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The modular construction industry, led by trade groups Modular Building Institute (MBI) and the Modular Home Builders Association (MHBA), have been working with state and federal officials on ways to support housing and emergency response efforts.

MHBA has been advocating for greater use of modular construction to address the nation’s affordable housing crisis well before the COVD-19 outbreak. “With modular factory production lines idle, there is nothing our industry can do in this crisis,” said MHBA Executive Director Tom Hardiman. “We have the capacity to build thousands of medical clinics and support facilities now and we are calling on our leaders to keep our factories open and let us help.”

MBI members are well poised to help supply rapidly-deployable buildings, such as temporary medical clinics, in times of crisis. “By working with the National Governors Association, we are positioning MBI as a clearinghouse for information for any state requesting space for surge capacity or any other need during this crisis,” said MBI Government Affairs Director Jon Hannah.

Along with other organizations such as Associated General Contractors, the modular industry is calling on Congress to take the following actions:

  • Provide the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) loan programs with increased funding for small businesses in the construction industry;
  • Create and vigorously fund a similar program for construction businesses that do not qualify for assistance through existing SBA loan programs;
  • Provide financial assistance to contractors who incurred losses when public owners—who themselves utilize federal funding—delay or terminate projects as a result of COVID-19-outbreak;
  • Extend the filing deadlines for business returns and suspend the payment of all business taxes to the federal government for the duration of the pandemic; and
  • Make substantial and long-term investments in federal construction programs to address housing, health care, and education needs, which have all been exacerbated by this crisis.

About MBI: Founded in 1983, the Modular Building Institute (MBI) is the international non-profit trade association serving modular construction. MBI strives to keep up with the latest trends of the modular/offsite construction industry and has expanded its membership over the years to include architects, owner/developers, and general contractors. As the Voice of Commercial Modular Construction (TM), it is MBI's mission to expand the use of offsite construction through innovative construction practices, outreach, advocacy, and education, and to recognize high-quality modular designs and facilities. Learn more at http://www.modular.org.

About MHBA: The Modular Home Builders Association is the only national organization dedicated exclusively to serving the modular home builders and manufacturers. The MHBA strives to increase awareness of the value of modular construction by consumers, suppliers, builders, and government officials; it advocates public policies that make modular building systems available on a cost-effective basis. The MHBA serves as a forum where members, suppliers, and builders work together for the purpose of fostering the exchange of information and innovation in the modular industry. Learn more at http://www.modularhousing.com.

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