Rural Voices: Innovation in Building Technology for Affordable Rural Housing
Building decent, affordable housing for the lowest-income rural Americans requires creativity – in financing, design, planning, and even in administering organizations. This issue of Rural Voices is meant to provide helpful examples for the field, and we encourage readers to share other innovations as well.
Small Size, Big Results: Tiny Houses in Hale County, Alabama
by Pam Dorr
Tiny homes, from 400 to 850 square feet, can provide decent, affordable homes for rural Americans with very low incomes, while blending beautifully into existing communities.
Cargo Containers Become Simple, Decent, Affordable and Energy-Efficient Homes…It’s Happening in Kentucky
by Mary Shearer
Abandoned cargo containers are converted to highly energy-efficient, simple homes for extremely low-income Kentuckians.
Kicking and Screaming All the Way to Greater Energy Efficiency
by Patrick Shiflea
After hesitating to adopt new construction techniques and add costs, Alaska CDC staff have concluded increased energy efficiency is worth it for homeowners.
Factory-Built Housing as an Affordable Housing Solution
by Stacey Epperson
Modern manufactured and modular housing options can serve as an affordable alternative to site-built structures.
From Tornado to Sustainable Community in Saint Peter, Minnesota
by Rick Goodemann
After a major disaster, intensive planning and community-wide innovation produced new affordable housing as well as improved electricity and broadband service.
The Basics of Process Improvement for Affordable Housing Organizations
by Josh Crites
New ideas that improve project management can pave the way to an efficient and organized affordable housing process.
View from Washington
Doubling Down in a Time of Uncertainty
by Ellen Lurie Hoffman and Michael Bodaken
As advocates for affordable housing face the uncertainties of a new Administration, it is clear that our work and our partnerships have never been more essential.
Rural Voices would like to hear what you have to say about one, or all, of these issues. Please feel free to comment on this story by sending a tweet to #RuralVoicesMag, discuss on the Rural Affordable Housing Group on LinkedIn, or on our Facebook page.