I am working with a HOME Investment Partnership Grant through HUD involving reconstruction of owner-occupied, substandard, housing for families making less than 30% AMI and disabled. We are just finishing this round of building new houses, but are looking into ways to spread our money more effectively while also improving construction quality.
We are now looking into industrialized housing as an alternative to conventional stick-built on site. It has appeal to us for several reasons:
- reduces length of time dealing with displacement
- most designs have a traditional appearance that blends with older neighborhoods
- large portion of construction takes place in a controlled environment
- houses are Energy Star certified, which is a major performance criteria for HUD-assisted rehab
- more economical: this could allow us to build a few more houses during the next round
Does anyone have experience working with this type of housing, particularly when involving public funds?