First, a message from Susan Brenton with NAMHCO and AZMHCA.com to our publisher, L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach.
Here’s NAMHCO’s statement regarding the Disneyland issue, from President Neal Haney.
“It is important to get the nomenclature right – whether it be modular offices or manufactured homes. Trailers are for cargo, modular and manufactured structures are built to modern codes and provide homes and workplaces for millions of Americans.”
That’s their association’s response to the Disney controversy of their improper use of the term ‘trailer’ as applied to a modular or manufactured home. The question is, will the Manufactured Housing Institute – (MHI) – which is the only national trade association with a full time public relations person – weigh in? And if so, how? How long?
Disney would not confirm any contact by MHI, even though the MHI leadership, and that of Clayton Homes, and Cavco Industries were also contacted personally by Tony Kovach. Why aren’t MHI or the ‘big boys’ defending the good name of the industry? Where is there self-proclaimed ‘clout?’
Moving on to Neal T. Haney’s “Then, Now, and What’s Next.” This is a previously published item by Haney, but given their new national association’s launch, it seemed like a good time to spotlight Haney’s thoughts on the industry in general, and land-lease communities in particular.
Some pull-quotes from “Then, Now and What’s Next.”
- “The history of the manufactured housing industry can be divided into two broad categories. The early era generally is prior to HUD developing a national code for the manufacturing of homes (Pre-HUD). The modern era is that period of time after HUD developed the national code for construction which went into effect June 15, 1976.”
- “The “trailers” of the time were relatively small, single section and built to be highly mobile. Many home owners were able to move and site the homes themselves. The utility requirements were minimal. Heating and cooking were often LP gas. The homes only required an electrical service of 50 amps or less. Manufacturing codes existed but varied from region to region.”
- “As we approached the HUD era, both homes and parks changed. With less need for mobility in housing, many homes became permanently set. In addition to working families looking for affordable housing, a growing number of individuals from the Midwest and Canada were coming to Arizona to escape the harsh northern winters. Manufactured housing and manufactured housing communities provided the most affordable way to enjoy the Arizona climate.”
- “Homes increased in size. Multi-section homes grew more prevalent. Utility requirements increased. Minimum electrical requirements were 100 amp; all-electric homes required 200 amp service. Heat and cooking were supplied with natural gas. Pitched and shingled roofs replaced the metal roofs. Vinyl and wood composite siding replaced the metal siding. Homes became larger and could no longer be moved by homeowners. Professional movers and installers needed to transport and install homes. In spite of all the improvements in the homes themselves, they remained more affordable than any similarly sized site-built homes.
- Communities replaced parks…”
See Haney’s full article as a download, linked here. See how nicely that fits with the infographic below?
Now, let’s turn to the week that was from 12.30.2018 to 1.6.2019 on the manufactured housing runaway most-read “Industry News, Tips, and Views Pros Can Use,” © resource. Because in the week that was, some of what we’ve been warning the industry about for months has finally come to pass.
New manufactured home shipments dropped, during an affordable housing crisis. Why? See the reports for the week to answer that 3-letter question.
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America woke up today to division. But perhaps 75 percent (+/-) of the nation’s people could come together on a plan that demonstrably could do the following. Increase the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by some $2 Trillion Annually, without new federal spending.
What’s New from MHARR
Washington, D.C., January 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), HUD Code manufactured home production declined once again in November 2018.
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If you, like me, are somewhat totally perplexed by the apparent “stalemate” our duly elected members of Congress are in, perhaps it’s because in recent years they’ve “risen” above us all . . . or have they? Read the 28th amendment, again if necessary.
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