MHIndustry Letter Writing Campaign to HUD, & on 5/17 Express Your Views!

Blog # 446; Copyright @ 14 May 2017; community-investor.com

Perspective. ‘Land lease Communities’, previously manufactured home communities, & ‘mobile home parks’, comprise the real estate component of manufactured housing.’

This blog posting is the sole national advocate voice, official ombudsman, & historian, research report, & online communication media for North American LLCommunities!

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INTRODUCTION: Do you, as a businessman or woman, care enough about the over-regulatory nature of what’s going on at HUD these days, relative to land lease communities and installation of new manufactured homes within – and the dire need for change? If so, read and answer the challenge presented in Part I following. And, if you can be in Chicago on 17 May, to share your views on various MH issues & matters, please do so! No one else is providing this sort of bully pulpit for the grassroots folk of the MHIndustry & LLCommunity asset class. Time to stand and be counted!

I.

Want to do Something Important NOW, for the Manufactured Housing Industry?

WE have a Unique & Timely Opportunity to do Something Much-Needed by Our Industry & Land Lease Community Asset Class
&
You Don’t Have to be a Member of MHARR or MHI,
even an affiliate of COBA7 to Participate!

With the change in administrations in Washington, DC, the HUD-Code manufactured housing industry, and its’ sister segment, the land lease community real estate asset class, must stand together and tell Dr. Ben Carson, Secretary, of the Housing & Urban Development federal agency, how we need ‘relief from onerous installation regulations’, on one hand (including dissolution of the unneeded Dispute Resolution program); and, for HUD – for the first time in its’ 40 years of industry oversight, to finally’ publicly promote manufactured housing, as this nation’s best quality and form of affordable housing’!

I’ve already penned two such letters to that effect, via COBA7, since the first of this year. Know one thing I’ve learned? If/when you mail your letter by Certified Mail, Return Receipt Requested, you will receive a reply!` Oh, it might well be vanilla correspondence, but you know someone had to sign for it, likely read it, and directed someone to pen a reply. And when enough such letters, from manufactured housing industry & land lease community owners/operators land on HUD’s doorstep, we stand a much better opportunity of having our dual case heard by Dr. Ben Carson..

Are you willing to draft and mail such a letter to Dr. Ben Carson, Secretary of HUD? Well, if so – and I surely hope so, here’s the appropriate address:

The Honorable Dr. Ben Carson, Secretary
U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development
Suite # 10000
451 Seventh St., SW
Washington, DC. 201410

And I’m not suggesting a form letter here, from MHARR, MHI, COBA7 or anyone else. Your considered opinion will likely carry more weight than if you simply copied what someone else suggested you pen.

In my opinion, the two cases you should make in your letter are these:

• We, at present, are an over-regulated industry, when it comes to new home installation standards and an all but useless Dispute Resolution program at HUD. Who better to decide how to best site and install their affordable housing product, than the manufacturer who fabricated it, in accords with the HUD-Code, then shipped it to its final destination?

• Manufactured housing is the best quality and form of truly affordable housing available anywhere in the U.S. today! Our per square foot housing product cost is less than half that of site–built residential construction (not considering the value of underlying real estate). HUD well knows this truism! Now is time for the department to promote this type factory-built housing to prospective homebuyers and homowners/site lessees nationwide!

Can you do this? More important, ‘Will you do what needs to be done NOW? I hope so.

This is one time when it does not matter whether you are a member of MHARR or MHI, even an affiliate of COBA7. Though you should ask yourself: ‘Why aren’t manufactured housing’s national advocates encouraging and participating in this unique and timely letter writing campaign?’ What matters is, you are a businessman or woman actively involved producing, shipping, siting, and managing the most affordable type housing in the U.S. today, and that WE petition HUD to address the Action Areas cited in the previous paragraphs. Don’t wait to do so!

To discuss this matter further, reach me via (3170 346-7156 or gfa7156@aol.com.

II.

Here’s First Public Opportunity to
State Your MH Views & Opinions!

It’s this simple; be at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Rosemont, IL., on 17 May 2017, during the lunch hour!

At that time, I’ll share the only ‘State of the Manufactured Housing Industry & Land Lease Community Asset Class’ briefing available from anyone, anywhere, nationwide. (Everyone else covers only MH matters, etc.)

Then we’ll open the floor for public sharing of manufactured housing & land lease community-related views & opinions from the audience.

To register to attend, contact Frank Bowman via www.IMHA.org & (217)528-3423

FYI. There’re tentative plans in place to do something similarly on 7 August in Elkhart, IN., at the RV/MH Hall of Fame (9-11AM in the board room), & on 7 September at the 26th annual Networking Roundtable, in Indianapolis, IN. Is anyone else offering such opportunities? NO!

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