MHARR Issues & Perspectives

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“THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING ZONING PROBLEM.”-SEPTEMBER 2019 MHARR ISSUES AND PERSPECTIVES

  Well, the good news is that the debilitating zoning problem faced by the HUD Code manufactured housing industry and its consumers has apparently evaporated into thin air. That’s right. On May 15, 2019, MHARR invited state manufactured housing associations around the country to provide it with particularly egregious, actionablecases of zoning and/or placement discrimination …

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MHCC Subcommittee Advances MHARR Regulatory Reform Proposals

The General Subcommittee of the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC), during marathon conference calls on July 24 and July 30, 2019, has advanced a number of key HUD manufactured housing program regulatory reform proposals submitted by MHARR in written comments to HUD on June 7, 2017, February 20, 2018 and April 25, 2018, and subsequently …

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HUD Secretary’s New Role Should Help To Advance Manufactured Housing

Washington, D.C., July 9, 2019 –The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR), in a June 28, 2019 communication to HUD Secretary Ben Carson ( copy attached ), has called on the Secretary to take strong action on four key matters relating to the availability, utilization and affordability of federally-regulated manufactured housing. While praising Secretary …

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Brief History and Objectives of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR)

The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) was established on July 3, 1985 as the “Association for Regulatory Reform” (ARR). The Association changed to its current name in the summer of 1997. Based in Washington D.C. since its founding, MHARR was formed to represent the views and interests of producers of manufactured housing. A …

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Major and Continuing MHARR Accomplishments for the HUD Code Manufactured Housing Industry and Consumers of Affordable Housing

Led the industry in securing the enactment of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000(2000 reform law), which mandates specific accountability-based program reforms for the federal manufactured housing program, directed the appointment of a non-career program administrator, established an enhanced level of federal preemption, created the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC)[1]to curb the program’s runaway …

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“Lead, Follow … Or Get Out of The Way”

The last decade-plus has not been especially kind to the manufactured housing industry and consumers of affordable housing. The 21stCentury began with a great deal of promise for the industry and consumers alike. With record production levels and a comprehensively-reformed federal manufactured housing law (i.e., the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000) that officially recognized …

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“The Illusion of Motion Versus Real-World Challenges”

Motion – or, more accurately, activity – in and of itself, is not necessarily synonymous with, or equivalent to, realprogress, or, in fact, anyprogress at all.  Recent reports emerging from elsewhere within the universe of organizations representing the manufactured housing industry paint a uniformly rosy picture of almost non-stop engagement, dialogue, meetings, conferences, photo-opportunities (presumably …

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“A HUD MONITORING CONTRACT ‘BRIDGE TO NOWHERE’”

Let’s start off with a truism. And that truism, quite simply, is that within the HUD manufactured housing program, the so-called “monitoring” function has grown, expanded and metamorphosized over time, to become something that it was never meant, designed or intended to be, with a private contractor exercising defactogovernmental authority over regulated parties. Of course, …

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“Restoring the Rule of Law To Manufactured Housing Regulation”

MHARR --ISSUES AND PERSPECTIVES By Mark Weiss JULY 2018 The rule of law, and the supremacy of law over the arbitrary whims of individuals who happen to wield government power, was a profound concern for the founders who debated and developed the Constitution of the United States. For over two centuries, legal scholars have pointed …

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HUD Secretary Carson Addresses Manufactured Housing At Oversight Hearing

JUNE 27, 2018   TO:                 MHARR MANUFACTURERS                         MHARR STATE AFFILIATES                         MHARR TECHNICAL REVIEW GROUP (TRG)  FROM: MHARR  RE:  HUD Secretary Carson Addresses Manufactured Housing At Oversight Hearing The House of Representatives’ Financial Services Committee held an oversight hearing for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on June 27, 2018. The sole witness …

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