WASHINGTON — This morning, President-Elect Donald Trump announced that he would nominate Dr. Ben Carson as the Secretary of HUD, the Manufactured Housing Institute reported.
The agency has attempted to regulate the construction of recreation vehicles in the past and is working with the RV Industry Association and others to define park model RVs.
In his released statement, Trump said:
“I am thrilled to nominate Dr. Ben Carson as our next Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Ben Carson has a brilliant mind and is passionate about strengthening communities and families within those communities. We have talked at length about my urban renewal agenda and our message of economic revival, very much including our inner cities. Ben shares my optimism about the future of our country and is part of ensuring that this is a Presidency representing all Americans. He is a tough competitor and never gives up.”
In a release this afternoon, MHI congratulated Dr. Carson and noted it looks forward to working with him to ensure manufactured housing is an integral part of addressing the affordable housing crisis in America.
“MHI appreciates President-Elect Trump’s recognition that it will take a strong leader with national prominence to change the direction of our national housing policy and break down the barriers that have hindered the availability and affordability of housing across the country,” said Richard Jennison, MHI president and CEO. “We are enthusiastic about the high profile that the president-elect has placed on this important agency with Dr. Carson’s nomination.
“We look forward to working with Dr. Carson and his team to ensure he recognizes that a robust manufactured housing market is critical to increasing the availability of affordable housing, which is, in so many parts of the country, in short supply,” he added.
“During this critical time for our nation’s housing markets, manufactured housing has an important role in providing reliable, sustainable housing for current and future homeowners looking to meet a variety of housing and lifestyle needs,” said Jennison.
“Because HUD is the primary regulator for manufactured housing, we must ensure that regulations are reformed to foster housing affordability, uniformity, ease of compliance, and minimize discrepancies and overlap with state and local codes,” he added. “In particular, we hope that Dr. Carson and his team at HUD will revisit recent regulations that are cost prohibitive for consumers seeking to purchase a manufactured home, including the on-site rule, installation guidance, and energy efficiency regulations. We also hope that he will address regulatory barriers to manufactured housing finance.”
“It is important to be mindful that the housing crisis extends beyond inner-cities. We sincerely hope that President-Elect Trump and Dr. Carson will dedicate resources and attention to addressing the housing challenges in rural America as well, and we stand ready to assist them in their efforts,” Jennison explained.
SOURCE: Manufactured Housing Institute press release