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Problems Found with Accessibility Modifications to Smith County Manufactured Home

KLTV reports that a Habitat for Humanity of Smith County is facing criticism over home accessibility modification work done through its “Rehabitat” program.  ReHabitat helps low-income seniors and low-income individuals with disabilities with emergency home repairs and modifications. According to the KLTV, a man in Smith County asked Habitat to make his manufactured home scooter-accessible, […]

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Update:2011 Tornado Season

Three weeks ago we had an extensive discussion of the relationship between tornado fatalities and manufactured housing (see Many of These Are Preventable Deaths, 4/28).  At that point in time, the National Weather Service had not yet examined the string of tornadoes that blew through the South on that day. The data is still coming in, […]

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Many of These Are Preventable Deaths

“Spalding County reports two fatalities. Officials say the severe storms tore a mobile home from its foundation and tossed it nearly 500 feet. The two victims — a male and a female — were found near the mobile home.” – MyFox Atlanta “One of the hardest hit by overnight storms is Halifax County, where one […]

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Increasing Minimum Entry Door Width in Manufactured Housing

TxLIHIS recently submitted Comments to the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC), a federal advisory committee to HUD on the regulation of manufactured housing, regarding its review of the minimum exterior door and interior hallway widths allowed in the building code for such homes.  These comments follow: ************************ April 8, 2011 Mark J. Mazz, AIA General […]

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Manufactured homes, mobile homes, and trailers, oh my!

While many readers were tracking the exciting housing bills popping in the mad-end-of-bill-filing rush in the Texas Legislature last week, I was in DC attending the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC), a federal advisory committee to HUD on the regulation of manufactured housing. I’ll keep most of the exciting details of parliamentary intrigue and interpersonal […]

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Recap of Sunset Commission Recommendations for TDHCA

Last week the Texas sunset commission adopted its final recommendations regarding the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA).  Burying its lead, the final recommendation adopted was to continue the department for another 12 years, recognizing the improvements since the last full sunset review in 2000. A detailed recap of the full recommendations is […]

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A Picture Worth a Thousand Words

(Image Kerry Smith / AP) The AP reports today: “Storms ripped through central Mississippi [...] Dozens of homes were damaged in the Pines mobile home park,said Sgt. Tom Roberson of the Starkville Police Department.” A secure foundation is key to home safety. Texas should inspect 100% of mobile home installations.

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Improving Manufactured Homes, One Tabled Proposal at a Time.

I spent much of last week in DC at the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC), a federal advisory committee to HUD regarding the regulation of manufactured housing.* The MHCC was created through a bill passed in 2000.  (“The Manufactured Housing Improvement Act.”)  One task the committee performs is to consider public suggestions for changes to […]

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TDHCA Sunset Recommendation #7: 3 in 1 on manufactured housing

As previously discussed here at Texas Housers, TDHCA is currently undergoing Sunset Review.  We are presenting recommendations for ways to improve TDHCA that have been endorsed by a broad range of stakeholders in TDHCA’s activities. Issue: The Manufactured Housing Division could better serve its mission to “improve the general welfare and safety of purchasers of […]

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TDHCA Sunset Recommendation #6: Give the Manufactured Housing Division Its own Sunset clause and review

As previously discussed here at Texas Housers, TDHCA is currently undergoing Sunset Review.  We are presenting recommendations for ways to improve TDHCA that have been endorsed by a broad range of stakeholders in TDHCA’s activities. Issue: The Manufactured Housing Division receives inadequate attention in the sunset process. Background: The Manufactured Housing Division of the Texas […]

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