Keeping America’s Dream Affordable

THA Mission:
To promote and protect the manufactured housing industry in Tennessee!

Your legislative, regulatory, and educational voice for the factory built industry in Tennessee.


 THA Board of Director, Lori Sechrest
of ‘On The Level’ … is battling Stage 4B
Colon Cancer.  The Association is working
to raise money for medical treatments, expenses,
new protocols, and daily living.
Please click on the ‘GoFundMe’ icon above,
to read more of the story, and to donate!
Thank you in advance!


Proud Member of the




Next Board of Director’s Meeting:
Thursday, June 14, 2018
THA Offices; Mount Juliet, TN

 

Installer/Retailer
Click:  2018 Class Schedule
You must be registered in advance of the class.  No walk-ins.

 


ENERGY STAR Tax Credit Extended (Retroactively) Through 2017

A message from:

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!


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
Ship to:
1002 Meb Court
, Suite B
Mount Juliet, TN 37122
615/256-4733, ofc
615/255-8869, fax

Governor Bill Haslam Proclaims
June 2018 as
Manufactured Housing Month!

Print the full Proclamation Here,
to display in your office!


TN State Legislative Session Concludes for 2018

The 110th General Assembly adjourned sine die on Wednesday April 25th, 2018. Legislators worked late into the night to approve outstanding bills and reconcile differences in legislation between the houses. Just before 11:00pm, both the Senate and House notified the Governor that they had completed their business for the year. The 111th General Assembly will gavel in on Tuesday, January 8th, 2019.  The full House and half of the Senate will face reelection this fall.  27 current members have already announced that they will not seek reelection.  The next Governor of Tennessee will also be elected this fall.  Below is a look at a few general highlights of this legislative session.

Budget for FY 18-19
On April 19, the House and Senate agreed to the coming fiscal year’s $37.5 billion budget. The budget includes $460 million for capital construction, a $55 million increase in a teacher salary pool, school security initiatives, increased spending on higher education, and a $136 million increase in TennCare spending. The House of Representatives held the budget on the last day of session, but after negotiations regarding teacher accountability and student testing, they released it back to be signed by Governor Haslam.

Tax Decoupling
Both chambers unanimously passed a measure to decouple Tennessee federal interest deductible limits. The TN Chamber of Commerce supported the bill, testifying before legislative committees that it would make Tennessee more business friendly and competitive nationally.  The Senate sponsor, Senator John Stevens explained the bill will alter limitations on interest deduction and income deriving from capital contributions.  The legislation worked to improve Tennessee’s tax structures in response to the Tax Cut and Jobs Act which President Trump signed into law in December.

School Safety
In March, Governor Haslam created the School Safety Working Group, a 16-person task force dedicated to reviewing school safety in Tennessee. He later added $30 million of funding to his proposal for the budget, including a one-time $25 million grant.  Additionally, the House and Senate both unanimously passed the “School Safety Act of 2018”, championed by Senator Mark Green and Representative Micah Van Huss, which allows local education agencies to hire off-duty law enforcement officers as armed school security officers.

Work Requirements for Medicaid
Speaker Beth Harwell and Senator Kerry Roberts sponsored legislation this session which set work requirements for “able bodied” people receiving Medicaid benefits. The legislation – SB 1728/HB 1551 – passed the Senate 23-2, and the House 72-23.  The legislation requires TennCare request a waiver from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, to impose work requirements to be eligible for TennCare.  The waiver would require able-bodied adults, without children under the age of six… to work, volunteer, or attend school.  Governor Haslam is expected to sign the bill into law.


 

HUD Secretary Ben Carson
Addressed Industry Attendees
at the 2018 Congress & Expo
on April 25, 2018.

See the Official Transcript HERE.

 


 

CFPB Asked to Revisit Regulations for
Manufactured Housing
During Congressional Hearings

Members of Congress have asked the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) Acting Director, Mick Mulvaney, to look at the harm which has been caused by the agency’s regulations for manufactured housing loans.

 

Acting Director Mulvaney was before the House Financial Services Committee on Wednesday and the Senate Banking Committee on Thursday to testify about the CFPB’s Semi-Annual Report to Congress.  Committee members at both hearings asked him about how CFPB regulations have limited the availability of financing for manufactured homes.

 

At Thursday’s Senate Banking Committee hearing, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), talked about living in a manufactured home with his father in the 1970s and 80s and lamented that the financing they received then would not be available today.  He argued that “the real victims we don’t talk about with all this regulatory overreach are the people who aren’t getting loans.”  He said, “let’s talk about the untold victims that because of the regulatory overreach aren’t getting loans, aren’t getting mobile home mortgages, and aren’t able to pay their bills.”  Acting Director Mulvaney agreed with Senator Tillis’ remarks pointing out that he and the Senator were “probably the only two people in this room who have lived in a manufactured home and there is a consequence to all this overregulation which is that people do not have access to credit.”

 

During Wednesday’s House Financial Services Committee hearing, Representatives Andy Barr (R-KY), Bruce Poliquin (R-ME), and Stephen Pearce (R-NM) each discussed the negative impact of CFPB regulations on the availability of financing for manufactured homes.

 

Representative Barr argued that working families are being harmed by the lack of credit availability caused by CFPB regulations and specifically asked Mulvaney to look at the negative impact of the CFPB’s regulations regarding HOEPA thresholds.  He pointed out that “under the CFPB’s high-cost loan rule, Americans now cannot finance a manufactured home loan.  Manufactured home loans of $50,000 or less have dropped significantly.”  Barr asked Mulvaney to “consider revisiting the high-cost loan rule and increase the interest thresholds to help Americans realize the dream of homeownership” and Acting Director Mulvaney agreed to look into the issue.

 

Representative Poliquin commented that from 2014 to 2016 there was “a drop of about a third of the number of loans extended to buy manufactured housing in an economy that was improving” and he asked, “do you think that has anything to do with the enforcement of the CFPB and scaring the daylights out of businesses?” In response Acting Director Mulvaney said, “I certainly think that we run the risk, when we pass rules and regulations, of chilling the providing of credit to consumers.”

 

Representative Steve Pearce (R-NM) told Acting Director Mulvaney that “one of the charges of your predecessor was protection of the consumers. Beginning almost at his first day, we kept pointing out how he was damaging some of the most fragile consumers – the ones who live in my district where fifty percent of the homes are manufactured housing.”  Referring to manufactured home loans he said CFPB rules “are choking off their ability to lend money so that most of the banks have just gotten out of the products.”  He said that “the previous Director had closed off so many avenues to people just trying to get by.  We were in a years-long discussion with the previous Director, and it’s almost as if they couldn’t hear, that they didn’t want to hear that we were actually out there trying to get consumers protected and actually trying to do things that would help them out.”  Representative Pearce also discussed the importance of seller-financing and whole balloon notes for manufactured housing.  He urged Acting Director Mulvaney to change the current CFPB rules for these products as these are “the ways that we make a rural, low-end economy work.”




“Omnibus” Spending package Requires HUD to
Review Manufactured Housing Directives
and Report Findings to Congress

 

… And what is an ‘omnibus’ anything? THA gets asked that question, a lot!

  • Omnibus is defined as something with a variety of purposes or made up of several different items.
    • A bill passed by Congress which incorporates parts of many different legislative tax actions is an example of something that would be described as an omnibus tax bill. 


President Trump recently signed a $1.3 trillion “omnibus” spending package to fund the government through September 30, 2018.


The bill contains a provision addressing the negative impact the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) policies and regulations are having on manufactured housing.


Among other things, the omnibus bill directs HUD to review its add-on letter for garages and carports, the proposed interpretive bulletin on frost-free foundations and the on-site completion of construction rule, and “develop a solution that ensures the safety of consumers and minimizes costs and burdensome requirements on manufacturers and consumers.” The bill also directs HUD to “explore if state and local planning and permitting agencies should have jurisdiction over [these issues] and to provide a report to the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations within 120 days.”


U.S. Senate Passes Bill Giving Industry Relief from the Dodd-Frank Act


(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!