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HUD Issues Manufactured Housing Industry Wide AC Letter

The HUD Office of Manufactured Housing Programs (OMHP) has issued a new industry wide Alternate Construction (AC) letter (see, copy attached). The letter, issued May 5, 2021, addresses the use and certification of swinging exterior passage doors (21-IW1-AC NEW). The new exterior swinging door AC – like previous industry-wide AC letters issued recently by HUD …

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MHARR to FHFA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: Stop the “Shell Game” with the HUD Code Manufactured Home Industry and American Homebuyers

STATEMENT OF MARK WEISS MARCH 25, 2021 ENTERPRISE HOUSING GOALS LISTENING SESSION My name is Mark Weiss, and I am President and CEO of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR). MHARR, based in Washington, D.C., represents independent producers of manufactured housing regulated under federal law by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban …

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“The Ultimate Battle Against Destructive Energy Regulation”

So, what could be worse than destructive, excessively costly federal manufactured housing “energy conservation” standards developed through a distorted and fundamentally tainted process at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)? The answer? Destructive and excessively costly manufactured housing “energy conservation” standards developed through two distorted and fundamentally tainted processes – one inside of DOE and …

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MHARR Statement on Marcia Fudge and on HUD Standards Implementation

TO:                 MHARR MANUFACTURERS                         HUD CODE INDUSTRY MANUFACTURERS  FROM:          MARK WEISSRE:                 SUBJECTS AS LISTED BELOW HUD EXTENDS IMPLEMENTATION DATE FOR “THIRD SET” OF STANDARDS As expected by MHARR, HUD has published a notice in the March 10, 2021 edition of the Federal Register copy attached, extending the implementation date for the so-called “Third Set” of …

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MHARR Calls for Mainstream Manufactured Home Loans to Be Included in Enterprise Housing Goals

Washington, D.C., March 1, 2021 – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) has filed comments copy attached with the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) calling for the inclusion of mainstream manufactured home personal property or “chattel” loans — once again – within the Agency’s Enterprise Housing Goals (EHG) for mortgage giants Fannie Mae and …

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President Biden Issues Executive Directive on Housing Discrimination

Attached, for your review and information, is an Executive Memorandum from President Biden to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, issued on January 26, 2021, directed at “Redressing Our Nation’s and Federal Government’s History of Discriminatory Housing Practices and Policies.” MHARR is currently analyzing this Memorandum for potential benefits and uses that it may …

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Biden Administration Regulatory Executive Orders

The Biden Administration, as expected, has issued a flurry of executive orders (EOs) and related directives in its first hours, including several pertaining to federal regulatory matters that will have both direct and indirect impacts on the regulation of HUD Code manufactured housing. While MHARR is in the process of developing a comprehensive analysis of …

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MHARR Seeks to Keep HUD Zoning Study on Track

Washington, D.C., January 19, 2021 – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) has filed comments attached with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) seeking to ensure that a pending HUD study of state and local regulatory barriers to the use and placement of “factory-built” structures is – as it should be — properly focused on …

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HUD Issues New and Revised Manufactured Housing Standards While Dodging Regulatory Reform

Washington, D.C., January 14, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has published, as a final rule, the so-called “third set” of new and revised Federal Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards recommended by the statutory Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC). While these standards, which were generally supported by MHARR in written comments filed …

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MHARR Persistence Pays Off – FHFA Admits Reality: Fannie and Freddie Not Serving Manufactured Housing Under Duty To Serve

Washington, D.C., November 4, 2020 – As confirmed by the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR), a report recently submitted to Congress by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) — the federal regulator for mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – reveals, for the first time, how those entities have been certified by …

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