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Sustained Manufactured Home Production Growth in August 2017

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Washington, D.C., October 3, 2017 – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) reports that according to official statistics compiled on behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), year-over-year manufactured housing industry production grew once again during August 2017. Just-released statistics indicate that HUD Code manufacturers produced 8,434 homes in August …

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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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“For Manufactured Housing, the Obama Administration Never Left Town”

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Recognizing that excessive government regulation plays a major role in stifling economic growth while inflicting disproportionate harm on the multitude of small businesses that are the engine of job creation within the American economy, President Trump came to office in January 2017 on a platform of “deconstructing the administrative [i.e., regulatory] state.” Consistent with this …

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Production Growth Continues in July 2017

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Washington, D.C., September 6, 2017 – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) reports that according to official statistics compiled on behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), year-over-year manufactured housing industry production grew once again during July 2017. Just-released statistics indicate that HUD Code manufacturers produced 5,803 homes in July 2017, an 8.7% …

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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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HUD Program Ramping-Up More MH Regulation

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]At a time when federal rulemaking has reached historically-low levels, reflecting the regulatory policies of the Trump Administration, the HUD manufactured housing program, under its current administrator, continues to churn out new and amended regulatory requirements at an aggressive pace. In addition to the pending “Interpretative Bulletin” for manufactured home foundations in freezing climates and …

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MHEC Installation Conference Call

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]For those who participated in the August 25, 2017 Manufactured Housing Executives Council (MHEC) conference call regarding HUD interaction with the International Code Council (ICC) concerning Appendix E of the International Residential Code (IRC) (or could not participate), it was extremely disappointing that the format and conduct of the call did not allow for a …

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MHARR Calls for Withdrawal of HUD “Frost-Free” IB

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Washington, D.C., August 17, 2017 – In written comments submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on August 17, 2017 (copy attached), the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) has called on the Department to withdraw a proposed “Interpretative Bulletin” (IB) concerning “frost-free” manufactured home foundations, which violates multiple provisions of the National Manufactured …

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Actions and Abuses Of The Current HUD Manufactured Housing Program Administrator That Warrant Her Reassignment and Replacement

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The current HUD manufactured housing program administrator, Pamela Danner – “parachuted” into that position on a career basis in violation of section 620(a)(1)(C) of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 — has engaged in multiple actions and abuses over the course of her nearly four-year tenure that have needlessly, baselessly, and unnecessarily harmed the …

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HUD Code Production Increases in June 2017

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Washington, D.C., August 3, 2017 – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) reports that according to official statistics compiled on behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), year-over-year manufactured housing industry production increased during June 2017. Just-released statistics indicate that HUD Code manufacturers produced 8,152 homes in June 2017, …

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