U.S. SENATOR DONNELLY AWARDED MHI “2018 CHAMPION OF HOMEOWNERSHIP AWARD”
CHAMPION OF HOMEOWNERSHIP AWARD RECOGNIZES THE LEADERSHIP ROLE THAT MANUFACTURED HOUSING HAS IN PROVIDING AFFORDABLE HOMEOWNERSHIP FOR HARD-WORKING FAMILIES
On Tuesday June 27, 2018, U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IND) received the “2018 Champion of Homeownership Award” from the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), which recognizes Donnelly’s work in negotiating, co-writing, helping introduce, and passing the bipartisan Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, which was signed into law by President Trump in May and included provisions based on Donnelly’s bipartisan Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act.
For more information and the importance of these measures to manufactured home buyers, click our previous report, “White House Passage of S. 2155 Secures Major Victory for Manufactured Housing Sellers and Retailers.”
Joe Stegmayer, Chairman of MHI said, “Time and again, Senator Donnelly has stood up to champion important policies to ensure manufactured housing fulfills its potential as an affordable homeownership option for people in Indiana and across the nation. Thanks to Senator Donnelly’s leadership and tireless work, Dodd-Frank Act regulations that impeded financing for manufactured homes were changed by the major reform legislation that was recently signed into law. Throughout his career in Congress, Senator Donnelly has always prioritized homeownership for working families through manufactured housing. We are honored to present Senator Donnelly with MHI’s 2018 Champion of Homeownership Award in recognition of his leadership and important role manufactured housing in providing affordable homeownership.”
Donnelly has strongly advocated on behalf of manufactured housing and Americans seeking to purchase manufactured homes. Manufactured housing serves a vital source of affordable homes for more than 22 million hard-working Americans, putting a roof over the heads of 284,000 Hoosiers and employing as many as 10,000 workers in Indiana.
LEGISLATION PROTECTS THE ABILITY OF CUSTOMERS TO BUY, SELL AND REFINANCE MANUFACTURED HOMES WHILE MAINTAINING IMPORTANT CONSUMER PROTECTIONS
In 2017, Donnelly worked with Senators Pat Toomey (R-PA), Gary Peters (D-MI), Tom Cotton (R-AR), and Loe Manchin (D-WV) to introduce the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act, bipartisan legislation that would protect the ability of manufactured home customers to buy, sell, and refinance homes, while maintaining important consumer protections. A version of this legislation was included in before mentioned Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act that was passed by the Senate and House and signed into law by President Trump. The provision ensures consumers can receive helpful general financing information from manufactured home retailers in order to purchase affordable homes.