YIMBY Action, Extreme Housing Shortage, and Manufactured Homes


The San Francisco Bay Area, and California generally, has an extreme housing shortage.” So says YIMBY Action. The video posted further below by John Stossel for Reason makes their point in sobering terms.

Unlike NIMBY, YIMBY means, Yes In My Back Yard.


YIMBY Action says, “This housing shortage is causing unacceptably high home prices and rents. These costs kneecap our ability to save money, force us into crowded conditions, and trap us in jobs and housing conditions that are inadequate.”

That’s in part an economic argument, and it is supported by the law of supply and demand.

Our housing crisis forces us to commute long hours, increasing carbon emissions and robbing us of time with our families. We must build housing everywhere in the Bay Area to end this shortage. Build housing now!” is their mantra. The video below is featured on their home page.



The forces they describe, “…increase displacement and gentrification, and make it impossible for San Francisco to be an engine of opportunity or social mobility.” That’s a familiar argument but lacks some of the added details found in the report linked below.


Several newspapers in Florida ran a letter by our publisher, L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach. That letter explains that the common link to problems that spark misunderstanding about manufactured housing are often connected to Berkshire Hathaway brands and the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI).  Pick a link, take a look, and share it with others.

There are a variety of organizations and non-profits, businesses, faith-based, and governmental organizations that are natural allies for a robust application of manufactured homes. YIMBY Action could be one of them. The laws are already on the industry’s side.  The facts – properly understood – favor manufactured homes.

Has MHI reached out to YIMBY Action?

We’ll plan to ask them, plus others in the days ahead, and will let you know.  One way or another, let’s see if MHI can become engaged in doing their job to help robust industry growth, not just more consolidation because of low or negative growth.

The need for affordable housing is vast.  The lack of affordable housing hasn’t just hurt Seattle, it is hurting cities like San Francisco.


Hard to Overstate the Needs

According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Annual Homeless Assessment Report, as of 2017 there were around 554,000 homeless people in the United States on a given night,” says Wikipedia.

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The most proven form of permeant affordable housing are manufactured homes. Yet, MHI and their big-boy brands appears to be okay with low sales levels, or they have a proven ability to meet, talk and take photos with public officials without purportedly accomplishing their stated goals.



It is better to light one candle, than curse the darkness.  Our industry can and should be measuring new HUD Code manufactured home sales in the millions every decade, not just the hundreds of thousands. That’s tonight’s spotlight of  “News through the lens of factory-built homes, and manufactured housing,” © where “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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