About NYHA

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The New York Housing Association, incorporated in 1950, was formed to address concerns of factory-manufactured home builders, retailers and community owners. Since its inception, the Association has grown and evolved into an organization concerned with the total scope of the factory-constructed residential housing industry.

The New York Housing Association serves as the central office for the Modular Builders, Manufacturers, Manufactured Home Communities and Professional Services & Suppliers in New York State.

The purpose of the Association is to promote the general welfare and interest of the factory- constructed residential housing industry and the factory-built homeowner within the State of New York. The Association is comprised of professionals committed to the quality and growth of the factory-built housing industry.

The Association is dedicated to:
  • Encouraging and promoting affordable housing choices for the people of the State of New York.
  • Enhancing the image and public awareness of factory-built housing living.
  • Promoting the highest standards of business ethics and practices within the industry

Association staff members and professionals retained by the New York Housing Association monitor all state and national legislative activities, regulatory agencies, local and regional zoning and planning board activities, transportation matters, court cases and other industry-related issues.

The Association Staff and Board of Directors work closely with other state, regional and national organizations to keep current with the latest trends within the industry.

The New York Housing Association, through numerous educational programs and regional meetings, continues to bring information and new programs to its membership.

The Association publishes a monthly newsletter for its members and with mail, email, and fax capabilities, is able to keep its members advised expeditiously on important issues and events. Continuing education is ongoing in a variety of areas, including: sales training, community management, transportation, OSHA and many other fields. Regional programs, as well as an Annual Convention, make the latest information and techniques available to Association Members. The New York Housing Association also makes various forms, videos, and supplies available to its members as a service to assist each member in the operations of their individual businesses.

The Association Staff and Members of the New York Housing Association serve the interest of the entire industry with the highest level of commitment and enthusiasm.

About the Manufactured Housing Industry

Learn what Dr. Ben Carson, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, had to say in an  interview concerning the housing industry and specifically about the Manufactured Housing industry and the advantages of building a manufactured home:

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Whether you are a first time home buyer, exploring housing options for your upcoming retirement, or meeting the demands of a growing family, you will find that a factory constructed home offers a wide range of creative and affordable options. Advances in the technology of factory built housing are remarkable; the results are virtually an unlimited selection of architectural designs and floor plans.

A factory built home is designed to utilize every square foot of floor space, meet stringent building codes and maximize energy efficiency while providing you and your family with all of the durability, function and comfort you expect for your housing dollar.

Definition of a Factory-Built Home: Many types of structures are built in the factory and designed for long-term residential use. In the case of the manufactured and modular homes, units are built in a factory, transported to the site and completed on-site.

The different types of factory-built housing can be summarized as follows:

Manufactured Homes 

These are homes built entirely in the factory under a federal building code administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Federal Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards (commonly known as the HUD Code) went into effect June 15, 1976. Manufactured homes may be single- or multi-section and are transported to the site and installed. The federal standards regulate manufactured housing design and construction, strength and durability, transportability, fire resistance, energy efficiency and quality. The HUD Code also sets performance standards for the heating, plumbing, air conditioning, thermal and electrical systems. It is the only federally-regulated national building code.

Modular Homes

These are homes built in a factory to the New York State Uniform Building Code, the exact same building code that on-site homes are constructed to. A factory can start producing homes after a state architect or engineer reviews and approves the proposed home plans and the quality control plans within a factory. When the factory starts producing a home, a third party inspector is on-site. The third party inspector’s job is to make sure that the plans and quality control methods that were approved prior to production are carried out. Once the home is completed, a New York State Insignia is affixed to the home.

Mobile Homes

This is the term used for factory-built homes produced prior to June 15, 1976, when the HUD Code went into effect. By 1970, these homes were built to voluntary industry standards that were eventually enforced by 45 of the 48 contiguous states.

Consumers can find out information about manufactured home communities and the community living lifestyle. Today’s manufactured home communities offer more than just a place to call home, they offer community residents a sense of belonging with social gatherings, sponsored events and exclusive amenities available for residents.

Factory Built Housing FAQs

1. What Is A Factory Built Home?

Any home built in a factory rather than on-site. These homes are built to federal or state building codes. Construction begins in a factory and is completed after the home has been transported to its building site.

2. What Is The Difference Between A Manufactured Home And A Site Built Home?

There are virtually no differences between the two; however, there are many benefits in building a manufactured home, such as all aspects of the construction process are controlled. The weather does not interfere with construction or cause delays. Depending on the region of the country, construction cost per square foot for a new manufactured home averages from 30 to 40 percent less than a comparable site-built home.

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3. Where Can I Build My Manufactured Home?

There are many site location possibilities for a manufactured homeowner in New York State. Many homes are built in a subdivision or a manufactured housing community, while many other residents enjoy the freedom of building their manufactured home on private land. Each choice has its advantages. For a list of manufactured home retailers, please click here. For a list of our manufactured housing communities, please click here.

4. What Sources Are Available For Financing My Manufactured Home?

Financing is available through commercial finance companies, banks and credit unions. For qualified homebuyers, loans may be backed through the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) or the Veterans Administration (VA).

5. How Can I Get More Information About Factory Built Homes?

You can learn more about factory built homes in many ways:

  1. Go to the Home Buying Guide section of this website.
  2. Order your free copy of Consumer Guide to Factory Built Housing.

Contact the New York Housing Association office for more information.