The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) recent legislative fly-in reportedly had the lowest turn-out in years; perhaps ever, according to sources who said they were in attendance.
The event was touted by MHI as focusing on two main issues.
1) HUD Regulatory overreach, and
2) Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act (see that update, linked here).
MHI would not comment about reports that “fewer than 30” attendees came to the event. In recent years, the total number hovered around 100 attendees.
One source speculated that Vice Presidents Lois Starkey and Tom Heinemann alleged “terminations” may have depressed attendance. But another source pointed out that most plan for such an event several weeks in advance, so the Starkey/Heinemann news likely had only modest impact.
“It’s an embarrassment,” said an industry professional, “for a national organization that claims to represent all sectors of the
manufactured housing industry to be able to muster fewer than one person per state? How does that give an impression of industry clout?”
MHI’s own report of the event conspicuously provided no tally of attendance. That report, is linked as a download, linked here. ## (News, analysis)
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Submitted by Soheyla Kovach to the Daily Business News for MHProNews.com.