We are back in-person in 2022 with the Home Installation and Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Seminar on March 9th at the Best Western Premier in Oshkosh, WI. This seminar is approved for 6 hours of continuing education for the following licenses: Manufactured Home Installer, Dwelling Contractor Qualifier, and Home Inspectors (UDC Construction Inspector). Sessions Include: Good Foundations & Installation Leads to Happy Homeowners - Harold Mouser, PFS-TECO Home Installation Safety - George Gruetzmacher - WisCon Key Elements to Home Installation - Cecil Ayllon, Sedco Piers Inc. Proper Manufactured Home Inspections - Jack Wotruba, Dept of Safety and Professional Service Innovations in [...]
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The Office of Manufactured Housing Programs (OMHP) has issued extensions for two industry-wide Alternative Construction (AC) letters for exterior doors (21-1W1-AC) and 25-Amp circuit breakers (20-1W2-AC) through June 30, 2022. MHI has been working with OMHP to get these AC letters extended in light of the supply chain challenges. These industry-wide AC letters allows manufacturers that need the flexibility to continue production of affordable housing and does not require individual manufacturers to request approval, saving time, burdens, and costs that would otherwise be incurred with a typical AC letter. Click here and here to read the letters.
Gov. Evers Celebrates More Than $800 Million Investment Wisconsin to Receive for Water InfrastructureAngie Diedrich2021-12-14T09:35:52-06:00
Gov. Tony Evers, December 8, celebrated President Joe Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure bill that will expand efforts to deliver safe drinking water to Wisconsinites by infusing approximately $850 million into communities across the state over the next five years. Gov. Evers last month praised the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act as a “Win for Wisconsin.” The federal bill contains an array of expanded programs with substantial, new funding sources for Wisconsin, including $142,703,000 for the 2022 allotment for state revolving loan programs funding water infrastructure projects. The bipartisan infrastructure bill is the largest investment in clean drinking water and wastewater infrastructure [...]
FTC Strengthens Security Safeguards for Consumer Financial Information Following Widespread Data BreachesAngie Diedrich2021-11-23T13:25:17-06:00
The Federal Trade Commission on October 27, 2021 announced a newly updated rule that strengthens the data security safeguards that financial institutions are required to put in place to protect their customers’ financial information. In recent years, widespread data breaches and cyberattacks have resulted in significant harms to consumers, including monetary loss, identity theft, and other forms of financial distress. The FTC’s updated Safeguards Rule requires non-banking financial institutions, such as mortgage brokers, motor vehicle dealers, and payday lenders, to develop, implement, and maintain a comprehensive security system to keep their customers’ information safe. “Financial institutions and other entities that [...]
The Department of Energy (DOE) has published a proposed rulemaking on energy standards for manufactured housing which, if finalized will eliminate manufactured housing as an affordable housing option for hundreds of thousands of potential homebuyers. The current DOE proposal is fundamentally flawed and must be completely rewritten to ensure manufactured homes remain an available option for American families. The DOE proposal would dramatically increase the costs of manufactured homes, and in some areas of the country, will make the construction and transportation of homes nearly impossible. The proposal uses the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), which was developed for commercial [...]
The Wisconsin Housing Alliance Annual Conference is scheduled to be back in-person this year on Tuesday, November 9th and Wednesday, November 10th at the Chula Vista Resort in the Wisconsin Dells. This two-day event is filled with meetings both days, an Exhibitor Reception followed by dinner and presentations, plus plenty of time to network with exhibitors and other members. Registration is open! EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT ENDS OCTOBER 26TH. For more details, check out the event online!
Freddie Mac’s Multifamily Division announced it will require all future manufactured housing community (MHC) transactions to include a series of tenant protections, as defined by the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) Duty to Serve (DTS) regulation. These protections will include renewable lease terms, written notice of rent increases, grace periods for late rental payments, and rights governing the sale of a manufactured home at an MHC. While MHI had worked with consumer groups and proposed standards for consumer lease protections through the DTS process, the intent was for such protections to accompany secondary market support for the financing of homes [...]
Manufactured Housing High Priority in Administration’s Plans to Address Nation’s Affordable Housing SupplyAngie Diedrich2021-09-09T13:09:25-05:00
The Biden Administration announced it is taking immediate steps to increase affordable housing supply across the country including specific actions to boost the supply of manufactured housing. Specifically, the Administration is looking to expand financing for manufactured housing and is calling on state and local governments to reduce zoning and financing barriers to manufactured housing which “allows families to achieve homeownership and build wealth.” In outlining its planned activities, manufactured housing was the second action listed demonstrating the Administration’s prioritization and commitment to manufactured housing. Click here to read more. During a call with HUD, FHFA, and Treasury, senior agency [...]
The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) new targeted nationwide eviction moratorium which applied to counties in the U.S. experiencing “substantial and high levels of community transmission levels of COVID-19” which covers more than 90% of all renters in the U.S. The Supreme Court ruling only applies to the federal eviction moratorium and any state or local moratoriums remain in effect. In its decision, the Court stated, “The moratorium has put the applicants, along with millions of landlords across the country, at risk of irreparable harm by depriving them of rent payments with [...]
Cavco Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: CVCO) (“Cavco” or the “Company”) announced today that it has signed a binding offer to acquire the business and certain assets and liabilities of The Commodore Corporation (“Commodore”), including its six manufacturing facilities and two wholly owned retail locations. Commodore is the largest independent builder of manufactured and modular housing in the United States, operating under a variety of brand names such as Commodore Homes of Pennsylvania, Commodore Homes of Indiana, Colony Homes, MidCountry Homes, Pennwest Homes and R-Anell Homes. Commodore has over 1,200 employees and operates across the Northeast, Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions, with wholly [...]