HUD Proposes Changes to Expedite Construction of Manufactured Housing

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / HUD Proposes Changes to Expedite Construction of Manufactured Housing  Print This Post Share Save Dr. Benjamin Carson, Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), announced a proposed rule Thursday to revise the federal Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standard to “expedite construction” of manufactured housing. “The nation’s affordable housing crisis can’t be solved by one measure alone, but today we’re proposing changes that remove more of the red tape that stands between the production of safe, quality homes, and the nation’s families and individuals that need these homes to make homeownership a reality,” Carson said during HUD’s Driving Affordable Housing Across America Bus Tour in Russellville, Alabama. “This proposal is a strong example of how we believe we can both reduce regulation and improve safety and security for the nation’s homebuyers.” The Department is recommending updates to modernize code provision and allow for more optimal use of manufactured housing in urban areas—including opportunity zones—additional requirements for the installation of carbon monoxide alarms or detectors, and additional provisions for homes designed for structures attached at the site. An ATTOM Data Solutions report from 2019 found that about half the nation’s opportunity zones saw median home prices rise more than the national increase of 8.3% from the Q3 2018 to Q3 2019.The report also shows that 79% of the zones had median home prices in the third quarter of 2019 that were less than the national median of $270,000—almost the same percentage as in the Q2 2019. Some 46% of the zones had median prices of less than $150,000, also roughly the same as in the prior quarter.“The nationwide home-price surge in the third quarter spread through so-called Opportunity Zones, much as it did the rest of the country,” said Todd Teta, Chief Product Officer with ATTOM Data Solutions. “Despite sitting in some of the nation’s poorest areas, Opportunity Zones were hardly immune from a housing boom heading into its ninth year. That’s encouraging news for people living in those communities as well as investors looking to take advantage of the Opportunity Zones program.”The Office of Manufactured Housing Program, part of HUD’s Office of Housing, oversees the construction law, standards, and regulation of manufactured housing in the federal Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards. HUD states manufactured housing provides nearly 10% of all single-family housing stock—providing homeownership to more than 22 million Americans. “I appreciate Secretary Carson touring the great work of Clayton, one of Alabama’s finest,” said Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey. “I applaud him and the Trump Administration for being laser-focused on removing burdensome regulations of big government and making homeownership an easier possibility for Alabama’s families.” January 31, 2020 2,081 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Mike Albanese Tagged with: Affordability Manufactured Housing Opportunity Zones red tape Regulations Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville. center_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily HUD Proposes Changes to Expedite Construction of Manufactured Housing Subscribe The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: The Industry Pulse: Data Company Expands Next: Housing Vacancies on the Decline Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Affordability Manufactured Housing Opportunity Zones red tape Regulations 2020-01-31 Mike Albanese Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agolast_img read more

Social distancing a challenge at Barotac Nuevo public market

first_img* All residentsare required to stay at home during Sundays and non-essential travel shall notbe allowed except for emergency cases. Bironparticularly wanted social distancing observed in the public market in BarangayIlaud Poblacion “and in all essential establishments.” * Starting April13, the market schedule earlier given will not only cover transactions insidethe public market but also transactions in all essential establishments outsidethe public market within Barangay Ilaud Poblacion. * The publicmarket and all essential establishments in Barangay Ilaud Poblacion will onlycater to those clients based on the above-mentioned schedule. Stalls in thepublic market and essential establishments not observing physical socialdistancing protocols shall be closed upon recommendation of the marketsupervisors and business permit and licensing office./PN ILOILO – Despitesocial distancing protocols outlined in executive orders he issued relative tothe prevention and control of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), MayorBryant Paul Biron of Barotac Nuevo lamented, “We still encounter a lot ofproblems imposing (them).” The localgovernment of Barotac Nuevo is observing barangay clustering at the publicmarket – villages are designated days when their residents could go to themarket. * Only jeepneysallowed by the local government unit will serve as shuttle services for thosewho will need transportation in going to the market and to Iloilo City.Jeepneys designated as transportation within the municipality will also followthe market schedule and will strictly impose physical social distancingprotocols among the commuters. * As perexecutive order and memorandum order of the provincial government, operationsof trisikads, tricycles andmotorcycles in the municipality are suspended. Private vehicles, tricycles, andmotorcycles used privately in going to the market and in all essentialestablishments in Barangay Ilaud Poblacion shall strictly follow theabove-mentioned schedule. No vehicle is allowed to enter Barangay IlaudPoblacion if it is not their schedule except those delivering essential goodsand those passing through going to other barangays, municipalities or IloiloCity. Thus he issuedExecutive Order (EO) No. 38, Series of 2020 imposing “total quarantine” on thetwo remaining Sundays of April (19 and 26) to further strengthen themunicipality’s measures against the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causesCOVID-19.center_img Here are the keypoints of EO No. 38: As of April 14,Barotac Nuevo had two confirmed COVID-19 cases – a 59-year-old female who diedon April 5 and a 25-year-old female confined in a hospital but with stablecondition. * Onlyfrontliners are allowed to go out during Sundays. Social distancingwould be strictly enforced and people would be prohibited from leaving theirhouses unless there is an emergency. * Vehicles andpersons from other municipalities and Iloilo City, with valid enhanced quarantinedpass and documents, passing through the municipality of Barotac Nuevo duringSundays shall not be hampered. * Every Sunday,starting April 19, the public market and all essential establishments in theentire municipality shall be closed except for drugstores, hospitals, medicalclinics, and the Rural Health Unit. Social distancing, also called“physical distancing”, means keeping space between people. Its goal is to stopor slow down the spread of COVID-19.last_img read more

USC student receives Astronaut scholarship

first_imgThough her graduating class voted her most likely to blow up a lab at her international high school in Geneva, Switzerland, Simca Bouma has managed to keep the fire in the lab under control. Her, however, proverbial fire for science has earned her a special honor.Bouma, a senior majoring in mathematics and physics, is the first USC student to receive a scholarship from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. Jerry Carr, a U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame inductee and Skylab astronaut who received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from USC in 1954, presented the $10,000 check to Bouma on Monday in Taper Hall.Space · Jerry Carr, a former astronaut and 1954 alumnus, presented Simca Bouma, a senior majoring in mathematics and physics, with a $10,000 scholarship. – Corinne Gaston | Daily TrojanThough the award was presented Monday, Bouma learned she was to receive the award last June.“I was pretty astonished,” Bouma said. “It felt like I had done something; I thought my mom would be proud.”Twenty-two USC students were nominated by the science, mathematics and engineering departments for the award. Nominees did not compete for the scholarships with students from other schools; every university that participated was guaranteed a winner.This year 25 universities participated in the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation.“Jerry Carr nominated us for inclusion this year,” Vice Provost for Undergraduate Programs Gene Bickers said. “And we thank Jerry for bringing this scholarship opportunity to USC students.”Not only is Bouma the first USC student ever to be selected for an Astronaut Scholarship, but she has received the largest merit-based monetary award that is given by the foundation to science and engineering undergraduate students in the United States.“The goal of the foundation is to advance science and scientific progress in the United States and I guess they read that my goals coincided very well with theirs,” Bouma said.Bouma has been involved in research for years.After high school, she worked at the National Institute of Standards and Technology observing properties of carbon nanotubes. The summer after her freshman year, Bouma returned to Switzerland, where she worked at the European Organization for Nuclear Research. She wrote, a computer program for the organizations accelerator. During a different summer, she worked in the electro-magnetic division of NIST.Currently, Bouma is a Supplemental Instruction leader for Calculus II.“I am helping first and second year students in the 100 level class,” Bouma said. “I make worksheets based on lecture material and answer their questions.”Bouma ultimately wants to pursue a doctorate in theoretical physics once she earns her undergraduate degrees in mathematics and physics.At the award ceremony, students and the public had the opportunity to hear Carr share his experiences as an astronaut after he presented the check to Bouma.Carr was one of the 19 astronauts chosen by NASA to enter its program in April 1966, and since then he has made three space walks and circled the globe in orbit 214 times. He said Bouma’s leadership ultimately led her to become USC’s first Astronaut Scholar.“She is a prime example of everything an Astronaut Scholar is supposed to be: intelligent, [persevering] and destined for greatness,” Carr said in a press release.last_img read more

Wisconsin bench instrumental in Sunday win

first_imgThe Wisconsin men’s basketball team walked away from the Kohl Center Sunday with a season-opening victory over nonconference foe Southeastern Louisiana, thanks in large part to plenty of help from the bench. Wisconsin (1-0) thumped Southeastern Louisiana (0-1) 87-47, and UW’s bench players pitched in 34 points and 15 rebounds.Lions head coach Jim Yarbrough said he liked the way Wisconsin’s bench approached the game and hopes his team can learn from it.“I was very impressed by how motivated their bench was,” Yarbrough said. “Every kid who came in for them was really motivated to play hard and that’s great commentary and great credit to [UW head] coach [Bo] Ryan. That’s the sort of thing that you try to establish at your own program when you’re building it up, try to get kids to play with that kind of motivation.”Wisconsin’s bench was led by senior forward Mike Bruesewitz, who made a surprisingly quick return to the floor after suffering a severe leg laceration that sidelined him for just more than a month during the preseason.“When you see your bone and a freak thing like that happens, a lot of stuff runs through your head,” Bruesewitz said. “I’m definitely recharged and refocused. I was really excited to come into the season before the injury and now it’s about 10 times more. I was really excited that I got cleared to play today. I was all smiles today and this morning and all through pregame, so I’m really excited to be back. That’s the only way to describe it.”Bruesewitz showed little rust in his first action of the season, as the senior finished the game perfect from field, hitting all three of his shots for 10 points while also collecting three rebounds.Ryan said he knows what Bruesewitz can do for the team and was pleased to have him on the court Sunday.“It’s Mike,” Ryan said of his senior’s strong performance. “Just to see a guy like that back with that kind of experience, it was so obvious in practice on Friday and Saturday what he gives us, so now to have that back, we are very thankful.”Yarbrough joked he was hoping Bruesewitz would not be able to play against Southeastern Louisiana, knowing how big a piece he is for Wisconsin’s team.“I was extremely disappointed to see [Bruesewitz] out there today,” Yarbrough said with a smile. “They have enough weapons without him. He’s so rugged and tough. He was terrific.”UW also saw contributions from several new faces. Freshman forward Sam Dekker took advantage of his 17 minutes on the floor, hitting two three-pointers and finishing the game with eight points and a rebound.The highly-touted freshman received the most game time among bench players, with sophomore guard Traevon Jackson close behind after logging 15 minutes of action. Despite making two of his three long range attempts, Ryan was not happy to see Dekker launching shots behind the three-point arc early in the shot clock.“Sam’s learning what I like and what I think is a good shot, just like everybody else has had to,” Ryan said. “It’s a little different.”Jackson contributed during his time on the court at guard, pitching in with four points, a rebound and an assist.After transferring from the Air Force and sitting out last season, redshirt junior forward Zach Bohannon – the brother of former UW basketball standout Jason Bohannon – made the most of his nine minutes Sunday, racking up five points and five rebounds and hitting all three of his shots on the night. Wisconsin’s bench shot just better than 57 percent from the field, compared to the team total of 52.5 percent, and did not miss a shot from the charity stripe.With more than half of UW’s bench players being underclassmen, Ryan said he is happy with the way the young players preformed but still sees room for improvement.“We’ll take what they give us on the defensive end, rebounding, points, screens,” Ryan said. “It’s about the whole process that matters to us. When we break the film down, I’m sure there are some things where they can improve.”last_img read more

Schmidt to name team today

first_imgAccording to the Irish Times Luke Fitzgerald will replace the injured Robbie Henshaw in the centre while Keith Earls will start on the wing in place of Simon Zebo.In the forwards Iain Henderson is expected to start beside Paul O’Connell.last_img