News Release from the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Release Date: September 4, 2020 Media Contact: Ti Gauger, Public Information Officer, (608) 224-5007 Download PDF Download PDF in Spanish MADISON – Recent Federal Orders from The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) impact evictions from residential properties in Wisconsin and across the nation. The CDC order to 'Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions to Prevent the Further Spread of COVID-19' will become effective on September 4, 2020 and run through December 31, 2020. Renters are not automatically entitled to protections under the CDC order. [...]
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See the Possibilities: Why Generating Interest in Manufactured Housing is About Showing, Not TellingAngie Diedrich2020-09-10T11:35:18-05:00
By Sharmila Srivastav, Manager of Affordable Housing, Single-Family Business at Fannie Mae As high quality, lower-cost alternative to site-built homes, manufactured housing could genuinely be the future of housing affordability. The latest generation of factory-built homes can offer everything prospective homebuyers see in the home they’ve been dreaming of. The bit difference is that Fannie Mae research shows they’ll spend $1000 less per month on a mortgage loan by choosing a manufactured home. We in the housing industry know this well, but unfortunately, homebuyers do not. Well, at least not yet. To Change The Market, We Need To Change The [...]
The Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority has expanded its single-family financing options to help more Wisconsin residents achieve the dream of homeownership. The new financing options include loans with increased down payment assistance of up to 6% of a home’s purchase price and an expanded number of lenders that may originate WHEDA Advantage FHA loans. Meanwhile, the current shortage of move-in ready homes has increased the utility of WHEDA’s Homestyle Renovation loans, which allow borrowers to finance all costs associated with purchase and renovation through a single 30-year, fixed rate mortgage loan. “For many prospective homebuyers, the lack of [...]
On Thursday, July 23, the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) voted 2-1 to stay a portion of its June 26 order to extend the moratorium on utility residential customer disconnections and refusal of service for nonpayment until September 1. Therefore, if you are billing for water, you cannot disconnect for non-payment of water. The additional time will allow PSC staff to collect more data and information from utilities on their disconnection plans, allow for comment from customer organizations, and further monitor the spread of COVID-19 in the state. The move comes as COVID-19 positive cases in Wisconsin have more [...]
Tomorrow’s Home Foundation received a community grant of $2,500 from Alliant Energy through its Foundation. The funds supported the THF Helping Hands Assistance Program. The recipient of this grant was Linda Keledzik. “Our organization provides emergency assistance grants for critical repairs that allow individuals and families to stay in their manufactured or mobile home,” said Amy Bliss, Board Chair of Tomorrow’s Home Foundation. “We appreciate the support from the Alliant Energy Foundation as it allows us to help more families stay in their homes.” This community grant to recipient is among nearly 240 grants awarded totaling almost $550,000 from Alliant [...]
On July 28th, the U.S. Senate confirmed Dana Wade as Assistant Secretary of Housing at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Commissioner of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). MHI has been a vocal supporter of Wade’s confirmation since her nomination hearing before the Senate Banking Committee in May. As in prior nomination hearings for HUD leaders, MHI provided our champions on the Committee with information about issues of importance to the manufactured housing industry, including the creation of a separate regulatory path for a more regular cadence of HUD Code updates and elevating the Office of [...]
Wisconsin Housing Alliance and Wisconsin RV Alliance generally hosts a joint golf outing every other year. 2020 was supposed to be the year, however, due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, it has been decided that the outing will be held next August instead. Many members are working to make up for lost time during the stay at home orders and hopefully, all of the virus will be gone next year. Mark your calendars for 2021 Golf Outing on Wednesday, August 18th at Hawk's View in Lake Geneva. More details will come out in the spring of 2021. [...]
On June 25th, the Republican-controlled Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules voted along party lines on a decision to strike down a DATCP Emergency Rule which prohibited late fees through August. Legislators argued the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection did not have the authority under the law to issue such a rule. The agency said this was a measure to prevent worse financial trouble for tenants. “Prohibiting late fees during and 90 days beyond a public health emergency allows tenants time to apply for assistance programs if needed and to meet their financial obligations without spiraling deeper [...]
Under the CARES act, $25 million in Wisconsin Rental Assistance is available for Wisconsin residents who have experienced significant loss of income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program (WRAP) will provide direct financial assistance for owed rent and security deposits. Eligible applicants must be an adult Wisconsin resident with a household income at or below 80% of the county median income in the month of or prior to the application date. Once approved, eligible individuals may receive assistance of up to $3,000 in a combination of rental payments and/or security deposits. These payments will [...]
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has dedicated its Spring 2020 edition of “Evidence Matters” magazine to factory-built housing. Containing useful research and commentary sourced from third parties and HUD, the issue affirms the resilience, quality and affordability of manufactured homes. The issue also provides validation from HUD’s own research team that “a variety of demand, regulatory, zoning, and other barriers, however, have limited the reach of this promising affordability solution,” serving as a call-to-action for policymakers and Congress to move forward in making changes to help the industry overcome such hurdles. The publication affirms MHI’s long [...]