Due to MHI members meeting with their lawmakers during MHI’s successful Homes on the Hill event, several congressional offices have reached out to MHI seeking more information about the Department of Energy’s (DOE) final rule abut manufactured housing energy efficiency standards and its impact on this affordable homeownership option. In conjunction with these meetings, nearly 550 industry professionals have called on their House Representatives to cosponsor, H.R. 7651 “The Manufactured Housing Affordability and Energy Efficiency Act” introduced by Representatives David Kustoff (TN-08) and John Bucshon (IN-08), which ensures the DOE’s final rule on new manufactured housing energy efficiency standards does not harm manufactured homeownership affordability. The following Representatives have signed on as cosponsors: Mary Miller (IL-15), Byron Donalds (FL-19), Michael Guest (MS-03), Morgan Griffith (VA-09), Andy Barr (KY-06), and Tim Burchett (TN-02).

This legislation requires that before any new DOE energy standards can become effective or be enforced: (1) DOE must fully consult with HUD, (2) DOE must document that the rule is cost-effective based on the impact of homebuyer price and cost increases, (3) the standards must fully take into consideration manufactured housing construction methods and transportation requirements, and (4) the standards must be adopted by HUD as part of the HUD Code.

It is critical that Representatives hear from all sectors of the manufactured housing industry about cosponsoring this bill. To participate in the Call for Action, click the button below and follow the simple steps on MHI’s website. The letter to your Representative has already been composed – all you have to do is insert your home address and click submit. Click here to send your letter!