Manufactured Housing Production and Shipments, Official HUD Data, Report for May 2019


While others in manufactured housing trade media have continued to be cheerleaders for the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) and their ‘big boy’ backers, MHProNews and MHLivingNews has pulled back the curtain and fact-checked their respective claims for years.

The Daily Business News on MHProNews simply notes that the industry’s so-called ‘leaders’ in Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington are leading the industry…


The data doesn’t lie.

That HUD Code MH shipments are declining during an affordable housing crisis is a warning flag.

In addition to the screen capture above with the data, was this additional insight from the Washington, D.C. based Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR).

With nine consecutive months of production declines, it is apparent – as MHARR has been stressing – that post-production restrictions on the availability and utilization of HUD Code manufactured homes, including, but not limited to, the continuing lack of secondary market support for manufactured housing personal property loans and discriminatory zoning and placement restrictions, are stunting the industry’s growth and evolution, while denying affordable housing opportunities to millions of Americans. MHARR, therefore, will continue to aggressively advance efforts to raise the profile of these issues in Washington, D.C., as well as their resolution through the full and proper implementation of existing laws.”

Why is there nothing corresponding coming from the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis, allies and surrogates? There is an affordable housing crisis, and there is a deafening silence from the powers that be, why? Or is this indeed what they want, so the consolidations at a discount will continue?

May data reflects the 9th consecutive month of year-over-year downturn, with nary a whimper from MHI or the big boys. Why?

MHProNews will unpack these facts in upcoming reports. The industry has a great story to tell, but the it is often the larger firms in the industry that behave in ways that obviously fail to effectively trumpet the manufactured home industry.

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