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.
HUD Seeks Industry Comments
As they do a “Top-To-Bottom Review”
of MH Standards – CLICK HERE
For More Information
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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
As reported to members in the THA Reporter newsletter on February 9th, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a “top-to-bottom” review of its manufactured housing rules to address actions that are ineffective, overly burdensome, or excessively costly. According to its press release, “HUD is accepting public comments to identify existing or planned manufactured housing regulatory actions to assess their actual and potential compliance costs and whether those costs are justified against the backdrop of the nation’s shortage of affordable housing.”
The public comment period will end on February 26, 2018. The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) will be submitting a detailed comment letter regarding regulations and enforcement issues which should be corrected.
THA is asking you to join us and MHI’s efforts, and weigh in with HUD about regulatory rules and actions which should be changed because they are negatively impacting your ability to meet the housing needs of your customers. It is important HUD receive numerous comments from the manufactured housing industry, during this public comment period.
THA previously provided members with instructions on how to comment, and in this public announcement, we are providing MHI’s notification of two ways you may respond to HUD.
First, you can utilize MHI’s advocacy page to submit your comments to HUD. Click here and follow the simple steps on MHI’s website. The letter to HUD has already been composed – all you have to do is insert your home address and click submit.
Second, if you would like to expand and personalize the submission letter even further and submit directly to the https://www.regulations.gov/ website on your Company letterhead, click here to download the sample letter in a Word document. Highlighted in red in the sample letter are suggestions for where you can personalize it. Be sure to include Docket Number FR-6075-N-01 “Regulatory Review of Manufactured Housing Rules” in the Subject Line of your electronic submission.
The sample letter, which MHI has prepared for you, argues that HUD’s actions have come at the expense of fostering innovation and supporting affordable housing for consumers. HUD has intruded into state functions, reinterpreted regulations to the detriment of long-standing and accepted building practices, and implemented regulations and guidelines which unnecessarily limit consumer choice and increase costs. MHI’s submission will include additional details, but the sample letter provides overarching priorities for the industry to focus their comments.
The sample letter includes examples of HUD regulations that are raising costs for consumers and reducing their options in buying manufactured homes.
Your participation in this process is critical, and is appreciated!
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.
LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!
All members of the manufactured housing industry should fully understand the issues we are fighting, on your behalf!
As we continue to push for regulatory change of federal laws, the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) has prepared and distributed a ‘Myth vs. Fact‘ sheet, relative to what the ‘Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act of 2017’ legislation actually hopes to accomplish.
The bills HB1699/S1751, were introduced to amend the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) to specify a retailer of manufactured housing is generally not a “mortgage originator”, subject to requirements under that Act. Similarly, the bill amends the Secure and Fair Enforcement for Mortgage Licensing Act of 2008, to specify such a retailer is generally not a “loan originator”, subject to requirements under that Act.
In addition, the respective bills increases the annual percentage rates and transaction values at which mortgages for certain dwellings are considered “high-cost mortgages” under TILA.
As well, H.R.10 carries similar language, and is yet another ‘vehicle’ the industry is using to accomplish the mission of having our language passed in to law.