Thursday, June 22, 2023
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has created an independent Office of Manufactured Housing Programs.
- The Office previously under Office of Risk Management and Regulatory Affairs, now reports to Assistant Secretary Julia Gordon.
- The change recognizes the significance of manufactured housing in affordable housing supply.
- The office has initiated several changes in the past two years for growth in availability and acceptance of manufactured homes.
- Efforts include supporting production amidst COVID-19 supply chain challenges, and implementing changes to the HUD Code.
- Proposed changes to HUD Code include modern design materials, new roof designs, multifamily manufactured homes provisions, and accessibility improvements.
- The Office enforces HUD Code, inspects factories and retailer lots, regulates installation standards, and administers a dispute resolution program.
Unedited Press Release Text:
WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Housing is announcing that it has created a new Office of Manufactured Housing Programs as an independent office reporting directly to Assistant Secretary for Housing and Federal Housing Commissioner Julia Gordon. The Office was previously organized under the Office of Housing’s Office of Risk Management and Regulatory Affairs. This action acknowledges the important role of manufactured housing in meeting the nation’s affordable housing needs. Manufactured housing has figured prominently in the Biden-Harris Administration’s efforts to increase the supply of affordable housing and can be a helpful avenue for those of more modest means to achieve the wealth-building potential of homeownership.
“This organizational change represents a recognition of the critically important role that manufactured housing plays in our country’s housing market,” said Assistant Secretary for Housing and Federal Housing Commissioner Julia Gordon. “Thanks to the work executed by our Office of Manufactured Housing Programs over the last two years, we have made significant progress to support the availability of modern and affordable manufactured homes.”
Throughout the last two years, HUD’s Office of Manufactured Housing Programs has worked to facilitate widespread changes that will support long-term growth in the availability and acceptance of manufactured homes, including:
- Supporting the continued production of manufactured homes despite COVID-19 supply chain challenges: The Office supported the ongoing production and availability of manufactured homes by issuing the first-ever industry-wide Alternative Construction Letters to alleviate COVID-19 supply chain challenges.
- Implementing the first major changes in almost a decade to the Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards, commonly referred to as the HUD Code: HUD’s final rule for the manufactured housing third set of standards became effective in July 2021 and added provisions to the HUD Code such as attached garages and carports; zero-lot-line townhome-style housing; and requirements for carbon monoxide alarms.
- Initiating the largest set of proposed changes to the HUD Code in over two decades: Through its combined fourth and fifth set of standards proposed rule published in July 2022, HUD is proposing to bring the HUD Code in line with more recent manufactured housing industry standards, including allowing materials that facilitate modern design approaches and improve quality; allowing certain ridge roof designs; adding provisions for multifamily manufactured homes of up to three units; updating requirements for open floor plans, truss designs, and specifications for attics; and accessibility improvements; and others.
About the Office of Manufactured Housing Programs
The Office of Manufactured Housing Programs is part of HUD’s Office of Housing and administers the Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards, commonly referred to as the HUD Code. The HUD Code establishes federal standards for the design and construction of manufactured homes to assure quality, durability, safety, and affordability. The Office enforces standards directly or through state agencies that have partnered with HUD, inspects factories and retailer lots, regulates installation standards for homes, and administers a dispute resolution program for defects. The Office also oversees a Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee, a federal advisory committee composed of twenty-one producers, users, and general interest and public officials to advise HUD.