Miss South Carolina, Brooke Mosteller of Mount Pleasant introduced herself at an event by saying, “I’m from the state where 20 percent of our homes are mobile, because that’s how we roll.”
Mark Dillard, the executive director of the Manufactured Housing Institute of South Carolina (MHISC) said the actual rate is 17.9%, highest in the nation. While many objected to the comment, Dillard used this controversy as a teachable moment.
“These homes don’t roll, except from the factory to your land,” Dillard explained, commenting that the phones have been ringing more than usual since the comment aired.
As informed readers of Manufactured Home Living News know, there have been no mobile homes built in the U.S. since June 15, 1976 when the strict federal manufactured housing safety and construction standards went into effect, administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, so they are commonly called the HUD Code.
One SC manufactured housing business put up “Thank You Miss South Carolina” on their electronic reader board.
Mosteller apologized for a lack of sensitivity to the millions who live in manufactured homes.
In an opinion column, Hicks commented that manufactured homes are indistinguishable from subdivision homes and subject to the same regulations, and may cost 20% less than a comparable sized conventional home.
But as MHISC’s Dillard remarks, “Who’s smarter, or more financially savvy: a person who buys a house they can afford, or a person who gets in over their head by trying to buy a McMansion?” ##
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