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Lewes resident George Porter, national authority, passionate about installing homes right By Dennis Forney lewes resident George Porter isn't one of the nation's authori- ties on the proper installation of manufactured housing - he is the authority. "Let's just say this," said Porter. 'q'here are 11 states with installa- tion licensing programs and I run 10 of them." Porter developed his interest in proper installation of manufac- tured homes during the many years he managed the former Nassau Park mobile home commu- nity, now known as Whispering PORTER Pines. When he realized there was a need for seminars and training for proper installation, he struck out on his own and now travels extensively as president of Manufactured Housing Resources Inc. "People need good houses and manufactured houses are good houses. They're the most highly engineered and most inspected homes there are during the manu- facturing process. But like any other home, if they're not placed properly and installed properly, there will be problems. The days of drag 'em and drop 'em are over and I don't believe anyone will miss them." Porter is passionate about prop- er installation of manufactured housing. "People have to under- stand how these homes are engi- neered to install them properly. I train installers on how to read the installation manuals and I train manufacturers on how to write manuals so they will be under- stood. In the last 10 years, I've done 98 percent of the installation training that's been done in the U.S. and I've been to Japan twice." Porter also helped the fed- eral Housing and Urban Develop- ment (HUD) Department develop its installation standards and was also involved in the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 signed in December 2000 by former President Bill Clinton. Does it all work? Porter has story after story to illustrate. "I saw a properly installed house out in the mid-west that went through a tornado and lost only a shingle and a piece of sid- ing while others around it were flying through the air. In 1994, Michael Short photo Abandoned home removal fund growing The First State Manufactured Housing Institute donated $8,000 to Sussex County on Tuesday, March 13, to begin a pro- gram to remove abandoned manufactured homes in Sussex County. The county has agreed to match the donation in or- der to begin the clean-up effort. Shown are (I-r) First State Manufactured Housing Executive Director Phyllis McKinley; Councilman Vance Phillips; First State Manufactured Hous- ing Institute President Andy Strine; County Council Presi- dent Dale Dukes; Councilman Lynn Rogers; County Council Vice President Finley Jones; and Councilman George Cole. Profiles Continued from page 6 hold size is 2.4 people; and medi- an net worth of the manufactured home owners who responded to the survey by Foremost Insurance Company is $59,000, up from $53,000 in 1990. Twenty-eight percent of the households include children under 16. Thirty-three percent of those surveyed were either widowed, divorced or separated. Seventy-nine percent of manu- factured home owners use their home as a primary residence. On- ly 7 percent nationally use their home as a seasonal or vacation home. Nineteen percent of manufac- tured homeowners have added a room after their home was placed on site. The use of new technolo- gy increased dramatically since 1990. Personal computer owner- ship rose from 23 percent in 1996 to 40 percent in 1999. Other lifestyle findings include: Readers Digest is the most regularly read magazine, and oldies and country stations are the most listened to radio formats. Forty-nine percent of manufactured home owners are also dog owners, and 41 percent havecats. CAPE GAZETTE'S MANUFACTURED HOUSING, SPRING 2001 . 7 Hurricane George with 110 mile- per-hour winds slammed into Cu- jo Key in Florida's keys. Not one of the manufactured homes in- stalled after 1994 when the HUD standards went into effect was damaged. Not a single one. Some skirting was blown away, and some air conditioning units and some stick-built additions - but none of the homes themselves were damaged. I was there with the regional HUD director and we were both delighted. It was a huge success story. Finally we got it right. "We actually thought it would make the news but you know what they say: 'If it ain't bleeding it ain't leading.'" Porter said Delaware is not one of the 36 states that has regula- tions for proper installation of manufactured housing, "It's go- ing to have to be done at the state level and the law that Clinton signed maadates that a licensed installation program, a proper in- spection program and a dispute resolution program be in place in three years. No state will be al-' lowed to have less stringent rules than what the feds are mandating. If states don't have such a pro- gram in place in three years, the federal government will come in _ and run its own program. "The bottom line is that when homes are installed properly they don't have problems. It shouldn't be remarkable that they hold up well." getaway Single and multisec- tional manufactured , home lots Pool, boat ramp, boat docks, private beach and community building Close to the beach but far from the crowds Close to golfing, outlet shopping, fine dining and the BEACH 200 NEW LOTS NOW A, AILABLI