According to key “congressional supporters of the 2000 reform law” in a letter to HUD said that “…changes to the law [the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000] give “HUD the legal authority to preempt local requirements or restrictions which discriminate against the siting of manufactured homes … simply because they are HUD-Code homes.””
The Daily Business News on MHProNews said that it was akin to the lighting of a fuse to what could be seen in the weeks ahead as a bombshell step.
It is a topic – enhanced preemption – that as recently as yesterday is not to be found in a site search on the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) website.
By contrast, that same subject is found numerous times on the website of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR).
In a news release to MHProNews, MHARR said as follows.
MHARR CALLS ON HUD SECRETARY TO END DISCRIMINATORY AND
EXCLUSIONARY ZONING OF HUD-REGULATED MANUFACTURED HOMES
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 by HUD pursuant to the National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Act of 1974 and the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000.
As amended by Congress in 2000, federal law authorizes HUD to preempt any state or local “requirement” that impairs “federal superintendence of the manufactured housing industry” and the accomplishment of the federal purposes of that law, including, but not limited to, “facilitat[ing] the availability of affordable manufactured homes … for all Americans.” The broad sweep of this language, in turn, was stressed by key congressional supporters of the 2000 reform law, who stated in a November 2003 letter to HUD (copy also attached) that such changes to the law give “HUD the legal authority to preempt local requirements or restrictions which discriminate against the siting of manufactured homes … simply because they are HUD-Code homes.”
Given the fact that confronting and resolving discriminatory and/or exclusionary zoning and placement restrictions against HUD Code manufactured homes (as well as the availability of consumer financing) are top MHARR post-production priorities, the Association, in its communication, invites the Secretary – and HUD – to become fully engaged and join forces in advancing this critical matter, beginning with a study of the scope and impact of such discriminatory mandates as a first step going forward.
In Washington, D.C., MHARR President and CEO, Mark Weiss, stated: “Secretary Carson has specifically recognized the toxic impact of exclusionary local zoning on the availability of affordable housing and homeownership in communities around the United States. The 2000 manufactured housing reform law provides him with exactly the type of robust federal authority he needs to end such discrimination against manufactured homes and the millions of moderate and lower-income Americans who rely on HUD Code homes as a premier source of affordable, non-subsidized homeownership. Secretary Carson should – and must – take this bold step to ensure that manufactured homeowners are not discriminatorily excluded from entire communities based on either their income or their choice of housing.”
The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform is a Washington, D.C.-based national trade association representing the views and interests of independent producers of federally-regulated manufactured housing.
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HUD Study, Analysis of Zoning Discrimination Against Manufactured Housing Sought | Manufactured Housing Association Regulatory Reform
MHARR SEEKS HUD STUDY AND ANALYSIS OF ZONING DISCRIMINATION AGAINST MANUFACTURED HOUSING Washington, D.C., April 8, 2019 – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR), in an April 4, 2019 meeting with HUD policy, analysis and research officials, called on the Department to conduct nationwide research – and follow-up analysis – concerning local zoning mandates that discriminatorily exclude or drastically restrict the placement of federally-regulated manufactured homes to the detriment of lower and moderate-income American families in large areas of the country.
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