the Lenox Road Baptist Church in Brooklyn, New York City.
  • NYC Mayor Eric Adams to big banks: We need you back in the office
  • Two major financial firms urge workers to stay at home
  • These big US banks are returning to remote work
  • Employers are starting to mandate booster shots
  • Goldman Sachs tells employees to stay home due to Covid
  • Sean Hannity from Fox News looks on as U.S. President Donald Trump holds a news conference after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the JW Marriott hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam, February 28, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis
  • Analysis: What Hannity’s newly unveiled texts reveal about him
  • Seth Meyers cancels week of ‘Late Night’ shows
  • How Bob Iger celebrated his last day at Disney
  • Spider-Man defeated Omicron. Next, it’s Batman’s turn
  • Meghan, Duchess of Sussex to receive confidential sum from UK newspaper for copyright infringement

Headlines from right-of-center Newsmax – evening of 1.6.2022

  • 725 Charged for Jan. 6, Not One for Insurrection, Read More
  • Marjorie Taylor Greene to Newsmax: Biden, Dems Keep Lying About Jan. 6
  • It was “offensive” to hear President Joe Biden, during his remarks about the events of last Jan. 6 at the Capitol, talking about “going into hope and light” at a time when Americans are “living in a time of darkness,” while he and Democrats keep lying about that day, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene said on Newsmax Thursday. [Full Story]
  • 6: One Year Later
  • Graham Rips Biden for ‘Brazen Politicization’ of Jan. 6 | video
  • Liz Cheney: Republicans ‘Looking the Other Way’ on Capitol Attack
  • DeSantis: Jan. 6 Anniversary Is Like ‘Christmas’ for News Media
  • Biden Blames Trump: He ‘Rallied the Mob to Attack’ | video
  • Biden to Let Justice Dept Decide on Any Action Against Trump
  • McConnell: Dems ‘Try to Exploit’ Capitol Riot
  • Trump Responds to Biden Jan. 6 Criticism
  • No ‘Insurrection’ Charges Filed Against 725 People Charged in Jan. 6 Capitol Breach platinum
  • More Jan. 6: One Year Later
  • Newsmax TV
  • Ohio AG Yost: Mandate Ruling Will Test Presidential Power Limits | video
  • Comer: Biden Hasn’t Shown ‘Ounce of Unity’ as President | video
  • Biggs: Biden, Dems Creating ‘Narrative’ Trump Organized Insurrection | video
  • Ron Johnson: Over 1M COVID-19 Vax Adverse Events Censored by Twitter | video
  • Bill O’Reilly: Trump Faces ‘Hanging Jury’ Over Jan. 6 | video
  • Fallon: Biden’s ‘Wokeness, Weakness’ Is ‘Tragedy’ on Border | video
  • More Newsmax TV
  • Newsfront
  • Trump to Launch TRUTH Social App in February
  • Former President Donald Trump’s new media venture plans to launch its social media app Truth Social on Feb. 21, according to an Apple Inc App Store listing…. [Full Story]
  • 3 Other Cops in George Floyd Death to Stand Trial This Month
  • Three former Minneapolis police officers charged with federal civil [Full Story]
  • Facebook Hit With Lawsuit Over Killing of Federal Officer
  • Facebook is being sued by the sister of a federal officer who was [Full Story]
  • New Manhattan DA Pushes Progressive Reform Despite ‘More Dangerous,’ ‘Blatant’ Crime
  • Even as crime rates continue their lengthy surge in New York City, [Full Story] | Platinum Article
  • Louisiana AG Landry: Vaccine Decision Will Impact Government Healthcare Limits
  • Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, whose state is involved with [Full Story] | video
  • Omicron Surge Vexes Parents of Children Too Young for Shots
  • Afternoons with Grammy. Birthday parties. Meeting other toddlers at [Full Story]
  • Related
  • Omicron May be Less Severe, but Not ‘Mild’: WHO Chief
  • US Tightens COVID Infection Controls at Bases in Japan as Cases Surge
  • NY Starbucks Union Workers Continue Walk Out Over Staffing, Safety
  • Baristas at a Starbucks Corp. location in Buffalo, New York, walked [Full Story]
  • No ‘Insurrection’ Charges Filed Against 725 People Charged in Jan. 6 Capitol Breach
  • Exactly one year since the U.S. Capitol was breached during a 2020 [Full Story] | Platinum Article
  • Bucs Fire Antonio Brown After Shirtless Midgame Walkout
  • The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released Antonio Brown on Thursday [Full Story]
  • Peter Bogdanovich, Director of ‘Paper Moon,’ Dead at 82
  • Peter Bogdanovich, the ascot-wearing cinephile and director of 1970s [Full Story]
  • Lindsey Graham Calls Out Biden for ‘Brazen Politicization’ of Jan. 6 Anniversary
  • Lindsey Graham ripped President Joe Biden for the “brazen [Full Story]
  • New York Times to Buy Sports Website for $550M
  • The New York Times is buying sports website The Athletic, according [Full Story]
  • Poll: More Than Three-Quarters Say America in Decline
  • Just over 76% of voters believe American society and culture are in a [Full Story]
  • Federal Appeals Court to Hear Final Challenge to Texas Abortion Law Friday
  • Providers’ final challenge to Texas’ new restrictive abortion law [Full Story]
  • ‘The Chosen’ Platform to Launch New Streaming Service
  • Angel Studios, the streaming platform that made the crowdfunded [Full Story]
  • Uber Refunds $600 Bill After Passenger and Driver Stranded in I-95 Storm Shutdown
  • Uber Refunds $600 Bill After Passenger and Driver Stranded in I-95 Storm Shutdown
  • Countless drivers in Virginia were faced with the inconvenience of [Full Story]
  • 4 Dead, Over 20 Injured in Piranha Attacks in Paraguay This Year
  • Four people are dead and over 20 have been injured in piranha attacks [Full Story]
  • Democrats Still Obsessed With Barring Trump From Future Office
  • Some Democrats want to prevent former President Donald Trump from [Full Story]
  • France Fines Google, Facebook Millions Over Tracking Consent
  • French regulators on Thursday fined Google and Facebook a total of [Full Story]
  • Rubio Blasts Liberals for Jan. 6 ‘Hypocrisy’
  • Marco Rubio R-Fla., ripped into liberals’ “ridiculous and [Full Story]
  • World Stocks, Bonds Sell Off on Federal Reserve Signal
  • Stock markets around the world were in the red, while bond yields [Full Story]
  • China Lashes Out at US Over Support for Lithuania
  • China lashed out at the United States on Thursday over its support [Full Story]
  • North Korea Says Hypersonic Missile Tested to Modernize Weaponry
  • North Korea said Thursday it has successfully launched a hypersonic [Full Story]
  • Rodgers Blasts ‘Bum’ NFL MVP Voter for COVID Politics
  • Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers called one of the voters [Full Story]
  • California Fire Says PG & E Responsible for Dixie Fire
  • Pacific Gas & Electric’s transmission lines ignited the Dixie Fire in [Full Story]
  • Chicago Files Labor Complaint Against City’s Teachers Union
  • The city of Chicago has reportedly filed an unfair labor practices [Full Story]
  • Swalwell Latest Democrat Seen Maskless in Florida
  • Eric Swalwell of California is the latest Democratic member of [Full Story]
  • YouGov Poll: 60 Percent of Americans See Biden as Weak Leader
  • A majority of Americans (60%) see President Joe Biden as a weak [Full Story]
  • Report: Prince Harry and Meghan’s US Charity Raised Less Than $50K in 2020
  • Ghislaine Maxwell to Seek New Trial after Juror’s Sexual Abuse Claim: Lawyer
  • Ghislaine Maxwell, who was convicted last week of aiding Jeffrey [Full Story]
  • Woman Gets 3 Years in Prison for Fraudulently Collecting $6M in PPP Loans
  • A Georgia resident who fraudulently collected $6 million in Paycheck [Full Story]
  • This All-natural “Lung Cleaning” Device Helps Anyone Breathe Easier
  • ProductHunter
  • More Newsfront
  • Finance
  • Jumping on EV Wagon a Risky Ride for Tech Pioneer Sony
  • From personal music players to games consoles, Sony Group has often gambled in order to be a pioneer, but a leap into electric cars could take the risks to a new level for the Japanese consumer tech giant…. [Full Story]
  • US Treasury Yields Risk Breakout on Hawkish Fed, Corporate Issuance Deluge
  • Trump to Launch TRUTH Social App in February
  • Cineplex Temporarily Lays off 6,000 Workers as Surging Omicron Cases Shut Theaters
  • Fed’s Daly Sees Rate Hikes Ahead, But Says ‘Measured’ Approach Needed
  • More Finance
  • Health
  • CDC Advisory Panel in Favor of Pfizer Vaccine Booster for Ages 12 to 15
  • A panel of outside experts advising the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday voted to recommend booster shots of Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE’s COVID-19 vaccine be made available to 12- to 15-year-olds.The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization…… [Full Story]
  • Beware of Medications That Increase Risk for Dangerous Falls
  • Florona: What You Need to Know About This Double Disease
  • Omicron May be Less Severe, but Not ‘Mild’: WHO Chief
  • Boosters and Botox: Do Not Mix and Match

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Some of these firms invest in manufactured housing, or are otherwise connected, but may do other forms of investing or business activities too.

                            • NOTE: The chart below includes the Canadian stock, ECN, which purchased Triad Financial Services, a manufactured home industry lender
                            • NOTE: Drew changed its name and trading symbol at the end of 2016 to Lippert (LCII).
                            • NOTE: Deer Valley was largely taken private, say company insiders in a message to MHProNews on 12.15.2020, but there are still some outstanding shares of  the stock from the days when it was a publicly traded firm.  Thus, there is still periodic activity on DVLY.
NOTE: An update has been linked from this post that includes a reply from Leo Poggione.
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