President Trump nominated Brian Montgomery to serve as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the number two position at HUD behind Secretary Carson.
Montgomery currently serves as HUD’s Assistant Secretary for Housing and the Federal Housing Commissioner. He has served as Acting Deputy Secretary since January. He has been instrumental in elevating the Office of Manufactured Housing Programs’ profile within the Department, creating a regulatory environment that encourages innovation and cost-effective construction techniques for manufactured homes.
As a champion for affordable housing, Montgomery has prioritized and acted upon initiatives that create opportunities for families to realize the American dream of homeownership. During his two tours at HUD, he has demonstrated a commitment to solving our nation’s housing supply challenges through solutions that support innovative housing methods — including manufactured housing. At MHI’s Open House during HUD’s Innovative Housing Showcase in June, Montgomery brought his senior leadership team to tour the three fully-furnished HUD Code manufactured homes on the National Mall. During his remarks, Montgomery thanked MHI and its members for being fantastic partners saying, “As we try to address the affordability issue at HUD and FHA, you are a key part of that puzzle and I can’t stress that enough.”
Originally from Texas, a state with more than 20 manufactured housing plants and the second highest number of manufactured housing units in the country, Montgomery has been a longstanding supporter of manufactured housing. Since being confirmed as FHA Commissioner, Montgomery has attended MHI’s legislative fly-in every year, meeting with MHI members about the importance of HUD undertaking a comprehensive review of its regulation of the industry.
During the most recent fly-in, Montgomery recognized how important it is for HUD to get through the nearly decade-long backlog of updates to the HUD Code. He said, “It is one of the Department’s top priorities to process the backlog of updates to the Construction and Safety Standards that have been completed by our Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee.” Montgomery also discussed FHA’s work to update the FHA Title I program for manufactured homes, including a review of credit policies, appraiser guidelines, and an adjustment of the loan limits. In discussing these changes, he said, “To advance many of our efforts, I am grateful for the many insights MHI has provided to HUD in the form of its available reports, educational materials, and constructive dialogue.”
MHI looks forward to working with Montgomery as he continues to advance affordable housing initiatives at HUD and we congratulate him for receiving this nomination. We encourage the Senate to act quickly and confirm him for this important position.
Additionally, President Trump nominated Caroline Vanvick to be an Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at HUD. She currently serves as Acting Assistant Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs where she oversees the Department’s communications efforts, media affairs, and public outreach. Vanvick led HUD’s first Innovative Housing Showcase working with MHI and its members to bring manufactured homes to the National Mall.