Pew Research Ironically Illustrates Decades of HUD Failure ‘Equity Action Plan’ ‘Small Mortgages’ and Manufactured Housing; plus Manufactured Home REITs, Stocks Daily Business News Update


A Pew Charitable Trust research report on 7.7.2022 by Tracy Maguze & Tara Roche touted HUD’s April 2022 “Equity Action Plan” that “aimed at eliminating the racial homeownership gap and boosting equity in homeownership in part by improving access to financing for homebuyers.” Pew specifically mentions manufactured housing, noting that HUD’s plan includes manufactured homes. Quite so. What Pew’s largely favorable report failed to mention is this key early pull-quote from the HUD Equity Action Plan: “The Biden-Harris Administration’s HUD is eager to use HUD’s authorities to reverse the deep-seated detriment caused by prior federal policies and prioritize equity in all HUD programs.” But Pew did note that: “Pew’s analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data, the difference between rates of Black and White homeownership was 24 percentage points in 1970 and 30 percentage points in 2020.” That Pew research factoid illustrates the concern that government ‘plans’ that are touted as ‘helping’ minorities or other groups have often backfired and produced a result that was quite different than the initial claims.

That and another HUD PD&R research statement from 9.7.2021 tends to support a new ‘white paper’ issued by the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR). That MHARR white paper asserts that years of federal plans that mention manufactured housing being qualified for this or that support – when analyzed after said plans are implemented – routinely reveal little or no actual benefit to manufactured housing.

Pew’s research – published originally at this link here – cites the HUD Equity Action Plan, which is linked here as a download.

Pew said: “Importantly, it focuses on the limited availability of small mortgages to purchase low-cost site-built and manufactured homes as a barrier to equitable homeownership and steps to increase access to financing for manufactured housing.”

A word-search of the federal document Pew referenced reveals that the term “manufactured housing” is mentioned 3 times in 5142 word report. Those three uses are found in these two paragraphs from page 12 of 16 pages in their 2022 HUD Equity Action Plan:

  • Efforts to ensure manufactured housing is a thriving source of affordable, quality, durable, and safe housing for Americans include implementing up-to-date Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards.
  • Expanding access to financing for affordable housing types like manufactured housing through updates to the Title I program.

With that backdrop, here is the text of the Pew report with two of their graphs/illustrations.  The original with all of their accoutrements is linked here.


quotequotationMark198x330HUD Equity Action Plan Aims to Improve Access to Home Financing in Many Underserved Communities

Small mortgages are a key focus of the agency’s initiative

ARTICLE July 7, 2022 By: Tracy Maguze & Tara Roche Read time: 3 min

Projects: Home Financing

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in April released its Equity Action Plan, aimed at eliminating the racial homeownership gap and boosting equity in homeownership in part by improving access to financing for homebuyers. The plan is part of the Biden administration’s broader whole-government equity agenda and the first from any of the housing or mortgage agencies to be unveiled this year.

Homeownership rates have risen across the board in recent years, but the racial homeownership gap is at its widest in half a century. According to Pew’s analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data, the difference between rates of Black and White homeownership was 24 percentage points in 1970 and 30 percentage points in 2020.

The HUD plan calls for a range of measures to address the gap. It would leverage technology to improve the efficiency of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loan program and increase home financing options, among other initiatives. Importantly, it focuses on the limited availability of small mortgages to purchase low-cost site-built and manufactured homes as a barrier to equitable homeownership and steps to increase access to financing for manufactured housing.

Expanding the availability of such mortgages also could help alleviate buyers’ reliance on riskier, costlier alternative financing when attempting to purchase low-cost homes—those valued at less than $200,000. The alternative financing options include land contracts, seller-financed mortgages, lease-purchase agreements, and personal property loans.

Millions turn to risky alternative financing to purchase homes

Some homebuyers turn to alternative financing to purchase low-cost homes in part because of a lack of small mortgages, those for less than $150,000. In 2021, Pew conducted a first-ever national survey on alternative financing and found that 36 million Americans have used these arrangements at some point—sometimes more than once—to attempt to purchase a home. Although some arrangements have more safeguards than others, in general, they have fewer consumer protections and higher costs than mortgages.

Pew’s survey found disparities in reliance on alternative financing by race, ethnicity, and income, reflecting inequities found in the housing market more broadly. Hispanic home borrowers, in particular, are more likely to have used these arrangements than any other race or ethnicity.

Figure 1

Lower-income borrowers also are more likely to use alternative financing. Among all current borrowers, those with annual household incomes under $50,000 were more than seven times as likely to be using alternative financing to buy their homes than individuals with annual household incomes of $50,000 or more (23% versus 3%, respectively).


Figure 2

Reliance on alternative financing is not, however, a story about income alone. The disproportionate use of these arrangements by lower-income families reflects disparities in access to mortgages. Traditional mortgages are the gold standard in home financing because they often have lower costs and more consumer protections than other options. Although low- to moderate-income home borrowers are more likely to seek low-cost homes, and ideally these homes would be financed with a small mortgage, the only option available often turns out to be alternative financing. That tends to be the case even if borrowers are mortgage-ready, meaning they could reasonably qualify for and repay a mortgage.


As HUD noted, small mortgages are generally difficult and costly for lenders to originate—regardless of a borrower’s income. And previous research has established that is not because applicants are not creditworthy.

Improving equity in homeownership begins with small mortgages

Low levels of small-mortgage lending relative to available homes disproportionately affects first-time homebuyers, low- to moderate-income families, and borrowers of color who are more likely than others to rely on small mortgages to buy low-cost properties.

One way to increase equitable access to mortgages and reduce the homeownership gap is by addressing the barriers that limit small-mortgage origination. For example, the fixed costs to originate a mortgage and lenders’ commission-based compensation affect the profitability of small mortgages. That reality incentivizes lenders to focus on higher-balance loans. Mortgage regulations, which are necessary to protect borrowers, sometimes feed these costs by adding to lenders’ compliance obligations and exposure to legal and reputational risk.

HUD’s plan to analyze mechanisms to increase the availability of small mortgages and expand access to financing for manufactured housing could help millions of mortgage-ready borrowers who might otherwise turn to riskier alternative financing. As the agency moves forward with its plans, staff have an opportunity to think broadly about the many ways Americans pay for their housing and monitor the usage of and disparities within alternative home financing.

Tracy Maguze is an officer and Tara Roche is a manager with The Pew Charitable Trusts’ home financing project. ##


Additional Information with more MHProNews Analysis and Commentary

Perhaps another relevant point that Pew – and HUD – could have made with respect to this “Equity Action Plan” is what HUD PD&R Researchers Pamela Blumenthal and Regina Gray said almost a year ago (9.7.2022), namely: “The regulatory environment — federal, state, and local — that contributes to the extensive mismatch between supply and need has worsened over time. Federally sponsored commissions, task forces, and councils under both Democratic and Republican administrations have examined the effects of land use regulations on affordable housing for more than 50 years. Numerous studies find land use regulations that limit the number of new units that can be built or impose significant costs on development through fees and long approval processes drive up housing costs. …” Put differently, promises have been made for decades that have not been kept. Some weeks prior to Blumenthal and Gray’s insightful Edge report, MHLivingNews – citing another HUD research document – made a similar evidence-based observation.

Why So Few Affordable U.S. Homes? Federal & Other Research – Monopolies, Moats, Manufactured Housing – Impacts Renters, Current Manufactured Homeowners, Conventional Homeowners, Most Americans

Similar research to the above and like themes to what is presented by Pew and the Biden Administration’s HUD are hardly new.  For instance, a research report by the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Donna Feir, Ph.D., noted the disparity in access to competitive lending a few years earlier.

Minneapolis Federal Reserve Researcher cited the Seattle Times, which named Clayton Homes and their lending, in pointing out the inequities that plague minority borrowers in manufactured housing. See the report linked below for more related details.

Then, the Manufactured Housing Institute’s CEO Lesli Gooch, Ph.D., promoted this notion over a year ago. How sincere she was in that was questioned by a black community leader, see those contextual items linked further below.

But as MHProNews spotlighted, former Obama-Biden Administration official Van Jones on CNN recently observed that for the black community, life under the Biden-Harris Administration is not as good as it was under President Donald J. Trump.

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MHProNews reported on, but critiqued as posturing, MHI CEO Lesli Gooch’s prior missive on blacks and racial equity.


Later, MHLivingNews highlighted how black civic leader Ivory Mewborn. Note how Gooch responded to Mewborn vs. what she and MHI actually did. 


A new manufactured housing White Paper spotlighted the disconnect in the history of claims by federal programs and official for manufactured housing inclusion vs. the actual outcomes. That deep dive is shown below.



Based on the White Paper’s analysis, what should manufactured housing investors and professional expect from these Pew and HUD claims? Short answer? Not much and not quickly. Other research beyond what’s mentioned makes that point.



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Headlines from left-of-center CNN Business – from the evening of 7.25.2022

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  • T-Mobile agrees to pay customers $350m in settlement over data breach
  • Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on July 25, 2022 in New York City.
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  • Components are seen on the assembly floor at the Boeing Defense, Space & Security facility in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., on Monday, July 24, 2018.
  • Another major company’s workers are set to go on strike

Headlines from right-of-center Newsmax 7.25.2022

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  • Lavrov: Russia’s Ukraine Goal Is Zelenskyy’s Ouster
  • Gazprom to Cut Gas Through Nord Stream 1 to 20% of Capacity
  • Ukraine Hopes First Grain Shipment Under UN-Brokered Deal Will Be This Week
  • Ukraine Ambassador Calls for More Weapons After Odesa Attacks | video
  • Why Putin Must Be Defeated
  • MI6 Chief: Russia Losing Steam in War as Spy Network Stymied
  • Ukraine: Odesa Strike Shows Grain Exports Won’t Be Easy
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  • Newsmax TV
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  • Zeldin: Suspect Arrested Only Because I’m in Congress | video
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  • Dick Morris: Dems Trying to ‘Divide and Conquer’ GOP | video
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  • Norman: Bannon’s Guilty Verdict a ‘Dog-and-Pony’ Show | video
  • Lesko: Biden Climate Actions ‘Hypocritical’ | video
  • Newsfront
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  • Biden Admin Seeking ID Cards for Illegal Immigrants
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  • Lori Loughlin has opened up about her life after serving a two-month [Full Story]
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  • NFL Enters Media Streaming With NFL+
  • The NFL is making its move into offering its own media streaming [Full Story]
  • Finance
  • Fed Set to Impose Another Big Rate Hike to Fight Inflation
  • Conflicting signs about the health of the U.S. economy have thrust the Federal Reserve into a difficult spot…. [Full Story]
  • US Housing Cooldown Is Recession Red Flag
  • Bishop Robbed of Jewelry During Livestreamed Sermon
  • Peter Reagan: Why Oil Sanctions Are a Gold Investor’s Best Friend
  • Biden to Meet Virtually With CEOs on Chips Legislation
  • Health
  • How to Stay Safe During Record High Temperatures
  • As blistering temperatures blanket much of the country, more people are at risk heat exhaustion and potentially fatal heat strokes. One expert offers tips on how to avoid the dangerous effects of record-breaking temperatures. While anyone can develop heat-related illness…… [Full Story]
  • Studies: Common Virus Linked to Severe Hepatitis Cases in Children
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  • Kids Are Getting Long COVID, Too
  • COVID Reinfections Have Doubled: How to Decide if You Need a Booster




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Manufactured Housing Industry Investments Connected Equities Closing Tickers

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.

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All on Capitol Hill were welcoming and interested in manufactured housing related issues. But Congressman Al Green’s office was tremendous in their hospitality. Our son’s hand is on a package that included a copy of the Constitution of the United States and other goodies. Tamas has grown considerably since this photo was taken. 

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