MHI members from across the nation descended upon Capitol Hill the week of June 25th for MHI’s 2018 Summer Legislative Fly-In. MHI members representing 19 states conducted almost 100 meetings with congressional offices in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. The fly-in yielded immediate results, with the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (formerly CFPB) Acting Director, Mick Mulvaney (seen above) telling attendees he will help ensure regulations do not  stifle financing for manufactured homes and Members of Congress asking HUD Secretary, Ben Carson to expedite reforms of manufactured housing regulations during a hearing the next day.

The fly-in attracted top administration officials including BCFP Acting Director, Mick Mulvaney and Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Commissioner, Brian Montgomery. In addition, FHA Chief of Staff, Joe Gormley participated in a convening of MHI’s Technical Activities Committee to discuss concerns about the     regulatory review pace and specific items that should be prioritized including HUD’s regulation of add-ons, the on-site completion of construction rule, and the frost-free foundation proposal.

Hill visits were a great success in demonstrating to Members of Congress the importance of manufactured housing as a critical source of housing for their constituents. Thanks to MHI’s comprehensive advocacy strategy – which goes well beyond simply penning emails and regulatory comment letters to developing strong and lasting relationships with Congress and key administration officials – participants offered a consistent message with actionable requests  resulting in immediate and tangible results. MHI sincerely appreciates all those who traveled to Washington D.C. to participate in the legislative fly-in. This includeD WHA Executive Director, Amy Bliss and Rick Rand of Great Value Homes. (Pictured, from left to right: John Weldy, Amy Bliss, Laura Wiley {Office of Rep. Paul Ryan}, Rick Rand and Devin Leary-Hanebrink)

 

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