A Message From THA
Housing Construction and auxiliary services pertaining to construction/real estate are considered
'Essential Services'. (This includes MH.)
Resources For Businesses Amid COVID-19

The offices of the Association will be closed on Friday, April 10th....
in observance of Good Friday.
TN Executive Orders and News Briefings

Here is a link to TN Governor Lee’s web page for our state specific Executive Orders, relating to COVID-19.

conducted by Governor Lee.
Typically , those news conferences begin at
3:00 pm CST, daily.

HERE is a link to view the TN Department of Health's
statistical pandemic data/reporting.
TN Press Conferences - Daily Recap

Thursday (04/09/2020) Press Conference - Governor Lee outlined the following updates:
  • The number of confirmed cases rose by about 6% today. There are now 4,634 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
  • The Unified Command continues to work daily to make sure every community has PPE. To date, they have made 1,300 shipments of PPE, to all 95 counties.
  • The state is now partnering with the NextDoor app to help provide real time information to all Tennesseans.
  • Commissioner of Education Penny Schwinn was also present at today’s briefing to provide an update on the Department of Education’s efforts: 
  • Lessons offered through the Department of Education’s partnership with PBS began on Monday. They are offering up to 30 hours of standards aligned instruction. Lesson plans and student work packets are posted on the Department’s website.
  • They have also secured a partnership with ReadyRosie, an early education app, to provide short videos and free resources with simple and engaging activities for students from birth to 3rd grade.
  • The CARES Act offers $30.75 billion for education stabilization funding.  Through this funding, districts are eligible to receive one-time relief funds allocated based on the Title 1 formula percentages. Each state is required to submit a plan that the U.S. Dept of Education must approve. The applications are expected to be available by mid-late April. In the meantime, the Department of Education has launched two surveys to get broad stakeholder feedback and to inform the state’s application. Feedback must be submitted by the close of business on April 13th. 

  • Late this afternoon, Governor Lee issued Executive Order 26, which is an order suspending provisions of certain statutes and rules in order to facilitate remote notarization and witnessing of documents.

Wednesday (04/08/2020) Press Conference - Governor Lee outlined the following updates:
  • There are now 4,362 confirmed cases in Tennessee. 79 people have died. Over 57,000 tests have been administered.
  • The Department of Health has created a website for healthcare workers to register if they are willing to serve in one of the state’s alternative treatment facilities. Governor Lee encouraged retired and furloughed healthcare workers to sign up through the Department of Health’s portal to help make the difference in surge planning.
  • To ensure that healthcare personnel have the skills to meet the demand, the state has entered into a partnership with HealthStream. HealthStream, a Tennessee based company, has offered its learning platform to provide COVID-19 training content to healthcare workers to help facilitate the launch of alternative surge facilities.
  • Abbott Laboratories announced the development of a new rapid test on the ID NOW machine which will show a positive result in 5 minutes and negative result in about 13 minutes. The CDC provided the state lab with one ID NOW machine and 120 initial tests. The COVID-19 Unified Command is actively working to get more tests and to maximize this technology. American Family Care is also planning to use this technology at their 20 clinics across the state.

  • After the press conference, Governor Bill Lee signed Executive Order 25, which extends Executive Order 18. The order requires all non-emergency dental and non-essential medical procedures be postponed until April 30th. It also requests non-hospital healthcare providers to take supplies such as medical gowns, masks, and protective eyewear to their nearest Tennessee National Guard Armory to donate. 

Tuesday (04/07/2020) Press Conference - Governor Lee outlined the following updates:
  • New models have been released which indicate the spread of COVID-19 may be slowing in Tennessee. As of today, there are 4,138 confirmed cases. 72 people have died. Over 53,000 tests have been administered across the state. Tennessee continues to lead other states in the number of tests administered. 
  • Officials have reached an agreement with the federal government on several provisions in the CARES Act relating to unemployment insurance. Tennessee will begin implementing both Pandemic Unemployment Assistance which will cover workers not traditionally eligible for unemployment benefits and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, which adds an extra $600 to any claim that is filed. More information regarding implementation will be available later this week.
  • The Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, which offers loans designed to provide incentive to small businesses to keep all employees on the payroll, went live on last Friday. The program is being run by local banks and credit unions. Businesses should expect it to take some time for the program to be fully functioning, but each day the process continues to improve as banks receive guidance from the SBA. 

Monday (04/06/2020) Press Conference - Governor Lee - A nnouncements .
  • The State of Tennessee will allocate $10 million in Small and Rural Hospital Readiness Grants to support hospitals that are facing financial strain due to the ongoing response to COVID-19.
  • An update was given relative to the $200 million in grants which will be distributed to every county and city government across Tennessee ... for one-time, local expenses in fiscal year 2021. These grant funds will be available for COVID-19 and tornado relief, in addition to typical maintenance, safety, and road project costs. The application will be online by April 30, 2020, and the funds will be distributed after July 1, 2020.

  • The official press releases for both announcements can be found HERE


 Public Service Announcements (PSA)

TN Governor and First Lady - PSA video   HERE .

Tennessee Titans Coach Mike Vrabel - PSA video HERE .

THA - License Class Renewal - URGENT - Notification of Cancellation
In order to meet federal and state mandates for social distancing relative to COVID-19,
THA has cancelled all ‘in-person’ classes for an undetermined amount of time.
05 Hour Continuing Education Offered Online - For A Limited Time ONLY
To meet the continuing education requirements of our licensed industry members and affiliates, THA has developed a modified online continuing education class for manufactured home retailers and installers, for the 2020 renewal of licensing or certification. 

Please note, this online training access will only be offered for a limited time.  Once federal and state travel restrictions have been lifted and approval for gatherings has been waived, the State of Tennessee will resume the requirement for ‘in-person’ class attendance. Take this opportunity now, to complete your 2020 education online! .... If you have NOT already registered for a 2020 Class CLICK HERE for a registration form and instructions.

15 Hour Initial Licensing Class
Notification of April Cancellation
THA will reschedule this initial licensing class as soon as the state allows. We will hold your reservation spot for the first re-scheduled class, or you may request a refund of your registration fee, and schedule yourself again, on a later date.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
This is a very difficult time for businesses, individuals, and for our legislative and regulatory officials. THA has been diligently working to relieve some of the stress and uncertainty, which currently surrounds the licensing process for the manufactured housing industry.
Remember Our Tornado Victims...
We are Still Recovering!

The Tennessee Housing Association (THA) currently remains open during this COVID-19 pandemic, as we work to serve our members.

Construction (all housing) and related services are considered "Essential Services".

However, we strongly request you refrain from visiting our offices at this time. If you need assistance, please call 615/256-4733 or e-mail Rhonda at Office@tnmha.org .