New Style Of Manufactured Home Could Ease Housing Shortage

On the outside, it looks like a typical house. Just wait until you take a look inside.

"This is gorgeous. I love it", said Sylvia Taylor.  She is among many South Mississippians looking for a new home, and a manufactured house on Highway 49 caught her eye.

"I love the floors. The bathrooms are nice, and kitchen is nice", said Taylor.

The factory-built house has all the comforts, and even some luxuries. It has wood floors, granite countertops, and crown molding. The walls are made of sheet rock, not paneling.

"This could be placed in any city on the Coast", said Jennifer Hall. She's the director of the Mississippi Manufactured Housing Association.

Hall says the design of the model home is compatible with what urban planners and architects came up with during the recent charettes. The home can also help ease the housing crunch.

"Factory built housing is so important because we can build homes in less time, less cost, and that gets people back into, and families back into their ordinary, normal activities", said Hall.

Representative Jim Simpson certainly knows about that. He lost his Long Beach home in Katrina.

"People are living in tents, and we've got to have quick, and reliable and permanent housing. I think we've got a wonderful opportunity right here", said Simpson.

Supporters of the latest style of manufactured home say the quicker people finding permanent housing, the faster they can help rebuild South Mississippi.

The new manufactured home is built by Franklin Homes of Alabama, and sold by Clayton Homes on Highway 49. The cost ranges from $75,000 to $120,000, depending on the amenities.

By: Trang Pham-Bui