Keeping America’s Dream Affordable
To promote and protect the manufactured housing industry in Tennessee!
Your legislative, regulatory, and educational voice for the factory built industry in Tennessee.
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Next Board of Director’s Meeting:
Thursday, April 12, 2018
THA Offices; Mount Juliet, TN
Click: 2018 Class Schedule
You must be registered in advance of the class. No walk-ins.
2018 Annual MH Industry Regional Meetings Announced
All industry disciplines
are encouraged to attend!
Meeting Specific Information Below:
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. CST
Lowell Thomas Building,
(Conference Room 1)
225 Martin Luther King Blvd.
Jackson, Tennessee 38301
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. CST
Tennessee (Snodgrass) Tower 3rd Floor,
(Conference Room D)
312 Rosa L. Parks Blvd.
Nashville, Tennessee 37243
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST
Pellissippi Community College,
(BA PSCC 3 Conference Room – A)
7201 Strawberry Plains Pike
Knoxville, TN 37914
MHI announces a partnership with WeatherCall Services, LLC, to provide HazardCall for MHI Communities. (Please go to that link to watch a brief video to learn more.) This important, affordable service saves lives and gives property owners peace of mind.
HazardCall is different from anything else on the market because it calls your residents, as well as sending them texts and emails when dangerous and impactful weather is headed for their specific location. Your residents receive specific instructions on what to do, such as “seek the best shelter immediately.” Most notifications from weather apps go unnoticed, but HazardCall’s urgent phone calls are designed to disrupt the recipient so they will take immediate life-saving action…. CLICK HERE, for more information!
Tennessee Housing Association
P. O. Box 569
Mount Juliet, TN 37121
1002 Meb Court, Suite B
Mount Juliet, TN 37122
(March 15, 2018) Last evening, the U.S. Senate passed legislation clarifying a manufactured housing retailer or seller is not considered a mortgage “loan originator”, simply because they provide a customer with some assistance in the mortgage loan process. This provision was included in S. 2155, the “Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act,” a package of reforms intended to improve the national financial regulatory framework and promote economic growth. The legislation passed with bipartisan support, by a vote of 67 to 31.
In addition to the Senate regulatory reform package, H.R. 1699, the Preserving Access to Manufactured House Act, which includes a similar provision to S. 2155, was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on December 1, 2017. This language was also passed as a part of the House’s financial reform package (H.R. 10) in June 2017. In September 2017, the House also passed the bill’s provisions as a part of its Fiscal Year 2018 Appropriations package.
The House and Senate must now work together, to reconcile differences between the House and Senate regulatory relief bills, in order to agree on identical language, so a bill can be sent to the President for his signature and enactment into law.
Congratulations and many thanks goes out to all of the supporting legislators (past and present), MHI staff, manufactured housing leaders and Executive Directors across the nation, who have spent hours upon hours over the last few years, working towards this day! Job well done!
Emanuel Levy, Executive Director
The federal budget recently passed by Congress and signed by the President contained at least one pleasant surprise—the $1000 per home tax credit for manufacturers that build ENERGY STAR homes was extended retroactively through 2017.
Once again, if you had faith that the tax credit would be extended, you were rewarded. It’s a familiar story that keeps repeating itself: Congress waits until the end of the year to extend the tax credit retroactively, making it impossible for manufacturers to count on the credit before they decide to qualify homes for the ENERGY STAR label. However, keep this in mind: the credit, first passed over a decade ago, has never lapsed.
Need help qualifying homes completed in 2017 for the tax credit? Contact Gwynne Koch (GKoch@Research-Alliance.org) with the Systems Building Research Alliance (SBRA) for assistance.
What about 2018? Will the credit be extended again through the end of this year? We cannot be certain but year after year extending the tax credit has been a priority for both parties in Congress. And, in the coming weeks, SBRA will announce ENERGY STAR changes that will make it easier to qualify homes for the ENERGY STAR label. Watch this space for details!
Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development
& Economic Development Committee Member
Tours Clayton Appalachia Plant
as the Tennessee Housing Association (THA)
Works To Highlight Our Industry’s Workforce Shortage
February 2018 … Several meetings and calls have taken place over the last 120 days, to educate state officials on the growing employment needs of the manufactured housing industry, here in Tennessee.
Our factories are producing as quickly as they can, given the current staffing levels… but consumer demand for our homes are now outpacing those staffing levels! Retailers are open longer hours, and installers have a backlog of their own!
As we look at today’s workforce, we know we need to be planning our strategy for recruiting additional trainees to handle the current demand, but we also must start recruiting the next generation of workers, who will rise up in the ranks of our industry, to lead us in the future!
The Association is looking at many options, including partnering with the network of technical schools across the state. This is a very exciting time in our industry, and we are ready for this chapter!
Dept of Labor & Workforce Development:
Commissioner Burns Phillips
Chief of Staff, Melinda Kelsey
Chris Cannon, Director of Communications
Economic Development Committee Member:
Mayor John Clark, Kingsport
Matt Belcher, Plant Manager
Ronny Robertson, Regional Vice President
Tennessee Housing Association:
Marla Y. McAfee, Executive Director
Rhonda, Sevier, Executive Administrator
Tennessee Housing Association
Hosts Meeting for
Tennessee Home Manufacturers
and Commerce & Insurance
January 2018 … Representatives from all ten Tennessee manufactured home manufacturers, along with officials from the Department of Commerce & Insurance, Manufactured Housing Division, met to discuss ways to improve inspection and documentation processes. Several agenda items were clarified, and the general consensus among participants, was to hold a similar meeting annually.
We appreciate the time and attention given from both industry and regulatory officials, in this very important meeting.