Thursday, June 13, 2019

Ben Carson Touts Modular Homes in Keynote Address at Western Governors Association

Carson, the current Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, spoke Wednesday to the Western Governors Association meeting at Vail’s Hotel Talisa.

(Modcoach Note: Other than the headline, he never mentions modular and is pushing for revised local building codes to allow manufactured homes in restrictive neighborhoods)

Carson also touted the advantages of manufactured housing as a way to build a lot of homes quickly and at less expense than site-built homes. That sector is the country’s largest source of unsubsidized housing, Carson said.

Carson told the group that manufactured housing doesn’t necessarily mean single- or double-wide mobile homes. Eagle County is home to several different levels of manufactured homes, from mobile homes to starter homes to the Chamonix townhome neighborhood in Vail.

Manufactured homes can provide an effective way to provide home ownership, he added, with a couple of caveats.

‘We need to think holistically’ Carson stressed the need for “responsible” home ownership, citing the cost to families from the collapse of the housing bubble in the previous decade.

At the lower end of the market, Carson said it’s essential to provide both help with purchasing and support for buyers.

“We need to think holistically,” he said.

But that’s possible, with a combination of technology, cooperation understanding of the need to revise local building codes that might currently forbid building homes for lower income families.

That’s all possible, he said, but it takes vision.

“If you can see the invisible, you can achieve the impossible,” he said.

From an article in Vail Daily


Tom Hardiman said...

I'm beginning to think that our Secretary of Housing does not understand the difference between a modular home and a manufactured home. Hope I'm wrong about that.

Coach said...

Sounds like his two new Best Buds are Kevin CLayton and Warren Buffett