Senators from both sides of the aisle questioned HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge about manufactured housing today during a U.S. Senate Banking Committee hearing about housing and infrastructure. In her responses, Secretary Fudge reaffirmed she is a “strong proponent” of manufactured housing and that it is “affordable, resilient, energy efficient and something we should do more and more of.”

 In advance of today’s hearing, MHI worked with members of the Senate Banking Committee to have manufactured housing a key topic of discussion. 

During an exchange with Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) about implementing the requirement that localities consider manufactured housing as a part of their comprehensive housing affordability strategies and community development plans, Secretary Fudge stated they are “working on it as we speak” and should have something published by the end of this year. In response to Senator Scott’s remarks about the resiliency of today’s manufactured homes and making them more accessible to homeowners, Secretary Fudge stated, “we will get right on it.”

 In response to Senator Kyrsten Sinema’s (D-AZ) remarks about the role manufactured housing plays in addressing ongoing housing supply challenges, Secretary Fudge acknowledged that manufactured homes are an option that “we too seldom look at” and reiterated that today’s manufactured homes are “affordable, resilient, energy efficient and something we should do more and more is just a good option.” Secretary Fudge also discussed the importance of tax credits to help bridge the gap between the cost of housing and making it more affordable for people to purchase a home.