MHI’s Top Federal Policy Priorities
As the largest national professional trade association for the factory-built housing industry, MHI works to elevate the profile of manufactured housing by advocating before Congress and the Administration. MHI’s advocacy efforts are focused on overcoming barriers to the growth of the manufactured housing market. MHI participates in task forces, roundtables, and coalition meetings to position manufactured housing as a key component of expanding the supply of affordable housing.
Improving the Supply of Manufactured Housing Finance – MHI is making manufactured housing a part of Administration and Congressional discussions about improving access to credit for affordable housing. MHI is building support for and advancing its legislative and regulatory priorities, which include clarifying and modifying CFPB financing rules, requiring the Government Sponsored Enterprises to support chattel lending and improving FHA mortgage insurance programs for manufactured housing.
Preserving an Effective Regulatory Structure – MHI is focused on ensuring that regulatory initiatives undertaken by the Office of Manufactured Housing Programs foster uniformity, ease of compliance, and minimize discrepancies and overlap with state and local codes.This includes revisiting and revising HUD’s on-site completion rule, ensuring HUD’s installation guidance memos are in line with regulatory parameters, and encouraging HUD to exercise preemption when local regulatory construction standards and zoning policies adversely impact manufactured housing, communities and the supply of affordable homes.
Energy Efficient New Home Tax Credit – MHI is working to ensure that the energy tax credit is extended and also seeking opportunities to increase the tax credit. In addition, MHI is advocating for HUD to retain regulatory authority over manufactured housing standards and working with the Department of Energy to ensure that energy standards are clear and appropriately balance efficiency with affordability.