Baptist News Global – “Manufactured Homes and Just Zoning Laws Can Transform Working Poor” Rev Ivory L. Mewborn, Mayor Pro-Tem of Ayden, NC

Baptist News Global (BNG) published a factually supported op-ed by Ivory L. Mewborn entitled “Manufactured Homes and Just Zoning Laws Can Transform Working Poor.” BNG said that Mewborn “is a minister, the mayor pro-tem of Ayden, N.C., and vice chair of the Pitt County (N.C.) Human Relations Council.” Per Mewborn’s BNG article, “As we fulfill our daily Christian walk, struggling working families across America constantly are denied the right to affordable home ownership. Federal laws are intended to protect them, but many who benefit from the status quo continue to deny these families the right to live where they wish. Their race, creed or color and the content of their character don’t necessarily matter.”

What does matter?

Mewborn’s BNG article argues that “Many town and city governments override federal zoning laws because they do not want manufactured homes in their neighborhoods. Their ignorance and/or arrogance has escalated, and they unlawfully prohibit manufactured homes within town and city limits. These punitive zoning laws cause undue harm to many hard-working American families who are trying to provide nice homes for their children. Scripture teaches, “In as much as you have done it unto the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.””

Mewborn specifically mentions that the federal “enhanced preemption” that manufactured homes are supposed to enjoy – which began law as a result of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act (MHIA) of 2000.  He suggests that the MHIA needs to be respected by localities and enforced.

To see the entire insightful and inspirational op-ed, click here.

Do you like what Mewborn said to people of faith, in concert with others of good will, who want to support the right for people of all colors and creeds to more affordable home ownership?

Manufactured homes and just zoning laws can transform working poor


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