Governor Announces Details of Alternative Housing Project
From: Office of the Governor Filed 1/10/07 GCN
(Jackson, Mississippi) - Governor Haley Barbour today announced additional
information regarding the state's Alternative Housing Pilot Program that
was granted more than $280 million in funding from the Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA).
Under this plan some FEMA travel trailers and mobile homes would be
replaced with more sustainable alternative housing, which Mississippi's
plan identifies as Park Models, Mississippi Cottages, and Green Mobile
units. The Governor's Office is hosting meetings this week with local and
state officials of Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties concerning the
"I am pleased that Mississippi will lead the country in this pilot project
to demonstrate that safer and more livable emergency housing can be
produced for victims of major natural disasters," Governor Barbour said.
The housing models are designed as direct replacements for some FEMA
travel trailers and mobile homes that include:
*The Park Model design is similar in size and shape to travel trailers
currently in use, but has several amenities and
features that create a more livable environment.
*The Green Mobile unit is designed to maximize energy efficiency and
increase affordability. The Green Mobile utilizes daylight and natural
ventilation, durable materials that significantly reduce the need for the
electrical heating and cooling of the unit, and site design features that
orient the building relative to solar heating and prevailing winds.
*The Mississippi Cottage - a larger unit - shares some similarities with
what has been termed the "Katrina Cottage," but has several design
differences that were created during the state's design charette for the
Alternative Housing Pilot Program.
During the charette, the state collaborated with an expert team of
architects and organizations including the Oak Ridge National Laboratory,
the College of Architecture, Art and Design at Mississippi State
University, the Federation of American Scientists, and the architectural
firm Looney Ricks Kiss.
Selection criteria are currently being established for Mississippi Gulf
Coast residents interested in replacing their FEMA travel trailer or
mobile home with an approved Green Mobile unit, Mississippi Cottage or
Park Model. Once the selection criteria has been created, current
temporary housing tenants will be notified through mailouts, flyers,
public meetings and the use of multiple media channels. Announcements will
also be posted on
"The progress Mississippi has made to date in recovery, and therefore, our
readiness to implement our proposals uniquely qualifies us for this pilot
project," said Gavin Smith, director of the Governor's Office of Recovery
and Renewal. "We developed the original design concept of alternative
emergency housing following Hurricane Katrina. This project represents
part of a long-term effort on behalf of the state to systematically
address emergency housing needs."
The Green Mobile, Mississippi Cottage and Park Model proposals, all of
which have been approved for funding, can be viewed online at