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Duty To Serve “Final Rule” Continues To Fail Consumers And Industry – Time For Accountability

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Washington, D.C., February 12, 2018 – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR), in a February 6, 2018 communication to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the Senate Banking Committee and the House Financial Services Committee (copy attached), has called on Congress to intervene in order to ensure the proper, timely and robust …

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MHARR’s Year-Long Effort With Trump Administration Poised To Pay Huge Benefits

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]MHARR efforts over the past year to halt and reverse the regulatory excesses of the HUD manufactured housing program based on the regulatory freeze order imposed on all federal agencies by the Trump Administration on January 20, 2017 and subsequent Trump Administration Executive Orders (EOs) – specifically EO 13771 “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs,” …

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After Dithering Ten Years, FHFA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Final DTS Plans Fail Consumers and Industry

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Washington, D.C., January 5, 2018 – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) reports that after ten years of dithering, the final “Duty to Serve Underserved Markets” (DTS) plans filed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — approved by their regulator, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) and publicly released on December 18, 2017 …

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Lawsuit Filed DOE Manufactured Housing Energy Standards, MHARR Response Letter

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Re: Manufactured Housing Energy Standards Dear Secretary Perry: It has come to our attention that a lawsuit has been filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (i.e., Sierra Club v. Perry, 1:17-cv-02700) seeking a judicial order to compel you, in your official capacity as Secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE), to issue a …

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MHARR Supports Legislation to Advance Regulatory Reform

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Washington, D.C., December 19, 2017 – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) has announced its support for legislation introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) that would enshrine in federal law the sweeping regulatory reforms implemented in recent Executive Orders issued by the Administration of President Donald J. Trump. …

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After Persistent MHARR Push-Back, DOE Proposed Manufactured Housing Energy Rule Deemed “Inactive”

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Washington, D.C., December 18, 2017 – The proposed rule to implement manufactured housing “energy” standards, published by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on June 17, 2016 and consistently opposed by the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) in every phase of its development – the only national manufactured housing industry trade organization to …

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 Fannie Mae Conducts “More Of The Same” Duty To Serve Meeting

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Fannie Mae, the government-sponsored housing finance giant, held a one-day work session on October 17, 2017 at its Washington, D.C. conference center, dubbed “The Future of Manufactured Housing Forum.” MHARR participated in the forum (as it has with a similar manufactured housing working group convened by Freddie Mac), which featured discussion panels on various manufactured …

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MHARR Calls for Maximum Utilization Of MH  As Emergency Relief and Replacement Housing

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Washington, D.C., September 11, 2017 – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) in a September 7, 2017 letter to HUD Secretary Dr. Benjamin Carson and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator William B. Long (copy attached), has called on both agencies to make “full and maximum” use of HUD-regulated manufactured homes as …

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Federal Preemption – Fire Sprinklers in Maryland

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] As promised in MHARR’s memorandum dated August 28, 2017 (“MHEC Installation Conference Call”), MHARR has sent a communication (copy attached) to the Director of Maryland Codes Administration, Mr. Norman Wang, strongly objecting to his assertion, set forth in an August 11, 2017 memorandum to Maryland local building code officials, that the federal preemption provision …

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